Making lemonade

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As summer comes to an end and fall rapidly descends upon us, I was grateful for the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

Friday was 14 days after our second dose of chemotherapy (carboplatin). Based on the very low number of neutrophils and the extended time to return to normal our oncologist lowered the dose this time around. Kill the cancer, not the dog. We never saw a significant drop in his neutrophils this time around — the good news is it meant that we had this long weekend to enjoy out and about rather than staying “quarantined”. The “bad” news is that if the carboplatin didn’t affect his bone marrow, it may not have had as significant of an impact on the cancer. In an effort to “be more dog” we are focusing on the good — we had a chance to share these beautiful moments and make these wonderful memories.

We also appreciated our Ruffwear gear SO MUCH this weekend. As an owner of a large breed dog I am used to Larges or XLs still being much too small. Not with Ruffwear! Their harnesses fit well AND are functional. The harness really came in handy this weekend to help give G a “boost” up banks and ledges.


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Author: jkopper

The lucky owner of Grover, a Great Dane, living with osteosarcoma.

6 thoughts on “Making lemonade”

  1. Gorgeous photos❤❤ So glad you had a wonderful weekend to chill and just love each other. Fingers, toes, paws and tails crossed that G continues to do well. Sending hugs to all of you,
    Jackie and Huck❤

    1. Thanks so much! Fingers crossed! I have to remind myself that we have had some “extra” great weeks so far. Every minute matters 🙂

  2. Now THAT looks like a fantastic way to spend a long weekend. Look at that leggy boy of yours, he sure wears his Ruffwear gear so well. Super hoppy it’s working for you guys.

    As for the chemo…yep, you just gotta roll with it and see how things play out. I like that your onco is so in tune with what Grover’s body needs to thrive. Clearly it’s working, and when you combine everything together, including your great attitude, that’s the best prescription for a hoppy life on 3.

    Keep on hoppin’!

    1. Thanks Jerry! I feel very fortunate to have a great oncology team that listened to our goals, let us make the decisions and now fights for us and to help us get these moments every step of the way. I’m sure that lake water must be bad for cancer cells! 😉 haha!

  3. I just love looking at pictures of Grover. Such a handsome, regal boy. And the backdrops seem as though Nature made them just for him😎
    Grover is enjoying being Grover and that is exactly why we do what we do here! Keep on keeping in Nature Boy!😎
    Hugs
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    1. Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement! Those first few weeks were so rough with what felt like no light at the end of the tunnel. I am so glad that we kept going … all of these moments have made it totally worth it!

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