The upside is: he's put on some weight, he has a bit of his old personality back (ok, sometimes a lot of it!) and he has a good appetite for a few hours every afternoon. The downside of course is that any drugs are not good for his liver, which is where his cancer is growing. But we have our dog back, and we'll be able to take him on one last trip to the coast.
As I write this, I know to some it may sound selfish, but we spent much of last week ready to call it quits at any sign that he was sliding again. And he didn't slide...he has little rallies every day. So I don't think he's quite ready to go, and so...to the coast!
We're staying in Pacific City, where we own a little piece of land, and we're renting a house one row back from the beachfront houses...we've stayed in the house before so we know we'll be comfortable. The steps are steep, so we bought one of those lifter things for Cody...it's a piece of canvas with handles that you put under the dog so you can support/life him while he's walking up steps or getting into the car. A little easier than lifting him up and carrying him up steep steps a few times a day!