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Thread: Cancer, arthritis, wedding, another dog and other news

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    Cancer, arthritis, wedding, another dog and other news

    In some circles the title to this blogg / catch up would be considered click bait. So lets dive right in there.

    I didn't mention it in the last bloggs but back in June Jo (Peppergirl) was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now a cancer diagnosis is bad news, no denying it and there is never a good time to get that news. That said all the news after that was positive. Not spreading, very treatable etc etc. She has her last chemo session this coming Friday, then a small operation in November and some radiotherapy in January. Chemo is not fun but not as bad as you see in the movies. Sam has of course been keeping Jo company when I have been at work.

    I'm sure I mentioned Jo and I were getting married in August, if not we were and did Of course it would not have been a real family wedding if Sam had not been able to come.



    In fact she was not only there but was also my ring bearer. She had the rings tied to her collar with a ribbon till they were needed and sat at the front next to me till they were needed.



    I'm not going to bore you with all the wedding photos but Sam in is most of them. From the formal ones, like the one below, to all the casual ones and ones guests took. Sam was at the whole wedding and on the dance floor for most of the night too. Sam's fan club gained quite a few members that day.



    In September I ran a half marathon and in the build up to this I was increasing the mileage Sam and I ran during the week. We noticed that in some evenings she was a bit stiff. She was fine int eh mornings and fine during runs but still we thought we better get it checked out. As usual the first thing you are told to do is rest your dog for a week or so. We did this and she was not limping but she was not limping most of the time anyway. Once we built the running up again she would be a bit limpy on her left leg but only occasionally and only briefly. So long story short after an X ray it was confirmed she has arthritis in her left elbow. We were told this would probably mean she couldn't do long runs again.

    She was not going to be an invalid but long runs seemed unlikely. We got a prescription for YuMove Advanced and settled in to see how that went. Of course she was still getting lots of walks and to be honest showing no signs of stiffness.



    We visited friends in England and she was still full of life. Eventually after the half marathon had passed I started taking her running again to see where the limit of her activity was. I'm sure Sam would rather be active and have the occasional bit of stiffness than be stuck on restricted activity.



    Whether it was the rest period or the YuMove I don't know but so far we have built up to at least three runs a week of 6 to 8 miles and Sam has shown no signs of stiffness or limping. this is all the more surprising considering our latest guest / addition.



    This is Marlowe. He is an 18 month old Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla from a working line. So a high energy breed from a working line at the peak of his energy levels. He is a friends dog but due to personal issues he has been under stimulated and exercised for a while. We had offered to take him while things get sorted out or indeed permanently if required. So at fairly short notice, two weeks ago we had a new house guest.

    Turns out if you walk the legs off him he is pretty settled.



    Originally I thought I would have to take him out on his own sometimes so as not to overwork Sam but as I say Sam seems to be just getting fitter and showing no signs of needing rested.



    They both get on really well. The advantage of having them both out together is that Sam is a calming influence on Marlowe. The downside is that it is hard to work on Marlow's commands without it confusing Sam.



    Still if Marlowe is going to be with us for a while there is plenty of time to work on his training. In the two weeks we have had him he has already made good progress.



    His recall is okay and he does not like to wander far from you so letting him off the lead is not a problem. He is not used to splashing through streams or swimming so that is something to work on too.



    So far most of the issues with him have been sorted just with lots of exercise and stimulation.



    Now at home he is content to settle down on the couch for the night.



    He is loving the early morning runs as is Sam who is glad to be out and about.



    We just need to keep working on his education. But he seems keen to get down to study.



    Yesterday we even introduced him to the joys of a Sunday lunch in the pub

    John

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    WOW............that's a lot to take in all in one go. Really sorry to hear about Jo & I know a little about what you've all been through (my father has prostate cancer) but looks like it was caught earlier enough for Jo to make a complete recovery.....wishing you all the best anyway.
    Congrats on your wedding, Jo looked radient, shame about the fellas in skirts though........only kidding, you all looked splendid. ....must have taken a while to take those group shots, Sam is fast asleep.

