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Saturday, January 28, 2012

K lives strong

K and I sneaked in a short hike yesterday morning before her chemotherapy today. We saw a spectacular, but a little ominous, sunrise. A mild snow storm was heading our way, as you can tell from the clouds.
We climbed up even higher to get a clearer view of the eastern horizon. We sat in the cold wind, snuggled together, watching the light show.
The sun never really came out so K wasn't bathed in that gorgeous sunrise glowing light that brings out her reddish highlits. Despite the cloudy skies, K cheerfully bowed on a boulder.
The rest of the day was spent on K's chemotherapy treatment. She came through it fine, seeming a little tired but otherwise happy. This morning, we slept late and then headed out for a short hike. I took a photo of K high "on a pedestal". K is "living strong" despite the cancer treatments.
In the photo above, you can barely see the main side effect of the radiation that K received 3 weeks ago to kill the osteosarcoma tumors in her bones. A radiation burn has just emerged on the skin of her left front leg. She wants to lick it incessantly so she's been wearing a tube sock over her leg in the house.

When we're out and about, K forgets about her burn and thus doesn't need the sock to prevent her from licking it. In the photo below, K had just spotted someone hiking far below us. You can tell by her posture that she believes that she's the queen of the area!
As we dropped down off the plateau toward home, she heard the hiker again. She wouldn't turn away from the sound. We rarely see or hear others on the trails because we're normally out earlier than everyone else. So, today, she was fascinated by the progress of the "interloper".
As she sat there like a statue, the ferocious winds that whipped through our world all day kicked up snow near the ground. You can see the fine mist of snow and K's flapping ears in the photo below.
So far, it seems as if K is handling her second chemo treatment in stride. However, some of the main side effects take a few days to show up so we'll be keeping a close eye on her.

Several of you have asked if we have pet health insurance. Luckily, we do. We bought insurance for K when she was a tiny puppy, and it's been worth its weight in gold. It covered a major surgery to remove deer bones from K's stomach and intestines a few years ago. It also covered multiple severe cases of pancreatitis that landed K in the hospital. It's currently covering her cancer treatment. Believe me, we've felt thankful for the insurance many times in K's and R's lives.

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.


  1. Thanks for the update, KB. K does look strong...certainly the queen of her trails. Paws crossed that K's chemo response holds up in the coming days.

  2. She does look so good as she surveys her kindom . Bless her heart she is a brave girl. Those radiation burns can get very sore indeed and I used aloe to soothe mine which did help.
    Please give her a hug from me and Izzy, Uji, Ronnii and I are keeping you all in our prayers.

    Momma Tea
    xxx xxx

  3. I don't think K knows any other way to live: strong. MOM just loved the first photo of K, me too.
    Blessigs to you both,

  4. Ah yes!

    As Khyra's commentary on her Sunday post mentions in our hint about this weeks transport dedication can see my tree from her rock in The Rockies -

    What a great post!

    Thanks again for sharing it with all of us!

  5. K really DOES look strong. In that picture of her standing, looking at the hiker, you can see such definition in her body. She is also built what looks to be quite well - all things that I know are helping her as she embarks on this journey.

    Give K a kiss from me tonight. I hope that the chemo side effects are kept at bay by K's truly infectious good spirit.

  6. We love you K and are sending snuggley rottie kisses :-)

    -Bart and Ruby

  7. Its been a long day for me, and at the end of it, your post and photos are a great note to end it on! We continue to send prayers and healing energy in your direction for K to have continued strength and good health!! Take care!!

  8. all our paws are crossed for you K
    Benny & Lily

  9. K looks so strong and young and happy!
    We love to see her enjoying her world.
    We are keeping our paws crossed the side effects don't happen.

  10. She looks so beautiful and strong
    Dachshund Nola

  11. She is so strikingly beautiful!!!!! Keeping you guys in my thoughts!!!

  12. Good to see K still looking so strong. Concur with Tea's comment about the aloe on the radiation burn. With the sock on, you also need to watch for yeast infection, as the sock can keep the leg warm & damp, especially if K mouths the sock. What pet insurance do you have for K? Most of the ones on sale in this area don't cover much and stop all coverage once a dog hits 7 years.

    Jed & Abby

  13. Thanks for the update. I found myself sitting and wondering how K was doing after her chemo on Friday. She sure does seem to be taking this all in stride. Well, after all she is the Queen! LOL! I love her bow! :)

  14. I´m happy to see that K is doing fine after her treatment. She´s a strong dog.
    Lucky you have insurance for her. The costs can be huge.
    Have a nice Sunday. The sunrise pictures are very nice.

  15. Hi Y'all,

    Last thing my Human did was see if you'd posted an update. Since she is early to bed and early to rise and we're "out east", we often have to wait until after breakfast to check for y'alls' posts.

    First thing after our second walk we sat down and checked...sure enough! Good news...and pictures of beautiful K.

    Thanks so much for keeping us all updated.

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  16. All paws crossed that the chemo side effects will be minimal, or preferably non-existent.

    You're looking gorgeous, K!


  17. i have tears in my eyes as i scroll through her pictures. she is just so gorgeous, a very very beautiful dog. i love the bow on the rock.

  18. K was doing Sun Salutation! I hope she and you are having a good weekend.

  19. Hi K, sending you all our hugs and slobber. You are looking wonderful. We love all your photos. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  20. Stay strong, K. Love how dogs just live in the now.

  21. HI KB, thanks for the update. Every time I see K's photos I see such strength and wisdom in her eyes, she is a wonderful teacher!!
    Well pray the week continues to go well for both of you.

  22. Thanks for posting this update-we're glad to hear that K is living strong. Our paws are crossed for her full recovery!

  23. I'm glad K is handling things okay! I really like that play bow pose of hers in the diffuse light. It doesn't bring out the glow in her fur, but it does capture her soft beauty very nicely! The girl has never taken a bad picture in her life, though, as far as I'm concerned. Even her outtakes are adorable!

  24. I had no idea it is possible to buy insurance for pets. What a magnificent blessing! May the blessings keep coming your way...


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