Monday, May 30, 2011

Old Faithful--The American Flag

This painting, Old Faithful, depicts the dog painted as the American flag. The bright background colors are a symbol of hope.

Old Faithful, © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
Please take a moment to remember those who are serving, have served and fallen for our country this Memorial Day including our canine friends.

Prints of this image are available for purchase on my website.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lucy has Cancer, Part 5

This is a repost from my pet blog for those of you following Lucy's progress.  She is doing fantastic!!!

Since my last posting regarding Lucy's cancer, we took Lucy to have her lung  x-rays .  Great news:  Clear--no signs of cancer!

During the x-ray reading, Doctor Kevin informed me Lucy's tummy was full of chicken bones.  He let me know in case she had gotten into the trash.  I told him they were from the chicken leg she ate for lunch.  Yum, yum!

Lucy is thriving on her grain-free, raw food diet.  She went from an allergic, ichy, hot spot, yeasty-earred dog to clear skin, no bald spots and spotless, clean smelling ears.  Yippee!

In addition to Lucy's raw diet, she receives the following supplements to support her immune system:
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Milk Thistle
  • Chlorella
  • Spirulina
  • CoQ10
  • Bone Meal Powder
  • Astaxanthin
  • Balanced Amino Acids
  • Halo VitaGlo Hip & Joint Supplement

We have more great news:  Lucy made it through her second surgery to remove two additional tumors!  She had prolotherapy injections to her torn ACL in her knee too.  The two tumors were benign and her knee is getting stronger.  Doctor Kevin at Loving Touch Animal Center:  You rock!

Kevin Brantly, DVM
Upon the healing of her incisions, we started messaging Lucy's scars to prevent scar tissue from forming and adhering to other internal areas of her body.  Lucy loves the extra-special attention.  Who doesn't love a message?

Lucy is a bit more tired these days.  We've started our 1 mile walks again.  She doesn't ever seem too tired to walk me. I forgot how fast she goes and got shin splints the first few times.  They were well worth the smile on her face as she paced through the 'hood to smell the roses.  Err, replace the word "roses" with "pee spots".

Lucy laying under my desk
We are extremely happy Lucy made it through her surgeries.  Her innocent, joyful spirit completes our lives.

In case you missed the other posts leading up to this one, here they are: