Wednesday, September 28, 2011

An Update on Me, Gizmo

First of all, I want to apologize for my mom being sorta overly dramatic.  I mean really?  The worst possible news?? Did we have another terrorist attack?  Was she or Dad or our human brother diagnosed with cancer? No, no and no.  Sheesh.  Drama Queen.

my brother Bart, crossing his paws...

So here's the deal:  when I got dropped off for my x-rays on Friday the V.E.T. said that I most likely had a pinched nerve -- I had been limping a lot and no meds were helping -- but that she wanted to rule out osteosarcoma because of my breed and age. So pinched nerve... No big deal, right?  Bart had one and got all fixed up.  So we waited all day to hear, and then when Mom came to pick me up we got TWPN. NOT a pinched nerve... Mom kinda walked around like a zombie for a couple of days.


I'm on a medication called gabapentin.  It helps me with my pain and it doesn't make me too sleepy. My dad said it was specifically for long term pain and is also used as an anti-depressant.  I have a pretty big limp but I'm still walking around. And my wagger works great.  (They said that when I was sedated at the V.E.T.'s that I even wagged in my sleep!) I do seem to be feeling better since I've been taking it. 

And I'm having visitors, like my Auntie Creekhiker, who brought me us treats! (and snuggles :))

I'm getting lots of treats.  And lots of snuggles and lots of love from everyone.  I'm snoozing a lot.  Yesterday I even got up on the big bed to help Mom "work."  We cuddled, and I snoozed... Oh, and she worked.  Some.

check out my turtleneck.  long story. another post

I especially want to thank my blogging pals for all of their kind words for us.  Today Mom was reading me some of them and her eyes got all leaky.  I just thought they were really nice.  It seems like lots of big doggies, especially rottweilers and great danes get what I have which really sucks.  Lots of families have sent their doggies to The Bridge because of this sickness, so I'm not scared because I know I will have many, many friends when I get there.  I'm just sad that Mom and Dad look so sad.  So I just keep giving them kisses.  And then I take another nap.

More later,



Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's it, Gizmo, just take it one step at a time. There's still a lot of lovin' to do.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Two French Bulldogs said...

We'll let mom be a drama queen, it's their job. We have our paws crossed for you. Keep getting all those treats and attention
Benny & Lily

Declan said...

You're one brave fella and just like the great dog that I'm sure you are, putting your humans first. You take all that love cos I bet you give it back a thousand times over. Deccy x

Unknown said...

Hi Gizmo,

You're the greatest!

Paws crossed here,
Hawk aka BrownDog

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Gizmo, mum told me all about our angel brother Oscar and she was the queen of drama so don't think your mum has top dibs on that hehehe. You look like a strong fella to us so keep up the good work on getting treats, being spoilt rotten and generally getting anything you want. We send you puppy kisses and mum sends you hugs. No worries (cause you are loved so much), and love, Stella and Rory x x

Molly the Airedale said...

You have such a positive outlook, Gizmo. We just love you to bits -
And we also love your header picture!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Maxmom said...

I am so sorry to hear about Gizmo. It's totally understandable that you are worried...that's what us loving dog-owners do...worry!.
Those are such sweet pictures of your pooches. I'm sure that with the pain meds and the Vet care you are going to enjoy lots more moments with Gizmo.
Sending lotsaluv and warm healing wishes.

Finn said...

So sorry Gizmo! But I am glad you aren't in pain now and that everyone is giving you lots of love! Love them right back!

That Dog Dancing Guy said...

Great work Gizmo,

Hope you start to feel better soon.. Don't worry the humans always get overdramatic!!


Dexter said...

Gizmo, buddy, you new header is the best ever. Look at all those adorable little bottoms. What a happy dude you are to be all wagging your stump even after being dosed with laughy gas. On the other hand, well, it IS laughy gas.

My momma, she knows all about the bone cancer and big dogs so she worries about that with me, too.

