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BRANDON BOND 11-15-2010 11:13 AM

The OFFICIAL #CAIN BOND THREAD
 
So I dont wanna keep sending out info over our twitter and facebook accts from my phone cause its depressing for everyone to read, here you can read it if you want to and if not you can just go back to watching our awesome videos and sh*t.

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Anyone who has known me personally over the years, Knows Cain. I have never tattooed in a space that Cain has not been to, I have not lived anywhere that he has not lived with me, and if you have seen www.VickDogMovie.com you know the story of Cain, how I got him, and the profound influence he has had on my life and in the lives of thousands of others (dogs and people). he is my best friend in every definition of the term. He has always been with me, and in the film I am getting a portrait of him tattooed on me while we explain it... so yeah he is awesome and has had more of an impact on my life than anything else ever has (or anyone for that matter).

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I have filmed, photographed, and been involved in a LOT of horrible animal stuff, brutal sh*t that a lot of folks wouldnt be able to sit through even for editing purposes, I have seen many of our rescue dogs get saved and later die, I have always taken it all in, with a grain or two of salt, however through this last week I have realized that I never lost one of MY personal dogs, a miracle really. I have never been through this, and for that I am grateful.

Cain is a staple in my life and in the Bond home, in fact the first thing he did when I showed him the space (all or nothing) when I was going to sign a lease and start the shop - was, he peed on the corner of the building, marking it for all of us. Good boy Cain.

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He is old, very old. He is a rescued fighting pitbull, who used to be invinceable, muscular, strong, and the sweetest dog I have ever met to this day. he is incredible with kids, cats, other dogs, everyone. he loves children more than anything, and always let kids yank on his ears and slap him around without as much as an ugly look. he is protective, loyal, and shows many human characteristics.

In the last year, we noticed a decline in his physical movement and behavior. Both of his ACL's (knees) gave out and he was too old for surgery, so he continued to hobble around never seeming to notice that the vet said he cant walk. he still walks today as I type this, painful as it might be, he walks and follows me everywhere I go when he can.

We have amazing vets, obviously being involved in www.atlantapitbullrescue.com we have access to all the good bad and the ugly in relation to animals, he started recieving bloodwork, tests, ultrasounds, medications for digestive stuff, more medicine, more ultrasounds, more of everything. he had no energy but was eating, drinking water, being cain, just a lazy version of his old self... and he was loosing weight. Lots of it.

Being the psycho I am, we sent him to a zillion places and he had another zillion tests. No one could figure out what was wrong with him, and I am still extremely pissed off about that.

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Then last weekend he seemed even more withdrawn, lazy, etc. We took him to a specialist a couple hours away, where they preformed another zillion tests and did a surgery (scope style) to see what the f@#k was going on. They were even worried about that because he was so weak and skinny that sedating him was a risk.

Thats when you started seeing www.twitter.com/brandonbond mentioning something was wrong, your letters and comments poured in, and we thank you for that. The procedure revealed several problems including a "mass" which is fancyass pussy talk for TUMOR.

Lots and lots of fancy words later, we were on the way to Short Parkers Wedding (my wife and I) and that was the first time he had been left alone in many weeks, so we were superfreaked out about leaving him, we aggreed to make the trip a fast one and return to cain asap.

In the car, my wifes phone rang and it was the specialist, with a lot more fancy words and excuses and bullsh*t, my wife started sobbing on the phone. I knew what the results were just from that.

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She couldnt speak, she couldnt tell me what they said, so we just went to the wedding, because it was Short's day, still not knowing exactly what was going on I pretended not to think about it, all she could get out in the car was " not a canditate for surgery, blah blah it spread, its cancer, he has been given less than a month to live."

On the way we drove about 150 MPH seriously, we made a hour drive in what seemes like 4 minutes. When we got home he was still alive, but different. Almost like he knew.

I have spent the last few days with him by my side, with him sleeping mostly. His diet and medications take up most of the day and night, we have alarms going off all over the house to remind us, but have yet to need one. We havent slept much, the mood is dark.

Cain is not doing very well today in fact either. he is sick, and he knows it. The other pitbulls in my home know it too. They keep smelling him, and being very gentle around him, like thay can smell that he is dying. They are usually very rough and crazy, all is quiet.

