Winston is our miracle boy! A year ago Jan 5, 2013, Winston was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. We were shattered and it changed our world. Winston, our English born Border Terrier, was always wild and strong and full of life and energy. He was a third time Master Agility Champion and we were busy with our agility competitions. He had just turned 9. There was no history of any cancer and specifically lymphoma in his blood lines.
On that Saturday we were getting ready to go to an agility trial and Winston could hardly get out of his bed. We thought it was a muscular problem and immediately took him to a therapist we know. She found the swollen lymph nodes. Scott went on to the trial with Guinness our other BT and I took Winston up to Evergreen Animal Hospital. We thought he may have an infection and it was a total shock when the vet confirmed with the exam and blood work that it was lymphoma. I couldn’t believe it an almost passed out from the news. The veterinarian said we needed to see an oncologist as soon as possible and gave a few recommendations. One of the girls at the clinic and one of my best friends recommended Dr. Phyllis Glade at Hampden Family Pet. After listening to them we knew that is who we must see.
Scott called first thing Mon and the girl at Hampden Family Pet had such compassion and actually called Dr. Glawe at home to see if she could work us in first thing . After the tests and exam, Dr. Glawe discussed our options and her treatment plan. She was our hope and we had a plan to move forward. Dr. Glawe started her chemo treatment as soon as Winston’s blood work allowed. We bought Dr Dressler’s Dog Cancer Survival book and it became our bible and guide.
After 7 months, Winston had completed is chemo treatments and after having a “plan” for every week we felt a little lost. Dr. Glawe said “It is now time for Winston to be a dog and enjoy life”. We had put Winston on the cancer diet from day one which showed immediate increase of energy and continued with full spectrum care including Nutraceuticals. We continued with checkups first a month and then 3 months.
Dr. Glawe and Hampden Family Pet have been incredible. The treatment, the care and the compassion helped us through this very difficult time. Our endless questions and concerns were always addressed in a straightforward but caring manner. They were our lifeline and helped us learn and apply what we learned and do everything we could for Winston.
Winston has been in remission for over a year. We started to go back to our agility competitions as soon as we could but only a day here and there and only when the blood work gave us a green light. Our boy was happy and full of energy. He did great with his treatments and diet and exercise did wonders. We lived one day at a time.
We passed our year anniversary since his diagnosis and shortly thereafter Winston got his 4th Master agility championship MACH4. I still get so emotional when I think of how far we have come. We never thought it possible. The championship was amazing but the greatest thing was having our Winston doing so well. He is such a happy boy and has taught us so much about life. His blood work has been good, his energy great and his huge personality is an inspiration to all.
We never thought we would be where we are today, to have Winston with us and going good …really good! We have been blessed. The journey has been hard, very bittersweet but we feel Winston has had the greatest care possible. We have done everything possible for him based on everything we have learned. We have always believed in Dr. Glawe and we know Winston would not be alive today were it not for his treatment. There are no guarantees in life but every day is a gift. Our lives were changed and things will never be quite the same but we received support and care beyond our greatest expectations. This is priceless to us. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude. How can we possibly thank you enough? Dr Phyllis and the team at Hampden Family Pet…thank you for all you do. We will never ever forget.
Gwen, Scott, Winston and Guinness