Two weeks ago I named Chelsea, who is a very sweet girl, our Pup of the Week. She sent me a beautiful thank you note but suggested she was not worthy. The dog I should have recognized was Summer While I think Chelsea was an excellent choice I agree with her about Summer, and, because she deserves it, and to make Chelsea’s wish come true, we name Summer Grace our Pup of the Week. (Also, we must thank Chelsea for helping us with some of the information we relied upon in doing our writing.)
This story goes all the way back to before Thanksgiving. And like Chelsea it came about because a growth was found that had to be removed. Unlike Chelsea the news from the beginning was dire. Summer was diagnosed with stage three mast cell cancer. This was in the middle of her parents moving. With the upheaval in their lives the last thing they needed emotionally and financially was for their beloved Summer Grave to take ill, but sometimes life plays mean tricks.
Summer had one surgery, then went back to the vet where her parents were given news that did nothing to encourage them. They could do another surgery to widen the area of tissue they took then follow up with prednisone, or start either chemo or radiation. There was a very good chance that the growth removed in the first surgery would come back. While at the vets they did a test of her lymph nodes and got a rare bit of good news when the lymph nodes showed no signs of cancer.