GETTING SETTLED

Things didn't get off to a great start when we arrived on December 1st. We unpacked the truck and camper and U-Haul really quickly and John went and dropped of the trailer at the rental return. That all went fine. But when we got Gus out of the kennel, he wasn't walking right at all. We put him in the bathtub and let him float instead of try and walk while we went about rearranging furniture and unpacking. We got an appointment to see his vet down here and just kept him comfy until then.

We set up our studios and drove to Gulfport, Mississippi to drop off the camper. We got our post office box set up and we visited the vet. The vet found a large mass in Gus and sent us on our way to Baton Rouge to see the doctors at the LSU Veterinary Hospital. They diagnosed him with lymphoma. Gus spent the night and began his first chemo treatment. 

Now Gus is home with us and we'll be administering his meds on our own. We take him out to the pool for hydro therapy once a day. Then we go back to work. It's been a busy first 6 days here.

Our fingers are crossed that Gus's meds will shrink the mass that is putting pressure on the nerves in his legs so that he can walk around again. I guess it's a lot like painting—small little steps to an overall end result. Just keep working...

part of my painting station

part of my painting station

Gus in his kennel

Gus in his kennel

this morning's hydrotherapy

this morning's hydrotherapy