Taking it easy on Day 2 at home

We learned from yesterday. Sort of. It was such a gorgeous, sunny, cool summer day, that when Mark came back from errands, and Whistler hopped up to greet him, we tried going out in the front. Whissie got “stuck” again, even though he’s hopping around the house and our enclosed back yard more-or-less fine. This time, though, Mark was supporting him with a big half-folded towel under his chest to hold him up. And we didn’t leave the tiny front yard to go down the street, once it was clear that he was too spooked to go walking in the “real outdoors” rather than in a safe backyard.

So he decided this was a better idea for enjoying the great outdoors instead:

Greyhound with amputated right front leg, in blue compression bandage, napping on his left side on the grass in a small enclosed yard.
Taking a nap outdoors

That’s our tiny backyard. Continue reading Taking it easy on Day 2 at home

Whistler recovering – going outdoors already at the vet

He’s coming home tomorrow, Monday January 16, 2015. But he’s already up and around, walking (hopping) with his Uruguayan celeste colored compression bandage. Enjoying the great outdoors in the back yard of Dra. Amoedo’s clinic and pet hotel. along with the resident ducks.

red brindle greyhound dog with amputated right front leg, in a blue compression bandage, outside on clear day, on grass near trees, with 2 ducks nearby.
Whistler recovering outside at the veterinarian’s clinic and pet hotel.

Mariana says he can come home tomorrow. Just one more night of monitoring him with care nearby, one more day of intravenous antibiotics. Then tomorrow a week of oral antibiotics and pain medication, here at home. He’s proven that he can get around ok.

In two weeks the stitches come out, then after a week or two more of healing, the chemotherapy has to start. Continue reading Whistler recovering – going outdoors already at the vet

Sat Jan 17 AM update – Whistler up and around on 3 legs

Whistler is still with our lead vet, Dra. Mariana Amoedo, and is doing well. She just called us to say he’s already walking around on 3 legs, and even was able to eat his food from a bowl on the floor – having the right balance to do that.

Of course, it’s not all perfect. When she checked on him middle of the night, “It was like watching a horror movie.” Continue reading Sat Jan 17 AM update – Whistler up and around on 3 legs

A US Greyhound in Uruguay – fighting cancer

Welcome to Whistler’s assistance and fundraising site. Some of you may know of our greyt doggie Whistler the greyhound, and his many travels – all across the USA, from North Carolina to Washington State in the Pacific Northwest, then to the Colorado Rockies – and in 2012, all the way to Uruguay in South America! Here, he’s called a galgo, but the Galgo EspaƱol is actually a different breed of dog than the true “American Greyhound” (or English or Irish Greyhound) – so he’s a Galgo Estadounidense (A USA-ian Galgo – because after all, Uruguay is in America too!)

Now he has the biggest challenge of his life – deadly bone cancer that came on with serious limping only this past October. Followed by pain, and fast-advancing loss of function of his now-ruined right shoulder and leg. The right shoulder and leg always was a “hot spot” for him, and we suspect that he may have had an early training injury. Old injuries can become new injuries, and microfractures in bones can lead to cancer when mis-coded DNA causes bad cells instead of good bone to grow. By late December, despite a 3-week period where moderate pain meds had him using the leg again and walking to the beach, the devastating debilitation of this deadly disease struck back – with visible growths, loss of muscle and nerve capabilities, and constant pain. To the point where on January 6, Mark had to carry him home the last block – all 32 kilos (75 pounds) of hurting dog.

We felt we had to put him down the next day, or at most a few days later. But we decided, in consultation with local vets, to give him one more chance. We upped his pain medication significantly, adding a mix of different-mechanism drugs.

Whistler came back! For a few days, he almost was using the leg again, though it was clear that he shouldn’t bear weight on it. What’s more important is his energy, personality (goofy, loving, and stubborn) came back, his eagerness to walk (hop) one or three or 5 blocks further before allowing us to head home (he can plant himself firm to the ground unmovable even with only 3 working legs!) – all back. Our dog was still there, if we could take away the pain.

After much reflection, and the dog himself showing us that with the pain gone, he can hop around on 3 legs like a champion and still be his goofy lovable self, we’ve decided to give him a shot at the big challenge – another year of life, hopefully, if we have the cancerous leg amputated and then get him the right chemotherapy to slow down recurrence and metastasis.

We don’t like to do the “ask for donations” bit, but we’ll need help in order to give him his best chance. That’s why we’re hoping that friends, lovers of greyhounds and other dogs, and anyone who’s attuned to survivors of cancer whether canine, feline, or human, may want to help us out with a secure donation via PayPal.

Please help us help Whistler win!

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