First Day Home

Whistler is back home!

Dra. Mariana Amoedo, his friend for a long time from boarding, who is the team lead who put together the surgical team and is in charge of his recovery, brought him home this morning about 11am. He hopped right out of her little VW, and insisted on taking a little walk with Mariana and Mark up the street to do some business and “leave his messages” before coming into the house, so happy to see Lisa. Got right onto his dog bed and stayed down while all hanging out together, then wanted some food.

Here he is in his jumbo crate, enjoying a yummy chewy treat.

Enjoying a chewy treat in his crate.
Enjoying a chewy treat in his crate.

It’s the kind with some nutrition in it. (Some.) Mark picked it up at the local veterinarian mutualista Veterinaria SAV, his regular vet clinic, when he got Whistler’s Tramadol painkillers.

He’s back. He can get around. But it’s not at all easy, and we have to be careful that he doesn’t try to overdo it. More importantly, we have to be careful we don’t think he’s better than he already is. We had a scare on that already.  Continue reading First Day Home

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 Español 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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