All Our Children Meow and Woof: Healing

All Our Children Meow and Woof

I created this blog to sort through my emotions as Finnegan, a great Irish Wolfhound, fought bone cancer for nearly 26 months. Fortunately, his battle subsided for many months and during the course of the 26 months, I shared stories about his feline siblings. On August 8, 2008, Finny passed on in my husband's and my arms. He fought the good fight and he will always have a special place in my heart. *If you have a question, please write me at finnegandog at gmail dot com.*

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


I'm pretty sure that the regular readers probably do not come around here much anymore. Certainly I have not written here in many months for good reasons. Finny has been doing really well. Unfortunately, that is not the case anymore. Recently, he became ill with a fever and swelling in all of his ankle/wrist joints. He has a discharge coming from his eyes and is in some amount of pain. Due to having osteosarcoma, his immune system is out of whack and it could be causing him to not be able to fight infections. The blood work came back normal and he did respond to an injection of an anti-inflammatory. His fever dropped from 104 to 102. When he's feeling a bit better, he will go home with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and happy pills, aka pain medication. I want to keep him as comfortable as possible. The antibiotics will be started first to see if there is a response. If there is none, it might be that the cancer is back someplace. My veterinarian is also calling an oncologist to see if there are any other options for him.

Our goal is to keep him comfortable and as pain-free as possible. If this event is treatable, that would be icing on the cake but for once, I'm being realistic. He turns eight in less than two weeks and it has been nearly two years since he was diagnosed with cancer. This new illness came on fast and hard. Perhaps it is something wonky. He has had a history of having strange illnesses. But like I said, I'm being realistic. I need to prepare myself as I did for his kitty brother who passed away three weeks ago. At the same time, I might just be numb.

Keep Finnegan in your thoughts. I am not a religious person but think healing thoughts for him. He really needs it right now.


Blogger Emma said...

Fingers are crossed and happy thoughts are on their way to him.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Twice Five Miles said...

I'm with you in spirit even if I can't be there in person.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Biggie-Z said...

I have been thinking about Finnegan for a while. Hugs to you, big boy.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Maggie & Mitch said...

Lots of AireZen coming your way, Finnegan! We think about you often!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

5:08 PM  
Blogger ms chica said...

I'm sending you all my good karma.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous BipolarLawyerCook said...

Sending anti-inflammatory thoughts to Finny and you.

9:18 PM  
Blogger LiveWorkDream said...

Oh Finnegan. My Mamma was going to shut down her computer and then she saw this.

It's been a bad week for Tripawds. This is making us all very sad.

It's good to hear you are responding to the meds, keep it up. We are thinking of you, and sending love and comforting vibes your way. Stay strong my friend, you're almost at the 2 year mark. You are my IDOL.

Keeping paws crossed for better health,

Jerry, Rene & Jim

11:31 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Finni Boy!

I'm sure, even with your fever, you're loving up all the nurses at your vet's office and breaking hearts. I can just picture it.

I'm sending you a boatload of healing goober smooches your way, and my girl is a praying girl, so she's doing that.

Sorry about your catbro, man. That's tough. Please snuggle up your mama and pass on some of my goob smooches to her too. Sometimes they're actually comforting.

Goober love,

7:21 AM  
Blogger Kerrio said...

I have "fallen off" the blog world too, but came back to read all this sad news.

Big hugs to you and Finn.

Kerrio & co

7:33 AM  

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