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Rinnie

A Shepherd Mix With Hemangiosarcoma (the most aggressive canine cancer where blood vessels finally hemorrhage and bleed out).

Vets gave 60 days to live, see remarkable joyful journey to 7 more months:

This is a compilation of emails from Rinnie’s owners who I met frequently to work with them on buying Rinnie quality, happy, time with her family. Permission was given by the owners to share Rinnie’s journey to give other pet owners hope. – Nancy Seymour

DAY 17 on supplement:

Nancy,

Today is Day 37 since her surgery and Day 17 on your supplements.  Still on bottle one.  She seems long recovered from the surgery itself and presently shows no signs of the hemangiosarcoma, which is a blood vessel cancer, though she does have one small nodule on her leg that we noticed for the first time on Mother’s Day. She is high energy, taking long walks, running, playing with her toys, chasing birds, squirrels, etc., joyful and seems normal in every way. She is eating well and is usually very eager for the next meal.  No problems with acceptance of the supplement over/in her food–not having to pill-pocket as I thought we may. She looks beautiful and has her pre-surgery/pre-illness spark about her. So far, so good. 

Halfway through 2nd jar of supplement:

I was thinking about you earlier today. We are approaching half way on the second supplement bottle. I appreciated your earlier email and this one too. You are kind in checking up on us. Emotionally we are level now and not freaking out about Rinnie’s diagnosis. We’ve come to the conclusion that none of us has the guarantee of tomorrow, so just enjoy this day and hope for the best. We truly are enjoying her and each other. Rinnie is doing remarkably well. She seems very normal and energetic. Nothing seems wrong at all with her. I know I’m not supposed to be counting the days, but day 53 after the surgery is today and it seems that one lump on her rear leg/stomach area is the only change I have noticed at all and it seems stable, no changes in it.  She’s happy as can be. Just playful, joyful, her sweet and active self. My daughter bought me a little fold up water bowl to take on our walks that works great. We are making her come in more during the heat and keeping us all cool. Your tips are all good and appreciated. And yes, we love the Furminator too. Appreciate you, Nancy. Thanks again for being such a kind person.

5-month mark:

Hi Nancy,

Rinnie is doing well. It will be five months on Wednesday, Sept. 14th that she has survived. I have a senior physical scheduled with her Vet on Monday. She has had no problems whatsoever, eats well, plays, is active, just a delightful happy little friend. We are still on the product and will stay on it. I will be interested to see what the Vet has to say about Rinnie on Monday, as she and the Oncologist had said Rinnie’s life  expectancy was two months without Chemo and about four months with and it will be five months Wednesday. While our Vet did say all this, she did say that the hemangiosarcoma was so aggressive that if she lived twelve months, it would mean they got it early enough to have gotten it all, which is very, very rare. I was reading your ingredient list on the jar.  You must have worked your bottom off on that supplement ingredient list. Wow! So informative. I will go back to her vet in December when Rinnie needs her next required booster.  Since these immunizations depress immunity, we didn’t want to give it to Rinnie early.  While she was very happy that Rinnie had made it to five months without chemo given that the Oncologist had projected two months without chemo; she wasn’t doing cartwheels, and didn't seem as optimistic as we are at all.  She said the two months was an average, some less, some more. She said that even if cancer had not spread before Rinnie’s surgery, and was confined to the spleen and the spleen tumor, even if one or two or three cells alone were left in the blood, they would potentially grow and spread, as this is very aggressive stuff.  She said that if Rinnie went two years, she might think they had it all and no cells were left, which would be unlikely.  Vet said they had this greyhound on supplements such as these and that nutrition would surely help and keep doing it for Rinnie, but most likely it is genetic and will show up at some point.

61/2- month mark:

Nancy,

She is having more frequent interspersed good and bad days. Yesterday was bad but today good. Loving every day with her. Six and a half months now. Thanks so much for asking. Hope all is well with you.

7-month mark:

Hi Nancy,

She saw the vet on Monday. Had lost a little weight and breathing was heavier. Vet thinks cancer is progressing. Had a seizure on Friday. Lost legs for a short while but regained. Last week and this week could hardly keep any food down. Throwing up many times. Refused most food. Was pitiful. Refused supplement in anything, even roast beef. We discontinued the supplement, tramadol, nausea medication and just made sure she has water and food out at all times. Thought we were losing her but yesterday and today have been beautiful. She is clear-eyed, spunky, happy and eating a tiny bit, so up and down. 

Rinnie passes a few days later:

We did get your beautiful card and appreciate your sentiment, your concern for us. This week is better than last. This week we have gotten past our sorrow, pain so deep that we feared dying ourselves of broken hearts. It is easier, but not easy yet. She was our canine child. She will always be with us. Thank you for your product and buying time with our Rinnie and for your constant care and attention to help her and us. We strongly believe you bought us precious and quality time with her. You may use these letters to give other pet owners hope at what great nutrition can do under the worst of conditions.

--- Eleanor - Cary, NC

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