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Sydney - Part 1


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Diagnosis:  Lymphoma and Leukemia
Total amount needed per month to sponsor: $215.00
Currently sponsored for: $140
Amount still needed: $75
Spayed or neutered: Yes
Case worker:  Juli
Date posted: November 15, 2007

Hi everyone, IMOM has accepted Sydney's case for monthly sponsorship.  Sydney will finish up week #25 of her chemotherapy program next week and then will need to be on monthly maintenance.

Her monthly sponsorship will include:
Leukeran $39
Progress Evaluation $23.40
Med Waste Disposal $1.35
Lab Collection Fee 6.08
Hemogram  $33.21
Cath IV 40.95
IV Injection Vincristine $44.55
Urinalysis and Basic Panel (needed every three months) $26 (per mo)
Total is $215 per month  

Michelle is contributing by purchasing the following:
Prednisone ($8-12), Sulfasalazine ($30-$60), Metronidizole ($8-12), Reglan, Pepcid ($25-30) , Cipro or Ceph ($12 - 25) and her special food ($82) .

Sydney's new PIN page can be found at http://www.imom.org:80/pin/sponsor/sydney-kanengeiser.htm

Would you like to sponsor Sydney for any or all of her monthly needs?  You may do so here --> http://www.imom.org/donation/monthly.htm

If you would like to make a one-time donation for Sydney, you may do so here --> http://www.imom.org/donation.htm

Donations can be marked "GF - Sydney Kanengeiser"

Thank you in advance.

Juli

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Posted June 1, 2007

Diagnosis: Large Cell Lymphoma
Estimated total needed: We need to raise $2675.
Spayed/Neutered? Yes
Volunteer caseworker: Amy

Sydney is a 8 year old Labrador with Large Cell Lymphoma.  She will need 16 chemo treatments to give her more time with her family that loves her very much.  IMOM is pledging the funds so that she can have her first treatment right away.  We averaged out the cost of her treatments to be $158 per week for the next 15 weeks.  

Sydney's mom Michelle, has tried every avenue she can find to raise funds for Sydney with no luck so far.   But we know that IMOM Angels can help!


Donations should be designated to: GF - Sydney Kanengeiser
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Amy thank you for working so hard on getting Sydney and Michelle over to General Fundraising.  Michelle, see miracles do happen and here is where it takes off.  If I can give you one piece of advice, Post, Post and Post.  All of IMOM's supporters and donors are true animal lovers and they have given so much support and donations over the past couple of weeks to the other PIN's,  which I am sure has put a strain on their wallets.  But the truth is [b]"They are Angels and Angels continue to support the animals in need". [/b]  Angel15.gif  Angel15.gif


Angels, Michelle is in an extremely difficult situation, she has 3 dogs, 2 kids and is in the process of getting a divorce, her husband does not care about Sydney and refuses to help.  Poor Sydney may only have a couple of months, years, who knows but if we can do everything we can to give Michelle, her kids and Sydney as much time as possible, then we have once again proven that there still are people in this world who truly understand what Michelle is going thru and want to help a stranger and her fur-kid enjoy as much time as they can together.

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Hi Michelle,

I am so glad that IMOM has pledged to make the first chemo treatment!! Thank u IMOM!!!

Michelle has some nice posts over in the intro section. Michelle, if u want to copy and paste some of what u have written, so the angels can see it here--it would be fine.

I am also a PIN parent in a different forum, so am unable to donate, but I will be part of Syd's cheering squad!!

There are a lot of PIN's here, so u will need to work extra hard since Sydney's case is so urgent.
Please read ALL THE TOPICS in the Tips for PIN Parents forum (it's right under the Introductions section).

http://www.imom.invisionzone.com/community...hp?showforum=55

Post and post often!!!!!
Hugs to Syd!

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What an AMAZING group of people are around here. aktion033.gif The IMOM voulenteers have been so nice and soooo supportive. I have Sydney scheduled for Monday for the first treatment. Thank-you IMOM angels for pledging her first treatment !!!!   pp_animal_556.gif   I told Sydney she's going to the VET again. The response I got was "hrmph" and she put her head down.  I'm guessing she is less than thrilled about having to go back there (and isn't feeling too great) ... but I am SURE she is thankful.

