Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Once again, the blogger world comes through. You are all so wonderful and supportive for those of us in need of prayers, good wishes, crossed paws, and loving support. We are very thankful for all of that here at the OP Pack.

Phantom's incision is healing well. He will have his stitches and staples removed on Monday. His itchies have mostly subsided. This has been a very stressful period for him. He does not deal well with change. He is still spending almost all of his day and night in his crate, by choice. We have tried to abide by his wishes for the most part, figuring that he will come out when he is ready. His appetite is fair, he eats his dinner well but does not want to eat in the morning. Between the shirt, the pills, the incision, the Mom checking the area, and the discomfort, he is not happy. Today for the first time he has come out of his crate a few times to survey what's happening and then goes back in. But at least that is some progress.

After talking to our vet and reading a lot of information on his type of tumor, we have decided not to pursue radiation for him. When his tumor returns, we will have to decide at that time if we will do more surgery or not. We are looking at some alternative treatments that some of you have suggested as well as some diet changes. Phantom is not a good eater and does not like to see change in his diet, but hopefully he will work with us. For now, we have decided to just move forward and hope for the best.

Phantom received a get-well package in the mail yesterday from Mason Dixie. Of course, Thunder had to inspect it to see what was in the box.

But it was addressed to Phantom, so Mom called him out of his crate.

Phantom smelled something good and came to see what he had received.

More tasty treats form 3 Dogs and a Chick.

Look - Barkin Burgers and Wheat-Free Cranberry Clusters.

Phantom gets the first taste test of the Barkin Burgers.

Thunder is ready for his turn too. And Phantom is always willing to share.

Both pups gave paws up to the burgers. Mom said they could try the cranberry clusters later.

We also received a couple of awards recently for which we are very thankful.

Mollie and Bobo sent us this gorgeous one.

We are supposed to tell you some interesting things about us. We have received this one before so we are going to cheat a bit and not obey the rules. But did you know that we both love popsicles? And Thunder loves to give kisses to Mom. He also has a girl friend named Kat and she is so pretty. Phantom doesn't like veggies but he loves Skittles. And they both love all their blogger furiends.

We also received this lovely ladybug award from Bell.

We are supposed to share it with our top 10 favorite bloggers. Now if you take a look at the number of regular commenters we have visiting us everyday, we think you will agree that it would be impossible for us to pick just 10 - so HERE - all of you can have it!!!

Thank you, Mollie,Bobo, and Bell.

Phantom just came out of his crate for a bit and Mom was able to capture a couple of shots.

"Thinking about all that has happened to me."

"Hey, get that flashy beast away or I am going back in hiding."

Woos, the OP Pack


Katie, Mollie and Bobo said...

The look on his face when he was taste testing the cookie is priceless! Glad to her Phantom is feeling better.

-Mollie and Bobo

Martha Basset said...

So glad Phantom is beginning to come round - not many of us like change when all is said and done.
With any luck his tumour will not come back for a while and Phantom and you can just get on with enjoying life.
What a very thoughtful present from Mason - that was so kind - Phantom and Thunder both looked very appreciative.
Take care
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think Mom got all leaky reading that post!

The faces are so precious!

Khongrats on your awards - well deserved and well shared!

DWB (and even the KHATS) deserved a big hug of appreciation fur the support we give each other when we need it!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


That was furry nice of Mason Dixie!

They do look yummy!

Kayla said...

Aw those treats look scrummy. Big kisses from me and SKye

Mack said...

Thunder's girlfriend is very pretty, except her brother, Steve looks like a cat!

We hope all those super awesome goodies from the super pawsome Mason will whet Phantom's appetite!

Mack said...

I mean his brother Wilbur heehee

Pedro said...


So nice of you to share those delicious treats with Thunder. I'm glad you're feeling better. Hopefully you'll want to be out of your crate more very soon. I still say wearing a shirt is a whole lot better than wearing a cone head!


The Army of Four said...

That sunbeam sure looks inviting, Phantom! I hope you enjoyed napping there! And we continue to pray for you.
Congrats on the awards AND wowzers on the box of treats from Mason Dixie! She's sooooo sweet!
Play bows,

Ruby and Penny said...

We're so glad that Phantom is starting to feel better.
Congrats on your awards and enjoy those special treats.
Love Ruby & Penny

Anonymous said...

Good to hear he is feeling a bit better. I think when things heal up and his routine returns he will be much happier.

There is a great dog cancer group on yahoogroups. I went there when Patachou was diagnosed. Great source of info and support.

Mason Dixie said...

I am so glad you liked your treats Phantom, and you were able to come out and enjoy a little warmth from the sun. Congrats on your awards, well deserving. =)

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

Nice to hear Phantom is moving around a little more and feeling a little beter - we will keep the positive thougths going your way

hope the nummies made him feel better too

what great awards you cool and well deserved

and thunder thanx for checking everything out for phantom

Woodrow Sweetie MJ

Dory's Backyard said...

We are so happy that Phantom is feeling a little better every day!

Dory (and her Mom Beth)

chicamom85 said...

