Lillian: Hello DLOG lovers!
Delilah: We’re here to let you in on a bit of an upheaval, which MAY lead to some actual up-heaving, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
Lillian: Ahem. Well, I’ll just get straight to it. My sister has lymphoma.
Delilah: I have crab-apple sized lumps under my jaw-bone.
Lillian: You look a little like a frog.
Delilah: I think I look like Maria Shriver.
Lillian: I see the resemblance.
Delilah: On the additional up-side, I’ve been getting lots of treats and everyone is SUPER nice to me. Lillian even stopped stealing my dinner.
Lillian: She’s a little skinny. And I didn’t want my super-modeling career upstaged.
Delilah: One thing I’ve learned is, according to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, one in every 15 dogs will get lymphoma.
Lillian: Good research, sister!
Delilah: That’s why I’m wearing my glasses.
Lillian: They make you look smart.
Delilah: Why, thank you! The other thing we learned today is there is now a chemo drug that’s a pill. It’s called LAVERDIA- CA1. So, I expect I’ll be getting it in a chunk of cheese, rather than intravenously.
Lilly: Wait. There are PILLS in the cheese?
D: Yep. Mom thinks I don’t know. But she’s been feeding me Prednisone for a couple of weeks. That’s why I’ve developed such a drinking (and peeing) problem and I pant so much and it’s been really hard to sit still. Especially at night.
L: Oh. I thought you’d gotten into Mom’s bourbon.
D: Ha! Well, the steroid part’s over now. I start the chemo tonight with dinner.
Lilly: Well, thank goodness for the pills. You don’t like needles much.
D: I don’t like ANYTHING at the vet much. Which reminds me– I’d like to apologize to Dr. Pelura, Megan and Tammy at Davidsonville Veterinary Clinic for being a somewhat less-than-gracious guest over the past, ummm, decade or so.
Lilly: You might apologize in advance for the next time.
D: Yes, I’m sorry in advance for being a bit of a PIA.
Lilly: So will the chemo bomb cause you lose your ridge?
D: Supposedly we canines don’t USUALLY barf or lose our hair with the chemo, proving that we are the superior species.
Lilly: Most excellent! There’s already enough hair lying around here.
D: Anyway, we’re sorry to share this not-great news, but we thought if we, as a family, DLOGGED, it might help other dog-families in similar situations.
Lilly: So, Mom, Pappa, D and I will keep you in our loop! Feel free to share.
D & L: Hugs and Lix!!