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Goodbye Maggie May

Goodbye Maggie May

This past Saturday morning, we lost our Maggie May. She fought a year-long battle with osteosarcoma and lived life on her own terms right till the end. That morning, she was happily awaiting her breakfast when she collapsed and died within moments.     When you have a dog that is terminall... »

Maggie Health Update

Maggie Health Update

It’s been almost a year since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left shoulder. She’s been through a lot of treatment and has been a model patient throughout. Read about Maggie’s treatment Part I and Part II.     Maggie has just turned twelve and amazingly, she... »

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

SlimDoggy Jack Health Update

We’ve had some health issues with both Jack & Maggie lately and a lot has happened since our last post about them, so I thought I’d provide an update and outlook. I’ll start with Jack and provide a post for Maggie after her Doctor’s appointment this week.     J... »

Maggie Update – March

Maggie Update – March

It’s been a few months since I updated Maggie’s status relative to her osteosarcoma. It’s been almost eight months since her initial diagnosis and we’re happy to report she is going strong (knock on wood).     She completed her chemotherapy treatments for the osteos... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

Folks have been asking how our Maggie is doing, so I thought I’d provide a brief update. Maggie is almost 6 months out from her osteosarcoma diagnosis. She has been through the advanced Sterotactic Radiation treatment and six rounds of chemo which included an infusion of Pamidronate, a bone st... »

2015 in Review

2015 in Review

For the 2014 New Year, we asked our readers to share a photo of their dogs proclaiming their resolutions for the year. Many of you participated and we hope you go back and look at your resolutions and see how you did.   Last year, we didn’t make any ‘formal’ resolutions for 20... »

Maggie’s Letter to Santa

Maggie’s Letter to Santa

The other day, we turned the blog over to Jack for his letter to Santa…Maggie insisted on her own time for her letter too, so here you go:   Dear Santa, My brother Jack has asked for a freezer full of bacon for Christmas and listed all the ways he has been good this past year. I will admi... »

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

I felt compelled to write this post as I know there are many pet owners/pet parents/pet lovers out there who, like us, are living with a terminally ill pet. In an effort to provide a community for our shared experiences, I wanted to offer what little comfort or words of advice that I could about our... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

On July 28th of this year, our life went sideways. That’s the day our Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Since that time, we’ve gone through a new form of radiation therapy called Sterotactic Radiation, four rounds of chemotherapy, countless blood tests and trips to the... »

Special Care for your Senior Pets

Special Care for your Senior Pets

We have had nothing but senior pets in our family since we adopted Becca in 2009. Tino was already eleven when we adopted her after our Sally passed at age 12 and Becca was 8 at the time. Jack and Maggie were both around 8 when we adopted them too, so we have lots of experience in caring for senior ... »

Feel a Lump?  Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

Feel a Lump? Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

You may have heard that saying from your vet, or you may have been told “Let’s watch it”. Certainly it’s your choice whether you pay the money to have a lump aspirated and tested or wait for it to grow or change…we’re just suggesting it’s better to be safe r... »

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Today we wanted to cover Dr. Mahaney’s recommendations for Maggie as a result of her visit with him. Note: these recommendations are specific for Maggie, her age, weight, overall health and type of cancer and her cancer protocol. Please don’t take them as definitive advice for your own d... »

Why I Love My Dog – Maggie

Why I Love My Dog – Maggie

A while back I wrote a post about why I love my dog and included a list of five things Jack does that make me smile and think how lucky I am to have him. It’s easy to love Jack. He’s a love bug. He loves us and shows it in everything he does, every look, every action, all day, every day.... »

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Maggie has had two chemotherapy treatments and we’re happy to report she seems to be doing great, no side effects other than a little tiredness. In the course of my research into her cancer treatment, I came upon some materials regarding safety for your self and your other animals if one of yo... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

It’s been about 8 weeks since our Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We’ve been through a lot since then and you can catch up on our story in our posts Part I and Part II.   Today I wanted to talk about our experience with chemotherapy. In addition to the SRS treatments, our ve... »

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Changes to our Routine: Casual Walking

