As usual, Bart is involved in fantastic events and I am the lucky soul who gets to go along for the ride!
We were invited to attend a Police Dog Demonstration held by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to reward an elementary school that raised the most money in their local penny drive. The money raised is all donated to Chase Away K9 Cancer and the founder of the organization flew in from Oregon and asked Bart & I to join in the fun! Bart made his appearance and the children absolutely LOVED him!! At one point, over 30 kids swarmed Bart to pet him and meet him and he ate it up like chocolate pudding! Bart has the calm confidence with humans that is just incredible. The swarm of kids never rattled him and when the sea of children parted, you could see his happy Vizsla face looking up at them all with his tail wagging.
We even made the front page of the Douglas County Sentinel! Just look at those smiling faces…another once in a lifetime experiences I have been fortunate to have with Bart!!
He had round 2 of his chemo regimen yesterday and is eating and resting comfortably in my office as we speak!
I am amazingly not stressed about this second battle. I am not going to worry about something that has not happened and am just going to try my best to do whatever I can for him. I love Bart with all my heart. I don’t want to lose him. I really don’t. But I also don’t want to taint the amazing time we have right now with my fears of what might happen in the future.
I am still following Bart’s lead of happy happy joy joy! And Bart’s message to cancer is clear!! YOU WON’T WIN!!
We hope everyone has a magical Memorial Weekend!
We Love you All!!
Darcy & Bart
Bart is doing amazing! He was able to start his first round of chemo last week and he did fantastic! He is on the same protocol as in 2008, so I have some reference on how he will do. Of course, he is now 9 years old so his body is different and I am mindful of that.
He is eating a home cooked diet and his wonderful holistic vet, Dr. Susan Wynn, is concocting a specially tailored diet for him which should be ready by next week. Dr. Wynn also put together “Bart’s Blend” of holistic herbs to be his Bone Stasis to keep his bones as healthy as they are now. Our goal is quality of life and to keep him eating during his chemo treatments. So far so good. We have many options to keep him eating.
During Bart’s visit with Dr. Wynn, he really wooed her over and she kept saying how very Charming Bart is…well, of course. No surprise to me. Bart is one of those dogs with lovely confidence that will walk right up to a stranger, look them straight in the face with his Vizsla smile and wag his tail until he gets what he wants – a butt rub!!
Bart loves the mornings when it is nice and cool. He runs all over the place and just could not be more joyful! I am taking his lead on this – if he is happy, I will be happy. He trusts me, and I am going to trust him. He has never let me down so far, so why would I not trust him?
So, we are moving along quite well and enjoying each day. I can say that having gone through this once before, I am astonished at how much easier it is to appreciate the good and not worry about the bad. I read something somewhere that said, “Worrying is like Praying for something you don’t want.”
Right now we intend to Be.More.Dog and enjoy life!
Love all of you in the Tripawd Nation!
Darcy & Bart