I've already posted a LOT in the Introductions thread... sharing stories and photos... I have lots more and will continue to keep everyone updated.  Here is what I wrote to IMOM on my application ....

Being Sydney's mom for the past 7 years has been a joy. She inspired me to become involved as a vet asst, to go to school to become a tech, and to get involved at rescue (all of which I want to get back into doing as soon as my two legged child is old enough to go to preschool). She's a sweet gentle lab (wasn't always - she was one obnoxious pup!! aren't all labs though?) who is so attached to me. She can feel my moods and responds accordingly, if I am crying she will lick my hand and lay her head on my stomach not moving until she hears my voice lift. She is a HARD CORE retriever when she feels well. She'll retrieve a dummy thrown into the river/lake/creek until she literally drops over and then get up 2 minutes later to play again. She loves to jump into water - would have been an awesome dock dog if I had a dock! LOL She's an amazing dog with my children. Perfectlly behaved - my 2 year old son can feed her pc by pc by hand and she sits and waits patiently with her ears perked. At 3:00 on the dot every day, Sydney goes to the door and stares upward lovingly waiting for my teen daughter to get home.   The minute she hears the school bus (She may even bark at the door in protest if the bus takes to long.)  she does the butt tuck labs are famous for and runs like crazy doing circles until my daughter opens the door. Then it's lots of hugs and kisses and FEET SMELLING (my daughter loves Sydney's frito feet so Sydney endulges her by rolling over and sticking her feet in her face).

Sydney desperately needs this treatment. She's too young and vivacious to go to the bridge yet! Her prognosis for a great quality of life and FULL remission is 90-95% for a year and 25% for two years or more. I pray that the angels at IMOM will help my baby and I pledge that once Sydney's treatments end I will do all I can to give back to IMOM !!

I've read so much into the wee hours of the night the past few nights. Bill, Dan, JB Dogg, Diana Annabelle, Taz, Angel and many others (I am STILL reading) ... WOW. Some of the most loving and inspiring people I have seen in a long time.   One thing is for sure .... I will be around here to cheer others on and help in any way I can long after Sydney has moved on.

Here are some photos smile.gif  
The first one is of All three of my dogs sharing ice cream on Charlie's birthday. Brittany (13 - and barely hanging in there - I am having SUCH a hard time facing losing two of them so close together - I PURPOSELY got our dogs 5 years apart in hopes this would never happen !!! ), Charlie the obnoxious PUNK, and my princess Sydney.



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Sydney's PIN page is up.  She sure is a pretty girl!

http://www.imom.org/pin/general/sydney-kanengeiser.htm



Michelle - can you keep the community informed on the actual cost of each treatment as they come up?  We've broken it down to an average of $158 each for the remaining 15.  I know the cost is not always the same.

In other words, after you take Sydney in for her first treatment, give us the date and the amount of her next treatment.

Notify the committee and post here to advise community members.




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Does anyone have any Labrador contacts?

Michelle-I think there are some Labrador specific funding sources on the other sources page. http://www.imom.org/fa/others.htm

I would definitely contact Kate at Wrapped in Kindness. She has been so good to Labradors (and many others) here.

Glad to see you in this forum!


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QUOTE(Jacki IMOM @ Jun 1 2007, 11:22 PM) View Post

Sydney's PIN page is up.  She sure is a pretty girl!

http://www.imom.org/pin/general/sydney-kanengeiser.htm

Michelle - can you keep the community informed on the actual cost of each treatment as they come up?  We've broken it down to an average of $158 each for the remaining 15.  I know the cost is not always the same.

In other words, after you take Sydney in for her first treatment, give us the date and the amount of her next treatment.

Notify the committee and post here to advise community members.


I absolutely can do that Jacki  biggrin.gif And great job on her PIN page.

I know the next treatment amount (for week 2) will be $70-75 (+ some pharmacy meds which I will purchase as they are reasonably priced at good ole Wal*art)  so if the angels can start working on the $70-75  it would be ABSOLUTELY wonderful.  I am not 100% positive when that treatment will take place. I believe one week after her first treatment which is scheduled for Monday.  But I'll be around a lot keeping everyone updated.  I honestly don't have ANY family / friends to talk to or hold my hand so I'll be leaning a lot on the wonderful members here.

