I am not sure how many of you know my friend PJ but he, and his Mom, got some devastating news this week and they are in need of major prayers. First let me tell you a little about him. He is a beautiful dog who lives in Paignton South West in the United Kingdom. He met his Mom when she was still a young girl. He waited for her to get home from school each day, and they grew into adulthood together. Since then he has become a big Momma’s boy.
We have lots in common. Pocket and I live in Taunton Massachusetts which is named after a town called Taunton England which PJ has traveled to, so we have barked at each other about how lovely his Taunton is and how much our Taunton sucks. Despite having a heart murmur and colitis PJ is a little ball of energy who never leaves his Mom’s side.
On Thursday we found out that PJ had a very bad day. He kept collapsing and his Mom rushed him to the vet. She sent out word to their friends that he needed prayers.
The report came back that PJ had a large mass on his stomach. Because of his heart murmur the doctors had to stabilize him before they could operate. His good friend Reese asked us to take a moment, say a prayer and light a candle for PJ.
The doctors were worried that with his heart murmur PJ was a risky candidate for surgery. They wanted to put him on a new heart tablet and wait a week for surgery but his condition worsened. His doctors had no choice but to operate.
When they operated they not only removed the large tumor but it had attached to his spleen so that had to be removed too. A sample of the mass was sent to the lab and the long wait for the results began. He was given pain relievers and the best advice a vet can give: Lots of naps.
On Sunday PJ perked up a bit. He still has a little sickness from the sleepy medicine they gave him for the operation. He was also a little stubborn about taking his pills but that’s a good sign, a stubborn dogs is a dog who still has a lot of fight in them. Then he found some nice sun to lay in and enjoy the day.
We pray that the test results come back negative for our little friend. If it is the news we fear then we pray that the treatments are not too painful and most of all we pray that PJ is with us for many, many many more days to come because PJ and his Mom are two of the best friend a dog could have.
God bless you PJ and may have give you thousands of more tomorrows.