Well everybody, it’s officially Monday so that means that it’s the start of a brand new week, and man do I need a new start.

Last week was rough to say the least. Chris and I were still on a high from our gender reveal last weekend, and then on Tuesday when I picked up Dart from day care I noticed that he wasn’t acting like himself. His gums looked pale and his heart rate was elevated along with heavier breathing, so immediately Chris and I took him to the vet because we thought that he had another bleed, which is what is going to happen with his particular type of cancer. They couldn’t get a diagnosis that night, so we waited all day Wednesday and when we went to visit him, the doctor told us the really crappy news that Dart had another tumor and it had started to bleed a little bit.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

Based on what we’d been told throughout this whole process, we always knew that this was going to happen. But seriously everything had been going so well and when his scan came back great literally a month ago, we thought that we had more time, but unfortunately cancer sucks and it totally doesn’t work out the way that you want it to.

The vet told us that we really only had two options at this point in time since the chemo was obviously not working, to give him another drug for the bleeding to try and get a little more time with him, or to let him go to doggie heaven. We opted to try this drug out to maybe give him a little bit more time because we just couldn’t bear to part with him, and because the vet told us that he wasn’t in any pain. If he had been in pain, it would have been another story I know.

He stayed at the vet overnight again on Wednesday and then Thursday Chris and I got to pick him up to go home. We were both so happy to see that he was already back to his old self and couldn’t wait to get him home! He might have gotten a lot of extra treats and some ice cream when we got him home on Thursday.

We already didn’t have a lot of plans this weekend, but we knew that this weekend we really wanted to try and spend as much time with Dart as possible just cuddling and giving him a tons of loving. So Saturday we started our Harry Potter movie marathon and just spent a ton of time with Dart cuddling.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

Sunday we had already planned on having somebody from Pottery Barn come over to help us out with setting up the nursery (which they’ll do for free), and I’m super happy to say that it was definitely the best decision ever! The lady had some great ideas on where to place the furniture and how everything would flow in the nursery with two cribs (which somebody gave us for free last week), so Chris and I both feel a lot better about how everything is going to look.

The rest of our Sunday was spent loving on Dart and getting things done around the house including laundry and grocery shopping. We also had a few little artsy things that we wanted to do with Dart, so we worked on getting those things done as well. Chris had said that he really wanted to take a picture of our boots with Dart’s feet and little baby boots once we found out the genders, which he took this weekend, and it turned out great! We also had these cute little paw print ornament kits, and we worked getting those done as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

Chris and I know that the next few weeks might be rough with Dart, but we know that the extra time that we have with him is all worth it. He’s our first baby, and we’ve loved every minute that we’ve had with him, even when he was being a little terror as a puppy.

Sorry that this post was so much of a downer, but it’s pretty much what’s been going on in our lives right now, which is also one of the reasons why things were so quiet around here last week.

  • Ugh. I have been in your shoes and I don’t envy you one bit. You guys are great dog parents and Dart has done a great job prepping you for the girls to come. There is something to be said for preparing yourself, so I totally get it. Hugs and here’s to hoping the drug works great!

  • Nicole F

    I’m sorry your are having to go through this sadness again. Hopeful things go well with the meds.

  • omg let me try to not tear up. sigh. i know it’s so hard trying to determine what is right for your pup and i’d say you guys are doing all the right things. we never want our fur babies to be in pain. enjoy these few weeks! allllll the doggy cuddles <3

    xoxo cheshire kat

  • I’m so sad to hear about Dart. Poor pup. Glad you got to spend more time with him though.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Dart. I can only imagine how tough that must be. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. I’m so glad you were able to have a low-key weekend loving on your first baby.

  • Biana Perez

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dart! I know that he is loving all the time that you are spending with him. Sending prayers your way that this new drug works out!

  • Matt Snow

    Sorry to hear about Dart. You both will be great parents!

  • Oh goodness, I’m so sorry to hear this! I can’t even imagine all the emotions right now. I’m glad that he’s not in pain and you’re able to get some extra time with him. Finn and I are thinking of you!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Dart 🙁 Soak up every precious moment you have with that cutie!

