My Journey through Breast Cancer

On October 11, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) ... or as we like to call it, extreme measures for a nap (EMFN). For a while, this blog will be my cancer journal. Enter at your own risk.

19 December 2013

dogsitters wanted

Our household includes two wonderful dogs, whom we adore, the kids adore, and the mail man fears. Normally, we love the chaos that comes with having three kids and two dogs. And they're good dogs, really, but right now they are adding to our stress level in unnecessary ways. Sometimes they bark in the middle of the night, waking us up ... and we need our sleep! Caleb gets up early every day to walk them, which he doesn't mind! But he could use the extra rest right now instead. Yesterday they barked during my nap, waking me up from much needed sleep. It was the final straw.

So, we are looking for a good foster home for Bear and Lucy while I go through chemotherapy. If there is someone out there willing to love on our dogs through the middle of April, please let me know! We will, of course, provide all their food and any other paraphernalia they might require. I know taking two dogs into your home is a huge ask ... but you just never know what someone out there might be willing to help out with, and you have not because you ask not, right?

This is Bear. He is part Golden Retriever, part Chow. He's about 45 pounds. He's the most lovable, gentle dog you'll ever meet! He's great with kids, and other dogs. Not so much with cats, though. The main difficulty with Bear is he can jump a six-foot fence like its not even there ... which he does when he's bored or he senses people are leaving without him. He suffers from a little separation anxiety, and tends to chew and scratch on the walls when his people leave without him. Otherwise, he is house trained, and truly a great family dog. We adopted Bear at the end of the Summer, and he has quickly become a most beloved part of our family. 

I was diagnosed so soon after his arrival, that we have not had a chance to get him neutered. If someone were willing to help get him to surgery and back, we would most appreciate it! We've had to cancel two appointment we made at a clinic in Garden Grove (the cheapest clinic we could find).

This is Lucy. She's part Jack Russel, part Yorkshire Terrier. She weighs about 15 pounds. She's a little neurotic, but lovable. Also house trained and spade. Her main difficulty is her barking. She barks at everything. We have a bark collar for when it gets out of control. She's great with kids and other dogs. I have no idea how she'd react to a cat. We've had Lucy for 5 1/2 years, and she's as much a part of our crazy family as our kids.

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