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Please spare a thought for Dylan.

This is a hard one for me to write, and I've been avoiding it for a few days because of the vast level of total suck involved. 

Six years ago Lucy had a wonderful litter of six puppies. Among them was a puppy that from the moment he was born was incredibly beautiful. He was, and remains, the loveliest Dane ever to come from my short and abbreviated little breeding program. 

Sue drove approximately seven million miles to come get him, and he has had the best home in the world with her. Tragically, that entire litter was, as some breeders say, "snakebit." I put together two dogs with tremendously healthy pedigrees and got more tragedy than I could deal with. He is one of only a few remaining, and all his life he has had trouble with bloating. Sue has been absolutely heroic about giving him an amazing life and pulling him through each and every time. 

Dylan has finally come up against something that neither she nor I can fix. He was recently diagnosed with bone cancer. In Danes that usually means there's not a lot of time left. 

If you have a moment today, give a thought for Dylan and for Sue, and I know she'd appreciate any experience or wisdom on keeping him comfortable and happy. She's experienced with natural feeding and supplements, as am I, but this is where our experience ends. If you know more, please let me know. 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly Hardesty July 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and Dylan.

  • Reply Traci July 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Oh I’m so very sorry for Dylan and his people (you included). I hope what time he has left is some of the best time of his life…. I’ll hug my furry ones tighter today….

  • Reply C-Myste July 28, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I’m sorry. I’m having one of those “breeding dogs sucks” days myself, so I totally understand.

  • Reply Sterling July 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I saw this on another list and thought-“oh, damn!!” I wonder if the stress of his health problems set him up for this?? JP Yousha has a cancer diet on her site, I think. It is a discouraging and ugly disease. Not much to say because basically it just plain sucks all the way around. Lupi’s mother died of this and she had gone through such a horrendous time with her litter 10 months before that I always wondered whether the stress of all that allowed the bone cancer to erupt. Poor Dylan’s body has certainly had to deal with a lot over the years. Is Astro still well???
    Sterling

  • Reply Holly July 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    My prayers go out to Dylan and those that love him.

  • Reply Beth July 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Sorry to hear that; cancer is difficult to deal with.

  • Reply Katrin July 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    My dog James was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this month. I currently have him on the following supplements that I get through Swanson Vitamins Swanswonvitamins.com or 1-800-437-4148

    First I changed his food, feeding him a fish, salmon low carb food. I am using the orejin 6 fish formula and he is doing great on that. Have been adding veggies and cooked meats to his food, you want to keep the carbs low and the protein high. I make a stew every few days in the crock pot for him.

    I give him coconut oil about 2 tablespoons a day. Vit D3 about 400 mil a day, vit C 500 mil a day. Red raspberry pills 2 a day.
    Msm for the pain 4,000 mil a day, 2000 in the am 2000 in the pm
    Astragalus 2 pills 2 times a day
    Artemisinin 2 pills 2 times a day

    I am also giving him a garlic supplement, some sardines every day, and the Denamarin sam-e/milk thistle supplement.

    He is also on tramadol from our vet and was on Rimadyl but has been doing so well that today I took him off that to see how he does.

    He is also going to acupuncture 2x a week where the vet does a treatment on him using a few needles and an electric stimulator. That has helped his pain levels tremendously.

    So far it has been nearly 4wks since diagnosis and James is doing great. As in “if you didn’t know he had cancer, you wouldn’t know he had cancer.” A person I know has been doing the same thing with her berner for the past 11 months and the dog was supposed to be dead 5 months ago according to the vets, but she’s barely limping and still going strong. She is almost 10 now.

    Good luck to your friend and her dog. This is a tough diagnosis, really tough, but I hope the above info can help him out.

    • Reply rufflyspeaking July 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you, Katrin – that’s incredibly helpful.

  • Reply Mary July 28, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Good suggestions, Katrin – acupuncture can be inredibly effective with pain relief and also relieving any side effects of medications (i.e. nausea, etc), which can impact good nutrition just when it’s needed most.

    Here’s lots of good thoughts & prayers to Dylan. It’s so hard, because you can’t explain to them why they feel so sick & why you’re putting them thru all kinds of stuff. Hang in there, big guy!

  • Reply Lance Corgi July 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    im sorry. Thinking of Sue and Dylan through this diffucult time. 🙁

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