This month marks 3 YEARS since diagnosis!!!!

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Sarge is doing so well.  Beating the odds.  Slowing down a little due to age, but we are so in love with him and so blessed to have him with us still!!!  Could not have gotten through the roller coaster of osteosarcoma without Tripawds members and resources!!!


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Author: c1nicolei

Sarge has been the the love of my life since we rescued him in 2007. He was thought to be a carcass on the side of the road in our community park. As I walked over to look at the pitiful dead dog, I soon realized he was still breathing, barely. We rushed him to the vet and although severely malnourished and in a terrible state, with TLC he miraculously pulled through. Snap shot ahead to 6/2014, we decide to go outside to play fetch, he was so excited and full of energy, doing his typical bouncy boxer pelvic shuffle. He took a nasty tumble and the sounds that followed was nothing short of heart piercing. My heart stopped, because I knew it was bad, very bad. I am a PA, not a veterinarian, but I knew instantly the leg was broken badly. I splinted him and rushed him to the vet. What initially was going to be an orthopedic surgery to repair a broken radius and ulna, quickly turned into, "Your dog sustained a pathological cancer, we think he has osteosarcoma". I could not even hear what I was being told. How could this seemingly happy, healthy, FULL of life dog have CANCER?? The BX confirmed my worst fears. This whole process took over a week. In that time I researched every aspect of canine osteosarcoma I could find and I had already made up my mind, we were going to fight this, not for me, but I knew he was not done living!!! Making the decision to amputate was not one taken lightly. We ensured there were no macro mets and that his blood work looked stable. I also decided if we amputated we would also do chemo. Sarge had his leg amputated 2 days ago and I am amazed at his hour by hour improvement. We start chemo in 2 weeks. I will keep everyone updated and love reading stories on here that give me hope that he will be able to be a happy, pain free normal Sarge!!! This is when we joined TRIPAWDS! What a wonderful, reassuring supportive community! I love you TRIPAWDS!

8 thoughts on “This month marks 3 YEARS since diagnosis!!!!”

  1. How great. Hoppy 3 Year Ampuversary. You are doing great. I think we all are slowing down due to age. Keep kicking butt Sarge. 🙂

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. YAY!!!! I was just thinking about y’all the other day and wondering how Sarge was doing. I am so happy to hear all is great on three!
    alison with spirit shelby in her heart (and little jasper too)

  3. This is so awesome to hear! 3 years wow!! way to go Sarge! Keep on kicking cancers butt! xoxox
    Chris & Kylie

  4. Thanks guys!!! I have been so preoccupied with LIFE, I have not been able to get on here. My dad passed with cancer, then my husband was diagnosed with a large esophageal tumor, moved my Mom and granny to FL. It has been one heck of a few years.

    SO blessed to have Sarge hopping along with me still, he is just the BEST companion EVER!!!

  5. I was wondering how you guys were doing, knowing that you were very near our timeframe. Nitro’s ampuversary was June 17. He too is slowing down with more age related issues vs cancer. I’d love to compare stories with you. Congrats! And many more happy days ahead !

    Paula and Nitro

  6. OMD! OMD! OMD! YAAAAY!!!!

    You guys I am beyond elated for all of you, thank you for sharing the wonderful news and giving us our Sarge fix, it’s been a while. How totally inspirational and wonderful it is to know that he’s reached the three year mark!


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