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Keeper fights back

Rick C
September 6th, 2008, 05:55 PM
In case you hadn't read the other thread, Keeper had a Grade 2 Mast cancer tumour - skin cancer - removed a week ago.

She will have an operation to remove her lymph nodes for biopsy on Sept. 24. If those are clean, then she has a statistical 44% chance of surviving another four years. If they are cancerous as well, the diagnosis is pretty serious.

However, all of that didn't stop intrepid Keeper from climbing high, high and higher into the snow in the Rockies this morning.

Below, Keeper is swathed in clouds and snow in this high altitude place, even as the valley below her is green in the sunshine.

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Below, Abby was there too . . . .

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Below, the contrast . . . .

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Below, crossing a very steep cliff face . . . . . in the dictionary, the term "goat trail" would include a picture of this. Okay for Abby and Keeper actually but the human had to watch every step.

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Below, out of the fog . . . . we were being watched by . . . . goats!!! Actually, sheep.

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Below, a scene right from Jack London's "Call Of The Wild," we were being watched from higher up.

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Below, reaching the saddle, Abby surveys her domain . . . and the sunny prairie in the distance. The clouds were right on top of us.

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Below, earlier, on the ascent, Keeper was full of energy this day, in spite of her medical situation.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

ancientgirl
September 6th, 2008, 05:58 PM
Rick, I'm terribly sorry to hear this news. Wow, I hope the test results come back in her favor. :goodvibes::grouphug:

Helene4
September 6th, 2008, 06:41 PM
Beautiful photos of very happy dogs!:) Keeper is doing what all animals do: they live each and every moment to the fullest, not worrying about what tomorrow will bring and certainly not feeling sorry for themselves. We humans should learn from them. Hope the biopsy turns out just fine:fingerscr:goodvibes:

Gypsyhick
September 6th, 2008, 06:46 PM
Oh my :eek: I missed that thread - that is so scary, :fingerscr for a clean biopsy.

Leave it to a golden to climb a mountain between surgeries! :clown:

clm
September 6th, 2008, 08:27 PM
Beautiful pictures as always. The wolf is amazing. I'm sorry to hear about Keeper. I hope the biopsy comes back clear.

Cindy

BrightEyes
September 6th, 2008, 08:30 PM
Rick, what breath taking pics! And Keeper looks to be enjoying every minute of it. More :fingerscr and :goodvibes: that the removal of the lymph nodes goes smoothly and the test results come back clean.

Frenchy
September 6th, 2008, 08:43 PM
She will have an operation to remove her lymph nodes for biopsy on Sept. 24. If those are clean, then she has a statistical 44% chance of surviving another four years. If they are cancerous as well, the diagnosis is pretty serious.



Rick , there is hope. My Sam was given 2-6 months to live last December , he's still alive and is still not sick from his cancer. Just has a hard time getting up because of the size of the tumor. Keeper is so fit and healthy , she can beat this !!! :grouphug:

Love the first 2 pictures , it's almost like the clouds are within reach ! :cloud9:

14+kitties
September 6th, 2008, 08:47 PM
I second what everyone else has said. All the best for Keeper. She is such a beauty! :cloud9:
Nice pictures as usual! I guess it really helps get you ready for your ever closer climb and half marathon.

breeze
September 6th, 2008, 09:22 PM
fight with all your might Keeper..

:goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes: from me to you..:grouphug:

Rick C
September 6th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Nice pictures as usual! I guess it really helps get you ready for your ever closer climb and half marathon.

Thank you for your solicitations regarding Keeper.

I'm actually running a half-marathon in Canmore, Alberta Sunday morning and another half-marathon in Banff a few days before I leave for Africa. So Amsterdam will be the third in about six weeks when it finally comes around.

Hopefully sub two hours for each (the Banff course is actually half a km longer than a normal half) but, hey, who's going to shoot an old codger if that doesn't happen? I've run four others already this year.

But, getting some higher altitude acclimatization - along with running a couple of half-marathons at altitude - should help. Canmore and Banff are about 4,500 feet to 5,000 feet on the courses. The pictures in this thread are probably at about 6,500 feet.

Still peanuts compared to the 19,340 feet of Kilimanjaro but every little bit helps.

I'll be taking a picture of Keeper, Abby, Carol and the cats to the top (hopefully) and photograph them next to the summit sign.

Hopefully we'll know the news about Keeper by then.

Thanks for the wishes.

The wolf is amazing.

I'd love to say that's a wolf because that would have made my day but 1) I don't think wolves bark at their prey and 2) there's a fire watch station up there and I think the dog belongs to whomever might be up there.

Makes for a great story - with a picture - though!!!

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

14+kitties
September 6th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Better you than me! :D I only wish I had the time to even go for walks let along run! I envy you!
Now go to bed and get some rest for your run tomorrow!! :D:D

TeriM
September 6th, 2008, 10:51 PM
Wow, very cool pictures. The contrast with the winter/summer type conditions is beautiful and I love that first pic of Keeper :lovestruck:.

Wishing Keeper all the best in her journey to beat this disease :goodvibes::fingerscr:goodvibes:.

Good luck with all your marathons!

growler~GateKeeper
September 7th, 2008, 03:24 AM
Love the first pic w/Keeper it looks like you can reach out & touch the clouds :cloud9:

The contrast is a great shot :thumbs up

Keeper looks fantastic :thumbs up :lovestruck: and Abby always too :lovestruck:

:goodvibes: :fingerscr for the biopsy results

:goodvibes: for all your marathons

chico2
September 7th, 2008, 07:36 AM
What can I say that has not already been said,Kilimanjaro,eh,WOW!
We expect tons of pics from Africa,but I am sure I don't need to say that:laughing:
:goodvibes::goodvibes:for beautiful Keeper:goodvibes::goodvibes: