This is our little Kristen and she was just sprung from the shelter. We've been watching her for over a week, hiding in the corner of a kennel, shaking and terrified. All 5 pounds of her were filthy, covered with fleas and ticks and her eyes sealed shut from gunk. It looks like someone just bred the heck out of this little girl, and she has mammary tumors. Monday, we're paying a visit to Dr. Andrew at Arbor Animal Hospital in Irvine, to see what our next step will be. We'll keep you posted.
Here's a picture of her tumors.
Update: Monday 11/14
We had an appointment today with Dr. Andrew. He examined Kristen, took x rays and drew blood. Good news. The lungs look great. Also, the blood is good. She will have surgery to remove the tumors and be spayed next Tuesday. We will also schedule her for a dental. She'll then be as good as new and ready for her new home.
Kristen is a senior girl, but don't tell her. She dances and prances like a little gazelle. She adores being held and her favorite position is in your lap with her legs straight up in the air. She's 100% housebroken, and although she's crate trained and wouldn't mind sleeping in her crate, her favorite spot is under the covers, sleeping against our bodies. She loves other dogs, is not a barker, and does well in the car. She would be a wonderful companion for a senior, as long as that person likes to receive kisses. She's extremely affectionate.
Update Tuesday 11/22
Dr. Andrew, from Arbor Animal Hospital performed the surgery on Kristen today. He removed the whole side of mammary glands, including the lymph gland. She was also spayed and had a tumor on her uterus removed and sent to the lab. NOT ONLY THAT, but she also had a hernia repaired, and a few teeth removed. She was under for quite some time. She will need another surgery in 2 weeks to remove the mammary glands from the other side.
What a trooper this little girl is. We very grateful, this day before Thanksgiving, that little Kristen is getting another chance at life!! We'll keep you posted.
Next surgery is scheduled for Wed. Dec. 7, to remove the other chain of mammary glands.
Her tumors were pretty much encapsulated so hopefully, Dr. Andrew got it all. Her lymph gland did not have cancer. Yeah!!
Kristen is doing very well. She goes in for her second surgery tomorrow and Dr. Andrew will do a radical mastectomy on the other side. Her incision is clean and healing well. Kristen should be available to go to her new forever home in about 2 weeks.
We talked with Dr. Andrew today and the lab reports have come back. It is with incredibly deep sadness that we report that Kristen has cancer. :-((( The cancer has spread into her lymph nodes. We're not sure exactly how long she has, (hopefully, about 6 months) but whatever time that may be, she has a wonderful foster mom, who's going to pamper and spoil her. At least she didn't have to die at the shelter, alone and frightened. She will have lots of love and steak in the time she has.
PLEASE SPAY YOUR DOGS!!
A female puppy spayed before her first heat cycle can expect never to develop a mammary tumor of any kind. The incidence of tumor development in this group is nearly zero.
If she is allowed to experience one heat cycle before spaying, the incidence rises to 7% (still quite low).
If she is allowed to experience more than one heat cycle, the risk is driven up to one in four. Since most female dogs come into heat the first time before age one and breeding an immature female dog is not recommended, this means one must generally choose between a litter of puppies or mammary cancer prevention. Because mammary tumors are promoted by female hormones, spaying at any age is helpful in tumor prevention. Just because a female dog is in the high-risk group doesn't mean it is too late to reap benefit from spaying.
Kristen had most of her stitches removed today and she's doing GREAT!!! Her foster Mom, Val, says she's happy, playful, loves to go on her walks, and eats like a horse!! Here she is with her wonderful, loving foster Mom.
What a lucky little girl she is to have someone that loves her so much. See how well she's healing.
What a great Christmas she's going to have. She has 4 brothers and sisters and loves them all. Thank you, Val, for all you do to help LDR and our babies. How lucky we are to have you!!
Kristen, or Chrissie, as her Mom calls her, is doing so very very well. She's happy, healthy, spoiled, so very loved and pampered and has a wonderful family that adores her.