  • Nadine

    I am so sorry to hear about Dart!!! I am glad that you guys were able to try a different medicine to buy a little more time. I lost Gracie when I was pregnant with Zoe and it was the hardest thing ever. I know exactly how you feel. I really wish I had done something with her paw prints. Get all the pictures and cuddles now. And know that Dart knows he is loved by you guys. Sending you all the hugs. That picture with the boots has me in tears over here.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    My heart goes out to you sweet friend! I know how hard this is been on you guys! Dart is one lucky dog to have such a wonderful owners! I know you’re doing everything possible to make his life the best it can be and you are an inspiration to other doggy fur moms and dads. I’m sending you lots of hugs and I hope this week goes by peacefully for you!

  • Ashley, I’m so sorry to hear this. I can’t imagine how you guys are feeling right now, but I’m glad you’re able to get a little bit more time with him. Dart with the cowboy boots is such a sweet and special picture. Thinking of you <3

  • Oh girl, sending alllllll the hugs and prayers your way. I can’t imagine how rough last week was, but am so glad he was more like himself when you picked him up. That picture of all the cowboy boots and his paws is precious, definitely a framer <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Jen

    I am sending you all so much love! Dart is so lucky to have you all, he is such a special pup. That last photo is amazing, I do hope you frame it.

  • I’m sorry, I can’t imagine the emotions of his situation combined with being pregnant, sending y’all lots of love. That boot picture is just too cute. Spend as much time spoiling him as you can!

  • Oh Ashley, I am so heartbroken for you. What a hard thing to deal with, especially while pregnant! Sending you lots of love, friend.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Dart! I can’t imagine going through this so I’m sending big hugs to you and Chris and wishing Dart Dart to be as healthy as can be! The puppy days are always a challenge but looking back it makes it all worth it and sometimes funny. i know how much he means to you as your first kid….the same way I feel about Lola. I’ll be keeping you guys in my prayers. xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  • I’m so sorry you guys are going through that with Dart. Animals become such a huge part of our life and losing them is awful 🙁 sending you guys lots of love, and lots of cuddles to Dart. That photo of the boots and his little paws is adorable!

  • Hugs, I am so sorry you guys are having a rough time with Dart. I am glad he is not in pain and hope that you can enjoy some more time with him. I can’t imagine how hard it is to deal with that. He looks like a gorgeous and sweet dog!

  • sending you and dart lots of love and hugs. I know he’s been such an important part of your family and i’m sure this is hard. I love the boot picture with his legs. literally so cute. <3

  • Oh Ashley, I am so so sorry to hear about Dart. But I do know that he feels the love…you guys are the best puppy parents and snuggling at home all weekend sounds perfect. The picture with the boots and his paws is the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. I know you will soak up every second…I am sending you my love and thoughts. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you guys! On a happier note, the Pottery Barn experience sounds amazing…I didn’t know that was a thing. And YAY for free cribs, how awesome. Sending you extra love this week!

  • Oh no, poor Dart. That is so hard. Hugs to you guys.

  • Oh no! So sorry to hear about Dart. Glad that you’re able to get some more time with him, and I am LOVING that photo with the boots. Such a cute idea.

  • Rachel

    Oh Ashley. I’m so sorry to hear about Dart. I’m glad that you are able to get some more time with him and that he is not in pain. I’m also so glad that you got some of the pictures taken! I love the one with Dart’s legs and the boots. How great that you could spend the entire weekend with Dart, spoiling him and cuddling with him. Keeping Dart and you two in my thoughts and prayers.

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • I’m so sorry to hear this 🙁 I’m glad to hear he’s not in any pain, and I hope you’re able to enjoy the time you have with him. Those pictures are adorable!

  • oh hun. all the hugs. i totally know what you mean about him being in pain or not. it’s not worth it to keep them around if they are pain, so i am glad he isn’t. keeping you guys in my thoughts, all the hugs to you and dart xxx

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Dart! I’m glad that he is not in pain, I agree it would be different if he were. Enjoy the time you have with him, he’s the sweetest dog. I love the photo of his paws with all of the boots. Hang in there friend. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • So sorry to hear about Dart, Ashley. I’m sending you lots of love across the miles xx