Sydney asked me to send a message to her new friends at IMOM.....

" I am not really sure what is going on. I've been going to the vet a lot and hear I am going to be going a lot more. I am not so sure how I feel about that but mommy and sis say it's going to help me so I will do what they say. BUT I have a huge complaint  and I am hoping the IMOM angels that my mom has been talking about will help me.  I went to the vet like a good girl and stayed all DAY. When I came home my leg hurt REALLY BAD ~  but I felt a lot better when Mom and Sis filled my bowl with yummy home made foods. There was chicken,  green beans,  carrots, rice and other stuff that tasted soooo good  YUMMY !!

BUT NOW ?  They are back to throwing that dry old kibble back in my bowl. Mom says it's for my own good. I heard her tell Sis that it's a low carb diet to help me feel better for longer.  I have been trying EVERYTHING I can think of to get that yummy home made stuff back. I cock my head, I whine pathetically, I give them my best puppy eyes , I paw at the bowl, I stick my head on the edge and look up at them pathetically... and the best I can get is a few green beans MIXED with that terrible kibble stuff. Mom said something about me being stubborn and holding out for the "good stuff" .... but that her WILLS are stronger than mine.

Can someone at IMOM tell my mom to not give me that yucky low carb kibble any more and make me some YUMMY's? Does she think I am doing Adkins or South Beach  ?? Low carb  = CARDBOARD !!!  At the very least can someone upload some GREEN BEANS OR CARROTS .... PUHHHH LEEEEEESSSEEEEE !!  "
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QUOTE(JeanKBBMMMAA @ Jun 1 2007, 11:26 PM) View Post

Does anyone have any Labrador contacts?

Michelle-I think there are some Labrador specific funding sources on the other sources page. http://www.imom.org/fa/others.htm

I would definitely contact Kate at Wrapped in Kindness. She has been so good to Labradors (and many others) here.

Glad to see you in this forum!


Thank you Jean smile.gif I think Wrapped in Kindness is the only one I have NOT heard back from. I just send an email to Kate with Sydney's PIN page and invited her to stop by the forum.  She lost both her labs in a very close time frame which is what is happening to myself !! It's amazing how you meet people at the right times that you need them !!

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I just went to lock up the house and let everyone out for their potty break before I go to bed for the night ..... AND ....

I think Sydney gave up and figured everyone on IMOM went to sleep because she went in of her OWN accord (no begging and no "extras" to bribe her) AND ATE ALL OF HER KIBBLE for the first time in DAYS!!   YAY !! I am hoping her going off her food was just tummy upset from the antibiotics which she is now DONE with !!

I'm sure she'd still appreciate green beans if anyone can figure out how to upload them  wink.gif

G'night angels.
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Hi Sydney,

We tink u should get sum icecream. icecream3.gif . It wood makes u feel muchess better!! We are PIN's here too, and we have  1icecream.gif trains--ever day we are seizure free we get more  1icecream.gif on our train.
Ever one here eats  1icecream.gif to helps us.
Tell ur mommy u haff 2 new friends and u want helps them by eating  1icecream.gif--use that "look" too--it helps. hehehe.
Iffin u can't haff a couple licks of vanilla  1icecream.gif the best bestest ting is
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Whoops... not going to bed yet smile.gif

I thought I would post a little about Sydney's diagnosis,  prognosis, and treatment.

Cancer is a horrible thing to hear from your vet ... but in terms of prognosis and survivability, lymphoma in both dogs and cats is the "best" cancer they can get.

WITH chemo treatment 85-90%  of dogs will go into complete remission and most can survive for a year or more.  25% will go beyond a year and survive TWO years or more.  A year or two doesn't sound like much to us "humans".  But for a labrador whose healthy life span is 10-12 years or so... it can be 10-20% of their ENTIRE LIFE !! That's a lot.

