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Sunday, March 29, 2009

For the love of our dog

I was a little slow writing my first post about our trip because our 13.5 year old dog, S, started manifesting some health issues soon after we arrived home. He had an awesome trip, galloping and gallivanting with the other dogs. However, shortly after arriving home, he had some anal bleeding and a visit to the emergency vet. The bleeding seems to be caused by a mass in his anal sac. They took a needle biopsy, and we're awaiting the results while keeping S comfortable. The worry is that it's anal sac adenocarcinoma - a fairly nasty cancer.

Needless to say, I'm feeling worried, worried, and more worried. I feel simultaneously wired and sick at times like this. I hope that the wait for news isn't too long.

In the photo below from our vacation, S sported his fleece-lined windproof jacket that he likes to wear in the mornings and evenings while camping. He gets cold very easily.On the good news side, my friend's dog, Julius, does NOT have hemangiosarcoma or any kind of cancer. The splenic tumor was benign. That's cause for joy.


  1. Oh, I will keep my fingers crossed for S and for you. Having been there, I know how hard the waiting can be. I'll be thinking of you and your precious dog.

  2. Good news about your friend's dog - I hope you get similar good news about S. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  3. KB- sounds like you guys – all 5 of you- had a great vacation. Fruita/Junction is such a wonderful area to ride, camp and explore.

    Hope things turn out OK with S- fingers X’d.

  4. That's great news about Julius. Sorry to hear about the worries over S. We'll keep all of you in our hearts.

  5. KB-Any word yet about sweet S? Thinking about you and the gang...hoping like crazy for some good news!!!!
    Welcome home!

  6. Thanks to all of you for your kind words about S. We're still awaiting news but our experienced regular vet offered a more optimistic view today than the emergency vet did the other day.

    I actually have no affiliation with Duke. I found out that I loved following college basketball when I was teaching at Berkeley in the 90's during the Jason Kidd era. No Colorado teams are good or even televised very often. So, we decided years ago that Duke was the team that we'd follow. We like seeing the values of Coach K being taught to his players. Plus, they're on TV almost every game. A good combo! I think they haven't been making far in the NCAAs in recent years because they rely on the three point shot too much. They need a big bruiser who can score inside to complement their great guards. But, I'm no expert.


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