Finlay’s goodbye video ….

I don’t think Mama managed to put this onto my blog, but here’s a video compiled by a very very dear Facebook friend, whose scottie, Ruffles,  was diagnosed with TCC at aged 7 and is still thriving and surviving today. Ruffles and her staff put together this tribute to Finlay on behalf of Mama last year and I thought I’d share it with you today, the first anniversary of his crossing the rainbow bridge. Miss you my little brother …… we certainly had some great times together!

Thank you Ruffles de Scottie and Munchkin de Scottie. We shall cherish this, and your friendship forever

Goodbye Finlay ….



Sparhawk Sapphire Knight

14th February 2003 – 21st May 2013


Sadly we had to say goodbye to our little man Finlay. He had been in a one-sided battle with bladder cancer. He was helped across the Rainbow Bridge laying the arms of his devoted mama, both of them sitting in his favourite place, at 15:30 GMT on Tuesday 21st May 2013.

When our emotions are not so raw, we shall post a fitting tribute to this very very brave little chap, who stole our hearts from the moment he was born.

Belly Band!


How uncool this this!

It’s not my fault if I get caught short, is it? Its this blasted TCC thingy. I even forget I was wearing it this morning and went for a “pee”. Apparently He said the belly band actually worked – it caught my pee in the nappy liner inside it. No, They didn’t buy it, She made it, after checking out what was available on the webby thing.

Although I mentioned “uncool” no one else around here is wearing one – therefore I’m declaring it “well Dench” (apparently Dench means “cool” – makes you wonder what the human race it up to, re-inventing words that are already in existence – makes me glad I’m a Scottie!)

So, I hope everything is well Dench with you guys and that you’re having a grrrrreat weekend.

Displaying the uses of the "belly band" whilst sleeping on the settee
Displaying the uses of the “belly band” whilst sleeping on the settee

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Finlay & Bladder Cancer

Finlay the Rasta-Scot

Just in case any of you are trawling Facebook or Twitter, don’t be alarmed if you notice posts or comments about Finlay and bladder cancer. He was diagnosed with the TCC form of this mid-December but we chose not to announce it as we all wanted to enjoy the Christmas fun.

He had his 2nd scan Yesterday, Thursday, and it appears that the tumour has reduced slightly. He is being given Metacam for this, but had to have some stomach calming tablets as he was not keeping his food down, or in (know what I mean), but yesterday the Vet mentioned that this episode of giving his food away coincided with a virus in our local area. So, those tablets are being withdrawn in a couple of days when they are all gone, and it will be only the Metacam doing it’s hardest to keep the tumour at bay.

So far so good. Outwardly Fin shows no sign of being unwell. He has a voracious appetite and would give Kyla a good run for her money. He’s still extremely bouncy in the morning and demands his morning fussy before having breakfast (not like Kyla I’m sure!) – he won’t come out of the bedroom if he’s not had his fussy. I only get a little look in, and that’s if I barge in!

On the walks though we do experience “delays”. He’ll take for ages to have a pee, and then two steps later, he thinks he wants another and will spend ages again. And then, guess what, another two steps and another pee. Sometimes he tries to disguise this by pee-ing like a girl, but She’s cottoned on to that and knows what he’s doing. In the meantime I sit and wait, and then ‘cos I don’t want to pee in the same area as Fin, I’ll stop two steps and find my own spot to read and write pee-mail. Oh boy does it take time to get going – but none of us would have it any other way.

Fin will have another scan when he goes in for his next Cushings Stim test (early March), just so that She can have some peace of mind, so it’s business as usual, but on a much slower scale.

We wanted to try those Apocaps that are doing the rounds in the good ole’ US of A, but our Vet wants to stick with the Metacam for the time being – so if you know anydoggy out there suffering in a similar way to Fin, but being given Apocaps – give us a bark will ya!

RooOOoodles for now

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Finlay Cushing’s : Update

We thank all of you for your words of support regarding Finlay and “his Cushing’s Disease”. It unfortunately came far too soon after the loss of our beloved Gus, but life can be that cruel and so we continue to take each day as it comes and cherish each and every moment.

Some of you have asked for more in-depth details about Finlay and his Cushings, so Bobby reports as follows:

After his first ACTH Stim test he was given 30mg of Vetoryl, with a repeat Stim test due 10 days later. His blood count was extremely high. The cost of these 14 days of meds was £23.00

After the second ACTH Stim Test (20th July), his blood results have dropped, but not to within the “safer” range we would have hoped for. So our wonderful Vet has increased Fin’s vetoryl to 40mg per day, with another Stim test in two weeks (3rd August). The cost for the increase and for another 2 weeks of meds is £33.00, making approx £56.00 a month for vetoryl. Perhaps this cost will decrease should the vetoryl decrease in potency.

The weather wasn’t too good here in the UK so we couldn’t assess Fin’s walking ability – he usually did “emergency stops” and would take time getting his breath back before carrying on. The one walk we did manage he seemed to enjoy so much, that there’s a buoyant feeling that the vetoryl is working.

As far as food is concerned – he still thoroughly enjoys his breakfast and dinner and if given the chance, would eat lots more.

So, things look promising here, and paws and fingers are crossed that the next blood/ACTH test will prove the case.

We do hope that those of you “suffering” with Cushings are able to report good progress – please let us know, as we are all one big happy blog family.

Lots of RoooOOoodles from the Sparhawks