I don’t like to complain, and frankly, when you take a job like Judge at Rainbow Bridge you assume you are going to be weary for an eternity, but, with all the friends I have recently had to swear in, I have been exhausted. So I am so happy this week to celebrate a friend who won’t be visiting me anytime soon.
But he still managed to give all of us quite a scare. A few weeks ago Presley’s Mom noticed a lump on the inside of his front leg. It wasn’t like a bug bite or a fatty tumor. It was the type of thing that makes a Mom go “oh crap.” His Mom took him to his vet but the doctor wasn’t as impressed with the growth as his Mom was. The vet suggested it was something minor that needed to be monitored. She made an appointment with Tag and Atlas’ old vet. He was more impressed and did a needle biopsy that showed it was a pre-cancerous tumor. He scheduled a surgery to remove it and prescribed several anxiety attacks for his poor Mom. She asked for prayers that the tumor would be benign.
After his Mom’s anxiety attacks ran out it was time for the surgery. She put him in the car, took him to the vet, went home, asked for more prayers, and prayed herself. Later that day the doctor called Presley’s nervous Mom after the surgery to say all went well and that once Presley loopiness wore off he could come home. The vet told her that he would do a biopsy but there was nothing to worry about. Because she was a dog Mom she immediately began to worry.
Thanks to lots of dog and human answered prayers the result was a "grade 2 soft tissue sarcoma” which, in dog, means there were some cancer cells but it was localized and the chance of any cells remaining after surgery were very slim.
So a big tip of the tail to Presley, who I won’t be seeing crossing the Bridge and climbing the stairs for a real long time, who has many heartbeats left, and lots of time with his Mom. And a big tip for all the pup prayers that ensured Presley’s additional heartbeats.