Sunday, July 19, 2015

Memory ink

It started as a one time thing...let's get a tattoo somewhere hidden to show our love for greyhounds.
In 2007, Kristen and I went for tattoos (my first..her second).
The blog post, Official cult members, is the most searched of all my blog posts..but not b/c of me.  Apparently, if you search cult members or joining a blog pops up.  So I've learned to name them a little better! haha
It didn't take long for the itch to come back.  Now that I was inked..I wanted one that I could show.  so almost exactly one year later, the Addiction continued.  This one was a commissioned piece of a greyhound head on my calf. 
That satisfied the itch for quite some time.  But after losing a few precious dogs, I wanted something in memory of all of them..not just the greyhounds.  And I know me..I will have way too many to get an individual piece for each (and to be honest..I love the final product but it hurts!!)
So..the unveiling of my memory piece. For Shiloh, Dante, Dana, Henry and Shane. 
 Cali's recent bloodwork showed a major improvement.  Our problem now is that the chemotherapy that appears to be working very well (along with the monoclonal antibody treatment? It is hard to tell what is working) makes her VERY sick for 7-8 days.  So we have to weigh quality of life and determine if another chemotherapy could work as well without making her so sick.  But this weekend, she is on an upswing. Eating well, feeling well, happy and healthy.  We will take it.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Enjoying summer

We are trying to get out and enjoy the summer even through weekly vet visits and roller coaster results. 
We went to my parents' house to hang by the pool for a bit.  The dogs get to enjoy running in the miniature horse paddock (if it can keep those escape artists in..the greyhounds are secure) and Roxi enjoyed rolling in horse poo.
 Yes..that is a huge pile of horse poo that they found it fun to play 'hide and seek' around.  Roxi and Cody had to have a bathe. Cali was a bit more dignified and didn't wallow in the poo.
 I tried to get photos of the miniature horses but this is typically the best I could do.  They are nosy and love to give kisses. 
Once we got home, Roxi enjoyed a slightly cooler week.
  Cali has been feeling great, playing and eating well.  Her most recent bloodwork showed a pretty significant decline in her red blood cells.  But she received her 4th chemotherapy treatment (one more) and we are hoping that helps.  But the downside is the chemotherapy makes her feel crappy for a few days.