CHEMO for dogs is NOT like chemo for humans. Only 20 percent of dogs experience gastrointestinal side effects ( vomitting,  diarrhea or appetite loss ) and it's usually short lived (occurs immediately following the IV chemo drugs) .  I can't express this enough... so many people have said to me "why do you want to do chemo ... it will make her soooo sick .... her quality of life will be terrible "

That is just NOT the case with dogs. They tolerate it A LOT better. And to be completely honest, it takes A LOT to keep a lab down under ANY circumstances so Sydney's quality of life is completely expected to be as if she didn't have cancer at all   banana.gif

The chemo protocol we will be using is the UV Madison protocol. It's considered the "Gold Standard" for treating canine lymphoma. There are many articles online if you are interested in all the details (or I'd be happy to give them to you).

Lymphoma left untreated will quickly lead to death. The average animal will die within 4-6 weeks from diagnosis with no treatment administered.

So you can see Sydney really DOES need these treatments. It's not just paying a lot for a dog who is going to suffer anyhow.I felt this was important to post as I know when *I* first heard a Dr. reccommend chemo I thought "No way I'd do that do an animal". But then when I actually assisted in many chemo cases ... I came to learn it's the BEST option there is and really does give them a chance at QUALITY extended life.

Sydney is now snoring... I think she's telling me it's time to come cuddle up. Definately going to bed this time !!

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Checking in on sweet Sydney this morning. Michelle thanks for wonderful pictures of Sydney and your children.  They all seem so loving and happy.  


Angels Sydney's case is a little different her treatments are going to be weekly.  The quicker we can raise $$ the easier it will be for both Michelle and Sydney to know that they will have enough money for the next appointment.



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We had an uneventful night smile.gif  (nothing like the other night when a bat came in our bedroom and Sydney wanted to defend me !)
Sydney cuddled up and slept with her head on my tummy all night !

AND she woke up and ate all her kibble this morning !!! So thanks but  we can give all the  1icecream.gif to Tucker and Justice !!

I was so happy she ate this morning I told her I would take her (shhhh - don't say it too loud ) ....  S - W- I - M -M - I- N - G .  And I got her all excited and she was running around like a nut when I realized  blink.gif   She can't go out to go swimming , she still has her stiches in .  Whoops.

So I had to tell her no and now she's moping.  

Kate from wrapped in Kindness emailed me and asked for Sydney's vet's information  - I think she might be able to help some with Syd!! I will keep you all & IMOM posted if she can !!!   banana.gif

I also discovered something new about Sydney I hadn't noticed before (maybe it's just because I have a different camera now ??  ) But she thinks my camera when I have the flash on is LIGHTNING !!  She tries to run and hide in the bath tub and shakes like a leaf - her typical thunderstorm reaction ... the poor thing !!

Well, I am off for part of the day. Since we can't go swimming at least we can go spend some time in the yard !!  Here are some pics of my puppers this morning ... notice how ticked off she is because I am not taking her swimming ....  Oh ! The last picture is of her biopsy incision  you can hardly even see it !! Nothing like the huge RED swollen lump she had only 2 days ago! It's healing !! YAY !!!!


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Michelle,
The Rottendogs and I are pleased to start off Sydney's fundraising with a donation. Have you tried EVO food from Innova? I think it's very low carb--almost all protein.
I hope you have a helluva good divorce lawyer and get what you and your kids are entitled to and then some extra for Sydney.
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One of my personal dogs was diagnosed with Lymphoma in November.  I, too, was devasted, but after spending a considerable amount of time talking to the oncology center in Houston, came to realize that the treatment is very worthwhile.

Ginger, a 9 year old lhasa, has done fairly well on chemo.  She is on the same protocol and her external nodes all but disappeared after the first treatment.  She is currently on a maintenance protocol for life - a low dose of chemo each week.

There is a great yahoo group, LymphomaHeartDogs, that I would suggest you join.  There are a ton of people there, including a couple who have written excellent books on dealing with cancer in dogs, and they have just about had every experience known.   They can tell you about diet, supplements, side effects, etc.

I am making a small donation in honor of my sweet Ginger.

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QUOTE(Rottendogs @ Jun 2 2007, 01:23 PM) View Post

Michelle,
The Rottendogs and I are pleased to start off Sydney's fundraising with a donation. Have you tried EVO food from Innova? I think it's very low carb--almost all protein.
I hope you have a helluva good divorce lawyer and get what you and your kids are entitled to and then some extra for Sydney.
Celia



thanks3.gif  CELIA & ROTTENDOGS
We REALLY appreciate your donation !  I have NO lawyer yet. The whole thing is a mess really. But I will get what is fair in the end somehow !!

