One Year Later ….

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I can’t believe it’s been a year. The blog posts dwindled (ok, became non-existent) because the truth is … we were out, busy, living Grover’s “best life”.

A year ago today we were blissfully unaware of what the future would hold. A year ago tomorrow we were still in denial when Grover came up toe-touching lame on his left forelimb during a walk around the block – I mean, we had just been hiking in the mountains a few days before, how bad could it be? A year ago the 5th we wondered if there would even be a tomorrow when we received the news.

Well, there was a tomorrow. There were 360 (and counting) tomorrows. We went to the pacific ocean, hiked the same mountains again on 3-legs just as we had on four. He was the dog-of-honor in my wedding. We moved half-way across the country to Iowa. We ate SO MANY cheese burgers, ice creams, steaks and more. We learned to love today and try to let go of worrying about tomorrow.

One year later it’s ironic because I found myself having similar conversations – staring at a different tumor this time in his intestinal tract – wondering what’s fair, what’s right, what should we do. But this time we feel grateful, instead of robbed and scared. Because no matter what, we stole back 360 days (and counting) from osteosarcoma. Latest imaging showed that he is still free of visible pulmonary metastases and his rib metastasis is still stable which is nothing short of a miracle.

Happy Hops to All –


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Author: jkopper

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

2 thoughts on “One Year Later ….”

  1. WOAH! Talk about a year to remember. Holy moly did I space and forget you had moved to Iowa? Gosh the last 365 days went by so fast. Don’t feel bad about not posting, it’s awesome that you were enjoying every moment to the fullest. This is what we hope all people will do when they start this cancer journey.

    And now, I’m just elated that he is going strong and thriving. These are the successes that we all hope for, the ones that go on to become legendary, and inspire others in their search for positivity when dealing with the bad news that a leg has to come off. Grover, you are true Tripawds Hero.

    Congratulations on your one year ampuversary! Cheers to many, many more.

  2. GROVER!!! OMD!!! You are sich an inspawration!! Ao hapoh to read this update AND to see that delightful picture! You two are definitely living in the now soakng up the Zen of nature 😊

    Yoj are your hoomans are role models for Be More Dog and making every moment count. That’s the lesson, and you taught your hoomans very well! 👍
    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ONE YEAR AMPUVERSARY and keep em coming!! Hope you got some ice cream and cake!!
    Hugs
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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