Doggeared Podcast #1 SIT!

Give a listen. If you’re expecting a podcast about canine cancer to be a downer, guess again! I’m bringing levity to the subject matter but not without some helpful tips and personal experiences about treating Bart’s cancer naturally. It has been over 3 years now and he’s doing wonderfully. I’m tackling this podcast as an artform and I’ll be pushing some boundaries, sampling from all over the internet and having a blast while I’m doing it.

Enjoy and feel free to visit me at my facebook page or on twitter for some ideas about what you would like to hear as a subject matter on another Doggeared Podcast.

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A Second Response From a Reader With a Success Story!

Last night I got not one, but two responses from people who came across my site who are also cooking for their dogs to defeat cancer. Kylie shared this about her dog Bear. The image below is from:
www.dog-painting-artist.com

I too have had great success with my boy and his diet. Bear was diagnosed with mast cell grade 3 cancer 11 months ago, they wanted to start chemo ASAP. They said chemo would give him 1-2 years but with no chemo they gave him 3-5 months max! He wasn’t showing signs of sickness so I thought why risk him getting sick from chemo. So I completely changed his diet.2334aaf77efaea31fee724a613e2b153
When he wakes up he has 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese with 1 tablespoon flax seed, then he will have 3 k9 immunity chews. After we walk its more cottage cheese n flax seed oil. For lunch he gets boiled veggies with flax seed oil, fossil flour (I’m assuming she is referring to Silica) and flax seed powder mixed, 2 apricot kernels and organic free range chicken with turmeric, garlic and ginger. When I get home from work he has cottage cheese and flax seed oil again, then an hour later he has dinner which is the veggies and chicken again.
So here we are 11 months on and he is doing great, he has so much energy on our 4km walks he overtakes my other dog, you wouldn’t think he was the one battling cancer.
Also this might help you Sue! He was suffering from arthritis for about 2 years. After long walks he would limp for 1-2 days. I was getting him injections every 2nd week but didn’t really see much difference. I then tried chews which did help a little. But then I found turmeric! I add fresh turmeric and also powder turmeric to his main meals. Now no limps at all and I think it’s thanks to the turmeric. Maybe you could give that a try also Google it?

~Kylie

Congratulations to you and Bear!
Be sure to check out my recipe:
http://www.caninecancerremedies.com/anti-cancer-meal-recipe

Doggeared Reader Contribution on how Cancer-Fighting Diet Really Works to Stave Off Cancer!

I want to share a success story with you all from Anna, a reader who recently found my website. Below she details her situation and protocol: bullmastiff-dog-painting-svetlana-novikova

(Above picture is from http://fineartamerica.com)

“Hi Sue, your blog is amazing! I want to share my current situation with your readers as I know how hard it is to find sources of information on what pet owners are doing to help their pets with Cancer. My Bullmastiff boy, Luka was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma a month ago. He has had arthritis in his leg joint for a few years now but his limp recently got worse and his joint was swollen. Then I noticed a lump (size of a tennis ball) pop out on his chest. I took him to the vet the same day where we did a biopsy and that’s when he was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma in the lymph node. We also found out that he has it on the joint as well. We were going to go ahead with radiation as it was localized, but during his CT Scan, they found tiny growths in his lungs as well, the largest being less than 3 millimeters in diameter. The oncologist suggested we switch to Chemo instead of radiation which might buy him 3 to 6 months. In the meantime, I have done a lot of research and started him on Dr. Budwig protocol right away which he has been on for almost a month now. I also cook all of his food and took him off of all kibble and canned foods. The lymph node is half the size now and he stopped limping. He runs around with our Doberman and doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Here is the diet that I currently have him on which is very similar to yours:

– 2 stocks of Broccoli
– 4 large carrots
– half medium size cauliflower
– 4 lbs of Chicken Gizzards or Chicken Livers
– 2 Soup bones with meat on them
– 4 cloves of Garlic
(This feeds both of them for 2 days – 4 meals total for 2 large breed dogs)

I cook the bones to ensure the bone marrow is part of the soup base for about 45 min. I chop all vegetables and cook everything in Distilled Water (we live on an acreage and have well water so I am eliminating all possible contaminants). I also cook them salmon or halibut, chicken breasts and give it to them as treats and use the fish skin to wrap their vitamins.