I have more appointments, more oncologists, and more theories as to how to fix cancer than I ever wanted, however it is progressed so far now that feeding him some fancy dinners just makes him puke.

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His diet is intense and specialized, and he is getting the best care we can give him. So much so that I think we are annoying the piss out of him.

Its raining today and the house I live in is silent (which it never is) the dogs arent barking or playing, and I am having a LOT of trouble focusing on the 20,000+ emails Im supposed to be sifting through.

There is nothing I can do.

This is what pisses me off more than anything. I would cut off my own leg to save him, with a hacksaw, right now.... but It wont help.

I just wanted to explain this because a LOT of the mail ive been sifting through is hard to read, because its about this, about how "my dog had cancer and lived" etc and while we appreciate that, more than you know, his situation is serious, and appearently fatal.

Please continue to pray for him, and for my wife, who is a f@#king wreck. Thank you for reading this and thank you for your concern. We are not giving up, but we are trying to be realistic as well, and give him the best time he can have with whats left. Forcing a bunch of wierd foods and more medicine on him seems selfish and cruel in some ways, I have to carry him to go outside to pee for example already, so its pretty advanced, fancey words or not. Everytime I pet him I touch his belly first to see if he is breathing, so far, he has been.

Sorry to bum you out with this, hense the taking it off of twitter etc. But everyone keeps asking so thats the real story, I will update on this thread only, and direct traffic here. I have a oncologist appointment in the afternoon tomorow and will let you know what they say.

Thank you - Cain says hi.

-BB

THRASH 11-15-2010 12:26 PM

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Prayers have been sent and will continue to be sent up!!

Shauna Smith 11-15-2010 12:33 PM

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There is NOTHING harder than facing the loss of ones best friend. Cain has had an amazing life with you and you with him. Thats what really matters. I'll continue to pray for him.

caseyurban 11-15-2010 03:16 PM

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i have laid on my vets floor 3 times balling......the last was 5-25-05.....it took me until April of this year to decide to love again....i regret wasting these last few years being selfish not wanting to be hurt again....there is nothing like the love between a man and his dog....no matter what happens you gave him a loving life no matter how it started that would never have happened if not for you....he will be in my prayers

Pablo@AllorNothing 11-15-2010 03:58 PM

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I'm sorry.

SJRabbit 11-15-2010 04:57 PM

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wow, This sucks, Sorry to hear Brandon...

UFC_fan 11-15-2010 07:43 PM

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Brandon, i know at this point words of encouragement dont really help much. i cant imagine how hard this must be for you...this whole situation just sucks. All i can do is pray and hope. Lots of people you dont know have been praying for you, Ashley, and Cain.

i wish i could do more....be good brother.

caseyurban 11-16-2010 10:39 AM

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Brandon any updates?

BRANDON BOND 11-16-2010 06:23 PM

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Tuesday - Oncologist day:
Well to start out, Monday night was a bad one, he started puking again, this time it was chunks of coagulated blood. And he was shaking. A bad sign. I didn't sleep really. Just kinda sat with him while he slept. I was eager to talk to the fancy word doctor today. My wife had been translating between me and the Dr's until today.

As we started to load up the car for the long haul to the specialist, my phone rang. It was 11 alive news wanting to talk about my Vick dog, and the Monday night football sh*t that happened last night. Jerry Carnes is the reporters name, I have worked with him before. I told him what was going on and in typical reporter style, he "offered to meet me in the parking lot of the specialist, so I wouldn't have to go meet him"... scoundrels.

However I have a responsibility to our companies, our projects, to our staff and to Makavelli (former VICK dog now a BOND dog and brother to Cain). I agreed to give him 5 minutes on what felt like the worst morning of my life. I knew that putting Cain to sleep today was an option, and the press just made it that much more uncomfortable. The reasoning behind that will be misunderstood by many. This is not really the avenue to explain the amount of hard work that went into www.VickDogMovie.com the only important part here is simply that if it wasn't for Cain, there would be no VICKtory to the Underdog film...

I did the interview. There was this one weird guy there who they brought (Mike Vick's #1fan or some sh*t) a loyal Vick supporter, being that none of them have actually seen the film I think they expected me to rant about what a cock Vick is - however if you have seen the film you know my feelings are quite opposite. Knowing whatever I said would be cut down to a barely recognizable sound byte of bullsh*t.

