An even longer and more exhausting day than the usual.  I woke up bright and early this morning to take the 90 minute drive to the University of Guelph Small Animal Hospital where my pug Maximus had a visit with one of the resident Oncologists.

My handsome boy.

We met with the doctor who gave us the rundown on our options.  Thanks to the links man of you provided, I went armed with a bunch of questions concerning vaccines and potential alternate treatments.

Maximus looking very concerned.

Of course, it would all depend on what the tests showed.  I requested a thorough examination: a CT scan to identify the size of the tumor, chest x-ray and ultrasound to find out whether the cancer had spread, and blood work to see how his body was dealing with the disease.

He's usually incredibly laid back. Not so much in the doctor's office.
He seemed to sense what was coming and went into hiding - in full view - under my chair.

We had to leave him for the day.  The doctor promised to call me as soon as she had the results.

His "Please, don't leave me!" look.

Leaving him behind for a procedure is tough.  He is always terrified at the prospect of being left alone and will actually tremble.  But, alas, it had to be done.

I received the call late this afternoon.  Apparently, it’s a big tumor and the cancer has spread to the bone behind his eye.  Nodules were discovered on his spleen and liver but they will have to aspirated and tested at a later date to check for malignancy.  On the positive side, his lymph nodes and chest are clear.  Tomorrow, I’ll be talking to a surgeon about what can be done.

We wrapped at around eight.  I hopped in my car and drove another 90 minutes to pick up Maximus so that he wouldn’t have to spend the night alone.  He was positively thrilled to see us.  And Jelly was positively thrilled to see him.  According to Akemi, the poor gal spent much of the day searching the apartment for him, crying.  One year apart, the two practically grew up together.

Jelly and Maximus in their younger days.

Anyway, it’s late and I REALLY need to get some sleep.  I’ve got another early day on set and another pass on Sharks that needs to be done before Tuesday’s concept meeting.

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Lisa R
Lisa R

Thanks for the pictures, Joe. I will pray that the surgeon can do something. And I know what you mean about needing sleep. I need some myself.

Have a good night!!!

G T :)
G T :)

Hey mate, we hope the very best for Maximus – we all hate it when our children and/or pets – hard to tell the difference sometimes :O) – are sick!
but its obvious even form here down Under, that Maximus is loved! – and thats the MOST important thing for any being to know :O)
cheers

Gregg – Perth Western Australia

PS accepting that SGU is now in utter limbo – far from agile managerial mindsets – I just want to thank you anyway for all the work done there – i thought it was a really really good show – I have liked all three SG ‘franchises’ :O) – each had their own ambience!

Nola
Nola

Sounds like a full day for both of you. I certainly hope that they can come up with a successful treatment plan. My old Yorkie, who has passed away now, had a terror of being left at the vet’s or groomer. Fortunately my new little guy is made of tougher stuff. Love the pics and videos of Maximus. Nice to see one of you too for a change.

Nola S.

Deni
Deni

Thanks for the update, everybody here has been worried all day. I’m so glad his lymph nodes and chest are clear! Please let us know what develops tomorrow! And to Max, as always, squishes and kisses from all of us. smile

majorsal

(((maximus))) ♥

Ponytail
Ponytail

Keeping you in prayer. Hang in there Joe. Hoping for the best with Maximus.

Lexxye
Lexxye

Thanks for keeping us up to date on Max’s condition. Good luck with the surgery consult and hoping for some good treatment options.

sylvia
sylvia

Thanks for the update and the neat photos. Not thrilled with the circumstances, do love the photo of you and Max. And the one of Jelly and Max is so cute. In the second vid, it is as though Max is aware – could hear him “gulp” as he waits for whatever comes next.
Still sending good thoughts and vibrations and many prayers for some good news. Hope you had good sleep. It is apparent from the photos that this is taking a toll on you.

michael1
michael1

Good luck with everything Joe. I can only imagine how hard it’s been with what you’ve had to go through over the past year or so, but I’m sure in the end everything will turn out positive.

Hopefully Maximus knows how many people are rooting for him!

