HALEY & THEO

🐢🐢 Golden Siblings living in Seattle Romp β€’ Love β€’ Inspire thegoldentwoinstagram@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

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Reflecting back on a perfect evening in Cannon Beach πŸ’¦ Hoping we get to do this again soon πŸ’™
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Theo's test came back negative. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers! We are so relieved. He seems to be feeling much better. We are transitioning him back to his normal diet and so far he's kept all of his food down. ☺️
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Haley has become even more playful and we are very thankful she is feeling this this well. She shows interest in her toys, antler chews and activity outside. We were so grateful for today because it was the first full day that both of them seemed "normal" and a rare day that we didn't have to make a trip to the vet. We have one more day before her next chemo. πŸ’™

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There's a superhero in all of us. We just need the courage to put on the cape. ❀️ #flashbackfriday

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You are my world 🌎
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We were in for another ride these last 24 hours. Theo had nausea and threw up yesterday. We took him to the ER last night and they took x-rays, bloodwork and at the time didn't see anything. They called this afternoon and said the radiologist saw a potential foreign body. I immediately felt numb and didn't see how this could be happening all at once with both of our dogs. We rushed back in for an ultrasound and discovered that it was only inflammation on the X-ray, but they did notice a small adrenal gland. Sometimes they are born like this or it can also be a sign of Addison's disease. We've tested for Addison's and should get the results in two days. πŸ™πŸΌ
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Haley has had a great two days! She's been super energetic, eating well and just wants to play. She has her next chemo treatment on Monday and we are hoping this weekend is full of energy and good health so that we can hug and spoil them the entire time πŸ’™ Thank you for your continued support during this whirlwind. We are so blessed your friendships ❀️

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She's as tough as a sailor βš“οΈ #kickingcancersbutt

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I'm happiest when I'm with you β€οΈπŸ’™
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Haley is home!!! She is happy and we are happy! She spent last night snoozing and chasing squirrels in her dreams. 😴
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Haley was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Sadly this is in addition to her Large T Cell Gastrointestinal Lymphoma. Good news is her body has started to respond to the chemo and her cancer lesions are reduced. She's a fighter! Unfortunately, she now has this other progressive degenerative heart disease to fight as well. Over time the heart muscle gets stretched out and weakens. It can degenerate at variable rates depending on the dog so we have to keep a close eye on it. She was started on heart medications and she is doing so much better than earlier this week! She is such a strong girl and she has been jolly this entire time!
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Today she had a restful morning and this afternoon she was surprised by a "breakfast in bed" themed toy galore from our thoughtful and sweet friends:

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Thank you for making Haley's first day home extra joyful for her! πŸ’—

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My dream wouldn't be complete without you ❀️
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Haley was admitted back into the vet hospital very early on Saturday morning. She had fluid in her lungs, but is doing much better now. She is scheduled to be examined by her oncologist Dr. Choy and the cardiologist today. When she originally started having heart trouble it was late Thursday evening, which is when the specialists just got off for the weekend. We are praying for good news πŸ™πŸΌ We visited her for a couple hours last night. Her spirits were high and she was so happy. We brought all of her favorite things (her ball, her brother, chicken breast and treats!). She played with Theo and her ball for a bit and we went on a short walk (videos in our stories).
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We can't thank everyone enough for their continued prayers. The support from everyone that understands the love we have for them is truly a blessing of comfort to us. Thank you πŸ’›

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Yesterday was a long day and Haley was such a trooper. She came home later in the evening and we were so happy to have the night with her.
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Haley started breathing funny Thursday night and we took her straight to the vet. She had fluid around her lungs and an enlarged heart. Not the news we wanted to hear. The vets tested the fluid and discovered it was only inflammation, not the cancer spreading. Hallelujah!
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Haley has a heart condition which could have existed before her cancer, but worsened due to recent events. She's been put on heart meds and her condition is now stabilized. She's been a happy girl this morning and has been doing her usual routine (watching me cook breakfast with her ears up and eyes alert, hanging next to the table because she knows she gets my last bite of eggs every morning and on squirrel duty when she goes outside).
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We are headed back to the vet for a precautionary recheck to make sure that more fluid hasn't built up. She's such a trooper and has the most joyful spirit through all of this. I couldn't ask for a more strong willed girl! #everydayisablessing #thankful

