Mark Twain said,
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
Clearly, Mark Twain was not talking about a dog on steriods. Although Bandi has never bitten us while giving her food; at this point I would not be surprised if she would bite us while taking it away.
This is day 20 since we decided to “keep Bandi comfortable” after a diagnosis of terminal cancer. And it’s day 18 of steriod use to decrease swelling and pain in her cancerous leg.
Bandi does not act sick. She doesn’t act as if there is a cancer taking over her body and organs. But she simply can’t get enough to eat. Where is the sweet little girl who would give us soft kisses and wag her stub when we merely talked to her?
If Bandi could talk she’d probably say, “No Kisses for you!” like some kiss nazi from the TV show, Seinfeld. She has tried desperately to satisfiy her hunger by finding beef bones that have been in the doggie toy box for a couple of years and chewing the heck out of them. I’m serious. She would actually break off peices of the bone and swallow them whole if she could—and she tries!
These pictures show Bandi with a frozen beef bone she got for Christmas. This one still has meat on it! YUMMM! Take note of the blurriness of the photos themselves. She was going to town on that thing!
A conversation with the vet today gives us s new plan: instead of giving the entire dose of the steriod once a day, we’re going to break up the dose into two separate times. Hopefully this will keep her from being so voracious!
“There is always hope for man or dog in life if only they be cute”
― Chris Pariseau
Bandi abounds in HOPE because she abounds in cuteness!