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St.Bernard Thurston

Thurston's journal of osteosarcoma treatment


September 14th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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September 11 is the 4 months Ampuversary for Thurston!┬áHe is a remarkable Floppy Dog and continues to improve his mobility almost daily… especially if its something he WANTS to do!. Had a little weight gain this month (about 8 pounds) so we have to be careful but his UW Veterinarians said he is still doing well. We are hoping that the extra weight is MUSCLE!!! Thurston is walking pretty well now and can run a short distance (he was never ever ┬ámuch of a runner) but more importantly now he is able to jump onto the bed again and he can get up onto his new Birthday Futon!


Taking a break from all my important duties

We went to The University of Wisconsin for 8/6-7. Thurston is part of a clinical study there which is looking at the effects of giving an attenuated Listeria injection on the immune system of dogs who had osteosarcoma, amputation and chemotherapy. Hopefully this will help stimulate the immune system to attack and destroy any remaining cancer cells. He will receive one more injection for a series of 3 doses 3 weeks apart. Then we will return to UW every 8 weeks for follow up examinations. Thurston is a very altruistic dog and hopes that his participation in this study will help other dogs and even HUMANS!

I haven’t been giving anything to protect his remaining limbs from injury or strain/sprain/arthritis. Wondering if other Tripawd Pawrents give anything. I am sure his remaining joints are getting a workout. He is really floppy and does occasionally fall onto his chin. Its kind of sad when it happens but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. He just gets up and continues along his way like nothing happened. Thurston has a remarkable spirit. I thank God every day for His blessings! Love and “Woof Woof” to all!

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Thurston walking

September 11th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized


Thurston’s 6th Birthday! Yeah!

September 2nd, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Yummy! Happy Birthday to me!

The PAWFECT Birthday Cake

I look soooo good!!!

Happy 6th Birthday to Thurston. This is a day we were not so sure we would ever see. Really enjoyed his little party at home with his brother Raffie and his Mom. Got a new futon and a pot of chicken soup (with no onion and no seasoning!). Had a great time taking treats for all his friends at Day Care where he got into the big swimming pool! So nice to see him getting his confidence back.


A few of my favorite things to do

August 28th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’m TRYING to fit in the pool!!! Paws in Time Pet Resort, West Chicago, IL

Giving my Mom sloppy kisses

Thats me. The tall one on the left with circle around me. Tripawds to just great at Day Care. At Paws in Time, West Chicago, IL. My favorite place on earth!!

At 3 1/2 months after surgery and 2-3 weeks post chemo Thurston enjoys most of the things the he loved to do before April 22, that awful day when our world changed forever. We want everyone to know that Life is Good and we appreciate every moment that God gives us! His Birthday is August 31 and he will be 6 years old! Looking forward to a big piece of cake and some ice cream! Maybe even a party hat!



Some additional Pictures of Thurston

August 25th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Baby Picture taken November 2 2012 on his Gotcha Day

With UW Chemo team on the day of his last chemo

With his UW surgical team 2 days after his amputation.