Innova EVO dry is what I am giving her - but she does NOT like it. She was on Canidae before and she loves that. I've tried mixing the Innova in with the Canidae and she's just picking out the Canidae.
My Syd has never been the typical "attack the bowl and swallow it whole" labrador (my Charlie and even Brittany definately are that type). I swear Sydney examines each kibble before she declares it worthy of her royal highness and actually eats it.
I've got little pcs of Innova EVO all over the place because of  the little priss... LOL

I was going to go to the only place around here that carries Innova and try to get some canned to see if that might intice her while keeping her on an appropriate cancer diet !!

I tried to take her outside and she wanted back in. I think she's not feeling too great and the heat is just too much for her today. Maybe later tonight she'll go for a walk with me !  I can't wait to get her on treatments... I would really like to see some of her energy level and appetitite return !!

Thank you again !!
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QUOTE(luvmytzus @ Jun 2 2007, 02:19 PM) View Post

One of my personal dogs was diagnosed with Lymphoma in November.  I, too, was devasted, but after spending a considerable amount of time talking to the oncology center in Houston, came to realize that the treatment is very worthwhile.

Ginger, a 9 year old lhasa, has done fairly well on chemo.  She is on the same protocol and her external nodes all but disappeared after the first treatment.  She is currently on a maintenance protocol for life - a low dose of chemo each week.

There is a great yahoo group, LymphomaHeartDogs, that I would suggest you join.  There are a ton of people there, including a couple who have written excellent books on dealing with cancer in dogs, and they have just about had every experience known.   They can tell you about diet, supplements, side effects, etc.

I am making a small donation in honor of my sweet Ginger.

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Thank you soooooo much Teresa !  I just put in a request to join to that yahoo group!  Am I  correct in saying it's been 7 months since Ginger was diagnosed ? WAY TO GO GINGER !!  That is so encouraging to read! If you don't mind my asking - what are they giving her on a weekly basis now? I honestly haven't talked about after the 6 months in too much detail with our doctor ... I was going to wait until our reg doctor was back on Monday and mull it over with him!  

Thank you again for your support for Sydney !

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I haven't had time to read all of Sydney's thread...but I am assuming is is a full labrador?

If so, there is a group, Labrador Lifeline...try to apply to them...I can't remember if there is a space between the two words or not...but they only help purebred labs, I find that sad, but I don't make the rules...

Try them...I'll keep my fingers crossed they they can help too...Judy

I can't believe it, I found the link to Labrador Lifeline...here it is

http://www.labradorlifeline.org/

Also, as Jean mentioned...contact Wrapped In Kindness...Kate is a lovely lady...perhaps she can help too

Edited by Judy, 02 June 2007 - 02:29 PM.


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YAY for the Rottendogs!

And I am so glad that Kate was in touch, too.

Your post about chemo was very informative. Good for people to know as they read through. Criminy, I was ready to hook all mine up prophylacticly-very good sales job. I think it's very important because before coming to IMOM, my thinking had been what you describe.

Syd's just 8 years young, well taken care of and loved, so she's got some years left that these people are going to help make sure you get with her!

Here is a website that lists some grain-free foods. http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free  My dogs are eating a grain free food now-but one that doesn't have chicken as I have a couple that really don't do well on poultry at all. I figured that out when they would refuse chicken based foods-I thought it was them being picky until I noticed it made their eyes red and goopy.

The food guy I go to tries to get people to pick foods that reflect what the breed would eat in it's natural habitat. Not sure that always works but it's a neat idea! So like a GSD might eat mutton or beef (I think that is what we talked about), and a Finnish Spitz would maybe eat fish based foods. I can't remember because I was trying to figure out where Bison would fit in that type of thinking (maybe a wolf would like that)! I just thought that was interesting and fun, and I am obsessed with dog food, dog poop, and anything else like that.

