Well, 2013 is here. We've had a bit of a rough start so far with Gracie and her health problems. She started developing some strange lumps out of the blue near her nipple area on her belly and also some weird skin infections. The poor thing, I feel so bad for her and what she is going through but she seems high in spirits and she is not letting these issues get her down. She may or may not have cancer and it may or may not be tied to her GME brain disease or it could be unrelated and just something entirely new. Oh my goodness, its time like these that I'm glad she is a dog so she doesn't have to worry as much as we are. For now we have to scrub her boo-boo's with a medicated wash and then apply an ointment. There is nothing we can do about the strange lumps, but she doesn't seem to be in pain so that's good.
I've decided to start feeding both dogs a healthier diet. I've been researching what to feed dogs with cancer, (even though we have no confirmation that it is cancer, but better to be safe I say) and I've decided to mix in healthier options with their dog food for now. As long as the healthier options agree with them and everything than I'll completely switch over to the healthy option. Boiled chicken, cooked peas and carrots, yogurt with apples, oranges and sometimes carrots mixed in, as well as a tablespoon of peanut butter a day. Their "treats" are carrots chips, ice cubes and greenies treats. I hope that a more natural diet might be able to help out Gracie's problems and also help to keep Ashley as healthy as a horse. Of course they also have a pill pocket each day as Grace needs to take her Prednisone to combat the GME. So far so good on that front and we pray every day that she stays with us for as long as she can.