Thankful for 3 month ampuversary!

As if Thanksgiving isn’t exciting enough… three months today, baby!

Our house has been full of life and love (and turkey). Usually it is only Samdog, us pawrents, and the three chicken sisters around the ranchito. For the last week we added 4 more adults, one young short person, two more dogs, and a cat to the homestead.

It has been great. Sam would like to add that there was turkey too.

He has been doing great! 4 chemos down and another one next week. We also get a chest xray to look at that dang spot to see if it has changed. I refuse to admit it out loud, but in writing it is worth noting that I am hearing a cough. He coughed before and I should not worry until we look st the chest film again, but I do.

Sam spent time swimming yesterday with his pal Millie. Too cold for humans but it was pretty good for retrievers. Sorry we didn’t get pix.

After Sam was done swimming and we took off the float coat, he decided he wasn’t done and went back in without it. He had to rescue tennis balls for another 20 minutes or so. Somebody had to, Millie was having trouble using the steps to get in the pool and she was too nervous to jump in. She is a country girl, used to swimming in real ponds, not cement ones.

We must have over done it though, because when Sam came out his teeth were chattering and we were having trouble warming him up. He looked like a beached whale in the living room with 4 towels and 2 blankets layered over him with me snuggling and he still shivered for about an hour. I admit, it frightened us all a little. Then I got smart and threw some towels in the dryer to warm them up. We peeled back the layers, added the warm towels then layered him back up. The shivering slowed down and he fell asleep still looking like a big red seal under the blankets. When he woke up, the blankets were so heavy, he couldn’t shake them off and stand up. Hah.

So, here is a question… Sam spent all summer swimming in nearly frozen water without trouble. The air temp was colder in the sierras in summer than here in AZ yesterday… does carbo effect his ability to thermoregulate? Why would he have been shivering so badly yesterday? It is a mystery for now… I am thankful we are back to doing great today. We even went swimming, but for less time.

We are also thankful for friends who are family and our community here at tripawds. Oh, and Sam would again like to add… and for turkey.

Hoppy Three month ampuversary to Samdog and Hoppy Thanksgiving to you all!

Author: samdog

Sam was a 10 yr old Golden. We found a mass on his right arm bone on August 17, 2012. Confirmed Sarcoma on August 22, amputation on August 23, post amp biopsy confirmed osteosarcoma. We found lung mets on November 27 and Spirit Sam earned his wings on December 2, 2012. As a retired SAR dog, we were always up for an adventure... We didn't know where we were headed, and we don't regret a single step along our path. My heart left us too soon, but left a legacy of love that we will always cherish.

4 thoughts on “Thankful for 3 month ampuversary!”

  1. Mmmmmm Turkey! I’m so glad you got to celebrate your ampuversary on such an important day. Congratulations Samdog, you made it to lucky #3! With each new one, may you kick cancer butt more and more.

    Ok, the cough….you know, many people THINK they hear it but usually that’s not really what they’re hearing. Believe me, they will KNOW when it’s THE cough. It’s very different. And even if that dumb spot is bad news, one spot usually won’t cause the cough. So tell your people not worry OK?

    About thermoregulation…I don’t know the answer to that, but maybe if you posted in “Ask a Vet” you might get some insight. And so will I, so please do post there so others can learn from it.

    I’m glad you got all warmed up after freezing like that. I think it was just too cold, that’s all. Tell your peeps not to worry OK?

    Keep on loving life my friend.

  2. Happy Ampuversary Sam! Sounds like you probably got a good chunk of a turkey bird yesterday! That deserves congratulations too! As for why you were so cold, I don’t have an answer to that. Maybe that cold water just got down beneath your second coat and it was hard to shake away. Either way, it sounds like you got the royal treatment and all is well again! Have a great weekend buddy! We’ll be sending positive thoughts your way for your next check up!

  3. We have some pics. didn’t get any with both dogs in the pool but some cute ones of Samman. We also got a few with them playing but it’s a blur of fur. I will send them.
    lv u 3

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