Welcome to the Blog of Rosie Ison & her Scruffy Hairy Mutts.

I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Thursday, December 09, 2010

R.I.P Dear Jake 21/7/01 - 7/12/10

Dear Jake

On Tuesday 7th December dear Jake lost his fight. Less than a week from diagnosis.
We are in complete shock. 2 weeks ago he looked and appeared perfectly healthy. He was being his normal pain in the butt, barking at everything and always being where he shouldn't and generally enjoying his life as normal.
Jake was a fantastic little dog with a HUGE personality and attitude.
As you read below 2 weeks ago he was taken to the vet because he had funny breathing. Last Wednesday he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer & a Heart Murmur. Everything seemed ok with Jake and we were just waiting for the results of the tests they did.
However on Monday he started to go downhill quickly. He completely stopped eating and was having to be syringe fed & even then he was spitting most out. He started trembling badly and showed little interest in anything. The only time he perked up was when Laura got his lead to take him for a stroll to relieve himself. On Tuesday morning the deterioration continued and he started to vomit frothy white stuff. He just lay uncontrollably quivering and looked pitifully thin.
We rushed him to the vet and he said there was nothing that could be done. The Cancer was very aggressive and Jake was struggling. We had to make the decision that everyone dreads and gave him sleep.
 Laura is inconsolable and I am also hurting so much. We are now going through the *what ifs* and *if only* scenarios that everyone must go through.

Jake was a manic little character and mega fast. In his agility career he only ever had about 7-8 clear rounds , which made him advanced( Grade 7)He was either absolutely fantastic and unbeatable ,or completely terrible! He developed a problem with his back legs and suffered with the heat which would make his back legs go weak. He was so hyped by the agility , by the time he got in the ring he was totally exhausted and would misjudge jumps & knock poles badly.When the new heights came in and he was measured medium it made it even harder for him, so he was retired 2 years ago after he had competed at the KC Medium Olympia Semi Finals.
He has left a huge hole in our hearts and in our house . He was only 9 years old.
Rest peacefully little man. You annoyed the hell out of me sometimes ,but boy how I really miss that now and wish you were still here to carry on annoying me .

Friday, December 03, 2010


 After a terrible tragic October, we now face another awful month.

Please say some prayers for our Dear Little Jake.

2 weeks ago Laura noticed that he was breathing deeply and every now and again would cough, he had also lost a bit of weight, however the symptoms seemed to disappear as quickly as it came. However last Thursday when he was sitting next to her she noticed his breathing was exaggerated again. She took him to our vet the next day and she listened to his heart and found he had a heart Murmur and what she thought was slight fluid on the chest. She gave Jake various medications and said if there was no improvement with 3-4 days she would refer him to a heart specialist. Over the weekend Jake seemed to deteriorate more and by Monday he was really picking at his food. Jake is normally a real pig with a passion for bananas but he just wasn't interested in anything we offered. He'd go to eat it then drop it on the floor. Clearly something wasn't right. Laura phoned the Vet and she immediately phoned the specialist who fitted Jake in on Wednesday morning. Our Vet was now also suspecting Lungworm as a possible culprit. On Wednesday morning Laura took Jake to the specialist and he did a thorough examination and suggested Jake may have a pneumonia going on. He admitted Jake so he could do some tests and X Rays. When Laura phoned back at 3pm she immediately knew something wasn't right, they told her they would have to ring back because they were actually in the process of doing a sterile procedure with Jake ! Laura waited and waited and eventually got the call to come to the surgery. She had to wait right to the end when everyone had gone , she was then called into the consulting room and told to sit down. She just couldn't ever have been prepared for the bomb shell that came. He was almost certain that Jake had Lung Cancer, and when asked the prognosis he said he could possibly only have weeks not months to live ! He's only 9 years old .. From that moment Laura really couldn't take in everything he was saying. She was so upset and just couldn't stop crying. I would have gone with her if we had known it was something so awful. Poor Laura then had to drive all the way home on her own in a terrible state.

The next day I phoned the specialist to speak with him and get the full details which Laura couldn't take in. Briefly it seems they were equally as shocked at what they found. Jakes lungs are filled with about a 100 or more cm sized lumps.
However there is a 2% chance that he may have something called Granuloma Lung disease, which apparently is very rare but can show up like cancer on X Rays. So they have taken a sterile wash/biopsy straight from the trachea into the lungs and sent it off for testing. The results will be back Monday and we are praying with all our hearts that this is what it is.

If not then we have some hard decisions to make. The Vet is talking about chemotherapy ,but I'm not sure about this even though off course Laura wants to give it a try. The vet says 50% of dogs respond really really well with no side effects and although not a cure will prolong life for maybe a yr or so. However there are dogs that respond badly and are very ill. I feel if Jake only has a few weeks we want to make them nice not miserable.
I think once we know on Monday what is the exact prognosis we can then talk and make more informed decisions then.
Yesterday Jake really perked up and has started eating again( he is on other medication for his heart and breathing) he wanted to play and was bouncing around the garden. This had cheered Laura up, and given her hope that they will find these granulomas.
I took some photos yesterday of Jake in the Garden playing, its hard to imagine he may be so ill :-(