Hi, my name is Kristen but everybody calls me Chrissie, and although the Dr. says I have something scary called Cancer and am headed for the Rainbow Bridge, I feel GREAT!!!
My new Mom treats me like the princess I am and my new sisters and brothers are lots of fun. The food here is great!! Mom cooks for us ( this is something of a joke to her human family as Mom was never know for her desire to cook anything!!). Most of the time we have turkey ,rice and veggies, but sometimes she throws in some kibbles. We love it all. Mom says I eat like a horse but since I am a poodle I am sure she means a dainty horse!!
Almost every morning my two legged sister and her four legged love come over . All of us are SO HAPPY to see her because we love her but also because this means it is time for our morning walk. We draw lots of attention as we are all so cute and we are usually going different directions. Mom and Sis have lots of fun!!! I love my time out side but have convinced my mom that I should be carried because of my delicate condition. And she fell for it.!!!
The rest of my day is taken up with napping on the couch, or even sometimes outside next to my mom while she gardens, but mostly making sure that my Mom does not lose track of me.....
Mom has lots of special beds for all of us all around the house so we have lots of comfy places to sleep. Sometimes we even share beds.
At night I sleep in my mothers arms, snug and loved. And as I close my eyes I thank God for Little Dog Rescue, all the people at the Dr. office and my new family for giving me all this extra time. I love life, and will continue to savor every minute I have left!!!
Chrissie continues to astound us. She's doing great and, so far, not showing any signs of cancer. She's written a few words for us and sent us some pics of her and her family.
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, FOR ME EVERYDAY IS A DOG DAY!!! I FEEL WONDERFUL AND AM STILL SO HAPPY IN MY FOSTER MOM'S HOME THAT IS NOW MY HOME.
MY SISTERS, BROTHER AND I CONTINUE TO HAVE LOADS OF FUN AND I HAVE EVEN STARTED WALKING ON MY OWN AND NOT BEING CARRIED ON OUR WALKS. IN FACT I GET SO EXCITED AT THE THOUGHT OF GOING SOMEWHERE (OR EATING) THAT I SNEEZE AND SNEEZE, TURN IN CIRCLES AND JUMP UP OH-SO-HIGH. MY MOM SAYS I AM HER SILLY GIRL, BUT I KNOW SHE LOVES ME MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE, (SHE ONLY PRETENDS TO LOVE US ALL EQUALLY SO THE OTHERS DO NOT GET THEIR FEELINGS HURT!)
WHOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHRISSIE HAS MADE HER 6 MONTHS AND STILL GOING STRONG.............
Well, it is the start of 2007 and I am still here, happy, spoiled and showing no signs of my illness. It has been over a year since they said I would only be around for less than 6 months but I have fooled everyone and am still doing just great.
I go for walks, eat like a pig (my mom says) and hog everyone's doggy bed.......... i mean, they are all for me, right???? so she has lots of pictures of me in bed with the rest of my doggy family. I even sit behind my mom on her computer chair when she is on the computer (I am here now). I never leave my moms side and if she gets to far from me on our walks when my sister is carrying me I go into a panic so they have to get me back with my mom right away.........lol
My human sister is such a sucker for a sad face I get her to carry me on our walks as much as possible but my mom makes me walk........
We can't thank little dog rescue enough for bringing us together and giving me a chance at a wonderful life..........and i am having "a wonderful life."
Oh, i forgot to mention I go with my mom where she volunteers at a assisted living home and takes care of a aviary with zebra finch in it.......... the folks who live there LOVE me......... they say that "i just make their day".......now isn't that nice of them?
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE And good luck to all the dogs that Little Dog will rescue in the coming year!!!!
I know that your forever home will be as HAPPY as OURS!!!
Oh, did you see me with santa???? They put a Christmas collar on me and hugged and kissed me before my picture was taken, everyone thought i was "just darling"
Chrissie and Family!!!
Here is Chrissie, healthy and happy, Christmas 2007