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Haley became very weak yesterday and began shaking as she was breathing last night. She crawled into my lap to let me know that she was not OK. She placed her body on me so that I could feel that she wasn't doing well. We rushed her into the hospital and luckily we don't live more than five minutes away.
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The ER doctor found fluid around her lungs and said that her oxygen levels were low. She is also slightly anemic. They gave her oxygen last night and monitored the fluid. The fluid has progressed a little but hasn't gotten bad enough to do anything about it. They will continue monitoring her today and she is in line to get an ultrasound of her abdomen to see if the masses have changed or progressed. Hopefully by noon we will have an update. Waiting for these answers is the hardest thing and trying to decide what's right or best in this situation is an awful feeling. It's just crazy how everything can seem so normal one minute and it can come crashing down the next. We are not ready to lose her, but then again we will never be. She is a strong girl and we hope we can continue treatment so that we can spoil her even more these coming days. Thank you for always sending your support and prayers for Haley. It means more than we can express πŸ’›

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Having someone to love is family. ❀️
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I am so delighted that Haley is feeling a lot better than yesterday. She is walking slowly and putting weight on the leg she injured. I was saddened to think she injured her leg and would be in more discomfort, but today she seems to be doing pretty well on it. She's alert, happy, and bright and we are so thankful πŸ’—y

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The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.
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We've had a rough morning so far. Haley jumped up on the bed and slept for a couple hours this morning. We thought she was OK and still bright and happy. We all got up and she tried to jump off the bed. She landed with her paw bent underneath her. She doesn't want to put weight on the leg now. I'm hoping she just tweaked it. The vet said to give it a few days before we X-ray it. Our poor girl can't catch a break. On top of her leg she is definitely a lot sleepier/lethargic this morning. This is something we haven't seen before. She has a little bit of an appetite, but not as much as she normally has.
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My heart is so heavy this morning. I hate seeing her like this. It's so hard to know if this is a side effect or if her body is not responding the way we hoped. The fact that she got hurt this morning really tears me apart. She's given us so much the last 7 years and I so wish I could take this all away. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’”

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Haley at her favorite place, doing what she loves 🐢❀️
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Haley goes in today for her second round of chemo. My heart is nervous, racing. I got a call from Haley's oncologist team about 30 minutes ago saying they wanted to meet today to go over more test results and treatment options. Part of me thought we already figured this out, so I'm praying the new results are better than what we knew as of last week and the treatment.
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The team at SVS has been so wonderful through all of this. We have been researching some alternative medicine options to add to her treatment plan. Dr. Choy has been very receptive and has helped steer us towards better research and away from the options that he doesn't think will benefit Haley. Thank you to everyone that has written us with advice and suggestions. And for everyone's continued prayers and love. ❀️

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Cuddles and forehead kisses πŸ’›
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Theo and Haley truly love each other. Theo gives Haley forehead kisses a few times a day. I finally caught one on camera a few weeks ago. It melts my heart 😘
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Haley has her second round of chemo tomorrow. I can't help but get a little emotional thinking about it, but at the same time we saw tons of improvement after her first round of treatment. I am so lucky that she actually loves going to the vet. Even when she was at the vet four times in the first week, while not feeling so great, she trotted right in with a smile on her face. She always knows to hop up on the scale and sit. Last Monday when they took her back for her ultrasound, she happily went with them. I didn't realize in that moment I was handing her over and not seeing her again till after a chemo treatment, so I get emotional thinking back to that day. In my mind I was handing her over just for the ultrasound and then seeing her again in a few hours.
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Haley will spend over half of the day there tomorrow and I'm so lucky she enjoys just being around people no matter what is happening. ❀️ I am praying that she responds positively to this chemo. It is a different type of chemo than they gave her last week πŸ’› #prayingforHaley #prayingforamiracle

