Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Has Sprung and So Have I

Hi everyone. Spring is in the air and I can feel it now. I just wanted to let you all know that I am finally feeling better and I am now on my way back to my foster home. It sure was a long stay at the vet's, but they made me all better and I feel GREAT!!!!! They took such good care of me, I can't thank them enough. I made friends with everyone there and they were all so happy I was going home. For my going away party, I got to wear something really special. And I have to tell you, I felt pretty special too. I know I have a long road to follow for recovery, but I can tell you this, the way I feel today, I have no doubt, that I will be up and running in no time. Thanks everyone for your prayers and donations and love. I will continue to need all of those for a while, so please don't stop thinking about me.

GiGi is a testament to the inner strength of believing and the will to fight, in order to overcome obstacles that are tossed our way. She didn't give up and we hope she can be an inspiration to others.

What a difference from before my surgery, but as you can see, I'm on the mend and I plan on staying that way too.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sugery Update March 6th,2009

It's been 12 days since GiGi's major surgery. Due to some complications she may need to be re-sutured where the incision opened. It is amazing how stoic GiGi has been through all of this and the clinic staff just adore her. Unfortunately the next surgery will add onto her already expensive vetting bill. So far the cost is over $1700 and we really need some donations. If you are a dog lover and know anyone who is a cancer survivor, please give generously.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This Didn't Have To Happen To Me

As you look at the size of GiGi's original tumor- you have to wonder how could someone let this happen? Unfortunately GiGi was used as a brood bitch and because she was never spayed she developed mammary cancer later in life. We are sure once her previous owner saw the tumor- instead of doing the responsible thing, he dumped her at the local shelter not caring that her odds of being adopted would be slim to none. Spaying and neutering not only helps decrease unwanted litters of puppies that may eventually be euthanized in over-populated shelters across the country- but it also helps prevent hormone related cancer in dogs and cats.

GiGi is the third birddog we have brought into the rescue that needed a complete mastectomy- meaning all of her mammaries have been removed from her belly up to under her arm pits. She has a Y shaped "zipper" of stitches and we were lucky she had a lot of skin- as the surgeon was able to remove most of the affected areas. Her chest X-rays were clean so we know the cancer had not metastocized. The road to recovery will be long- however. It will take months of TLC in foster care for GiGi to regain all of her strength- but to her credit- she is still showing her bubbly joyful personality and we are confindent in a few months we will find her a loving new forever home.