Phantom, I don't like change either so I understand how you feel. I know that when you are ready you will come out and play. I am glad you got some get well treats and it was nice of you to share with Thunder. My Mom says a prayer for you every time we visit.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Jake of Florida said...

Those faces make us want to reach through the computer and share our wirey love!!!

Jake and Just Harry

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Great to see Phantom coming out to lay in the sunbeam a little and to hear that he is healing.

When Tasha was not feeling well, the one food that she never turned down was a scrambled egg with cheese. Maybe Phantom would eat that mixed with his kibble for breakfast.

A snooter smooch to both of the boys,
Princess Eva

Stella said...

I am so glad you posted because it was getting worrisome when you didn't. Its good to hear Phantom is coming out and yes, when things get more normal he will be doing even better.
I love the picture of him taking his burger cookie! And Thunder too!
How nice of Mason!


Anonymous said...

That was very nice of Mason Dixie to send Phantom a get well package! And it was very nice of Phantom to allow a few photos to be taken when he came out of hiding :) Give him a snooter kiss for my mom.

Thoughts said...

Glad to hear Phantom is at least holding up somewhat well. We will continue to pray hard for Phantom and send our warmest thoughts and regards your way.

I SO know what it is like to watch a dog slowly deteriorate from a medical condition and I deeply sympathize with you. The end of the road is soon coming for our dear benson and its heart-breaking.

Thinking of you,

(and Benson and Gibson)

Cheyenne -Millie said...

That was really nice of Mason Dixie to send you that package! Those treats look mighty yummy!

Those are a lot of neat awards! Congratulations!

Thor said...

So glad that Phantom is feeling better. Love your cute faces. Mason was so kind send you those yummy treats. Congrats on your awards.
xoxo, Thor

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That was so sweet of Mason Dixie to send those yummy treats for Phantom when he is feeling so down in the mouth. Those treats sure made him smile..
Get well soon Phantom. We love seeing you out of your crate.

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - Phantom. So glad to see you out and about. You looked like you really enjoyed your present!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

We are just catching up with your blog and are very sorry to read about Phantom. We hope that he feels better soon and the nasty tumour stays away for a long time. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Congrats on your awards.

Holly & Zac...XX

Clive said...

That was so lovely to Mason Dixie. We're very glad to hear that Phantom is starting to feel a little better. Those two photos of him are lovely lying in the sunlight.

Take care
Clive and gang

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh that is such wonderful news that phantom is feeling better. he looks so cute eating his cookies and sharing with thunder!
m & e

Reese =^..^= said...

I wish you the best of luck as you travel down the road of this process.

Tracey and Huffle said...

Poor Phantom. Sick AND pursued by the flashy beast. At least he got some nice treats to enjoy. Hopefully they will make him feel better.

Huffle Mawson

Tom, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan said...

Thanks for the update. We always eagerly await news. We hope that Phantom will begin to feel much better and will leave his crate behind.

Those treats were obviously just perfect!

pughy said...

So so glad the lovely Phantom is feeling better. His eyes are still so sparkly in those pictures. The parel is awesome and you both enjoyed those cookies..

Hugs GJ xx

Alasandra said...

Phantom, we are purring you feel all better soon. We are glad you are coming out of the crate more.

Thunder, anytime you need someone to run around and play with you are welcome to come chase Fenris. ~S,S,C & F

Team Husky said...

We are so happy to hear that Phantom is coming out of his crate a little more now. The last photos of him made out Moms eyes leak, she feels so sad for woo and Phantom.

We know woo will do what is best for him, he is fury lucky to have a family that loves him so much!

Please keep up pupdated!

Team Husky

Maggie and Mitch said...

How very thoughtful of Mason! We hope you come out of your crate more and more, Phantom! Feel better, buddy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

KB said...

Awesome photos of gorgeous dogs. I'm glad that Phantom is showing signs of returning to normal life. It looked like he received an amazingly tasty gift. My thoughts are with you all.

Brownie said...

What lovely photos of Phantom - we love the one where he is waiting to taste test the burger! we're so glad that he is recovering from his surgery - albeit slowly.

We continue to keep you and Phantom in our thoughts and prayers.

Like others, I have also heard that grain free foods help slow down cancer - carbohydrates supposedly "feed" the cancer. If you have trouble finding an appropriate food, I can send you a link to a dog nutritionist - my email is browniebarks [at] gmail [dot] com.

Painter Pack said...

Woo looks so handsome, Phantom!! I am glad woo is coming out a bit more. I'm sure that incision is still uncomfortable for ya. And I'm glad TD is checking stuff out for woo!! We are still hoping to see woo running around and playing!!!


Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
My paws are still crossed hoping the tumor will not be back!
Glad Phatom came out of his crate to enjoy his presents from Mason!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Thank you for sharring your thoughts with us. We know Phantom will get better each day, and will want to play.
Congrats on your special Awards and thank you so much for sharring with us! Yeaaa!
Those were some mighty special gifts you all got,and course it is because your loved so much!
Cutie patootie pics!

Maxx said...

Dat is good news indeed! Soo mighty nice of Phantom to share his cookies with Thunder! Kongrats on the well deserved awards!! Luv the pics, have a great day!


