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A year gone by…………

Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 12:11 am on Thursday, June 20, 2013

It was one year ago tonight that I came home from work to find Jill finally out from under the bed after hiding there for two weeks.  It had been the first time my parent’s puppy Belle was visiting, so I figured she just wasn’t a fan (now we know different, as they love to play).  I scooped her up, and soon saw the reason why she had been hiding for two full weeks.  What I saw shocked me (warning, this photo is very graphic, so scroll past it if our stomach is weak!):


















I honestly thought Belle had bit her and she retreated under the bed for two weeks and allowed an infection to set in.  Looking back on what I did next seems so silly, but at the time, I thought it was the right thing to do before I could get her to the vet!  Yes….I put neosporin on it.  I wasn’t able to get an appointment until the next night, and I honestly thought she got a bad boo boo on her foot, so off to work I went the next day and off we went to the vet the next night.  Just to show you I’m not totally crazy, the vet suggested we treat it as an infection with clavamoxx and soak in twice a day in a solution for a few days.  So even she thought it was an infection 😉

But……….5 days later, it was no better.  Off we went, back to the vet for a fine needle aspirate….and from there, it seemed, everything fell apart.  This was no infection.  This was cancer.  What kind?  We don’t know yet, but that toe HAS to come off immediately.  So we scheduled her toe amputation for June 27th  (which we will be celebrating as her toe ampuversary this year and a year fighting cancer!) and they will send the toe off for a biopsy…….WHAT IS GOING ON!? SHE JUST HAS AN INFECTION!!!!!…………

And here is my poor Jilly suffering through those five days, so she didn’t lick her “infected” toe, I have to say this was the most miserable she was throughout this entire year – a toe amp, a leg amp, chemotherapy………the cone made her the most miserablejillcone4jillconejillconejillcone2






June 20, 2013 @ 1:02 am   Reply

Jill, only you can make a Kitty cone look stylish, and only you could look cute in one!

So tried to blame that “infection” on a dog—-a puppy for Pete’s sake! We all wish it had been just a “puppy bite”…..but, then again, the world wouldn’t know what a terrific, loving, hugging, witty kitty you are:-)

If I may, I’d like to jump the gun a little and be the first to say ‘HAPPY TOE AMPUVERSARY. (just in case the website is still down and I don’t get to send you our congrats)

Guess you’ve been taking your meds okay and no side effects??

Lots of love and kitty ear scratches from,

Salt and Happy Hannah



June 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am   Reply

Aww Jill. The cone did make you look miserable. You are truly one warrior princess. Keep fighting your cancer sweetie. You are a great inspiration to all doggies & kitties fighting cancer 🙂

Hugs from your chemo buddy

Sassy & Michelle



    June 20, 2013 @ 3:29 pm   Reply

    doesn’t she thought!? have you ever seen her look so miserable???


   Ilene Mundell

June 20, 2013 @ 6:27 pm   Reply

Sweet Jill…you are just such a good girl!! Cones are not a winner….Harley hated it so much he ended up slobbering all over and this neck was damp for days…

Hugs & Licks!
Ilene & Harley

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