Breed: Mixed Breed
Adoption Date: January 31, 2018
Adopted by: The Tucker family
Let’s have a little conversation about where we are with Cricket. I had a long talk with Dr. Rolfe this morning and he has filled me in on every detail thus far.
First and foremost her very, very large wound has in fact been closed and it looks great. She is feeling great, she’s spunky and happy and of course never stops wagging her tail.
Here are the problems, Dr. Rolfe has consulted with all four of the oncologists in Dallas and not one of them have ever seen a case of what they believe to be congenital melanocytoma. All of them had to research it and the bottom line is there is no information about success or failure with trying to treat it. Unchartered waters is where Cricket is. I asked how can we be sure that she has the congenital version of this which is much worse. He told me that they are guessing this because Cricket is young, one maybe two years old and for her to have a big nasty black mass like she had they feel like she was born with this.
We talked about a CT and they all felt that our dollars could be spent in better places because the CT isn’t going to show us much at this point. Our only hope is the melanoma vaccines which they have absolutely no idea if it will help or if it will conquer this cancer.
I told them that we will do whatever we can and if the melanoma vaccine is it then that’s what we will do.
The plan is to have a series of four vaccines every two weeks and see what happens. She has had her first and will have another just before Christmas and continue from there.
And….we will wait and see what happens, if the mass grows back and starts erupting on her shoulder again then we will know that it wasn’t effective, if we see nothing then we keep going with all four vaccines.
I would like to add that not only does this treatment hopefully give Cricket a chance at life it also is very beneficial to the doctors who work in this field and will give them information on what happens. Our rescue has been commended many times by our specialists that we have not only worked to save the lives of some very sick dogs with things they have not seen before but we also help the veterinary community with information on how to proceed.
This is because of all of you, our donors who’s and beside us with the rescues that we work very hard to save. Not one bit of these medical cases would even be possible without you and I think its important for us to constantly thank you for that.
Cricket is having her drained removed today and will be given the all clear to come out of the hospital. We had planned to send her to down to Mary to care for with Naomi but we honestly think it would be a very big job for Mary and we would also like to keep Cricket close by to our specialist team.
Foster mom Tina has stepped up to take care of Cricket and will check her out of the hospital on Wednesday. This is a lot to ask of a foster because not only are you taking care of a serious medical case you are also opening your heart to a dog that we may very well have to euthanize. Sometimes you have to put your feelings aside and just focus on the dog and this is what Tina has agreed to do and we thank her very, very much.
I would also like to thank our drivers who have been volunteering to drive both of these girls, including picking them up from the shelter but in addition to that they have been driving them back and forth between Plano, and Dallas and back again. Ricky spent all day Saturday with an 8 hour round trip taking Naomi down to Mary. Ricky Barnes, Beth Taylor, Rachel Reiten, and Kelley Sahliyeh, we appreciate you!
I don’t know what will happen with Cricket but I do know that she has hundreds of thousands of people that are praying for her, and at this point that’s all we can do.
If she has a short time left it’s going to be filled with love and happiness and that’s probably more than she’s ever had before.
UPDATE on Cricket:
Take a look at who’s outside getting some fresh air at foster mom Tina’s house!
It’s Cricket who Tina tells us is full of spunk and energy and she struggles to keep her quiet and resting while this enormous wound tries to heal. I’m so glad I was able to groom her little face while I watched them change her bandage in the hospital. Surgical scissors is all they had but even with that we can now see this little munchkin’s face.
UPDATE on Cricket – Jan. 26, 2018:
We are now at the two month mark and Cricket has completed all 4 of the vaccines. Last Friday she was examined and x-rayed to see if anything suspicious has come up. It has not, her lungs are clear, and the site where the mass was looks completely normal other than her scar where she was closed.
I spoke at length with Dr. Roof who is Cricket’s oncologist about what she thinks and she literally told me that Cricket is in uncharted waters, we have no idea what to expect or think.
It’s excellent that she shows no signs and she said bring her back in two months and we will x-ray her again. If she is clear she will go back in another 4 months and get another melanoma vaccine and will continue to have them every 6 months for the next 18 months.
If Cricket gets to the 18 month mark with nothing reoccurring then she would consider Cricket to be free from cancer and cured. Do we know if we will get there? absolutely not, does she have a chance? absolutely…
She’s a precious little girl who I was finally able to groom properly today and have her spend a little time at the Ranch, shes very social and playful because shes just a sweet young thing. She will go see Dr. D on Tuesday and get her spay and the oncologist has asked Dr. d to look around in there real good to see if she spots anything suspicious and if she does to grab it and send if off for biopsy.
The question I ask of the village is would anyone adopt this girl taking the risk on having your heartbroken? I know we’ve been blessed before with Hope the Lab going to a great home living with the Hunter family, and sadly her cancer has come back and we don’t know how long she has. We had Mallory with a very bad heart get adopted by Mary, we had O’ Henry get adopted by Kristin and Hugh, regardless of his poor prognosis with his heart as well. Travis took the leap with not only Dwayne but with Hercules as well, he lost Dwayne and he knows he will lose Herc too but he did it anyway, so all we can do is hope that Cricket can be just as lucky.
Adopting a dog like this is just about the most generous kind of adoption there is, it’s a risk but isn’t it a risk for all of us every day? We have no guarantees of tomorrow and Cricket doesn’t either but that doesn’t mean she’s not going to be a wonderful little pet for someone and who knows she might just beat this and make the record books.
All I ask is for people to think about it and share her story, because I know in my heart there is someone out there that will take a chance on this little Schnauzer/Scottie/Poodle mix.
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