I give him 3 tablespoons of cold pressed, organic flaxseed oil mixed in with 6 tablespoons of 1% Cottage Cheese (Liberte brand as it’s non homogenized). I mix the cottage cheese with the flaxseed oil with a fork to ensure it’s all blended together and feed it to them before the meals so it gets absorbed on an empty stomach. I also squirt liquid Phytoplankton (from Natural Health Food Store) – adult dose to the mixture, but don’t mix it in. They seem to love it.

As for vitamins:
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin Ester C (instead of Vitamin C as dogs naturally produce vitamin C so additional Vitamin C will cause kidney stones)
– Glucosamine
– Krill Oil

He is also on Deramax (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) for joint swelling and Gapapentin for pain but I have been giving him half the dose of what was originally recommended by the vet and he’s been on those for over a year now.

After reading your protocol and doing some research, I will add B17, Carnivora and Essiac Tea to his diet as well. I will keep you posted on his progress. Thanks again for all of the great information!”

This is so wonderful! I hope all who see this are given even more hope in the plight against canine cancer.

Fighting Canine Cancer Naturally

We treat Bart’s cancer with diet including herbs and supplements, all things that can be found in nature. Some of what I use has been synthesized into supplemental pill form but Bart does not consume any pharmaceutical cancer medications or treatments. He’s starting his fourth year of cancer free living, and here is a video of him helping me cook up his weekly batch of food yesterday. As you can see he adds a lot to the process!
One of the important ingredients that goes into his individual meals is called B17, you can buy it and or read more about it here: http://bit.ly/14mMkWO

These 18 remedies can save you thousands on vet bills.

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 9.24.00 AMI know a lot of my followers are Holistic Health minded and would love to have a more hands on approach to keeping their pets healthy.  How many of us wished that we had gone to veterinary school when we were younger? I know I have thought about it over the years.

Well, I just signed up to partner with Dogs Naturally magazine and discovered that one of the things they offer is an at-home Homeopathy Course available for anyone to take and learn how to more effectively and immediately care for our four-legged babies! I have never taken this course myself but I plan to check it out in the future when I have more time on my hands.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/offers/homeopathy/
The course comes with a complete kit, a case full of remedies to keep on hand, a text book, online course, bonus remedies and recorded Q&A sessions with Dr. Falconer, the teacher of the course.

Imagine the money you can save over the lifetime of your dogs when you know homeopathic remedies for basic situations that can cost hundreds of dollars at the emergency vet and even regular vet office visits.

“Dr Will Falconer is considered one of the top homeopathic vets in North America and his clients pay top dollar just to get a one hour consult. Dogs Naturally has asked Dr Falconer to summarize much of his work into a easy-to-use course to help dog owners – for a fraction of the cost of a homeopathic vet visit.” – Dogs Naturally Magazine

Follow this link for details: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/offers/homeopathy/

If you do take this step by step course, will you let me know what you thought of it by leaving me a comment below?

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS FOR CANCER

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 7.19.52 PMThis website is for people who are seeking gentler alternatives to conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and pharmacuetically developed cancer medications and drugs.
I developed this special recipe to treat my own dog’s cancer (an aggressive histiocytic sarcoma) because I wasn’t comfortable with the options we were given by Bart’s oncologist. Those options were chemotherapy, which would extend his life by 8 months, or nothing at all, which carried a sentence of only three more months of life.
 I didn’t even spend a minute considering chemotherapy. I had heard about diet being a crucial means to making the body inhospitable to cancer. Research has been conducted that reveals cancer can not thrive in an alkaline body, meaning the opposite of an acidic body environment.
Basically, I decided that there were a few possibilities that could come out of cooking for my dog. First, I knew that if he only lived a little while longer, he would be happily blissful eating amazing food that he never even knew existed before. Second, I considered that it just might actually work. Both happened to be the case. As of 12/26/14, Bart has surpassed the professionally diagnosed prognosis by over THREE YEARS. He has reached the age of 11, which means I have been blessed with the experience of watching my dog grow old. And equally as important, he loves his meals.
This website is full of information on many of the ingredients that I put in Bart’s food, the actual recipe, as well as supplements and a Native American tea concoction that I feel is crucial to fighting cancerous cells.

