18 August, 2006

The Thing You Hope You Never Hear

"You know, bone cancer is pretty common in these guys."

Yes. I know.

I've been telling myself about infected toenails, splinters and sore paws. This is the dog that once cost us $300 for an ultimate diagnosis of carpet burn on the footpad.

I still feel like I was looking at some other dog's x-ray. And that my dog will turn out to be fine and that he has more than 90 days to live.

There's an outside chance that for some unknown reason he just has a really bad infection. God, I hope so, but I fear not.

This morning I went for my surgery followup where the doctor told me he was able to free my left ovary from where it had adhered to my bowel and that I should have a lot less pain from now on.

And you know what, if I could go back and let them hack my guts to pieces and sew ovaries to bowels and kidneys and lace my innards with glass if it would save my dog I think I just might let them do it.


At 5:56 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Aunt B said...

Oh, no! Coble. No. That just breaks my heart for you. I am so sorry.

At 6:21 PM, August 18, 2006, Anonymous brittney said...


I don't know what to say. I'm so very sorry.

At 7:14 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Rachel said...

Oh, Kat, I'm so sorry. I lost an Australian Shepherd mix to cancer a few years back. We do grow to love those dogs. My thoughts are with you.

At 8:45 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

I am sooooo sorry to hear about your baby.
Did the vet mention any treatments they're trying in Knoxville at the Vet school for this? Sometimes they have clinical trials, like hospitals and drug companies have for two legged humans. You might want to ask him about that.
Again, I am so very sorry to hear about this.

At 10:21 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

what a BEAUTIFUL dog. I am so sorry. my parents just had to put down our family dog a couple of weeks ago--heartbreaking--so you have my empathy :(

At 10:53 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

I am so incredibly sorry, Kat. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

At 8:24 AM, August 19, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

Yes, indeedy. I am praying for some good news for y'all right now. And for some comfort for that fine pup.

I also wish someone would explain how our ovaries do all this wandering around and get stuck to stuff. Or develop cysts with teeth and hair. Just weird weird weird. LIke it's not *enough* what they put us through every month? Gah.

Here's to peace and healing for everybody in your house, ma'am.

At 3:07 PM, August 19, 2006, Blogger Southern Girl said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! It's incredibly difficult, I know.

At 3:18 PM, August 19, 2006, Blogger Exador said...

I'm sorry, Kat. Hopefully, it's just an infection, that will clear up soon.

At 4:50 PM, August 19, 2006, Blogger Sarcastro said...

Dealing with the illness of a pet is an ugly and gut-wrenching unpleasantness that almost every pet owner is damned to go through. The hateful truth of it is that we can't ask our beloved canines if they feel better, or is there anything they would like, or to show us where it hurts.

On a totally unrelated note, was there a hazardous waste landfill or old Indian burial ground on the site where your home now stands?

At 8:38 AM, August 20, 2006, Anonymous shauna said...

That (beautiful!) dog is really lucky to have a person who loves him like you.

At 9:51 AM, August 20, 2006, Blogger ceeelcee said...

Oh Kat, I'm so sorry to hear this. You can tell a real pet lover by how they talk about their babies, and I know you are one!

Just remember how lucky your dog is to have someone who cares for them like you all do. Lots of animals aren't that fortunate.

At 2:22 PM, August 20, 2006, Anonymous Sis said...

Sophie and I send lots of love and prayers and hugs and kisses to all of you. Casey has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. Hoping for the best!

At 8:41 PM, August 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw I'm so sorry Katherine ... we will hope for the best too. (Glad you got good news on your post op though ... )

~ Lacy

At 9:18 PM, August 20, 2006, Blogger newscoma said...

Oh Kat.
I'm so sorry about your dog.
So very sorry.
Sending you some positive vibes because I love my dogs like they were my children.
They are my children.

At 9:34 AM, August 21, 2006, Blogger dolphin said...

That's heart-breaking. Best wishs and sincere condolenses.

At 2:27 PM, August 21, 2006, Blogger Cheryl said...

I'm so sorry Kat. I certainly understand how you feel. I'll be thinking of you.

At 3:56 PM, August 24, 2006, Anonymous marci said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your friend's illness, Kat. I lost my beloved little Lucky when he was diagnosed with cancer in April 2005, and it was one of the hardest things I've had to deal with as an adult. I had him in my life for almost 8 years, and I treasure the memories and the time God allowed us to spend together.


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