Since Maggie was diagnosed with OSA, we’ve been adjusting our exercise routine with her. We’ve stopped running with her and reduced the length and speed of her daily walks. Jack has benefited from our reduced routine since his age is starting to show and he doesn’t really need to r... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Today I want to cover Maggie’s diagnosis and the first phase of her treatment.   As I mentioned in Part I of our series on Osteosarcoma, Becca was diagnosed with OSA based on her xrays. They displayed what is a typical “sunburst” pattern in her shoulder. Her vet eventually per... »

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) last month, I’ve done as much reading as I could about the disease. Having had two female black labs who both developed it, I also wondered about breed propensity for OSA. And finally, I looked at treatments recommended – particularly th... »

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

If you read our blog, you know that our sweet Maggie May was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), bone cancer, in her left front leg. OSA is an aggressive, fast-growing cancer that is typically treated through amputation and chemotherapy or palliative radiation. Our vet offered us a new treat... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Once Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), our objective was to find comfort for her and to give her as long a life as possible.   The vet ruled out amputation, but suggested a newer procedure called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). In order for Maggie to be a candidate for this procedu... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

We’ve had a tough week in the SlimDoggy household. Our Maggie developed a pretty severe limp over the last few weeks. Increasing her medication and rest did not seem to resolve it, so off to the vet we went. The initial diagnosis was not promising – the vet was concerned it was osteosarc... »

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

We have had five dogs over the course of the 20+ years we’ve lived in California. We started with Sally, who we got as a sweet little 8 week old pup. Then we added Tino about 2 years later. When Sally passed away we adopted Becca, when Tino passed away we adopted Jack and then when Becca passe... »

What’s Up with Maggie?

What’s Up with Maggie?

Those of you that follow our blog know that we rescued our Lab, Maggie about three years ago. She came to us from a Lab Rescue who had removed her from a breeder, a breeding farm really. Her condition was not good, both physically and mentally. She was extremely fearful and didn’t eat for thre... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie contemplates life…   »

Maggie CREATES a Home

Maggie CREATES a Home

Our Maggie May has been with us for almost 3 years now. It’s been a challenge because she was an extremely fearful girl when she came to our home. She came from a puppy mill breeder situation and had been kept as a breeder mom for 8 years. She got tossed out when she got too old to have pups, ... »

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

Maggie Masters the Dog Door

We’ve written a couple of posts about our Maggie, our fearful girl and how she has really started to come out of her shell, let down her guard and be a dog. A recent post called Maggie Magellan described how she’s getting braver about exploring new things and going off on her own without... »

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog

We’ve written lots about our dogs, starting with Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack (of course) and our latest addition – with us almost two years now, Maggie May, or Maggie.   We adopted Maggie through a Labrador rescue and learned that not only was she a puppy mill mom, tossed out at eight ... »

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Training a fearful dog is much different than training a dog like Jack. Jack is totally dialed in to his humans and wants nothing more than to be with us and make us happy. Maggie was the polar opposite, she wanted nothing more than to crawl into her bed, pull the covers over her head and not have t... »

Lessons from the Dog: What Maggie has Taught Jack

Lessons from the Dog: What Maggie has Taught Jack

When we first got Jack he was pretty out of control, overweight, overwrought, under-exercised and under-stimulated. He was reactive to strangers and other dogs. When we got Maggie just over a year later, she was close to being shutdown, fearful, underweight, under-exercised and under-stimulated. Pol... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

As you may have read in our Tale of Tails: Maggie series, we adopted Maggie last June and soon discovered she was a VERY fearful dog. Maggie had been a breeder farm mom and was turned in to the rescue when she became to old to breed. She was particularly fearful of Steve and limited her movement in ... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Maggie has been with us for almost nine months now. We can truly say she is a different dog. Mind you, she still has her moments when the fear takes over and she shuts down, but they are fewer and farther between and she recovers from these much more quickly. So how did we do it? It’s slow and... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

We went looking for more information about Maggie’s background to see if it could help us help her overcome her fears. Unfortunately, the rescue couldn’t tell us much. Maggie had been through one adoption already and had been returned. The rescue said it was due to too many grandchildren... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

We adopted Maggie May in July of 2012. Becca, our black lab we had rescued 3 years previously had just passed away from bone cancer in her right shoulder. We wanted another dog, one to fill out our family and the hole in our hearts and also to be a sister/companion for SlimDoggy Jack. Becca had been... »