 

Happy Holidays!

download-2 copyJust wanted to stop by and wish everyone Happy Holidays! Bart is sleeping in his bed to my left, and we are enjoying a quiet night listening to some educational audios, doing homework and sipping on wine.

May you all have a pleasant and delightful holiday season!

From Bart and me.
Peace.

 

Update! Bart has surpassed three years as a survivor! 10/3/2014

download-2I apologize for not updating this site often enough. Since I put us up on facebook, I’ve been really lax about updating both blogs. I keep another one with similar content about Bart and how we treat him at http:www.doggeared.wordpress.com

The great news is Bart is doing very well and continues to be enthusiastic about his food and trips to the beach, and any other playtime and lovin’ he gets every day. His kitties are some of his biggest fans, and this November he will be 11 years old!

In this photo, taken last Friday, Bart is not so patiently waiting for a walk with his good friend Stella, who lives around the block from us. We get to walk her from time to time. It’s a nice arrangement for the dogs. They’ve been best friends for at least 9 years, possibly longer!

I want to thank everyone who has been supportive of Bart and our journey together. I hope my blogs help anyone who may be looking for answers to treating canine cancer naturally, and please feel free to spread the word by sharing links to the blog as well as liking and sharing our Facebook page.

Blessings to you all!

 

Bart celebrates his two year anniversary!

GE DIGITAL CAMERAI would have posted this on  the actual day, but my website was being slow and unresponsive and since I’ve remedied the issue let me tell you, September 29 2013 marked two years from the day that the vet at the emergency clinic gave us some very bleak prospects for our little boy’s future.  He advised that we give him chemo, and he would last maybe 8 more months. We said, “Thank you, but no.” and left the office in tears. It was shortly after that meeting that I asked my vet to help me find a  cancer fighting diet for him, and I also began doing some of my own research, adding herbs and other supplements to the regimen. And thankfully today, we still have him with us, happy, and as far as I can see, healthy as a pup should be. We took him to the beach on the 28th and for a romp in the woods on the 29th to help celebrate. Typical weekend activity, but perhaps slightly more significant for us on our anniversary weekend. The photo above was taken yesterday at the beach. He really loves the beach but he’s suspicious of the camera. He’s been accidentally flashed a couple times too many.

Here’s to you and your valiant spirit, your zest for life, and your eternal ability to make me laugh, Bart! I love you more than words could ever describe.

Today Marks 22 Months!

Here is what Bart has been up to on this day that marks 22 months since the bleak prognosis the surgeon gave after his biopsy results came back. He started his morning with this gentle romp with his playmate Bea, an amazing walk in the woods, – the weather has been outstanding – a bath, and more recently, cuddle time with Bea.

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Noni in capsule form!

Recently, our local health food store changed the brand of Noni Juice they were carrying, and the price escalated to a whopping $38.00 for 32oz. If you are treating your pooch with the same kind of regimen we are, you know that it can get a little pricey, especially if you have a larger dog. Bart weighs upwards of 65lbs these days. Well, I was resigned to suck it up and continue to purchase the juice from the same store, after all, they always have it in stock when I need it. But a few days before we were about to run out of our supply, I looked at an advertisement slip that came in my recent order from Apricot Power, the company that sells the B17 and Apricot Seeds we give Bart, and I discovered that they sell Noni in capsules! The capsules are 450 milligrams, at 90 per bottle, and the cost is $15.96 on sale from $19.95! That dose is way higher than what we’ve been giving Bart on a daily basis, so we decided we could give him 1/2  a capsule every day and save a ton of money in the process! This is going to last us for six months! We purchased a bottle on Saturday and I just got a notice that it shipped today. I will keep you all posted on how he does on the new form of Noni.

Life is showing me every day that this really is a very kind universe!

To get there go to www.apricotpower.com

 

The Power of Apricot Seeds and Cancer

I’m very intrigued by the trailer in the link below. I’m really just glad that I discovered apricot seeds and amygdalin, also known as B17, supplements (from the apricot seed) for my Bart when we got our diagnosis. He’s still doing well today. We’ve reached 16 months and are well into our 17th month of thriving and surviving. He looks great and is still happy to play, and most of all he really loves his food. We sprinkle crushed apricot seeds and an amygdalin tablet in each meal, along with other supplements.

I really love Apricot Power as a provider for Bart’s B17 needs. They are fast, cost effective, dependable and always appreciative of my business.  I can’t say enough great things about this company.

www.apricotpower.com

 

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The Benefits of Turmeric For Treating Your Dog’s Cancer

We have used turmeric in Bart’s food from the first batch of homemade vittles. Our regular vet recommended putting it in his food, and we’ve never been without a shaker full since.

A friend shared this great article on the benefits of Turmeric and I felt it was worthy of republishing here. http://www.healthdiaries.com

20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

To read the full article in it’s original form go to:
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

One Year!

It has been a total of fifteen months since the fateful day Bart was rushed into surgery, and today marks one year beyond the survival date the doctors gave him. I think keeping him active and eating the right foods (and only the right foods) has been the main reason for his good health, but now he’s got his kitten buddy keeping guard too. Congratulations Bart, and thanks for sticking around! Life just keeps getting better and better.

Bart And His Very Own Kitten

It has been a while since I’ve made an entry about how Barty is doing thanks to the busyness of the holidays. The news is all good. Everything is still going well, and now we have a new member of the family named Rupert. Bart is so thrilled, because Rupert being a kitten, is really accepting of him. He even gives Bart tail hugs by pacing back and forth below Bart’s belly at mealtime. It’s pretty sweet. I think the thing Bart has wanted more than anything his whole life, is a kitty that will let him get close enough to give a good sniff. He has even more than that with little Rupert. Life is good.

So here’s to my healthy boy and his new baby and best friend.

Meet Soursop, the Cancer Killing Fruit of the Graviola Tree

I’ve been hearing a lot about Soursop lately. I am not giving this to Bart, and have no apparent reason at the moment to add another item to his lengthy regimen. I have read that it is safe to give to dogs but please do your own research and find out for sure if this is accurate. Contact me and let me know if you have any experience with this fruit in the treatment of your dog’s cancer, or your own. I’m hoping to find out anything I can from real people about this supposed miracle fruit! Leave your comment by hitting the reply link below. If the comment is legitimate, (I get a bit of spam) I will respond to you too. Thanks!

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A Mortar and Pestle to save you so much time!

I finally went to Crate and Barrel to get something I’ve been longing for ever since we’ve had to crush a myriad of pills for every one of Bart’s meals, a pestle and mortar. I can’t even begin to praise it enough to do it justice! It is the second greatest tool we’ve discovered on our path to puppy dog wellness. (The first being the 2oz measuring cup, which Crate and Barrel also carries, and sells for under $5!) I want to deeply thank our Neanderthal relatives for bringing us this amazing piece of ancient technology.

And if you don’t have one already and bring it into your home for ease in preparing your dog’s meals, or even if you do have one, just look at what else you can do with it when you have that rare moment of free time from cooking for your dog! ;)

Jamie Oliver is just so cute.

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Barty’s Story

I realized that I never really put Bart’s story up on this site. I had it linked to his chipin page which has since expired. In celebration that he’s still here with us over a year later today, here is the story I drafted up last November, after his surgery and our discovery that he had what was deemed by the doctors as a rapid and aggressive cancer.

