Thursday, October 27, 2016

News Update

News Update

The dinosaur has good news and bad news.  The good news is that after nine months of both chemo and radiation my bladder cancer is in remission.  The treatments had some bad side effects, but most of them are gone.  One that remains is a tingling and numbness in my fingers which makes writing very difficult.  I’m on medication to help the condition, but so far it still exists.  Without  a drastic reversal the cancer may have accomplished the unthinkable.

Most of you know that I’ve been writing the info “from the desk of the dinosaur” and Phyllis puts it on the computer as a blog.  Time will tell whether the dinosaur returns from extinction or not.  Meanwhile it has been great fun to continue the writing, which I first started in the 1950’s for Ken Martin’s Collie Cues.  Since then it’s been Collie Review, AKC Gazette, the CC of A Yearbook, Collie Expressions and CC of A Bulletin that have helped me spout off to the fancy.  It’s been fun for me and I hope for others as well.

Many of you know of the sad story of our daughter, Alexandra and her Bernese Mt. Dog, Liir.  After much expense and hopes and prayers he’s gone to doggy heaven.  A friend of hers in New York started a Go Fund Me page for her to help defray the considerable cost.  Along with many of her friends some of our Collie friends have chipped in as well.  Phyllis and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Liir, who was not a show quality dog by Berner standards was a dog to be loved and treasured.  We called him our big, sweet Grandson.  For over eight years he was our daughter’s very special companion.  The things that made him special were not conformation points, but unseen things that we sometimes don’t give enough credit to in our dogs.  If my fingers recover there will be an epistle from the Desk of the Dinosaur about special things we can’t see.  They’re not things that judges give Grand Champion points for, but maybe we dog people are missing something very special.  As Terhune might have written “peace to Liir’s bright memory.”

Think about it!!

1 comment:

  1. Great news that you are in remission! Hopefully you will be able to continue your writing - it is a joy and a pleasure to read your wise and knowledgeable articles.
    "Is it better to have loved and lost, or never to have loved before?" That is the question we all must answer. The high price of loving is the pain and sorrow of loss. Your daughter shared her life and time with Liir, precious moments that she will always cherish. As with all of us, the second guessing of our medical decisions and the ordeal of a sick animal haunt us. In the end, no matter what we do, the outcome is out of our hands. There is no greater gift than unconditional love, and our furry friends offer it gladly. Liir knows that Alexandra loved him and cared for him the best that she could. He trusted her. May we all be together again at the end of our lives.