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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Serene Sunday and Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, I did something that made my mom feel super serene, so I thought I'd tell you about it today.  Oh.  No, not the Cicada Incident, though that was right up there as far as I was concerned!  I mean the other day, I wooed at Mom, letting her know I would like some toy time!

"Yes!  Pickles is exactly what I had in mind!"
"Me, too, Mom?"
"YAY!!!  And yes, you, too, Mags!"
"Did you stuff them full of treats?"
"Lots of treats?!!?"

It was super great!  I took mine onto the bed by the TV for a bit ...

"This is so yummy!  I love stuffed Pickles!"

... then moved over by the fireplace!

"I'm so happy!"

See ... I haven't wanted to or been able to play for a while.  You may have noticed Maggie has been doing double-duty with the blog, or we've been using very carefully taken photos of me.  And today, you can certainly see some of my shaved spots.  I had major surgery a few weeks ago to have an adrenal cortical carcinoma and my right adrenal gland removed.  This past week, I got my staples out and started something called Chemotherapy.  Mom and Dad believe they have chosen the best treatment for me, to give me the best quality of life for as long as God allows. 

We are not telling you this to make you sad or to garner sympathy (though quiet prayers are greatly appreciated).  Please don't put it out on your blogs - this post is enough, probably more than enough.  The reason we are sharing is the PSA part of this post:  If you see ANY changes in your pet's behavior -- please talk to your vet!  The only change I had been exhibiting prior to surgery was an increased thirst.  Thanks to our vet listening to Mom and Dad's concern, we are able to discover and fight this cancer!  There is no question too small or seemingly trivial to ask your veterinarian!  

Please be happy with me - I'm not really aware of what's going on with me, to be honest, I let Mom type the two previous paragraphs.  I'm the same girl I was before, just some shaved spots and not as much energy.  I'm getting stronger every day, though - I even walked all the way around the block today!!!  

For those who are wondering:  Maggie is being the best sister a girl could ask for!  She is keeping close watch over me (can you see her reflection in the fireplace?) and hasn't tried to do the "BOOM" at all.  I think she understands that I'm not quite ready for that!  

Celebrate life, everyone!  And have a serene Sunday!



  1. Cammie it does our hearts good to see you happy! You have the BEST dog mom and dad so we know you are getting the best care that there is. AND the BEST sister to watch over you. All paws crossed and praying for you all. We agree! Celebrate life <3

    Sending BIG hugs with love
    Addie, Lucie, Hailey and Staci

  2. Hey Cam - So happee fer u an'your peepz that u haf a good dogtor who listenz. That iz y mom haz switched dogtorz fer us Beaglebratz Ladiez - he didn't listen 2 our mom an'our mom don't like that. Yep, u gotta just keep on keepin'on - that'z what us woofiez do best. We r still sendin'our POTP an'Beagle AROOOOOZ fer quik healin'an'git better wishez an'mom iz sendin'prayerz an'HUGZ fer your mom an'dad. Yep, Mags knowz what it takez 2 b a good nurse.
    Lady Shasta'n Miss Maizie

  3. Cammie, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Abby was equally unaware that there was something wrong with her, but she LOVED the extra visits to the vet as she LOVED going to the vet (which made our Mom's stress a bit less!), We'll keep our paws crossed for you, but you just keep loving life and playing with toys and let your Mom do any worrying.

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona, Daisy and Lucy-fur

  4. Cammie we are sending POTP to you along with hugs and love. Having doctors who listen helps so much. Mom and dad have your back sweet girl and will do what is best for you.

  5. We are sending our purryers right away. And hey - toy time! Go for it, ladies.

  6. All me and momma's love and prayers are sent your way. Yes, celebrate life, always celebrate.

  7. Cammie you are so lucky to have such observant pawrents and that your vet listened and found what was wrong with you. We have our paws crossed that the chemo will give you as long and happy a life as it can.

  8. Cammie and Maggie OMCs pickles I know how much you enjoy them. Cam I know you are glad to be able to get back to modified Woo activity.
    Mom and I send you tons of happy thoughts and loving wishes. As you know, I too have decided to embrace the here and now and live in the moment with gusto and glee!!
    After all God's promise to each of us is today. So we will grab it with gusto and enjoy the journey. Your Aof4 is being joined by an army of 87 million friends!!
    Hugs madi your BFFF
    You will never believe what this senior kitty did over the weekend. Dang that cortisone shot gave me a new lease on life breaking news will come to a kitty blog next week.

  9. We're glad your mom and dad noticed something wasn't right and got you treatment as soon as possible. We're sending purrs and prayers that the chemo does its job. Kitty kisses for your snooter!

  10. We think Cammie is teaching us all a lesson to deal with the blows and carry on! Life is too short to not enjoy pickle time! Sending POTP for many healthy days! Thanks for the PSA, you may have saved a life!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Carpe Diem!! We agree with you Cammie, we enjoy each day we are blessed with!
    Now...get back to that nommy pickle!
    Jakey & Arty

  12. Cammie, we know you always get the very best of care from your Mom and Dad and the great vets at KSU. We hope all your treatments take care of things completely and give you lots more happy time with your pickle AND with Mags, Mom and Dad. We will keep our paws crossed for you and add some good prayers from Mom.

    Many hugs and Woos - Lightning and Misty

  13. We're so glad that you're feeling better, Camo. It sure is impawtant for us to let our pawrents know when we don't feel so good, and for them to keep on top of our health.

  14. We three love reading your blog. We are sending all our love and support from New Zealand and keeping our paws crossed for you. Love Jasper, Nellie and Itai, the three bestest maremmas in all the land. Noho Kaha (stay strong)

  15. Cambie we are sorry you are facing this. We know your peeps are making the best choices they can for you. We hope you will accept our POTP and know we are thinking of you. Hugs.

  16. Thinking of you all. Much love, hugs, and healing light. <3

  17. such an important PSA, Cammie! we are glad you are feeling better and can enjoy some pickle time :) and that Maggie and Fireplace Maggie are taking care of you too. we'll keep you in our prayers for continued healing.

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  18. Dear Cammie - we will keep you in our pug prayers for sure. We are happy to hear that you are feeling like having pickle time
    we know your mom & dad and Mags will take the best care of you
    Big Hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

  19. Sending good thoughts to you Cammie - you just keep on celebrating life and we will do the same!

  20. We continue to send you lots of AireZen and healing vibes, Cammie♥ A stuffed pickle full of treats will definitely help out!

  21. Cammie, we're thinking of you all the time, and sending super-strength healing vibes. Take care.

    Inca xx

  22. We are sending healing prayers to you Cammie! You are going to get the best care with your humans and Maggie to keep you strong! Many pets to you across the wires.

    Your friends Kiki and Nala

  23. Dear Cammie:
    My mom has always learned a lot from your momma when life happens on your blog. Your mom's words over the years have stayed with mom during times in our own lives that have been a struggle. We are sending you our pug prayers and hugs, and of course you are in our hearts. Stella Rose and Momma

  24. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Sweet Cammie, I'm so glad your mom shared with us what has been happening. You are firmly tucked in our prayers as is Mom, Dad and Maggie. I'm glad your energy is coming back and that you are starting to feel like playing.

  25. I am thinking of you, Cammie. That's an important PSA. I know what great care your parents are giving you plus lots and lots of love. Enjoy every day, sweet girl!

  26. we are a little behind the stick on this one, but sending you LOTS of healing purrs Cammie