♡《 Reporting for Duty 》♡
Koa 11.07.2015 - Newfoundland
Buddy 01.10.2006 - 04.08.2018
Mastiff X Ridgeback
One week ago today, I said goodbye to my best friend and soulmate for the past eleven and a half years. No words can describe the heartbreak of losing him. Rest In Peace Buddy, you were my everything
. 01.10.2006 - 04.08.2018 #RIPBoof
When you almost capture that perfect photo but your subjects spot someone with a squeaky ball in the distance 🤭 #EyesOnThePrize .
Photo Credit: @mandypalmieri
I wish I could speak fluent dog, but I'm pretty sure Buddy is saying "get me the hell out of here" #ImNotBuiltForThisShit
Throwback to our snow trip to Dinner Plain last year.
I won't lie, there was a lot to organise to make it happen such as dog friendly accommodation, snow gear, permits, chains🤬 etc, but all in all, it was definitely worth it!!
One week ago today, we received the devastating news, confirming that Buddy has Lymphoma.
Since then, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions, trying to digest the news whilst making the most of the time we have left together.
When we received the news, Buddy had already lost a significant amount of weight due to severe vomiting. I knew then, that if the situation didn't improve quickly, our time together would be even shorter.
After discussions with our vet, we started Buddy on Prednisone and some anti-nausea medications, fully aware that this was no cure but rather a short term fix to slow the spread, relax his stomach and make him comfortable.
If there is one good thing that's come out of this, it's that Buddy has responded really well to the medication. The vomiting ceased immediately and he is noticeably more comfortable.
The hardest part for us is facing a dog, who for the most part, is happy, active and who would eat us out of house and home if we let him, yet knowing how sick he is beneath the surface.
For now, we will continue to live in the moment and make the most of our time together, however long or short that may be.
Over the past week, we have received many thoughtful messages from our Insta-family, checking in to see how Buddy is doing. We are humbled by the support and kind words, it truly means the world to us, so thank you
This poor guy has been very sick over the past few weeks.
After surviving two major hits to his health over a year ago (and literally cheating death twice), he bounced back with more zest for life than ever. He's king of the house and keeps old mate Koa in check, despite his notably smaller size.
The one lasting reminder of what Buddy went through, is his sensitive (and slightly smaller) stomach that he was left with. We learnt the hard way how careful we have to be with any remnants of treats left over in the backyard from Koa. Buddy is an A1 Hoover and nothing slips past that nose of his.
Bones are his main enemy and even a fragment of bone results in intermittent vomiting for a couple of weeks.
This time we're not sure what has triggered his decline in health but he hasn't been able to keep many meals down over the past few weeks and has lost a significant amount of weight.
We took him to the vet and discovered that his lymph nodes were very inflamed, so today he is booked in for some scans and blood work to find out exactly what is going on.
This was the face that greeted me this morning before we took him in for his scans. We are hoping and praying that it's not lymphoma but will keep you all posted once we know more #PleaseKeepBuddyInYourThoughts