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About Kalil

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Growing up, I was never around dogs.  Although I knew my  husband, Shane, had wanted to get a dog when we bought our house in 2003, I figured the dog would stay outside (I know, I know, tsk tsk).  I had off-white carpet in the house and was very picky about the cleanliness of our house – we couldn’t possibly have a dog in the house!  I was clueless.


Then Kalil came along.  LOL


Kalil was born on September 24th, 2004.  My husband brought him home to us from the breeder on November 19, 2004, when Kalil was about eight weeks old.  Shane started him in obedience training right away and “dragged me along” to sit and watch.  The trainer we went to was an old-school type of trainer, which meant, “do as I say” – no positive reinforcement that I can remember.  I thought the trainer was a cranky-ass old man and dreaded sitting through the hour-long classes.  Kalil caught on to whatever Shane wanted him to very quickly – Kalil was VERY smart.  About the only good thing that came out of taking him to the old-school trainer was that Shane was able to clip Kalil’s toenails.   We tried a few training places – at one point, with me doing the training – before ending up at our current training facility, and all three of our dogs love the place we go to now.


I recall  Kalil being crate and potty-trained very quickly, and don’t recall him ever having an accident in the house.  He must have had some sort of food allergy and got sick all over my off-white carpet several times.   Later on, he got ink from an ink cartridge all over that same off-white carpet when I was out of town doing training for my job.  As time went on, I realized my “stuff” wasn’t important.  I realized what rugs I can and can’t have with dogs.   I realized having carpet in the house wasn’t really a good idea.  I realized my grass wasn’t going to be perfect.   Our cars were going to be furry.  And I was okay with that.


As far as getting through puppydom, Kalil was an awesome puppy and I was very lucky to have him as my first dog.  Shane and I were first-time dog owners and Kalil put up with our ignorance until we figured things out.  Our other Rottweiler, Abby, was almost a year old when we adopted her from the rescue so she escaped all our potential puppy mistakes.  Our newest puppy, our Belgian Malinois, Luna, has Kalil to thank for breaking us in.


Along with our three dogs, we have three cats – Mr. Bojangles, Marley, and Eleanor Rigby.   We have a full house here but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.



August 4, 2011 – Found out Kalil had a malignant tumor in his left shoulder via MRI.

August 9, 2011 – Diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma.

August 18, 2011 – Histiocytic sarcoma was determined to have not spread – localized tumor.

August 31, 2011 – One last CT scan to determine the cancer hadn’t spread – decided to go ahead with amputation.

September 1, 2011 – Amputation done on Kalil’s left forelimb.

September 3, 2011 – Went up/down our two deck steps – didn’t want any help from Shane anymore.

September 8, 2011 – Kalil’s grandpa came up to visit him – first time I have ever seen him “running” – he loves Grandpa!

September 11, 2011 – Broke into a full-out run when Shane and Luna were playing frisbee – Kalil chased Luna for about 25 feet.  I think he forgot he was missing a leg and it was flawless.  After Shane called for Kalil to stop, Kalil realized he shouldn’t be running and proceeded to hop his way back.

September 15, 2011 – Started his first round of chemo – 60mg CCNU.

October 1, 2011 – 1 month ampuversary.

October 16, 2011 – Second round of chemo – 50mg CCNU (week delay due to ISU sending chemo in the mail).

November 1, 2011 – 2 month ampuversary.

November 11, 2011 – Third round of chemo – 45mg CCNU (week delay due to low numbers on CBC).

December 1, 2011 – 3 month ampuversary.

December 9, 2011 – Fourth round of chemo – 40mg (week delay due to low numbers on CBC).

December 23, 2011 – Started his ongoing laser therapy on his remaining front forelimb.

January  1, 2012 – 4 month ampuversary.

January 2, 2012 – 1st NADAC agility trial – 2 1st place finishes in novice weavers and 2 1st place finishes in novice tunnelers.

January 4, 2012 – First follow-up visit to Ames – no xrays done at that time.

January 20, 2012 – Fifth round of chemo – 30mg (two week delay due to low numbers on CBC).

February 1, 2012 – 5 month ampuversary.

February 21, 2012 – Decision was made to end chemotherapy treatment due to continuous low numbers on CBCs.

March 1, 2012 – 6 month ampuversary.

March 10-11 – 2nd NADAC agility trial – 1 1st place finish in novice weavers (WV-N title) and 1 1st place finish in tunnelers (TN-N title).

March 29, 2012 – Second follow-up visit to Ames/ISU – xrays show at least two nodules on the lungs.

April 1, 2012 – 7 month ampuversary.

April 22- 23, 2012 – 3rd NADAC trial – qualify in novice weavers and novice tunnelers.

April 28, 2012 – Follow-up xray shows the two nodules have grown slightly within a one-month period.  We decided to do no further follow-up xrays.

May 1, 2012 – 8 month ampuversary.

June 1, 2012 – 9 month ampuversary.

June 6, 2012 – vet appointment – Kalil’s left eye is red and it is undetermined if there is a tumor growing there or not.

June 9-10, 2012 – 4th NADAC trial – qualify in novice weavers, late in qualifying in novice tunnelers by 2 seconds.

June 19, 2012 – holistic vet appointment.

June 30, 2012 – first time Kalil refused his dinner.

July 1, 2012 – 5th NADAC trial – late in qualify for novice tunnelers by less than 1 second.

July 21, 2012 – vet appointment – Kalil is put on superdoses of prednisone with noticeable improvement after first dosing.  Must take 2 breaks during my workday to make sure Kalil has enough potty times.

July 28-29, 2012 – 6th NADAC trial – qualify in weavers and new title (O-WV-O) and late in qualifying for novice tunnelers by less than 1 second.

August 11-24, 2012  – mix of blah days and good days, with mostly good days.  Lots of sleeping.  Losing muscle tone in back legs and has a hard time getting his footing.

August 25, 2012 – bad day #1 – ate breakfast and dinner, reluctantly.  Wasn’t able to keep eyes open most of the time (see video posted on 8/25).

August 26, 2012 – bad day #1 – ate breakfast, refused dinner.   More of the same actions with his eyes.  Would perk up for treats and certain foods.

August 27, 2012 – Kalil was set free at 2 p.m. in the afternoon in the comfort of his own home.

September 1, 2012 – This would have been Kalil’s one year ampuversary.  He returned home to us after being privately cremated.



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2 Responses to “About Kalil”

  1.   bruiserbrunoon 09 Apr 2012 at 2:30 pm     Reply1

    How do I go about following Khalil’s blog? He and Bruno have the exact same type of cancer which as you know is highly uncommon. In reading your timeline there are many correlations and I would love to keep up with your story. I am new to blogging but intend to post more soon.

  2.   adminon 09 Apr 2012 at 8:25 pm     Reply2

    FYI: You can subscribe to the RSS feed for any Tripawds blog by adding /feed after the domain name. So the feed for Kalil’s blog can be found at

    Otherwise you can search or browse the Tripawds Blogs Directory for recent posts from any blog. See link at the very top of any page of the Tripawds network. More details about following blogs can be found in the Tech Support forum. Hope this helps!

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