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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a great holiday!  Here are a couple of pictures from ours.

Trying to get Murphy in front of the tree is a chore!  lol  He acts as if he’s being punished.



Getting all 3 together in front of the tree is even worse!  So I settled for the couch this year 🙂


I couldn’t pass up on this shot.  Cassie & Murphy have loved each other from the minute that they met.  I love this picture of their 3 front feet together <3


I think they’re saying, “Are you done yet?”



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The new rugs are here!!!

Here are the new rugs and everyone approves!

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Carpet problems

So we just spent the weekend pulling up the carpeting in the living room.  My husband already pulled the carpet from the hallways back in October, so we’re trying to get things finished before Christmas.  It’s all Jasmine’s fault, really.  I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say that we’re relieved the wood is mostly not stained and we just need to replace some baseboards.  It’s better than we expected.  The hazards of having pets! ugh

I’ve already ordered some rugs from Wayfair and they should be here this week.  Murphy, however, is not happy!  He was already having a hard time with just the hallway floor, but he was really slipping on the living room floor.  So I had to scramble around for what I could find.  We have a hodge-podge of rugs, a bath mat & even a scrap of old carpet.

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20161204_190904  Everybody had to check them out! I think he’s happy 🙂


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4 years ago today

4 years ago today Murphy had his first x-rays.  He had already been limping for a couple of weeks and our vet had started him on pain medication and an anti-inflammatory.  With the medications he could walk with just barely a limp.  My husband had had an accident at work the day before, so we spent the night in the hospital, but I made it home in time to get Murphy out to his appointment at the radiology center.  I walked in, met the doctor and explained what had been going on.  He took Murphy to the back and returned with him just a few minutes later, telling me that everything looked great.  I was so relieved – he must have just strained something running out in the yard with the other dogs.  Famous last words, right?  He gave me a copy of the x-rays on CD and sent us on our way.

A couple of weeks later, Murphy finished his medications and immediately started limping and yelping in pain again.  I took him back to our vet along with the CD of the x-rays.  When our vet reviewed the x-rays, however, he thought he ‘might’ see something near Murphy’s elbow, but the picture was a little bit blurry.   He gave us a refill on the medications and told me that if that didn’t do it, he would give us a referral to an orthopedic specialist.  The medications helped again until January, which is when we got the referral to go out to Michigan State University.  However, it took a few weeks to get an appointment.

Why didn’t they get a better picture??? Why?  It wasn’t until February that we got repeat x-rays.  Murphy went misdiagnosed for 4 months!  And it was over 5 months by the time he had his biopsy, even more x-rays, then finally surgery.

Murphy 10/12



I do realize how very lucky we’ve been – we’ve gotten 3 1/2 years so far, and that’s just incredible.  But I still get angry that Murphy was in pain and that time could have been made better for him.  He could have had surgery sooner.  I knew something was wrong, but I never thought it was cancer.


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Dental Cleaning

Murphy used to have beautiful white teeth.  But the past couple of years they’ve gotten more & more build-up on them and his breath has gotten horrid.  Last spring at his check-up our vet suggested a dental cleaning, but I declined.  At the time I told him that Murphy was 3 years post-op and way past what his prognosis had been, and I was afraid to have him go under general anesthesia because I was sure that he probably had some lung metastasis by now.  So, he prescribed some antibiotics for him – clindamycin twice a day for 10 days every month, it’s an old-school treatment to kill the bacteria in his mouth.  That, I was willing to do (well, until I had to pay for the antibiotics! lol $78 yikes!).

But with the clear x-rays last month I started thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to finally get this done for him.  He’s lost a couple of teeth in the front and his gums are red, so I worry that maybe his teeth are painful and it probably hurts to eat.   So last week he got his blood work done – and it came back perfect!  🙂  And on Monday he started on antibiotics.

Then came this morning.  Well.  He was fine when I went to bed last night.  And he was fine when my husband got up for work and let the dogs outside.  But 15 minutes later he let them in and Murphy just laid down inside the door whining.  He wouldn’t walk and he kept crying.  It seemed like it might be his front leg that hurt so I put some ice on it and gave him a Carprofen.  When I got back up a little while later, he still whined, but I still couldn’t pinpoint where he was hurt, until I tried to turn his head aside to get to his shoulder – then he yelped.  So I wondered if maybe it was his neck/shoulder area that was hurt?  I did some massage to the area and let him rest some more.  When we left for the vet’s he was able to walk out & get into the car pretty well.

I made sure to tell the techs exactly what happened, as far as I knew.  They offered to re-schedule, but I was pretty sure he probably just tweaked something while he was outside.  I left him there and left the decision up to the doctor when he got in.  Murphy ended up with 5 or 6 extractions and came home with some Tramadol & more antibiotics.  He’s mostly been resting today, but he did eat some canned food tonight.  And he does have some beautiful white teeth!








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