So I blew their mind for 3 minutes and 41 seconds and then we went into the cancer Doc joint.
Cain was barely walking. I carried him to get him away from the snakes (reporters) and asked them not to film that part. The weird Vick fan guy followed my wife and I. Asking for my phone number explaining how he wanted to come over and hang out and get my number, he even asked my wife where we live. Not surprising as we deal with creepy stalkers constantly, but with a dying dog in my arms, my best friend ever, it was exceptionally creepy and f*cked up. Probably good that Cain was in my arms, there he goes again, saving me... this time from Charges and Legal fees. ha! Good Boy. F*ck that guy.

The news was bad. We discussed euthanization, chemo, the reasons surgery is not an option. Thankfully Vick or the impromptu press conference in the parking lot never came up.

We cried a lot, my wife and I. We discussed our options, and how chemo effects dogs differently than humans, we discussed the finances as if that were a deciding factor, which it isn't. I would sell my soul for medicine if I needed to. But we weighed all the factors heavily, and opted not to euthanize him yet. He is with me as I type this, sleeping. I am not prolonging his life for selfish reasons, I believe he still may somehow magically come back, and until he tells me (with his eyes) that he is suffering, well he is just going to have to be tired like me then.

He started chemo today as well. I am aware he may not make it to his second treatment, in fact chances are insanely high that it will have no effect, but also no side effects, therefore, knowing he would do it for me, I gave him a chance to fight it and that's what we're doing now, fighting this s&!t.

I didn't bother to even schedule a second treatment yet, as to hopefully not jinx it or freak out the balance of the f*cked up universe. If the time comes I obviously will, but for now I'm listening to him, not them.

Now I'm laying with Cain working on my laptop and waiting to see this new story which will most likely be all about football anyways. But we are definitely hoping for a Christmas miracle up in this biotch regardless.

Thank you for all your well wishes, prayers, and for even caring at all.
Love BB and Cain.

Hannah 11-16-2010 07:36 PM

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Damn, Brandon I'm sorry your family has to go through this...I could not imagine going through anything like this with my own dogs. I am definitely sending prayers your way.

snatch 11-16-2010 07:57 PM

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we always used to say it and i still mean every word of it. If there is anything i can do just let me know. ive been in and out but you guys are my family. I dont pray, but for Cain and you ive been praying all day in my head since i read this this morning. i love you guys.

PitBullMom 11-16-2010 08:48 PM

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Brandon, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I love and admire you for all you do for Pit Bulls and I know first hand how hard all of this is for you to deal with. Hope this finds Caine comfortable and resting, give him a hug from me, I will be praying for him.

Bufferkiller 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

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On Thursday I watched my brother bury his wife after losing her to Cancer (she fought with a smile for 8 years). I never once felt the urge to cry. Reading this thread, it is taking all I have to hold back tears in front of my coworkers.

I am so sorry anyone has to go through anything like this, and I truly hope you get your Christmas Miracle.

Classic 11-17-2010 12:27 PM

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Sorry for the tough times Brandon. Been in a similar situation with one of my dogs and it really sucks to feel helpless to not be able to do more for them. I held one of mine as he went through seizures and passed away in my arms a few years back. Sad times indeed. I'll be praying for Cain and you guys. Best wishes
Classic

SOHTattoo 11-17-2010 12:44 PM

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There are no words that I can say to ease the pain you and your wife are going through. You have given #Cain a wonderful life and he will let you know when the time is right. The SOHT Family will be praying for the #Bond family.

caseyurban 11-18-2010 02:19 PM

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any word? i know its probably hard to write about but there are millions of us that are praying and want to know how Cain is doing.....

BRANDON BOND 11-18-2010 05:55 PM

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I appreciate every single Million of you!

You're right it's hard to report cause none of it is good really, much easier to be all like hey check out this Video!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElIhkuvVO64

Truth is , things have been rough. My wife's vote is to have him euthanized, she has been through this before and in all honesty her opinion is the norm around me. She also said that it's my decision cause he's my dog and thats a personal almost religious kind of thing.