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Sundays are for snoozing 😴
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Theo is the biggest cuddle bug. He's a 75lb lap dog that's glued to our sides every second and we love it. He's being a good brother to Haley right now πŸ’™

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Nothing can dim the light that shines within. ✨
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Haley went swimming yesterday with Theo and her dad. She was her usual self and climbed right up on the surf board. We are making #everydaycount and she is still adventurous as ever ☺️

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Haley in her happy place. She loves to swim and she loves to play ball (it's behind her) 😊
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Haley is being a strong girl and is doing well on her chemo and other meds. She's eating well and now receives chicken breast, rice and eggs for her meals - and she doesn't mind the meal plan change at all πŸ˜‰ Her spirits remain high and we are enjoying every second we have with her.
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Today we are taking her swimming! It's by far her favorite activity especially if her tennis ball comes along. The oncologist told us to keep her normal routine as much as possible and that moderate exercise is good for Lymphoma. She's going to be so happy when she sees where we are going!
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Thank you for your continued prayers and positive thoughts. It means so much to us and your comments help us get through the rough times to continue to push forward πŸ’™

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Tbt to big and little 🐢🐢 Haley's always been the best sister to Theo. ❀️
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Today is the fourth day after Haley's first round of chemo. She is full of energy and has a super appetite. I am just so thrilled that she is eating all of her food. We go on multiple 5-10 minute walks every couple of hours and she enjoys every minute of them. She comes back inside and plays with her ball and then takes a snooze.
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Yesterday I surprised them with doggy ice cream cones. Haley wolfed hers down in about 10 seconds. It was so cute and it made her so happy! Afterwards, she stared at us for about 30 minutes with that contagious smile of hers while wagging her tail incredibly fast. There's a video of them eating their ice cream cones in our stories 😊 #embracingthehappymoments
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Theo has been very curious this whole time. The first few days he would sniff everywhere she laid. I am not sure if he could smell the cancer (I've been told they can) or if he can smell the medication. Haley was going potty at the front of the house and Theo at the back of the house. Now that it is multiple days after her chemo, they can both run around in the backyard, but this will be routine for the couple of days after each chemo session. The adjustment of them being separated for a bit was really hard for Theo. They did everything together before. He's getting the hang of it and we are happy that he is adjusting. He is so attached to Haley and has a bit of anxiety whenever she is away.
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Thank you to everyone that has written us. I know a lot of you have gone through the same or similar situations. My heart is broken for you and experiencing this type of pain is almost unbearable. Dogs are the most selfless animals and their whole entire lives are spent loving us. We owe Haley every fighting chance because she has given us everything. She has helped me so many times through different stressors in life and helped mend my broken heart after experiencing the heartache of losing my Golden, Ferguson. Somehow, they just understand every emotion we go through and that is irreplaceable. I can't help but believe that they are too good for this world and that they move on to somewhere much better πŸ’™

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These two are inseparable β€οΈπŸ’™ .
We met Dr. Choy, Haley's oncologist at Seattle Veterinary Specialists yesterday. He is full of knowledge and we learned a lot from him. He is not only knowledgeable, but also such a kind man and grew up around Goldens.
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What we learned is Haley has large cell, fast moving, Gastrointestinal Lymphoma (LSA). It's much quicker moving than small cell.
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We decided to put Haley on the CHOP chemotherapy treatment. She will receive a large dose of chemo once a week for 2 months and then tapered down to twice a week for 4 months as long as all goes well and she is responding to the chemo. There is a 40-60% chance that we will see a positive response to the chemo and if so we will have another 3-6 months with her. Unfortunately, this isn't curable - but we are praying for a miracle as we believe anything is possible.
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Chemo in dogs is a lower dosage than in humans and I'm told there is a low chance of side effects (they don't get nearly the same amounts of side effects as humans do). She was a little questionable with food yesterday and we were trying to figure out if that is because of the masses along her intestinal system or if it is the chemo or medication. She tried eggs this morning and absolutely loved them. She was able to eat her normal amount and that made me so happy! #everyvictorycounts She also wanted to play with her ball a little bit yesterday. Seeing her still have the desire to have fun is so wonderful to see.
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Our goal is to spend as much quality time with her as possible. We do not want her to be in any pain and even the day we discovered the cancer, she still was happy and bright eyed. We are trying to stay strong for her and I'm trying to remain positive even though the last two days I was absolutely devastated. It's easier having her at home now, although I still break into tears every now and then. Thank you to everyone that has reached out with words of support, advice, encouragement, love and prayer. It means more to us than we can express. I often read your messages out loud to Haley as I believe that the positivity and hope can bring a light to her day. #prayingforHaley ❀️

