Mini Minion

Why Duke hates Halloween...

Why Duke hates Halloween…

Who is this Halloween Minion? Why it is none other than Despicable Duke!

Isn’t this some type of dog shaming? I’m quite sure of it!!!


Do Blondes Have More Fun?

The Three Musketeers!

The Three Musketeers!

Do blondes really have more fun? It appears that these three very handsome blondes are up to no good. What to you all think? This is Marsden, Murphy, and Duke. It is very hard to tell Marsden from Murphy! Who is Who? Which one of them dyes their hair blonde? You be the judge!

Carb-Loading Canine

San Francisco Sourdough Lab

San Francisco Sourdough Lab

He’s back with a vengeance!

I came home at lunch with Alexis and this is what we walked into!  The carb-loading canine chemo culprit can’t stay away from the California Sourdough!  Really Murphy?  Two days in a row?

And, he was caught red-handed!  Bread interuptus.  Unbelievable!!!! Glad you’re finally feeling better to start counter-surfing again Murphy. (I think).  I promised I wouldn’t get mad.  That was a promise I might not be able to keep!  OMG!



Even Chemo Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down!

Unbelievable! Really Murphy?

Really Murphy?





I posted earlier this evening that Murphy has turned a corner and seems to be feeling better.  I welcomed him back….etc….yada….yada…yada.


So…after my shower, I came out into the living room and this is what I found!  Yep, Murphy had gotten into the Halloween candy and had himself a fine time.  He’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!


Murphy, did you know that Chemo + Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups = Disaster in the Colon Department?  Really?



Chemo Day # 8

I'm feeling much better, thank you.

I’m feeling much better, thank you.

Well, it is Day 8 of Chemo and I think Murphy finally turned a corner. Here is Murphy, Duke, and Molly out on the golf course for a short walk after dinner tonight. Murphy has a voracious appetite now, but still has diarrhea, which he will get some more medicine for. I actually saw him go bounding out onto the landing today like a herd of wild elephants.

So sorry you have to go through this Murphy.

Welcome Back Buddy!

Day #6 of Chemo

I'm just so tired...

I’m just so tired…

Well, it is Day #6 of Chemo.  There is definate improvement in Murphy.  He is eating again, but still is lethargic and has diarrhea.  He seems to really perk up when visitors come to see him, especially his Auntie Anne and Auntie Alexis!  We sure know why Murphy loves them so much!  Murphy just adores Molly B and the Buddha Man.  The a/d seems to have stimulated his appetite and he actually ate a regular dinner tonight, softened up with water.  His mouth seems to be bothering him, like it almost hurts to chew.  I was able to take him for a very short walk down to the 5th tee, but then had to turn around.  I watch over him like a Mother Hen to make sure he’s ok.


This is still hard to talk about, especially when telling someone for the first time and they ask about his prognosis.  The Vet has given him a median of  6-9 months given the type of cancer he has.  That means that 50% of the doggies will live longer than that, and 50% will live shorter than that span.  Well, knowing Murphy, he will outlive them all!  He is definatley fighting this and is a strong boy.  This is definately the fight of his life!


Hang in there Murphy.  EVERYONE is rooting for you!


More Heartache and an Empty Tummy

Empty Tummy

Empty Tummy

As I sit here, Murphy is lying on the couch sleeping.  He has had a very rough week.  He has had a horrendous reaction to the chemo and the other night was vomiting uncontrollably followed by extreme lethargy.  I took him back to Dr. Atwal where he was given an injection of anti-nausea, which did stop the vomiting.  Murphy is not eating at all.  He is drinking water though.  It breaks my heart to see him like this.  He is so sick.  He has pills for diarrhea, pills to stimulate his appetite, and pills to stop the vomiting.  It seems like nothing is working.  The Vet recommended trying a food called a/d for critical patients.  It is high in fat and protein and is considered “crack” for dogs and cats.  I tried to give him some when I got home and he refused it.  I tried to force feed him some as well and got about 4-5 spoonfuls down, then I felt like you know what.    He is supposed to get one of these injections once monthly for 5 months.  At this point, I feel like maybe I shouldn’t put him through this, but if I don’t he will die, but it looks like he is dying right now.  I don’t know what to think.  I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to say.   All I can do is be extremely attentive to any changing symptoms and tackle this head on.

Last night I have him a warm bath with gentle  massage and lavendar conditioner, then blew him dry with a warm hair drier.  He had been so sick, he needed to be cleaned.  Poor Love Bug.  Then he went into a deep sleep next to me.  I’m with you buddy.  I love you and wish I could take this all away from you.


Postive thoughts.

Positive energy.

Love you Murph.  Please come back.