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.