Barty’s Story 11/2011

This is my boy Bart. He came into our lives when he was seven weeks old, and for almost eight years he’s been our family’s constant companion, kitty guardian, and resident comedian. He is my pride and joy and my best friend. We have shaped our whole lives around this guy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We only travel to pet friendly places we can get to by car, so our loyal buddy can always accompany us, and we never stay away too long when he’s at home waiting.

Earlier this year, (2011) Bart had surgery on his right knee to help heal a tear in his A.C.L. It was a hard road to go down, since he already had his other knee repaired four years ago and we knew we were in for no picnic. We were reluctant to put him through surgery again, but it needed to be done. Aside from the fact that he had to spend an entire, excruciating night away from us at the hospital, from my dog’s perspective it was pure torture due to the fact that we had to restrict his activity for several weeks. He became so visibly bored at times that we devised little games to help cheer him up. The best of these games was the old find-a-creature-on-the-walk trick, where he sometimes encountered a wayward squeaky toy just waiting to be scooped up and absconded away. Of course, either my partner or I would smuggle said squeaky toy outdoors without notice and drop it when my pooch wasn’t looking, but we first came up with this idea when he actually did find a squeaky toy in the grass on his own. He was so proud every time he found his prize that he would guard it like a running back after receiving the ball. We ended up buying several of the exact same creature, small, spearmint green and all. He must have thought he was harvesting squeaky little neighborhood creatures that had a recent population boom.

The appropriate amount of time had finally passed for healing, and we began doing fun dog things again, going for longer walks, playing ball, walking on the beach, rough housing with other dogs. All was returning to normal until Memorial Day weekend when he woke in the night with explosive diarrhea that would not go away without help from the vet. It happened four times over the course of the next few months. We thought perhaps he had a parasite, but the vet could determine no bugs in his stool. They sent the stool sample to an outside lab, where they found he was giardia free and healthy as far as can be seen. Upon going through the fourth bout, things looked promising when our vet gave us something different called Tylan Powder, or magic powder, as we fondly dubbed the yellow debris. It was a calm Saturday, and Bart was just relaxing at home because diarrhea, as most of us know, can be truly taxing on a body. But by 1:30 that same day, things began to shift in a scary and dramatic way. Bart began stalling in an unusual way on our walk. I finally had to carry him home because he refused to budge after a while. In a matter of an hour, he began writhing in pain on the living room floor, shivering so hard his teeth were chattering. Being an energy healer, I swooped down upon him and showered him with healing vibes until he calmed down considerably, but he wasn’t really showing complete relief, and his body began retching in a backwards fashion. We thought maybe he had bad gas or a reaction to some cooked potato peels from the bland chicken and potato diet we’d been feeding him, but the call to the emergency vet assured us that there was something else happening that needed to be looked into ASAP.