Let your mom spoil you completely. In fact, might want to practice making that limp look worse than it is. Great way to get extra noms and cuddles.


Maggie Mae and Max said...

Good attitude and outlook Gizmo! One day at a time my furiend. We are all praying for you.

Blessings and Love,
Maggie Mae and mom

Mack said...

Sounds like you are in great spirits and doing fine my large buddy.
Keep up the good work! We are all saying a lil prayer for you and your sweet family.

Your pal,

The Daily Pip said...

You have a great attitude, Gizmo! We believe attitude makes a big difference and can help accomplish many amazing things. So, keep the faith and don't give up and you will be with us for a LONG time!

Remember, they told my mom Sweet Pea only had a few weeks left and he lived many more months.

Your pal, Pip

HoundDogMom said...

Great Spirts Gizmo. That will carry you and your family a long way as you work through this. If only us humans could be as brave and strong as our fur-ends. Paws Crossed and Drool coming your way. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Amber DaWeenie said...

You're so brave, Gizmo. Butt...hey...jus' look at all dat extra lovin you're gettin. We all gots our paws crossed dat you'll still be around for a long, long, long time!

2browndawgs said...

We got directed over here by brown dog cbr. Sorry to hear you are so sick Gizmo.

the 2 brown dawgs

Anonymous said...

There is no butt cuter than a rottie butt. My darlings, Max, Max2, Missy and Handsome will all be there at the bridge to greet you, butts a wagging.

Love you, Gizmo and don't forget to take your meds so you are comfortable.

Diane, Rowdy and Izzy.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

We will keep you in our prayers! WHN is always crying over Thai and his Cushings, we we know all about the leaky eyes and the drama!

jen said...

Awww..Gizmo, tell your mom that it's ok to be a drama queen about stuff like this. I am glad to hear that you are getting plenty of rest. Keep giving your mom and dad lots of kisses! I am sure they are giving them right back to you:)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I want to say that I love your new header!! Gizmo you are such a fangtastic inspiration fur all of us. Your post just taught us a very very valuable lesson. Cherish every single Moment of every single day. And you taught us that it is NOT the Quantity of days.. it is the QUALITY of them. Gizmo.. you are amazing.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Frankie said it!!!!!!! You are wonderful Gizmo!!! I lost my Bruce with bone cancer at just 7 years old so I know what you are going through!!!! Just love love love Gizmo!!!
Thanks for your visit!!
xx, Tinker & Fern

Unknown said...

One day at a time buddy is all you can do. My heart breaks for your fur family and your humans. Hang in there and we are here to support yall. Receiving news of any diagnosis is always hard.

umm I love your turtle neck!!

houndstooth said...

Gizmo, just enjoy every day, and be kind to your mom and dad so that they'll have lots of happy memories of you! I think humans worry a lot more about what's on the other side of The Bridge than we do. I just know that every day that I get to spend with Mom is a good day for me!


Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

I think a lot of us get leaky-eyed reading your blog these days Gizmo, not just your mom!

Just remember, lots of people and dogs have defied their diagnoses and gone on to live happy, productive lives for many months and years.

Sometimes it helps to just breathe light in and out, and imagine healing taking place as you do. Maybe dogs do this all the time anyway :)

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Gizmo, we aren't even going to think about the bridge for now. We are sending you lots of sibe vibes for you to have lots more happy days with Mom and Dad and your furamily. We are so happy to hear that the meds are helping you feel better too. Lots of hugs and snooter smoochies from all of us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Sweet William The Scot said...

Oh Gizmo ~ My peep knows all about that osteoscaroma. Before me there was a Half Pence who looked like me. He had the tumor thing in his back leg. He took the pain meds also. The time my peep and he had together was so special because they just made more time for each other and all the things they loved to do.
The first time I visited your blog I said you had a good heart! It is true what your header says.
Bless you Gizmo
Sweet William The Scot

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh Gizmo, I have been away so I only just caught up with your news. What a brave dog you are. We know your Mom will be brave too, although I fear you will have to get used to a bit of leaking now and then.
Love and hugs to you all.
Bertie (and Gail).