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Yesterday was a hard day for our family. It's difficult to believe that a couple days ago Haley was trotting around, playing with her ball and smiling just like this photo. We would've never guessed she had lymphoma.
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When I woke up this morning it was like I relived the pain all over again. Is this real? Was this a bad dream? My eyes filled with tears and I cried in disbelief. Theo spent the night on Haley's cooling pad. That is where she usually chooses to sleep and he is always somewhere on our bed. I called him to try to convince him to lay on the bed with us and it felt like I called his name 100 times, but he did not move. I went to the floor and convinced him to hop up on the bed. He did for a minute and we cuddled. But ultimately he wanted to sleep in her spot. It breaks my heart to see that he already misses her.
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Today we learn more from the oncologist, although we will not have all the results back to determine our next steps until most likely tomorrow. I can't begin to express how much all of your support and messages mean to us. We are so lucky to have met so many friends through this account and we thank you from the bottom of our heart for all of your support.❀️
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I also want to thank the team at Seattle Veterinary Specialists for taking such good care of her last night and for keeping us informed every step of the way. They have the biggest hearts and really care about all of their patients.

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I'm not ready to say goodbye. You're too young and we had so much left to explore. I need more time to hold you tight and to sing your favorite song to you. It's always made you happy ever since you were a puppy. Just the other day I was singing it and you were smiling back and wagging your tail. How is it already time?
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Haley had her ultrasound and the vet found masses and enlarged lymph nodes. They aspirated the masses and discovered it was large cell Lymphoma. Results will take 2 days to determine whether it's B cell or T cell, but due to the location of the lymph nodes and tumors, the vet is thinking T cell. T cell often times doesn't respond to chemo. If it's B cell she has under 30 days without chemo and if it's T cell it's significantly less. We also need to get her feeling better and eating to know if she will want to be with us for more time. Our hearts are broken and Theo must know as I've never seen him somber like this. She was doing fine a few days ago and this all came on so quickly. Haley is 7 and we aren't ready to say goodbye. πŸ’”

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Haley needs lots of prayers today. We just wrapped up at the vet. She still won't eat and has a lump deep in her abdomen. We got her blood results back and her liver enzymes are elevated. We are waiting for the radiologist to hear when she can receive an ultrasound. πŸ™πŸΌ

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Jumping for joy πŸ’¦πŸΆ

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Some places stick with you forever πŸ—»

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You are my best friend πŸ’™πŸ’—

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Heading into Thursday with leaps of excitement πŸΆπŸ’¦ #tbt

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A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear ☺️

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Enjoy the little moments because eventually you'll look back and they will be big moments πŸΆπŸ’™

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Happy Saturday! You know it's a good one by the gob of sand on my face 😊

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Blushing because you are the apple of my eye ☺️
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Speaking of apples, 🍎 did you know apples are a super healthy and low-calorie treat for your dog? They are full of vitamin A, C, and fiber which can help with gastrointestinal health and degenerative conditions like joint disease. (Just make sure that you don't give your dog the core and apple seeds as they have cyanides. It takes a lot of seeds to do major damage, but best not to feed any!) 🍏

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Running on the beach makes me smile. What makes you smile? 😊

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