So....how did it go?
Well, Kodi has now received two radiation treatments for her osteocarcinoma. She had one last week and another on Wednesday. The therapy will attempt to kill off most if not all of her cancer in the leg, but most likely, the cancer has already metastasized and will appear elsewhere, so this therapy is mostly to provide her a pain free respite until she gets worse. That is all I can hope for really. Kodi is well loved by the vet and the two fourth-year vet students who work with her. I think she has stolen their hearts since they love to see her and tell me that Kodi is a great, loving, and sweet gal with her own unique personality (as if I was unfamiliar with that, but it is nice to know others see it too!). Kodi too looks forward to see them since the last two times I called her to go for a ride; she got right up and walked to the gate in anticipation of her ride to the vet school. The whole time she stood up next to me in the van looking out the front window or snuggled next to my left arm to poke her head out the front driver window to catch the wind coming in.......just like old times.
At the vet school people already know her and say hello to her when she comes into the lobby. She is wagging her tail again and I think it is the result of the Tramadol painkiller...and here she is, right next to my arm as I type... I swear, she is psychic and knows when I am writing about her!
The bad news is that each time I take Kodi to the vet school my other dogs escape my fenced yard
. I warn all dog owners........DO NOT EVER LET YOUR DOGS WATCH THE FILM "THE GREAT ESCAPE!" I would swear that Luckie is the Charles Bronson character re-incarnated.....she has dug her way under my fence in several places and I have had to put cinder blocks and concrete wherever she has dug out
when I return home usually I have four dogs hanging out in my front yard waiting for me to let them back in the gate.. I know they have paraded around the neighborhood since my neighbors leaves phone messages reporting that they saw them down by the big stream about a mile from my house
. And they are usually all wet too... but I cannot get angry since without Kodi, the pack is leaderless and they are simply exhibiting their own anxious behavior not having her to run the pack.
This week the vet told me that Kodi looked better than he has eve r seen her; walking better, happier and in less pain... it's the Tramadol again we suspect, but that he was delighted to see her in such great spirits. Each time she undergoes the radiation therapy she spends the night at the vet school because the anesthetic takes its toll and I want her to recover fully before I bring her home, since when she comes home the pack treats her like Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and it would be difficult for her to get around if the drugs impair her ability to walk and move around with all the other dogs coming up to greet her and lick her and jump up on her in happiness.
When she stays overnight the vet students stay with her and give her hugs and sit with her... usually when they get up to go they see that she gets lonely and looks at them with her big sad eyes....it makes them stay longer.. And Kodi enjoys their company. And whines when they get ready to leave.
When she is home, she still goes under the porch to sleep during the day and comes out at sunset to move to her spot on the porch on her sleeping bag. I leave the door open so Kodi and I can watch each other. Usually I brush her for 45 minutes as all the other dogs circle around licking us and nudge me to brush them too. Then I giver her a bowl of vanilla ice cream with her meds in it... she loves that and she usually has ice cream all over her muzzle.. and Luckie licks it off her... that is a sight to see!
She watches me as I work at my desk until it is time to go to bed, then I lay down with her for 30 minutes or so as she nuzzles me... then I hug her and watch her go to sleep.
By morning, she is sleeping in the living room and when I awake, she gets her bowl of chicken noodle soup, again spiked with her meds
. She hangs around me as I make coffee and follows me into the bathroom as I take a shower... poking her nose past the shower curtain, probably to check to see if I scrubbed behind my ears. Then she walks back to the living room and waits for me. After this, she goes out to the yard and sits under a big tree as she watches the other dogs run around the yard. Sometimes, now more recently she strolls out to the back of the property and sits in the tall grass and goes to sleep until it gets too hot, then she saunters under the porch.
She is not limping as much as last month, so I am happy that that she is in less pain. But still I know that her's is a short stay now with me and I wish her all the best I can give her.
She is looking at me right now and I can tell she loves me.
Below is a pix of the great vet students and vet who care for Kodi. She makes friends wherever so goes.
ps Kodi says hi!