Installment #1
I decided to start this blog to chronicle Homer’s journey as I follow along with him on his battle with cancer.
Many of you know all about Homer, the original Thank DOG I Am Out rescue pup. Thrown out of the speeding vehicle as a puppy ,the blunt force of landing rotated his back left leg 270°. By the time I rescued him at around one year old the leg had calcified at the joint. Because it had good blood flow and he was able to scratch with it and kneel on it the decision was made to leave it.
Over the years (of which now it is 12), Homer has continued to impress the world with his amazing personality and his lack of acknowledging that he is a little different. He has had a very healthy life until July 19, 2021.
The day started out as usual, sunny, lots of walks and treats. That night – out of the blue – a small , soft malleable lump seemed to have popped out of the joint on his back good leg, the right leg.
Having run the rescue for 12 years I thought I diagnosed it quite well and went to sleep thinking it was a fat tissue lipoma. Nothing to worry about.
I was leaving for Africa in 7 days but had the wherewithal to book a quick appointment to have the lump aspirated. A few days later I was in the air on my way to Africa, results pending, no real concern on my end. My instincts were wrong, Homer was diagnosed with a deadly, but slow growing “soft tissue sarcoma”. Apparently about 15% of dogs are diagnosed with these cancerous tumours – they are graded 1-3, and then staged …
Homer was graded a “2”. Apparently a “grey” area, but not a “1” so intervention is required.
Had it popped out on his bad leg we could have amputated the leg and been done with it. The universe had other plans… it was his good back leg – so making him a double amputee at 12 years old was not an option.
Thanks to the amazing team VCA Canada Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre , Dr Ford and Sakals, the obvious bump was removed but the tentacles of this cancer remained and will grow in between his tendons and ligaments.
Our only option once we determined that the cancer had not spread was to venture down to WSU Pullman Veterinary College in Pullman, Washington, for 2 weeks of radiation.
That’s where we will be heading this Monday October 4th, 2021.
That is where our Installment # 2 will pick up.
We at Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue want to share our knowledge with others so if any of this helps someone who may all of a sudden see a lump appear – please don’t assume it’s nothing.
Portland Pet Food Company – stay tuned to how this miracle food kicked in just when I needed it the most
Installment # 2
Travel Day #1
Heading to WSU College of Veterinary Medicine WSU Pullman, Washington with Homer who needs 2 weeks of radiation treatment to kill this cancer.
Just sayin – choose Alaska Airlines! They were amazing, the process was seamless! Wasn’t too sure before we left so at the suggestion of Mary Milton I taped a short bio onto Homer’s crate and well … the love flowed (see Installment # 3 for the “tears of joy” part)
We made it and our fantastic Karla Weeks-Mccowin and her hip’n happening husband Peter picked us up at SeaTac and are hosting myself, and a very confused Homer for the night. Tomorrow is a BIG day for Homer. After we do a five hour drive from Seattle to WSU VetMed, his treatment starts as soon as his intake is complete … and I go home for two weeks until he is ready to be discharged.
Again – when flying with a pet , especially a sick one who is travelling in cargo – I cannot say enough great things about an airline that clearly had compassion for animals AlaskaAir.com you rock! A tough journey made easier when strangers care. The Portland Pet Food Company food (for seniors, sick and picky dog’s) is still a hit when nothing else is.
Installment # 3
Day 2 : Act of Random Kindness
While this whole journey has been extremely stressful (primarily at this point on me), something magical happened along the way.
Homer was checked into AlaskaAir.com by a lovely ticket agent, then another lovely “oversized items” agent named Bill explained what was going to happen all the way until touchdown.
As I found my seat, having said “goodbye for now” to Homer I received a random text message saying “Hey we left a little note for homer in the crate I hope he feels better have a safe flight “ … when I landed and collected my precious Homer , there lay a crumpled note and a very generous $20 bill.
I hope if you are reading this post that you glance at the note posted below.
I have no idea who this compassionate person(s) are other than an employee of the airline somewhere between checking in and loading…
So, deep in worry and concern, I find myself with a sense of strength knowing that this little dog, in a very little amount of time, could affect a random strangers to reach out to us with love and support
THANK YOU whomever you are!
Installment #4
Day 4
Radiation treatments so far 2/6. Still smiling, a bit out of sorts, naturally confused , but no physical side effects so far. Thank you Kayla WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, in WSU Pullman for taking care of Homer.
Thank you Portland Pet Food Company for keeping my boy eating which is shocking to me because he wasn’t eating much – so simple and yummy.
Facts:
– 20% of dogs will get a “soft tissue sarcoma”
There are many types – Homer’s cancer likes to grow in between the tendons and ligaments which is why it is so hard to surgically remove it. In time and with pressure the cancer had nowhere to go but out, which is how I saw it… one day there it was – soft, not painful, and movable.
Treatment Plan
• surgically cut out what they can
• ex ray and aspirate lymph nodes to determine whether or not the cancer had spread
• if “no”, then options are presented
Homer’s prognosis :
  • No treatment – painful regrowth and death for Homer in  2-3 months
  • Radiation – 6 treatments can bring an average of 1.5 -2 years of quality life ❤️
The “but’s”:
The cancer can come back
The radiation may not clear enough of a margin to succeed
Post radiation can cause burning at the site, blistering a week after the treatments that will require topical intervention, fur loss, re growth of the fur at the site area in a different colour
HOMER’S plan? To kick ass and #fuckcancer
Installment #5
“And then it was time to carry on “
Huge relief to have Homer back home safe and sound. We travelled over hills and through deserts, by plane, and by car to go pick Homer up. Huge thank you to the best hosts ever Karla Weeks-Mccowin and her ever so patient Peter for their help along the way. We were able to get the Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue “OG” busted out of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine ‘s  radiation treatment center. Big thank you to the amazing veterinarians and to Sam and Kayla (soon to be vets) – thank you for taking such care of Homie, we hope his journey was helpful to your understanding this disease.
We are hopeful for two more Christmas’s or more!
#portlandpetfood seriously #checkitout #gamechanger when dogs don’t want to eat

