I’m a healthy little guy!

Henry profile, looking at screen and typing with r paw

Martha took me  to a vet yesterday who said I was “a healthy little guy who had a few lumps removed.” Then he said  I should eat more meals during the day. Say no more! I liked this guy, even though he was tall and wore big shoes. When he scratched my left ear in the perfect spot, I smooched him. I also smooched all  his assistants.

He talked to Martha for a long time, but I didn’t understand much of it. I just wanted to know when those extra meals would start!


He’s not fibbing. The vet oncologist, Dr. Ayl, did say those things. He also explained that the surgeon removed not only the tumor in Henry’s stomach, but also a suspicious looking area, which was where the cancer showed up. Unfortunately, the biopsy indicated that some cancer cells remained along the edges. However, Dr. Ayl said that Henry is basically “in remission.” That sounded hopeful. He couldn’t tell me how long it would last, but it was better news than I expected.

He made sure I understood that the cancer was still in Henry, and that it couldn’t  be cured, but there were things we could do. Of course he talked about chemo therapy, which would require numerous visits and injections or infusions, but I didn’t like the sound of that.

Next he explained that “cancer in dogs depends on angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels) to survive and proliferate. Tumors create new blood vessels that supply them with oxygen and nutrients, allowing them to grow in size and spread throughout the body. Antiangiogenic therapy cuts off these new blood vessels, effectively starving tumors and preventing their growth, so the cancer may be controlled with effective doses of these drugs.”

These drugs are chemo too, but they come in pill form, so Henry would not be traumatized by treatment. There are potential side effects, like low white blood cell counts, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, fatigue, and stomach ulceration, but he would get blood tests and I would keep a close eye on him. If he feels really lousy, then we’ll stop. My main concern is Henry’s comfort, not the length of his life.

That’s all for now. It’s time to give the healthy little guy another meal!


13 thoughts on “I’m a healthy little guy!

  1. Dear Martha,

    Sounds like you and Henry had a good Dr. visit!😊 And he enjoys writing on your computer! Are you relieved? I was trying to respond within Dogged Hope but can not seem to do it. Will try again. How are you? Did Don get home last night?

    I love you very much, Mom

    Sent from my iPad


  2. So happy to hear! !!! I’m doing a dance of joy for Henry. Pretty good news from such bad stuff  last week. Hugs to both of you. I’m off to see my mom  for a few days. I’ll check in when I get back.  Carol

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

  3. Yay!! So happy for Mr Henry and you! You have had one heck of a spring and summer. Let’s hope things are calm for a while. ♡

  4. 😊Such great news!🤗 🙏
    [Supplements that are great healers (per sè), for cancer patients: Apricot seeds. These are dry & tasteless but my mom grinded them in yogurt and/or salads (better to eat).
    And vitamin B1 & B12 taken together.
    *Not sure with animals but these are ‘really good’ supplements. I don’t think there’s any harm in giving pets supplements/vitamins.
    Years ago doctors use to give patients B1 & B12 shots to help heal ailments.
    I take these two everyday.
    Martha, are you on Twitter? I’m @TypeRtist on there.
    I think you should be😉😊 …to help spread the word of your new book.😊🤗

    • Thank you for nice comment, and for the suggestions.
      I must confess I know nothing about Twitter. I see that your blog posts don’t go beyond 2015, is that because you use Twitter more? I’m curious about using it for my book promotion mostly, but feel really ignorant. Any words of wisdom or guidance for me??

      • I’ve just been overwhelmed, and haven’t been as active online as how I was. I’ll get back to it again eventually (in near future). I’m a caretaker for my mom, and a patient myself— so it’s not easy.
        Having a Twitter acct, you’re able to share (post) from here (WordPress) to Twitter. On whatever time of day is best for you, you can set it for replies here—Or replies (engage/engagements) on Twitter.
        On the plus side 😉😁 you’ll meet even more people. 😊

  5. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through so much. It sounds hard. Where do you post your writing?
    If something posts from Word Press to twitter, does it only take 140 characters? is it possible to look at examples of Twitter posts before getting an account? Sorry for all the questions. If you’re too busy, don’t worry. I’ll try to research it. I’d love to see your Tweets.

  6. ☺️I don’t consider myself ‘a writer’. I should tho blog-post more. I’m more artistically creative. Love calligraphy, typography, and photography. 😊
    *Gathering info for you…

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