Guess who’s home! All About Dog Day, with Cheeseburgers!

After a harrowing night, Otis is home.  About 7:00 p.m., his breathing became very heavy – not panting, just very labored.  He wasn’t able to sleep, and at 1:30 a.m., I took him in.  He had a “pneumothorax,” air built up caused by tears in the lungs resulting from the mets.   The X-rays showed that it was pushing his heart out of position.  The vet drained 2 liters of air from one lung, and one from the other.  He is home now.   Although there are more invasive surgeries that could seal the tears, in this case, it didn’t really seem worth it.   He could have a few hours, or a few days before the air comes back.   It was important, however, that my daughter and ex got to spend time with him.   The vet gave us some clear signs to look for, and until then, he is going to enjoy time with his family.   Cheeseburgers are on the way!

He's home!
He’s home!
I hate that he has more shaved spots, but he is breathing totally normally now.   Just moving around a bit slowly.
I hate that he has more shaved spots, but he is breathing totally normally now. Just moving around a bit slowly.
The cheeseburgers have arrived!   Tess and Otis shared, of course.
The cheeseburgers have arrived! Tess and Otis shared, of course.   Apparently, they get cheesy beefs for dinner.

Author: otisandtess

Otis, an 8 year old 106 lb. lab/Dane mix, became a Tripawd on February 9, 2016 after his right front leg broke due to osteosarcoma. We did 4 rounds of carboplatin, but lung mets were discovered on Agust 25, and he passed on September 4. Otis was half of a bonded pair, and his adopted sister Tess, passed suddenly of hemangiosarcoma on October 9. The day before Tess passed, a local lab rescue group had identfied Gator, a 120 pound 6 year old yellow in need of a home, as a potential companion for her. His picture was on my phone, and my house needed a dog. . .

12 thoughts on “Guess who’s home! All About Dog Day, with Cheeseburgers!”

  1. Oh I am SO pleased to know that Otis is home! Make the most of this precious time together (We know you will…)
    Lots of love,
    Meg and Clare xxx

  2. So glad Otis was able to come home where he can be spoiled and loved on constantly. I know you’ll make each minute and second count. Your love for that beautiful boy makes me smile.

  3. I am glad Otis is home. I sure hope he can come to the walk if not we understand. Love on that sweet boy and take lots of pictures of him & you together. <3 <3 <3

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. Deer Otis, the best parht uf beeing a tripawd iz the yummee treets! Yor mommee iz veree speshul & luvs u soooo much! When i go to the Raynbow Brig, i will tayke my mommee’s luv wif me. It’s pawsum that we can do that! Enjoy yor cheezeburgurs & luvins frum yor familee. I will be thinkin uf u my frend. – yor tripawd pal Gizmo.

  5. I tell ya’ what, you would never know Otis has any “issues” by looking at his pictures! And as far as he’s concerned, he has no issues!

    Any room in that tummy of his for cheese pizza? And don’t forget the french fries! And, of course, ice cream!!!

    Sending love

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  6. Hi Otis and Tess
    Sorry to hear of Otis latest struggle with the lungs. I’m hoping you get to give him heaps of love cheeseburgers and tummy scratches he can stand!
    My darling Holly’s not so good either, so we are thinking of you and sharing kind thoughts and healing vibes

  7. So sorry to hear about Otis’s troubles; I almost feel guilty about stressing over Nitro’s issues, which are mild in comparison to yours. Sending lots of love to you and your boy.

    Paula and Nitro

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