My Mind's Eye said...

Gizmo...Mom and I are so very sorry to read that you are feeling not a good as a handsome Rottie should feel. Is TWPN a form of osteosarcoma? We are thankfully that you have some medication that is working to keep you pain free.
Mom and I are sending lots of purrs and hugs to you, Mom and Dad.
Your very best feline friend forever,

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Twenty-seven paws crossed at The Love Shack.

Boondocks and The Love Shack Pack

Asta said...

Sweet Handsome Gizmo
I just saw this and am so vewy sowwy..I know that hoomans have vewy huwty heawts when they heew news like this, but I'm happy that you awe getting help wif the pain and know that youw waggie and youw smile awe thewe and like the west of us woggies, you know how to enjoy evewy moment..we woggies don't count the days, just know when we awe loved and tweasoowed and that I know you awe and will be always

I hope you will be hewe fow a long time still and I'm sending you healing smoochies to supplement youw medicin so you can be totally pain fwee
love always

White Dog Blog said...

You've got it, my friend! Live as it happens; love as much as you can. Know you are not alone. Keep your dignity. Don't surrender without a fight. Please feel our White Dog Army sending strength to you and your humans and positive energy.

Bailey Be Good! said...

Sending lotsa Wednesday woofs & huggies!! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

KB said...

Oh Gizmo - your attitude is amazing. I'm glad that you're giving your family lotsa love and vice versa. And, I'm really happy that your mom liked the quote so much. It really touched me - and I can tell that she and I have a lot in common - like our incredible love of our dogs.

We will keep sending you positive thoughts and strength. Power of the paw.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Gizmo
With all your friends circled around you every day... we will all just stay close and keep the positive thoughts going.
You have some good meds to help you feel better. You have the love of your family and all of us,,, so its all gonna be okay

Unknown said...

Oh Gizmo – I feel so terrible about how late this is – I'm behind as usual with blog friends – but I'm so sorry to hear about your sickie! I think you're being awfully brave and as a Dane myself, my humans know just how scary those, thoughts can be about bone cancers and stuff like that. It is much harder on the humans, of course, because us doggies just live in the moment and as long as we're getting love, we're happy! By the way, I'm sorry this is a really stupid question and I'm embarrassed to ask it but what is TWPN? We tried to Google that we couldn't find it – I'm sorry if it's something really obvious but we just couldn't work it out!

Anyway, just want to let you know that we are thinking of you from faraway. I'm sending you lots of love and Slobbers, and will be keeping you in our thoughts.

Honey the Great Dane

katie, Maizey and Magnus said...

Lisa, I'm so sorry. . . I went from laughing so hard at your new header (have I mentioned I LOVE rottie buts???;)) to just crying for gizmo and all of you. having lost two Rotties to cancer I just ache for what you're going through. I wish I had words of comfort, but it sounds like your already doing the most important thing-loving every moment and listening to him to tell you what he needs. I truly believe one of the greatest lessons we learn from our dogs is how to go with dignity, it proves your love for him that you're willing to listen to whatever he tells you he needs. I'm so sorry. . .

The Thuglets said...

Gizmo..stay positive and strong.

Take your meds and live life on the edge taking each day as it comes with lots of love and fun.

Sending lots of positve thoughts and hugs to you and your family.

Extra Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

P.S. Love your header photo!

Anonymous said...

Gizmo glad to hear you're doing okay pal :) You sure look good! :D Lots of lovin and treats sounds like great medicine to me :D

Waggin at ya,

Unknown said...

Oh Gizmo, you are truly a great dog and gentleman! Love your happy attitude, despite facing such a sad diagnosis/prognosis. You just let your people give you lots of hugs and love and treats- you surely deserve it!!