Angus Mhor said...

Yay, Phantom! I'm so glad you came out of your crate for a treat. It was very kind of Mason to think of you. Change is NOT easy..but I know that with patience and lots of purrs, woos, barks and just plain love and prayers, we'll getcha' through!

To the Mom: We're with ya-you do what's best for your boy!


Hi Phantom

You are lucky to have a mom like yours... I'm beginning to like that tshirt look. I may wear one in your honor! Hmmm...

Now about those treats.. Let's see a nice crumb on your lip so I can sniff it

Bae Bae said...

What nice gifts from Mason. :)
I'm glad to hear that Phantom is better

~ Bae

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We're all rooting for Phantom!

Mochi and Mommy said...

Yum! You both sure look like you're enjoying those treats!

Take care Phantom! I'm still crossing my paws for you!


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, poor Phantom - those last pictures of you in your T-shirt made my human want to cry and cuddle you up! But you are looking well and that is a nice picture of you nibbling the cookie!

Hope you feel a bit more settled tomorrow and more yourself again.

We're thinking of you on the other side of the world - and am sending lots of slobbers!

Honey the Great Dane

Anya said...

Thanks for the update
We are sooooooo Happy its going better with Phantom.

It was yummie....
I can't see it on your face :)

Aki and Poopie said...

oh phantom, that look on your face is priceless! I bet those burgers really got you barking!

we hope everything gets better from here..

TD missed you lots to have found a way to amuse himself. maybe in the coming days the both of you can engage in your frisky husky ways.

wishing all of you the best of health always (and missing the lovely Princess D too)

drooly kisses,


Poppy Q said...

What nice treats for you two fellas. Phantom, I hopes you feels better soon.

Ludo van Doggy said...

Those treats and awards couldn't have gone to better pups!
I so very glad that Phantom starting to heal. It must be soo hard to have to think about hard decisions like you is. Phantom and Thunder's Mum you very brave indeed.
~lickies, Ludo

Dawn said...

Awww, Phantom in the sun, such a nice photo. Glad he's feeling a little better. Will continue to pray for him and your whole pack.

Amber-Mae said...

What a great big box of goodies! We're gad the surgery went well & that you're healing.

Solid Gold Momma

Bell and Kimberly said...

thinking of woo's...
Hoping all the bests for woo

Bell girl..

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

we are thinking of you, gorgeous guy

Domi said...


When your cancer comes back, I'll be there to go through it with you. It really isn't too bad as long as you are getting lots of treats, CAR RIDES and love from your people.

you do look stylish in your shirt.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Just checking in to see how things are going today.. Have a great weekend..
Dad said we can go to the lake early tomorrow morning. It is supposed to be cooler. Anything less than 100 is cool here..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

River said...

Phantom does look a little sad but I think the Burger helped a lot! We're hoping the healing will speed up. Congrats on the awards!

love & wags,

Sue said...

It's so sad to see him feeling poorly. I hope he perks up a bit as time goes on and we are all sending our love and good wishes to him.

Your Portie Friends

Bijou said...


We just heard about Phantom and wanted to come over to let you know we will be thinking of you and will keep our paws crossed that mean cancer goes away and never comes back.

You look so sweet lying there in the sunlight. Hope you continue to get better!

Wags & wiggles,

Martine said...

Hi OP Pack!

Hope you are feeling better today!

We got a lovely note from Suz at the BT Rescue thanking us for selecting them as our choice for Paw it Forward... so again thank you thank you thank you!!!!

xo sugar & martine

Joe Stains said...

mmmm well he certainly looks to be enjoying the cookies! I hope Phantom gets a bit more comfy and comes back around to his old self.

Andrea said...

Love that photo of him trying the cute!! Glad to hear Phantom is feeling better. And congrats on the awards. :)

the 4 Bs said...

poor Phantom. this is such torture, isn't it?! we wish we could be there to cheer you up with some crazy B play. that's a nice bunch of goodies that you got from your friend. we hope you will get better FAST!


Southbay Girl said...


What a wonderful gift to get in the mail! The cookies looked really yummy!! You deserve it!

I hope you are feeling better and coming out of your crate more! Mom and I know you and your mom are going thru alot! We always have our fingers and paws crossed for you!!!

We hope that nasty tumor doesn't come back!! We'll keep our paws and fingers crossed for that!

We are thinking of you all the time-even if mom and her stopid hooman job doesn't allow her to help me visit my friends!



Lacy said...

w00fs, me has not furgotted u pup, congrats on ur awards...andddd heehee, me wants to support Phantom, but cant git me to wear a shirt..she says getting a bandana on me iz hard enuff...just no me iz there in spirit..(if i ever get him in a shirt i will post a picture)..

b safe,

Indy said...

Poor Phantom. My humans have been very busy and have not been able to keep up with everything, but Phantom has been in our thoughts.

There is some good information here for dogs with cancer:


Hang in there, and we are thinking of you!

sadermaxx said...

Hi Phantom, I just heard that you aren't feeling good from Twix. I just dropped by to say I hope you feel better soon.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We're going to have to check out this 3 Dogs and a Chick place. Those treats look tasty!