Portland Pet Food Company Launches in Canada!

For their launch in Canada, Portland Pet Food Company is donating 5% of net profits from sales at all Pet Valu and Tisol family stores from September through December to Thank DOG I Am Out!

We are so excited to see this amazing food come to Canada – our dogs love it! It makes a great “topping” for those fussy eaters, and are also excellent transportable meals for hikes, camping or traveling in general.

Head over to miss604’s blog for more details about the Portland Pet Food Company and the fantastic partnership with TDIAO.

Conrad is here!

Conrad is officially Canadian!

He travelled with 9 others from Paws Rescue Qatar! Conrad drove, flew, drove, boarded, then drove again but finally rolled into beautiful BC thanks to SO many amazing people along the way. So thankful for Alison, Emily, Tanya Quaranta, Michelle, and our Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue transport team led by Rick and Jodi. Not to mention the tireless coordination efforts of Mary Milton! Conrad is now decompressing at his Saluki savvy foster home. Conrad will be available for adoption soon – remember , he is a miracle pup! Nothing but awesomeness from here onward! Check out his before and after photos below…

Before

Before

After

After

0
ADOPTED & COUNTING

Check out clips of Nira chatting about adopting Sushi!

RainCoast Dog Rescue Society talks rescue and resources!

RainCoast Dog Rescue Society, thank you for saying how it is. Speaking for @thankdogiamout.com … we feel all of the same sentiments and are very happy to share your post #RescuesDOCare

PSA announcement! This is a long one, but we really felt we needed to explain some things to all the people out there looking to adopt or buy a dog or animal. To explain what our system and processes look like in regards to organizations or the government, and to why you are maybe not hearing back from rescues, have heard back but wasn’t approved, or have heard back and been approved, but still can’t seem to be chosen for a dog or rescue animal. To try and explain both sides of the spectrum from the rescue organizations stand point, and from the applicants, adopters, or just the interest of getting a dog from somewhere standpoint. I think education and awareness is so key to creating a better future for all animals and for the people that want to have or help them in one way or another. Please, hang in there! We know it’s hard, frustrating and down right upsetting sometimes. We feel your pain, we do. When we all come together as one to raise awareness and educate ourselves, to use our voice to protect the ones that can’t protect themselves, we will create a better world for all animals, and humans, together, as one. PS. I never claimed to be the best speaker or find the best words, I just try to do my best in the ways I know how. Hopefully this helps in any way possible. Thank you from all of us at RainCoast Dog Rescue, and even other rescue organizations.♥️🐾

Posted by RainCoast Dog Rescue Society on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We are a not for profit, 100% volunteer based animal rescue society that runs entirely on our love for animals.

We do what we do for the same reason you’re here: to make a difference. We’re saving as many dogs and cats as possible one day at a time.

OUR MISSION

To rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome as many adoptable Dogs and Cats at risk of being euthanized, surrendered, abused, or neglected as possible. Our love knows no borders – we rescue both locally and internationally.

OUR PLEDGE

Our animals come first. They are the center of why we do what we do. As a registered not-for-profit rescue society, the safety, wellbeing, and health of our adoptable dogs and cats comes before anything and everything else. This means we do rigorous background checks, home checks, and follow-ups with every adopted dog and cat.

Over 1200

DOGS RESCUED

Over 100

VOLUNTEERS

Over 9,000

DOGS KILLED PER DAY IN US SHELTERS

MEET SOME OF THE DOGS WE'VE ADOPTED IN THE PAST