Great job in posting. Feels like you've been here forever (and I say that as a good thing).
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QUOTE(SydsMom @ Jun 2 2007, 02:12 PM) View Post

Thank you soooooo much Teresa !  I just put in a request to join to that yahoo group!  Am I  correct in saying it's been 7 months since Ginger was diagnosed ? WAY TO GO GINGER !!  That is so encouraging to read! If you don't mind my asking - what are they giving her on a weekly basis now? I honestly haven't talked about after the 6 months in too much detail with our doctor ... I was going to wait until our reg doctor was back on Monday and mull it over with him!  

Thank you again for your support for Sydney !

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Hi Michelle and Sydney, Ginger's protocol started 11/06/06. She received elspar that day.  She then received vincristine, cytoxan and doxorubicin.  The doxo didn't work on her so we went to vincristine and cytoxan in alternating weeks.  On April 27, she was FINALLY declared in remission and we started reducing the dose of chemo.  She now gets a reduced dose of vincristine one week and reduced doses of chlorambucil(a cytoxan replacement since she had bladder trouble) two weeks in a row.

Ginger has been extremely fortunate to have had mild side effects.  One bout of extreme vomiting which landed her in the ICU for a day, but other than that has done well.  

Although most dogs start out on a similar protocol in the US (elspar, vincristine, cytoxan, doxorubicin), the oncologists may change their specific drugs depending on their effectiveness in your dog.

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QUOTE(Judy @ Jun 2 2007, 03:26 PM) View Post

I haven't had time to read all of Sydney's thread...but I am assuming is is a full labrador?

If so, there is a group, Labrador Lifeline...try to apply to them...I can't remember if there is a space between the two words or not...but they only help purebred labs, I find that sad, but I don't make the rules...

Try them...I'll keep my fingers crossed they they can help too...Judy

I can't believe it, I found the link to Labrador Lifeline...here it is

http://www.labradorlifeline.org/

Also, as Jean mentioned...contact Wrapped In Kindness...Kate is a lovely lady...perhaps she can help too


Hi Judy smile.gif Thank you for the suggestion of Labrador Lifeline, and yes Sydney is "purebred" Lab - she has AKC papers even though she was rescued from a mill (she was actually found by a good rescuer friend of mine in a BUCKET alone and starving AFTER the mill had been raided and she was there taking photos to build a case against the mill owners).

However, Labrador Lifeline  has SO many policies that exclude us :( I did apply and their response was that lyphoma is terminal, genetic, and long term so they would not be able to help me. I think they specifically said they do not lend any funding for chemo... I know their site says the following :

"Funds will not be used for long term medical needs. "
"The dog is not terminally ill. "
"Funds will not be used to treat diseases that Labrador Life Line regards as genetically based and for which risk can be significantly decreased through testing and careful breeding."  


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QUOTE(JeanKBBMMMAA @ Jun 2 2007, 05:28 PM) View Post


My dogs are eating a grain free food now-but one that doesn't have chicken as I have a couple that really don't do well on poultry at all. I figured that out when they would refuse chicken based foods-I thought it was them being picky .................


Great job in posting. Feels like you've been here forever (and I say that as a good thing).



Jean,  I am sooooo glad you posted this !  I had never really thought about it before but I think you may have hit on something that will help Sydney. She's DOESN'T LIKE CHICKEN KIBBLE.  I started thinking about which foods she has refused in the past (even went online and looked up some ingredients to double check) and it's the ones that have chicken in the name or are only chicken (no other meats) that she has stuck her nose up at.   ... I am going to have to try a small bag of the EVO red meat one and see if she likes that better !!

And that you for the compliment... I honestly feel like I've found a new "home". I've always been the crazy labradork lady to anyone who knows me in real life. It's nice to have the company of other crazy  animal lovers...  pp_animal_568.gif
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I thought I'd focus on something other than Sydney's being sick tonight and tell you a little about how she was as a PUPPY!!  So come... take a trip down memory lane with me......

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Oh my gosh .. wasn't she the cutest little thing ? Not to say she isn't adorable now but there is something about a little lab puppy that just makes me squeal like a school girl. She was such a sweet docile puppy, terrified of riding in the car when we brought her home. She sat on my lap just shaking and shaking. ( Now she LOVES to go bye-bye ) but the whole time ....she was conning us ....  

This has to be my FUNNIEST memory of baby Sydney. When Sydney was little she had to be watched ALL the time (as most pups do!)  and she LOVED going in the bathroom while I'd take a bath (she'd peek over the edge and wait for me to splash her). So one time I had her in there - we'd splashed and had fun and I got out and was sitting on the toliet. She grabbed ahold of the throw rug and started doing the death shake like crazy with it.  I grabbed the other end and her mouth and told her DROP IT DROP IT. While I was wrestling the adorable little mischief maker my towel had fallen.  So... Sydney dropped the towel and promptly clamped down on my BOOB and wouldn't let go !!!  You have never heard someone scream like I did. My SO at the time came running in, flung the door open and fell on the floor in a fit of laughter.  I wasn't laughing then ... but ... I am chuckling now  rolleyes.gif

Sydney was the WORST .. absolute WORST "teenager". Okay, maybe not ... I'm sure some dog (probably a lab ) somewhere has her topped. She was a chewer and on top of that she was a chewer with severe seperation anxiety.  laugh.gif   Sydney has one of the strangest and largest laundry list of things she has consumed in her life.  Aside from countless barbie feet, shoes, socks, an entire linolieum floor, WOODWOORK (oh the woodwork - I had almost forgotten about that!).....

She ate a PADLOCK. Sydney was one of those dogs that wasn't just destructive when I left her - but she FREAKED out. To the point that she was a danger to herself. We were at our wits end with her (and at the time - naive about canine behavior) and we put a padlock on her crate because she figured out how to open the slides. We didn't LOCK the padlock - just slid it in there to keep her from sliding it open while we were gone.  Well... she not only got it open but we came home to find no sign of the padlock.  Xrays managed to find it and it passed without major incident.

How about a sewing tomato  ? With the pins !!!  This wasn't Sydney's only "OUCH" snack though.  Sydney was about a year old and starting to be able to be trusted in the house.  I had been watching T V when I heard that crunch in the other room that told me she had gotten something.  I go running into the bathroom to find her dopey lab adolecent self sitting there proudly with her "FIND" chomping away with BLOOD pouring out of her mouth. I mean POURING.  I panicked !!  I fished around in her mouth hoping she didn't SWALLOW whatever it was and fished out the head of a disposable MACH 3 razor blade that was just mangled !!  A trip to the vets revealed no major damage... but I was soooo shook up!!

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It's a tradition in our family that a permanant dog (not a rescue) gets a very nice leather collar on their first birthday.... it kind of symbolizes that they are part of the family and that they've grown up to the point that we don't have to do the new collar a week thing anymore.  Doesn't Sydney look soooo pretty in her leather collar. She was just so proud, I think she really knew how special that gift really was.  Sydney still wears her leather collar with TONS of pride !!

Sydney was hit by a car shortly after her first birthday. She had been doing AWESOME with the seperation anxiety (we had found that the crate was actually a big part of her issue - perhaps a bad feeling from being in a puppymill ???)  so we had started to gate her off in the kitchen when we were gone.  The best we can figure is that a thunderstorm came along and she ripped through a screen window she was so scared and bolted into the street.  Whomever hit her left her laying there and a kind neighbor brought her back to us when they saw us come home. She was having a lot of trouble breathing and we never thought she would make it. We took her to the vet where we discovered she had a bad Pneumothorax. She spent a few days in the emergency hospital and it was very touch and go. She had to have a chest tube to remove the air from her chest cavity. When she came home I laid with her day and night. My daughter and I would take turns staying up with her counting her breaths ... falling asleep momentarily with our hand on her chest.  We just kept telling her we'd ALWAYS make her better no matter what it took... and we did.
When they did Sydney's chest Xray to check for metastasis last week we could still see old scarring from the accident.


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Sydney radically calmed down after the accident. It was really then that her and I came together on some "different" level.  I KNOW that she knew we saved her life and I KNEW she was very thankful.  It's something I'd never be able to explain to someone but the accident bonded us together so tightly. She'd look at me with these eyes and I'd feel it in my heart.  I really hope that when I look at her she feels it in HER heart like I do. (I think she does smile.gif   This is one of my favorite pictures.... Brittany , my daughter, and Sydney all curled up asleep on the couch. I'd think Sydney is about 2 in this photo.

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Sydney's not much of an "outside" dog.  Really she's more of a velcro dog prefering to go where ever I am or my daughter is.  She is glued to one of us at all times.  Unless it involves swimming OR the first snow ... Sydney LOVES LOVES to run around digging her nose into the snow the first time it falls. Only the first time.  I think maybe she's saying  "HEY !! Where the HECK did the GROUND go ???"  

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This is a rare photo of all three labradorks together. This was taken maybe a year or so ago. They are OBVIOUSLY begging for a snack from my daughter .... Sydney is one fantastic begger. She LOVES her "people" food.

I really appreciate it if you made it this far.  It was thereputic for me to go digging for my favorite photos , to write this and share some of my favorite things about Sydney.  It's a good reminder to me of why I am so willing to fight this fight with her.  She deserves everything I can do and more ... which is where all the IMOM Angels will come in .

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

G'night !!
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Whoops some of my pics didn't show up!
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Oh, Michelle, I have thoroughly enjoyed ur post!! I giggled and teared up (the being hit by a car and the care u gave afterwards) and "oh no'ed" when the pics didn't show up. I was so glad u reposted them. My fave is also the one with Brittany and Syd on the couch, but all of them are great.

U are just doing an awesome job of posting. I wish all PIN parents would do posts like u have done.

Angels, Sydney needs  the chemo every week---Michelle is doing a fantastic job of posting--please show her how much she has helped u care abt Syd by her great stories--donate what u can to help Syd!!!

Thanks so much angels--u are THE BEST!!!

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HI Michelle, I want to thank u for visiting the boys thread!! I was here for quite awhile enjoying the stories and pics...and u were at the boys thread. LOL.

Thanks again!!!! Maybe Syd can have some of those carrots anyway!!!
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Michelle what wonderful stories. (well some not so wonderful lol,  but isn't it great to remember those times and now smile).  Your dedication and love for Sydney is so strong and that love will help Sydney thru this difficult time.

I also want to commend you on visiting the other threads and posting, it means a lot to everyone to know that you are reading their stories and giving them support.

Sometimes the weekends are a little slow but I am hoping come Monday a lot more ANGELS will be visiting Sydney's thread and giving their support because Sydney truly needs our help and we can't let her down.





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Oh Michelle, I had to laugh out loud over the bite in the bathroom story.  Sorry. smile.gif

We had a lab when I was a kid.  My uncle got her from a breeder to be a duck dog.  When she was about a year old, he left her with us while he went out of the country for a year!  When he came back and asked for his dog, my mother said "What dog? YOU don't have a dog.  We do though, and you can visit her all you want."  Hehehe.  And that was that.  She lived to the ripe old age of 17!  We joke that it was all the trash she ate that kept her alive so long. She was extremely well trained but we never were able to train the trash eating out of her.  
My father sums up owning a Lab as "They are the absolute best dogs, if you don't strangle them before they turn two."  Oh boy is he right.  
So now I have a "mostly Lab", Skip and a lab/GSD mix May (the dogs in my signature banner).  They are both rescues.  May came out of a really bad situation, Skip was just ignored as a young dog.  
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Quick Fund Update for fundraising PINs:

GF - Frisbee Dickens 410.00
GF - Koda Amoroso 50.00
GF - Luke Martinez 150.00
GF - Precious Dulake 345.00
GF - Roxy Doyle 50.00
GF - Sydney Kanengeiser 925.00


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QUOTE(Juli IMOM @ Jun 3 2007, 10:59 AM) View Post

Quick Fund Update for fundraising PINs:

GF - Sydney Kanengeiser 925.00



HOLY COW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I don't have any idea other than the two that posted and IMOM's pledge of $300  who Sydney's angels are but whomever you are you've brought me to tears this morning !!  And you ALL got one heck of a butt wag from Sydney when I started telling her the great news ~  motimonkey.gif
We cannot even BEGIN to thank you enough !!!
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I'm nervous about Sydney going in tomm. morning, but also excited to get this under way and get her feeling better.  She did eat this morning and is now resting by my feet .... I'm not sure she has any idea what's going on ... but I think she knows that Mom and Sis are working hard to make her feel better !!

Thank you again everyone !!  This will get Sydney's treatments WELL under way (and will also help the hospital quit whining about IMOM's payment policies

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