Petey’s Painting and His Touching Story!
By Rachelle Siegrist
He’s a smooth-coated Wirehaired Dachshund, and his name is Petey. Not only is he totally adorable, but he has an amazing story as well! At one year old, his owners got him sight unseen from DARE, also known as Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education. Living quite happily at his new home for the next 3 years, at age 4, Petey started limping, and after a visit to their local vet, a nerve sheath tumor was discovered at the top of his spine. After repeatedly seeing their local vet, they took him to the vet specialists who diagnosed his cancer, but unfortunately only gave him 6 weeks to live.
“Petey” with the first washes painted in
Finding this unacceptable, they decided to take him to the University of Florida, where vets worked aggressively on Petey to save his life! The specialist vet was able to remove the tumor, but also had to remove the leg and shoulder nearby. Not to worry though, as Petey with his zest for life, handled it terrifically and was soon able to get around just fine! The surgery was followed by three weeks of radiation, which involved Petey’s owners taking turns to stay near the facility where the radiation was being administered. So during the day he enjoyed being taken for walks and rides where his favorite daily treat became ice cream!
Enjoying his ice cream!
Petey lived several years carefree while doing just great, then the cancer was diagnosed again this year. So they returned once more to the University of Florida, where he was operated on, but they were unable to remove the tumor due to excessive bleeding. However, three weeks of radiation followed, which was done at the specialists on daily visits, and hopefully arrested the growth of the tumor.
Enjoying a boat ride with friend Spanky
Petey is now 14 ½ years old, and even though he has two herniated discs, which constrict his ability to jump up onto beds and furniture easily, he is doing great! He absolutely loves riding on the boat, and is usually accompanied by his buddy Spanky. Spanky, half-doxie and half-pekingese, is another precious rescue dog, who is over 16 years old now and was also recently diagnosed with cancer of the adrenal glands, but amazingly is doing well and also enjoys boat riding. Petey loves dining at his favorite restaurant, where he always orders the same thing . . . sliders! And of course afterwards his favorite treat is . . . you guessed it . . . ice cream! Petey’s family recommends that if you’re seeking a furry companion, to please look to the many rescue centers to find that perfect friend!
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Until next time . . .