Category Archives: Personal Life

I Am Out Of The Hospital

Let’s back up a bit.  I haven’t updated the blog in a while, so you don’t know all that’s going on. (I’m so neglectful, you may not even know that we got a new poodle named Murphy last September.  Maybe … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chewbacca “Chewie” Hutchison, 2009-2013

Chewie’s final weekend convinced me that we were doing the right thing.  It was a weekend where he slept when he wasn’t painfully coughing, and his only bright moments were when he got to eat snacks or chow down on … Continue reading

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Chewie’s Farewell Tour

Chewie was doing so well that we didn’t pick up on the return of his cancer for a while. On July 3rd, I took Chewie out to the car.  He planted his feet as we approached the car.  That was … Continue reading

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Dealing with doggy renal cancer

Two months later, here is where things stand with Chewie. He is, to use my wife’s phrase after his checkup last week, “healthy as a horse.”  He has boundless energy, and he’s all atwitter that the long winter has finally … Continue reading

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Chewie one week later

I  wanted to let you know that Chewie is finally getting some energy back.  He’s had a rough week of recovery, but we’ve had a lot of encouraging signs recently.  After so many days of hard sleeping, weakness and wooziness, … Continue reading

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One week

It was last Sunday that Chewie threw up his food after finally eating a little, and I told Melinda that I thought he was sick.  The next day she took him to the vet and began the little adventure I’ve … Continue reading

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Chewie in Recovery

Or…The Adventure of Chewie Hutchison and The CONE of SHAME! On Thursday morning, I awoke to some terrible pain in my guts.  I called in to work and took the day off.  At first, I was worried that I was … Continue reading

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Chewie is out of surgery

Chewie’s anesthetic started around 4PM, and Dr. Corbin called at 4:10 to give us a final preliminary report before she started. At 7PM, she called us to let us know that his surgery went well.  While they had him open, … Continue reading

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Chewie: Good news and bad news

The bad news: Chewie has cancer. The good news: It is on one of his two kidneys.  Tomorrow, surgeons at the University of Minnesota will operate and remove that kidney, and so long as the cancer is confined to that … Continue reading

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Please pray for Chewie

Our 3 1/2 year old standard poodle, Chewie, is in the hospital.  He had had an eye infection 10 days ago, and our vet noticed that he had lost about six pounds.  She asked us to keep an eye on … Continue reading

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