Author: Sweet Dreams Pet Sitting

Hope’s Final Journey

Shortly after my last blog about Hope, we had to make the difficult decision to let him go.  It has taken me three months to write about it. He had gotten progressively weaker and on his last day he tried so hard to follow me around the house and I could see how it exhausted… Read more »

Hope’s Journey #2 1/10/16

Hope enjoyed a summer of feeling well, working as a Therapy Dog, helping our other dogs chase squirrels and following me around the house. Unfortunately, when we took him back for a follow-up in September concerning his lymphoma, we were told that the lymphoma was back.  That was something I wasn’t prepared to hear so… Read more »

Hope’s Journey Update #1

Well, it’s been a little over a month since Hope’s last chemotherapy for lymphoma.  The oncologist gave him a clean bill of health and wants to see him in April for a follow up. I think he’s gained a little weight.  His ribs don’t feel so sharp anymore and his appetite has definitely improved.  He… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Weeks 17 through 25

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated Hope’s Journey.  There wasn’t anything new to add and I felt I was repeating myself too much. Hope is doing very well.  There has been no more weight loss.  In fact, he has a hearty appetite lately and we often give him more food after he has finished his… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Weeks 14, 15 & 16

Time can go by so quickly during the holiday season. Hope is doing very well.  He has had two treatments since my last blog, Vincristine and Cytoxin.  He did not get sick following these drugs, and we have kept him on the appetite stimulant and the oncologist added Pepcid AC to his regimen on Wednesday… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Weeks 12 & 13

These last two weeks have been pretty rough for Hope.  He had chemotherapy on Thursday, October 30 and was given Adriamycin again.  This is the same drug that made him so sick in September, just before we left for our annual vacation. The oncologist gave him a lower dose this time because of the previous… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Week 11

Once again, Hope’s white blood count was too low for chemotherapy, so it’s back to a week of taking antibiotics.  On Thursday the clinic will do blood work again and hopefully he will receive his treatment.  The good news is that is weight is up to 40.8 lbs. Since I can’t tell you much about… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Week 10

Even though it’s been ten weeks since Hope started his chemotherapy, I still get emotional at times with the whole process. This week when we arrived at Blue Pearl – Georgia Veterinary Specialists for Hope’s weekly chemotherapy, he was very nervous.  I don’t know if he was picking up on the energy from other dogs… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Weeks 8 & 9

I missed writing last week’s blog since we had family visiting from out-of-town, then made a short trip out of state for a family reunion.  So here is the catch up. Last week Hope was supposed to receive the oral medication, Cytoxin.  Unfortunately, he once again had Leukopenia, a white blood cell count that was… Read more »

Hope’s Journey – Week 7

My goodness, how fast time flies.  It’s hard to believe that seven weeks ago we were just starting our journey together with Hope, our thirteen year old, beautiful Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix who had been diagnosed with lymphoma. After seven weeks of treatment, Hope’s oncologist, Dr. Hamilton at Blue Pearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists, let us… Read more »