Lots of love and happy wishes from
Jen and the Black Dog Crew

fromsophiesview said...

One day at a time......with love, slurps and you Gizmo!

bbes tribe said...

Gizmo, You are awesome and very much loved!!! Besides you are handsome.
And so Brave. Naps are good.
Love & Wags

Mark said...

I'm glad you feel better.

Remington said...

I hope you are better are in our thoughts and prayers, my friend....

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Well, we are like others and aren't sure if TWPN is cancer or not, but we are purring for you no matter what it is!!!!

Berts Blog said...

Gosh Giz....It took me half an hour to get to the bottom of your comment list just to make a comment.

Like, are you the most loved dog in blogville?

Keep that sparkle in your eye, schmooze out all the guilt you can from your family, eat all the ice cream you want. Do everything they said was bad for you. You have a license to EAT my man......

My Jamie tells me it isn't scary going over the bridge, (today she went over the bridge but came back) so all is good. And besides....your not gone yet.

I am so sorry though that you are ill. I hope the meds keep you from feeling any pain.

Not too good with words, but know that I Love ya Dude and am with you all the way.

That is, if I can find a way through this big line of followers.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I think your Mom and I could have a contest over who is the most dramatic...I think I would win that, especially with what has been going on at our house. But I know how she feels...I've been given the 'TWPN' with the same type of illness and the wagging tail of my special boy is what kept me going on lots of days. I know your heart is one full of courage and strength! And because you are so loved by so many, it will all be the anchor in the days ahead.

Teddy Westlife said...

My great-sister Maxine will be waiting for you Gizmo, but it's not your time yet. I think you should take advantage of the situation and ask for more ham.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am here again,, sitting beside you all the time,, just like I said I would be,,
remember we all love you

Chris said...

Gizmo, we are so sorry to hear about this. You have all been so supportive of Lily...we are just heartbroken.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...


I love you so much!!! You are the sweetest boy in the world!!! XOXOXO, Auntie and Mabel

Wyatt said...

Take it easy, Gizmo. I think that snuggling with your mom on the big bed is the best medicine :)


Kalyan Panja said...

Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Gizmo I would lay on our big bed and just hold my Bruce!!! It helped us both get through the bad days!! You are much love Gizmo!!!
xx, Tinker & Fern

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am here,, checking on you

Teesha and Bindie said...

Teesha here, we been here before but not left a comment, but Gizmo, we had to this time. our dad is on gabapentin for pain so you getting good meds, just like for Ailsa its one day at a time and she's been givin Mum and dads an lot of days at a time, some days she sleeps all day but others she takes me exploring so enjoy your time, live every day like its the special one it is.

Khumbu said...

Hey Gizmo and gang nice to meet you all.

My brofur Bruno also has osteosarcoma. If we can help in anyway feel free to contact us. Just want to mention a couple of sites to you (im sure will have already found them but just in case) and also check out Artemisinin Im sure it would be great for you as your not able to have amputation.

Stay strong pal. Healing thoughts coming your way from us all here us at tails from the pack in Spain and hugs to your hu'parents.

Khumbu, Bruno, Tapa & the hu'parents x

Anonymous said...

Oh, Gizmo. We've been away from Blogville for so long that we didn't know about your bad ouchie. I hate that stupid C word. I think you're a fine, brave doggie and I know however many more days that you get to spend with your family are gonna be filled up with lots of luvins and happiness. And that's a pretty good thing, huh?

I'm just sorry for your humans. Humans take things like this so hard. I feel sorry for 'em sometimes, you know? Cuz we don't think about the future and sometimes the only thing they CAN do is think about the future and what might happen. That must be super difficult.

So I'm sending ALL of you my most slurpiest brindle kisses and I'm hoping your humans can feel the pawer of the paw surrounding them from all around the world.

Loving wiggles & wags,
mayzie (and mom)