We learned yesterday that our Black Dog is going to need another surgery. It will be relatively minor to remove possible melanoma growths from his paw. Unfortunately, they are on a part of the paw that doesn't have any extra skin so the surgeon will have to use skin grafts from elsewhere on R's body to fill in the gaps after he removes enough tissue to get clean margins.
In the big picture, it's not a big deal because we likely caught it plenty early. However, we can't help but feel really sad that R will have more recovery time in his near future (surgery will probably be in January). He'll be in a splint for a while to let the skin grafts heal.
That news really isn't what we wanted for him. I feel more upset than I should.