Following on from yesterday’s post of highlighting Mama’s 5 favourite photos and posting one each day for the next five days, for Day Two she has chosen this photo of Finlay – here’s what she said about this photo on Facebook : Today’s photo is of my beloved Finlay, who succumbed to TCC in May 2013. The love I see in his eyes melts my heart completely ……..
I was going to put together a Tribute to my brother Finlay, to surprise Mama. But I too am distraught with his crossing the Rainbow Bridge and didn’t know where or how to begin. Little did I realise that my Facebook buddy Ruffles de Scottie has taken away my anguish and has very kindly and thoughtfully put together this very moving video.
Mama said she would cherish this for the rest of her life.
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.
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 So, those tablets are being withdrawn in a couple of days when they are all gone, and it will be only the Metacam doing it’s hardest to keep the tumour at bay.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!