After rushing to animal ER, I had to carry my 62 pound baby from the car into the waiting room. He was in too much pain to rest on the floor, and insisted on resting in my lap. Clear fluid with chunks of potatoes slipped from his mouth, splattering at my feet and causing the vet techs to hasten us to an examination room. We had no idea what was happening. The whole world started spinning as they took my boy into the back. My partner and I sat dumbfounded, helpless in the waiting room. Time crawled to a surreal pace. We halfheartedly gawked at a nearby television showing a food channel reality show featuring a doughnut making contest until we were jolted by the sound of a lab tech calling into our limbo, “Bart?” Again we were summonsed into a special examining room, and like two hungry barn hens, we scurried to the room. A large statured, blonde, German-esque woman told us that Bart’s hydration levels were dangerously low and he needed to be kept on an I.V. drip over night. As hard as that was to hear, the woman’s hulking presence gave me confidence, and we had to tear ourselves away and leave our little man in the hands of these capable folks who could help him in ways I could not. We shared a tearful goodbye, and anxiously awaited his retrieval after a very long, sleepless night. Per hospital rules we were not allowed to get him until 10 am on Sunday morning, so we devised our weekly shopping trip at a grocery store close to the vet – which was 30 minutes away from home – and timed it so we would be finished just before 10. We actually finished around 9:30 and had to keep ourselves occupied because hospital policy dictates that you need to call before you come by to visit, and by 9:59 am, I could no longer stand waiting, and I was on the phone calling to say I’m ready to pick up my Bart. The woman at the front desk said we could come in anytime and the doctor would be able to speak to us about his condition. I thought, “That’s weird. I just want to take him home. Surely he’s hydrated by now.” So I informed her that we were actually just around the corner and would be right in. It was a busy Sunday morning, and we waited for what seemed like an eternity before we were met by a different doctor from the previous night. I kept waiting for her to tell us we could take him home, but instead her words morphed out like Charlie Brown’s teacher as she spoke of fluid in his stomach, and ultra-sound, and a possible mass, and on call surgeons. My ears heard the words but my heart was not having it. I became angry with this new doctor. How could she not see that my dog was just really sensitive and scared because he’s not used to being away from home without us? After I got a few “logical” questions in, she stood firm, and refuted my logic with great patience and persistence. Something was really wrong, and it wasn’t just dehydration. Something in his digestive tract was inhibiting him from absorbing last night’s hydration treatments and at the same time causing fluid to back up into his stomach. Words of possible prognoses fluttered around me like pesky gnats, worst case scenarios and best, but all I clearly heard was, “You can have a seat in the waiting room before we’ll call you to visit with him in back.” Visit, the word was like a kick to the stomach. When we went in back to his caged hospital room, we cried and cried and apologized to our dog. I apologized for crying, and I apologized for not being able to bring him home, and I apologized for crying some more. Then we left so we could get him some food from home because he wouldn’t eat anything at the vet. The day slipped away before we got a phone call from the vet. I heard my partner, on the phone, weakly crumble, “Can we at least get there to see him first?” Bart was about to go into emergency surgery and if things went badly, she was told, they might need to euthanize him on the table. Everything dropped to the floor. We grabbed our keys and jackets and bolted. This time, I was the calm one. We took turns. So I drove the thirty minute trip, trying to stay calm. As soon as we arrived they ushered us into another exam room, and through the opposite door stumbled in a dazed Bart. We grabbed him and cried into his neck. We told him we loved him, and that if he needed to leave us, we understood, but if he wanted to stay and fight we supported him completely. They took him from us and we waited. For how long, I can’t really say. The goal during our wait was to have pure positive thoughts only. Science tells us that our thoughts shape our world and I wasn’t about to test that theory through contrarian measures. An interesting side effect of focusing on only positive thoughts, time sort of shifts and flows differently.

We discovered that he had a mass the size of an orange that had recently ruptured, which the surgeon removed along with six inches of his small intestine. He made it through the surgery, and he did well. He did great, actually. The vet asked us if we wanted to see him before we left for home, assuring us it wouldn’t rile him up, for he wouldn’t even know we were there. Well, he did know, and he tried to get up to leave with us. He remained at the emergency vet for three more days, and every day the doctors told us how surprised they were by his wonderful recovery. Bart, being a pit bull or American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff), is a member of a breed notorious for a high tolerance for pain. He had the entire hospital staff amazed by his resilience and determination. He was up and about the next day, loving his trips outside every two hours for a little relief. By early Wednesday evening we were ecstatic to be able to bring him home again. I honestly think even the cats missed him. And as I write this, he is lying on his favorite dog bed recovering from a surgical procedure that would have rendered any human being incapacitated for the first several days.

    He’s tough and tender all at the same time. Most of all, he’s my baby, and nothing could keep me from rescuing him.

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It has been over a year since we went through this. His diagnosis was extremely bleak, 3 months if we did nothing, and 8 months with chemo. We decided we didn’t like either of these options and began feeding him an anti-cancer, cancer starving diet with the help of my vet and he’s still here, thriving. He’s still being my clown and best friend and I couldn’t be more grateful! To see the diet I have been giving Bart click here.