Despite his dire prognosis (2-3 months), Bubba has seemed pretty good this past week. Following a single morning when his appetite apparently deserted him, he’s been back to his old self – eager to eat, walk, and sit on our laps. He has been unusually needy of late, following Akemi around the apartment whenever she threatens to walk out of visual range, but appears to be soldiering on. His hacking cough still persists, but mainly at night.
The other day, we took him to the East York Animal Clinic so that we could investigate some alternate homeopathic treatments (in conjunction with the Prednisone and Palladia he is already taking). Of course, Suji was happy to come along for the ride.
It’s surprising how attached she’s gotten to Bubba in such a relatively short period of time (It’s been a little over two months since we adopted her). When we come back home from outings, or check the nest cam, we’ll often find her snuggled up beside him in their big doggy bed.
The homeopathic vet prescribed mattock (mushroom) pills and suggested we bring him in for acupuncture. I did a bit of research on mattock and it looks promising. In fact, a number of other mushrooms – shitake, reishi, lions mane, turkey tail, and cordyceps – are being studied as potential anti-cancer therapeutics and I’m thinking of widening his supplement range to cover them as well. As for acupuncture, we saw positive results for Jelly after her treatments. My mother, on the other hand, was less enthused with her experience when, after returning home from her first treatment to treat recurring migraines, she brushed her hair only to have two residual needles fall out.
In the meantime, it’s been amazing to see the change in Suji. When she came to us, she could barely stand, much less walk, propelling herself along by dragging her hind legs behind her. Today, she’s walking – and quite quickly – without the use of her leg support, progressing from one to multiple blocks. And she’s an incredibly happy dog, growing more excited and spirited every day.
Poor Lulu is a tad more composed, especially given the recent paw injury that has her wearing a cone of shame 24/7. Poor gal. She’s slowing down, but her appetite for snacks remains healthy.
Well, that’s it. Hiatus is over and production on Dark Matter’s third season resumes tomorrow with Day #1 of Episode 309, Craig David Wallace directing, while prep on Episode 310k with director Melanie Orr, begins. An early 7 a.m. crew call sees us kicking things off on our standing sets –
The rest of the week will be spent on location in, uh, Fort Falls, Wisconsin. This episode is going to be a blast. It’s being described as “Back to the Future” meets “Stranger Things”. Lots of fun. Just hope the weather holds!