The dr said "best case scenario, you might get another month or two with chemo, and with a Miracle you may even get three, or he might pass tonight?"

So either way he is going to definately die soon. I have just been trying to come to terms with that, and trying to read him to see what he's feeling. He does not seem to be in pain and still has his apetite and drinks water and takes buttloads of medicine and follows me around, just real f*ckin slooooooooooooooowly.

I've always hated the logistical aspect of my job, but now more than ever I am finding it increasingly difficult to deal with all of the BS of work. Staff, babysitting, issues, whiny f*cks on the internet, b1tc4y clients, graphics, emails, appointments, lawyers, bookeepers, accountants, paperwork, construction, editing, magazines, touring, divalike personalities, wholesale distribution, online orders, deposits, phone calls.... uhhhh the phone calls.... however this isnt about me its about Cain, and yet again he has taught me something. I am looking at the world I live in differently today so in that since I guess there is some good news.

Thanks for asking, praying, reading, and caring. And happy birthday Matt dunlap -

**** little known fact Matt Dunlap apprenticed under ME and is deathly afraid of DOGS!!! haha total hell for him. The only dog he has EVER liked... is Cain. Happy Birthday Bro. Cain says hi.

xoxo - BB and Cain

UFC_fan 11-18-2010 07:58 PM

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diva like b1tc4y whiney clients haha! This is why I like u brandon... u don't pull any punches! I still hope for the best...praying everyday.

If u need me to b1tc4 slap anyone for u don't hesitate to call me up ;)

caseyurban 11-18-2010 10:00 PM

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lol cool.....hey man just let him live it out.....you will know when he is pain....not discomfort but pain and God will take him when he wants him.....dont feel bad for that

if he is suffering you know what to do.....just treasure this time.....he knows how much you love him

SJRabbit 11-19-2010 01:36 PM

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Vicks #1 fan is kinda creepy..........anyway

I hope Cain Passes among family and friends and not in a vets office, I did the Same thing Brandon with my First pitbull Rambo, He passed away from cancer 5 years ago and I know all the crap your going through at this time. Just reading this thread brings back alot of the emotions. Your not being selfish as long as he is not in pain, because he is at home with his family, he can pass with you. And I and many people are happy Cain did come in your life because of all the countless pitbulls after Cain. He will live on through the stories and the other dogs saved.

Long Live Cain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole 11-21-2010 11:59 AM

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Cain is always in my heart!

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THRASH 11-21-2010 12:06 PM

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Way cool pic!

SJRabbit 11-23-2010 04:57 PM

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Updates???

Nicole 11-24-2010 01:33 PM

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Cain and his Sister Medusa

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Nicole 11-24-2010 01:34 PM

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Nicole 11-24-2010 01:38 PM

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inkslinger43 11-24-2010 04:35 PM

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As I sat here reading this thinking of some of the things wrong in my life, I begin to shed a tear for you and your family. I too would give ANYTHING or body part to help preserve any of my 3 dogs, as well as yours, and will always be grateful for the time they are with me.
Reading this brings alot into perspective in all our lives.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife, Cain as well as your other dogs as I am sure they realise the severity of the situation as well.
Chin up and God Bless.

Nicole 12-28-2010 09:13 AM

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Cain is still hanging in there!!!

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UFC_fan 12-28-2010 10:23 AM

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good to see cain out and about in the snow...i'm still praying for his health.

Nicole 01-05-2011 09:31 AM

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Cain waiting to win the Mega Millions!

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Nicole 01-05-2011 03:31 PM

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From:
www.twitter.com/brandonbond

I woke up this morning and knew today was the day to do this. It would be selfish to keep him alive. I'll never be the same person. Its time

Nicole 01-05-2011 03:31 PM

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From www.twitter.com/brandonbond

#Cain is the reason www.atlantapitbullrescue.com and www.VickDogMovie.com ever happened. He has been my constant companion and best friend.

Nicole 01-05-2011 03:41 PM

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RT @nicolefwebster: @BrandonBond I know that #Cain will be meeting #Seven at the #RainbowBridge.. I will never be the same thanks to either of them

Nicole 01-05-2011 03:43 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 04:15 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 04:32 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 07:29 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 07:49 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 08:07 PM

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Nicole 01-05-2011 08:08 PM

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