Whats New With Thurston

Thanks to God and to the team at University of Wisconsin, Thurston  has completed all the treatments he needs for now. Yipee!!! Woof! Woof!

Diagnosed on 4/22/18, he has had his amputation (5/11)  followed by 4 doses of Carboplatin, 3 weeks apart. After he finished chemo he entered the Listeria Study at UW. They gave him 3 doses of attenuated Listeria bacteria 3 weeks apart. This included a full day s

tay an the hospital for monitoring plus labs again in the morning following the dose. This Study medication hopes to stimulate the immune system to attack any remaining cancer cell. He tolerated the medication really well and he hopes he has contributed to a knowledge base that will help both other dogs and humans!

He will get his next chest X-ray on 10/11 and if everything is ok, he will get repeat X-rays and follow up exams every 2 months for Study. Information related to this study is available from UW if anyone is considering additional treatments for their Tripawd with Osteosarcoma. There is no charge for the study or monitoring. I kind of like the idea of having him monitored regularly but then it makes me anxious about whether they will find mets. I guess its best to know early, tho if he he shows any relapse. So far, so good!

Thurston wishes to give a shout out to his Oncology Team at UW and to his Airbnb hostess Jo who has a wonderful yellow house in Oregon, WI where we spent the nights during treatments. If anyone needs a nice place to stay during treatments at UW, Jo in Oregon is easy to find on Airbnb and only 15 minutes from the UW Hospital. Message me for details. Close but not too close.

Relaxing at Jo’2 Airbnb, Oregon, WI.  Thanks for giving me my first ever experience with that indoor grass (carpet) I could pee on.


With Courtney, RPT at University of Wisconsin for Thurston’s PT eval. Thanks Spirit Jerry for giving us this wonderful gift.  Look at that SMILE as she scratches his belly!

Tuesday 10/2 we went to Physical Therapy at UW for an evaluation as suggested by Rene (Tripawds). The therapist offered suggestions for MASSAGE!! Thurston was VERY happy to let her demonstrate! He is doing really well and is able to do just about everything he wants. So able that I am really afraid he is going to hurt himself!  He is able to jump up onto the bed and climb down. Courtney suggested I keep the door shut so he doesn’t go jumping up onto the bed without supervision. He does well with the 4 steps to get in/out of the house and he gets in/out of his car easily. Yes, HIS CAR.  He has his own car. Its a 2009 Nissan Cube and I took the back seat out so he fits really well in there. I have to do the driving for him since his amputation, but it keeps the hair and drool out of my car!

We will keep everyone posted on Thurston’s progress and we really appreciate prayers and comments. Love and Woof! Woof!!

Author: thurston

I am Gloria, a retired RN and Single Pawrent of Thurston Howell IV, a 6 year old St. Bernard who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 4/22/18 and amputated 5/11/18. He has finished 4 rounds of Carboplatin and is enrolled on a Study at University of Wisconsin at Madison. We want to share our story with others. Thurston's journal of osteosarcoma treatment

2 thoughts on “Whats New With Thurston”

  1. YAAAA! Oh wow congrats and kudos to both of you. I’m so happy you made it to the rehab therapy team. Massages are GREAT!

    Thurston is a rock star! May he continue lighting up the Tripawds Nation with his adorable self, his tenacity and his amazing life on 3.

    Keep on Hoppin, Thurston! We love you!

    Oh Thurston, you melt my heart every time I see a phot you.❤ And then to get a good update on room of that….YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!

    You had me laughing when I read you have your very own custom made car😁😁 Yoour Chauffeur has certainly gone above and beyond to make sure you ride in style!! And you can drool all you want! And massages too! From a dog’s perspective, amputations aren’t such a bad thing after all!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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