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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thankful Thursday

We are still thankful for R and his fabulous recovery from surgery.

We do have some news about his tumor but it's not as definitive as we wish. We now know that the surgeons felt 99.9% sure that it was hemangiosarcoma based on what they saw during the surgery. So, you can imagine their disbelief when the pathologists said that the sample didn't have cancerous cells in it. That might sound like cause for instantaneous celebration but the surgeons want another analysis done on the tumor by a different lab. So, we are in the process of getting that set up - which means that there will be a delay before we get a more concrete answer.

For the moment, I am viewing us as having good news. We've gone from a minuscule chance of the tumor being benign to a much better chance. That's a big step forward!

In the meantime, R is getting stronger and friskier every day. He gets his stitches out tomorrow, and we are looking forward to him being able to hike further and play more. He loves snow, and we have tons of it for him to play in.

I think that Shyla has played a big role in his recovery. She watches over him. When he has to be home alone, we have to contain him in an ex pen. We assumed that Shyla would spend the time on our big bed on the other side of the room like she always does. Nope - she chose to lie on the hard floor next to the ex pen. Of course, I've added a bed in that spot for her.
We are thankful for R's recovery, and for the deep bond between him and his sister.


  1. we hope the second lab has super good news for your lab... hugs and lots of potp and hard crossed paws!!!

  2. You are just the bestest, Shyla. Paws and fingers are crossed for R!

  3. That's great news. We are keeping our paws crossed that the second report is just as good.

  4. We're all praying for even better news to come, we all love that special R. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. I think he has been such a calm presence in Shyla's life and now she's his loyal friend, watching over him.

    I like the collar he's wearing, so much better than the other kind. Did it come from his vet?

    1. We got it from Chewy. It's called a Zen Collar. It works really well for a dog who isn't too obsessed with an incision. If they're too obsessed, they do still need a cone but there are nice "soft" ones available at Chewy.

  6. Your pups are amazing.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Scritches to all the pups. ♥

  7. this wonderful post just warms my heart. they're BOTH so beautiful.
    and the littlest (in years at least) family hooligan!
    he has that special beauty that comes with patience and grins and sometimes
    grimaces! love to you ALL! xoxo

  8. Well I'll go with the good news!! Positive vibes go a long way right?
    R and Shyla are so lucky to share such a bond full of pure love and devotion.
    That picture has my heart singing.
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. Soft collar. soft and comfy mattress, and Shyla, all made for the best recovery and if the next lad result is as good, we will all shout for joy. Let R be able to run in the last snow of your winter season,he is so resilient. We have darker mornings, cooler nights, drought in so many places, the hand held garden hose is used every late afternoon.

  10. Fingers crossed it isn't what the Vet thought. With Shyla as an attentive nurse and snow, we think R will recover quickly.

  11. Shyla is such a sweet sister! We hope that the original pathology turns out to be correct - all paws crossed here. But most important is how well R is doing right now - yay!!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  12. Oh, I am so hoping that the next lab also doesn't find cancerous cells. That would be wonderful!

    Great to see he's recovering so well, and that Shyla is helping in it.

  13. Aaaawwwww.....what a wonderful thing to see!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  14. Shyla seems to be the glue in your household. Hoping for the same results at the other lab.

  15. Surprising news. I'll be interested in knowing what the final diagnosis turns out to be. How wonderful that sweet Shyla is such a comfort.

  16. That is so very much to be thankful for! Each day is such a blessing with our special pups.

  17. Shyla is a devoted sibling. As for the lab report, miracles do happen. We hope the news from the second test is just as positive.

  18. Wow, wow, wow! This makes me sooooo happy for you all! Love the photos :)

  19. Shyla is so devoted. We hope you get a definitive answer soon.

  20. Oh, I gots my paws crossed real tight that that furst test was right! Good thoughts comin' your way, and lots and lots of POTP!!!! I still am wearing my donut, cause I'm still a little scabby, and Ma doesn't wants me to lick at it, or the neosporin she started putting on it. I don't really mind, butts she doesn't lets me on the sofa yet, cause she thinks I'll trip on the donut! BOL! Anyhu, sendin' lots of {{hugs}} and loves to you guys, and paws crossed over here!
    Ruby ♥

  21. Shyla laying beside the cage made my eyes tear up. so sweet, so precious. she loves her brother.. prayers for R

  22. We hope the second test is as good as the first. He is such a special boy, we are glad he is healing well.

  23. I hope the second results come back the same, and this surprising outcome expands the surgeons' understanding. Even experts can benefit from learning. Especially experts.
    So happy to read these updates, KB - I've been thinking a lot about the fragility of health and happiness in advancing age.


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