One whole year! I remember a year ago–Cemil had been limping for about 3 weeks. I tried to treat him with rest and finally took him to the vet, on Thursday, January 15th. They couldn’t find any problems so they decided to x-ray his leg. I had to wait in the lobby area. Dr Montoya came out and invited me to come in to an examining room where she told me that she had some bad news. She said that when they tried to position Cemil’s leg to get a good shot, he screamed. That was her first clue that this was not something simple. The x-ray showed the distinctive sunburst and thin thumbprint, which she showed me, and she told me what it meant. I was in shock. He was only 3 years old and had been in very good health. All I could think was that I was going to have to put him down, and soon. As I was trying to gain control of myself, Dr Montoya told me that amputation was an option that I shouldn’t rule out. She told me to do some research, that she’d be back in the office on the following Tuesday and I could let her know then what I wanted to do. I found Tripawds and decided to go ahead with the amputation and hope for another 6 to 8 months with my boy. Thinking about his fourth birthday in October made me cry every time because I doubted he’d make it there, although I never let on to him. And now look! It’s one year later and he has no signs of metastasis that anyone can find. God has surely blessed me!
Since Cemil’s favorite thing to do is meet new people, he celebrated by doing just that.
Day 1: Go to work with Mom.
The Boss, Fariborz, likes dogs and offered Cemil a piece of bread–the only thing in the refrigerator that he might like (olive bread–a favorite of Fariborz too).
Cemil stationed himself where he could keep an eye on all comings and goings, and snoozed while we worked.
Then, he decided that Fariborz’ office was where the action was. Or was he hoping for another piece of olive bread?
Mom thought that the purple pimp hat was a must to end the day. Cemil doesn’t seem to agree.
On Day 2, Wednesday, Cemil had to stay home because Mom goes places he can’t go. Her friend Ginger came over and congratulated Cemil, which made up for it somewhat.
We had chicken and spinach with yogurt sauce for dinner, and Cemil enjoyed it all.
On Day 3, Thursday, Cemil had an appointment for a check-up with Dr Williams at Bishop Ranch Vet Center. Dr Williams took over his care after he’d healed up from the surgery. She’s the one who recommended the Hoxsey-like Formula and the ImmPower; she also put him on Vitamins A&D.
"Is there a needle in your hand??"
Dr Williams took him around to see everybody in the back (and trimmed his nails), and then the front desk people gave him treats.
And then the celebration had reached the end of its three days. Let’s see…lots of new people, lots of treats, people-food for dinner…Cemil is happy. Mom is happy too.