On another note, are you planning on attending Fan Expo later this month? If so, we should have a Joseph Mallozzi Blog dinner/meet again. I’m sure you have just as many longtime followers on the east coast as you do on the west! (And this way we can bog you down with get well presents for Max too!)

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Joe, thanks for updating us at the end of an exhausting day. What a good Dad you are. Sending prayers and support for a good night’s sleep for everyone and a positive game plan tomorrow. Thank you, Akemi, for being there for Joe!

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

How good I forget? Gentle kisses for Maximus and hugs for the rest of the fur babies. smile

cat4444
cat4444

Aw, poor Max. Cookies and wishes to him.

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

good could I forget?
(think I need sleep, too.)

PBMom

Spreading to the bone does not sound good, but not in the lymph sounds good. Hard to know what to make of all that information, but at least they were able to give you some feedback tonight and you didn’t have to sit around waiting for weeks for them to call back. A 90-minute drive twice in 1 day? Yep, I know that all too well. Did that for 10 months for Patrick. We’ll do anything to help our kids (even our canine kids). Poor Jelly. I know she is not the only one glad to have Maximus back under the roof tonight. Get some sleep if you can.

Pamme
Pamme

Those pics are precious. What a little sweetie.

PBMom

This may make you smile, Joe: It was on Alessandra Torresani (from Caprica)’s Twitter feed.

http://thebambolafactory.tumblr.com/post/8505278563/may-the-pug-be-with-you-thanks-beau

Jane
Jane

Big hugs for Maximus xxx

Ulrike Tannenberg
Ulrike Tannenberg

Dear Joe,

I am so so sorry to hear about Maximus. For your sake and for his I hope a successful treatment can be found.

As most of my dogs and some of my cats had been older animals from the shelter I have been through this situation several times and know how hard it is to decide whether it’s best to fight or best to let go. Unfortunatly “the best” for the animal is not necessarily the same for its human. But I am sure you will know what to do, as you truely love your dogs.

I wish you strength.

Ulrike

anais33

Coucou Joseph!

Bon je comprend que vous n’ayez pas pensé à mon anniversaire hier ='( c’est triste ce qui arrive à Maximus…quel age à t’il déjà? ça l’aire vraiment grave en plus, j’espere qu’on va trouver une solution! J’aime beaucoup la 1er photo, vous êtes trop chou dessus!

Gros bisou, reposez vous bien.
Anais.

Mitch
Mitch

Thanks for the update Joe! Hugs and kisses to Maximus and Jelly! We shall prat and hope for the best outcomes yes? He looks So cute under the chair smile I feel like that at the doctor myself!

Alabaster Runner
Alabaster Runner

Thanks for the update on Max. I hope the doctor has something that is not too envasive for him and I hope that it does not effect his sight. Best of luck to him and he will be in our thoughts.

dasndanger

Joe, I hope that Max responds to treatment if you decide to go that route. But if you don’t, or if he doesn’t, sometimes all you can do is make him as comfortable as possible. He’s already spoiled something terrible, so I don’t need to remind you about that. wink Hang in there, sir. I know how tough it can be. As you recall we had a very sick cat back in April…they suspected maybe she had colon cancer. Well, she’s back to her old self – not sure if she has cancer, or not, but I couldn’t afford the treatment anyway – so we’re just loving her to pieces and hoping that she’ll be with us for a little while yet. But the stress of her being sick was just horrible. It’s not easy dealing with a sick pet because they can’t tell you where it hurts…and they do try to put on a strong front. With everything else (work, Akemi’s situation, personal matters, Toronto in general), you are really being bombarded right now. Needless to say, thoughts and prayers are with you all. {{{hugs}}}

das

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Max sure is a cutie pie (southern talk). I’m so sorry y’all have to go through this. It’s been a while since I was a vet tech and things have improved a lot! Still it worries me that it spread to the bone. I’d plan on spending extra time with Jelly and maybe pick up some valium for the dogs. Sending hugs to Max, Jelly, Akemi and you!

JimFromJersey
JimFromJersey

Sorry the news wasn’t better, Joe. Hang in there Maximus! We’re all pulling for ya buddy.

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Please keep us updated. Hang in there Maximus! smile