    Sorry to hear about Sam's arthritis, the poor lass hasn't been very lucky with her joints but at least for the time being everything seems to be under control.....it tends to be episodic anyway & only becomes a problem during periods of inflammation......having a pal around often works wonders on a dog's morale & Marlowe is a beaut.........hopefully he'll be a permanant addition to your family (I get the feeling you hope so too )..... he appears to have adopted Sam's penchant for snoozing whenever the opportunity arises. Vizlas are great dogs though they can be rather sensitive....I've never seen one here in France that wasn't nervous & fearful, the owners had obviously been too brutal with them.

    Anyhoo, gotta go now,Siss & I are sending all the positive vibes we can muster your way & if you're reading this Jo, hang on in there girl, not far to go now just keep your eyes fixed on 2017, it's going to be a magnificent year for you.....fondest regards..
    Gary.
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    Thanks for the support.

    It is interesting the different character and traits of Marlowe. You can see the sensitive side and I'm making a point of really stepping up the socialisation. He is not a timid dog but I want to make sure her experiences a lot more places and people. He is a lot more clingy and follows you round the house from room to room to see what you are up to and stay close. That said he is fine being left in the house on his own. He is not very food driven though, which is a shame as it makes training so much easier.

    We would be happy to keep him but fine if he is going back to a good home. I would be unhappy at letting him go and knowing he was going to have a less full life. We probably need to get it settled fairly soon what the long term plan is as we are keen to get him neutered before he matures too much and starts chasing the ladies And there are a few other things we would like to get in for him that start to get expensive if he is not going to be here long term.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    He is not very food driven though, which is a shame as it makes training so much easier.
    Could be he just needs time to settle in. Sissou wasn't very interested in food when we first adopted him,.he was also very thin & it worried me so much that I broke all my rules about feeding dogs to try & get him interested in food....It took quite a while, (several months) but eventually he started to take pleasure in eating.......I think that, although everything looked OK on the surface,(he was happy, outgoing, playful etc.) he just needed time to get used to his new life......needless to say, he is very food driven now.
    Properly trained, a man can become a dog's best friend.

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    glad to hear that jo's diagnosis is as good as it can be. and, late congratulations to your wedding of course!

    you may remember that last year we got a 1 year old shorthair vizsla, lili, who has also been pretty neglected. not only neglected but also a bit mistreated i think because in the first weeks, when i wanted to pick up a stick to throw for her she always got a wild look in her eyes and made a few quick steps back - looks like she was beaten with sticks in the past. all that is gone and she's become very confident, responded very well to training, so well that i'd be totally confident now to take her anywhere without leash. and yep, the battery never runs out

    anyway, i think if you give it some time you can turn marlow into an absolute gem. these guys are less food driven then many other dogs but will do anything to please you and get some praise. treats are fine during training and help, but more important is praise.
    i'm gald that you're taking care of the socialisation as well. to get him used to new situations you can probably use his "clingyness" to you, as he probably would want to stay close to you no matter what and learn confidence from you. lili wasn't used to water when we got her but now she swims like a champ. i got her in the water in the summer when i was swimming myself and called her in to join me - after that it was easy.




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    Well he is still here. And as you can see settling in quite the thing. I've not done a huge amount with his training still. Just got him much more settled and less hyper when he meets people or visitors come to the door. We have even had him away with us for the night staying over a t a friend's house and he was no trouble at all.



    Him and Sam are still getting on great and happy to buddy up.


    They have even been known to party together a bit. Caught them in the act once :-)


    It is still not confirmed if we have him for keeps but I am expecting we will know for sure in the next month. In the meantime they are making a fine looking pair when out and about.


    And of course I am still making sure they are both getting plenty of walks. Marlowe is becoming much more settled. He now eats his dinner with some enthusiasm but is still more focussed on affection than food as a reward, which is fine.


    And we are doing our regular morning runs whatever the weather. The photo below is from the same run a day apart at the same time and place. We are getting into the changeable winter weather for sure.
    John

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    he's gotten very comfortable there. watch out, he may not want to leave ever! especially having such a great buddy there.

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