As long as you know what you are letting yourself in for go for it but I do say consider a rescue. We have a rescue Springer Spaniel who is a joy and there are so many unwanted dogs out there. We got ours from the Dogs Trust about six months ago and they were very helpful we could bring her home just to see how we got on. One thing I do say though consider the cost especially if you cann't work. Our beloved Chow Chow had to be put to sleep three weeks to the day before I got diagnosed. He was only three but had severe ostioarthritus if he could have been treated it would have cost over £20,000, as it was the treatment he did have went to over £2000 so insurance is a real must have! Our rescue although a pedigree has no papers so is classed as a cross breed so the insurance is half the price. I also have 5 parrots 4 of which are rescues and having the animals is the best therapy ever, you have to get up and look after them I was cleaning parrot cages two days after my mastectomy (don't tell the doc!!) but am sure it has helped me regain movement and the love of the animals is unconditional they don't mind I have bits missing!!!!
When I went through chemo more than two years ago, my two Springer Spaniels were great company and they made sure that I took them out to take for a walk. Admittely the walks got more flat and slower as chemo went on, but they helped me so much.
Good for you 23Dec....... she wil give you back so much.......
Regarding the chemo......... please don't fear it....... I don't know if you have read about the actual administration of the chemo....if not....it is very calm...no pain ...and takes about 1.5 hours for meds to be administered......... On the day of chemo.......Keep your hand warm on the side no breast problems.....this will help make your veins easier to insert cannula.
I arrived at 9 am......weighed on arrival......... was made comfy and given antiscikness tablets and steroids ....one hour prior to being given the chemo
Cannula inserted into hand (no pain) and a drip put up with saline slowly running through
My arm was wrapped up in a warm electric blanket because the meds can feel cold as they enter your arm (didnt notice this myself)
The chemo was administered; some dierectly into the cannula in my hand and the remainder via an infusion pump into the cannula (no pain)
After all administered I was given medication to take home for sickness, steroids etc .....
I left the unit after 2.5 hours and went shopping with hubbie
I felt tired in the evening but nothing else.....
I hope this takes some of your fears away xxx Donna
This site is amazing! It's 5.30am and I cannot sleep because I am worrying about whether to take on a rescue-dog - a little Jack Russel cross......so, now I think that I will!, she is 6 years old, so should not be so demanding as a puppy, and I hope that she will give me incentive to be active throughout chemo, which I start in 3 weeks time....I hope that I am being realistic!
my husband brought me a puppy after my surgery and prior to my chemo........ she is sat by me as I type...she has been a welcome distraction and no trouble at all. Admittedly she is tiny...cross between yorkie and chihuahua....... I am now about to have 3rd chemo next Thursday.........I have always been sensible with hand hygiene etc.....and have alcohol gel dotted around the house..........I would recommend to anyone.......but probably not a great dane lol xxxx Good luck x
One of the February Valentines 2013 had a puppy shortly after starting her chemo. It's just a matter of being sensible about cleaning after the pup. Perhaps you could invest in some good quality disposable gloves and hand gel. My friend found her puppy a real comfort and after her treatment she had a second one. They are delightful. It might be worth looking at the Valentines thread to see how she got on.
When and if you do start chemo, I would advise you to join one of the monthly threads for support.
It's a lovely idea but I'de wait till after the chemo. It probably isn't a good idea to have to be clearing up puppy mess during chemo and even if your OH agrees to do it they do require lots of energy. Wait till after the chemo is over but have fun choosing a pup now and getting all the stuff ready for his /her arrival.