Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time for a Little Outing

Can we go?
No, seriously, can we go NOW??
I'm ready. Fire up the car.
I'm beyond ready.  Let's get this show on the road!
Oh yeah, this is more like it!!
I'm happy now.  :)
Thanks, mom!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Good Run

Charlie was diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma (and a soft tissue sarcoma) in November 2015 and has been receiving treatment since then at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists, a veterinary clinic in Vancouver, WA with a great oncology team. We ended up there because they were the first clinic that could see Charlie, but I can't stress enough how happy we've been with his care there.  Now I would never choose to go anywhere else.

They're open 24x7x365, so whenever there's a problem, they're available.

They have board-certified vets in a host of specialties who call in each other as necessary. When his oncologist thought Charlie's face looked a little swollen, she called in their dentist for a look. Later it was easy for them to plan and coordinate the necessary extraction around his chemotherapy.

All the doctors we've seen there (surgeon, dentist, oncologist) are knowledgeable, helpful, and very generous with their time, answering questions and discussing options.  Charlie's oncologist, Dr. McMahon, has been wonderful with him (and with us), and Charlie agreed -- when we had discussions with her in a treatment room, he was always milling around her, wanting to be petted, and she always obliged.  And the proof of her work is that treatment has held this aggressive cancer at bay for a year, an unexpectedly wonderful result.

Not least by far, everyone from receptionists to veterinary technicians/assistants to doctors at CRVS is SO kind. Typically for chemotherapy, for example, people drop off their pets in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. Charlie being (sensitive, phobic, cage-bolter) Charlie, we asked if we could hang out with him in the waiting room on those days, and they readily agreed. They always set out a bed (with his NAME on it!), and coordinated the labs, scans, and treatment so we could get through everything in a few hours.  When he had to be dragged go in "the back", the oncology team let him run loose in their special lab room so he wouldn't have to be caged.

I really can't say enough good things about the doctors and staff at CRVS!

Sadly for us now, after a year of success, the chemo has quit working. Happily for Charlie, though, fun car rides don't end up at the vet anymore, where he has to be dragged in the back.

Hopefully we have a few more months together. Now, more than ever, we're making every day with Charlie count.

Patient Charlie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter Trip to the Beach

Having discovered a dog-friendly beachfront motel in Yachats (The Fireside), we decided to give it a try.  It was everything we'd hoped for - an ocean view with beautiful crashing waves and easy access to the 804 shoreline trail, and a clean cozy room with gas fireplace and small fridge.  And dog-friendly!  So dog friendly that they supply a special package with dog towels & a mat, and a couple of sheets to cover the couch & bed if you-know-who wants to hang out there.  Charlie and we give it two paws up!  :)