nancy in AZ Posted March 20, 2013 Report Share Posted March 20, 2013 This is very painful for me to write. Boo was euthanised late this afternoon as I stroked him and told him how much he meant to me. Last evening he returned to the vet to have an aggressively growing lump at his lymph node re-examined, and we agreed he should immediately have surgery to remove it. He hadn't been responding to medication. Prior to surgery, we were expecting a diagnosis of an abscess caused by a foxtail or an impacted salivary gland, because the original histology report came back neg for malignancy. But when the vet called me post-surgery, she told me she was concerned due to necrosis that had spread to the lymph nodes and salivary glands which she described as shockingly enlarged. She confirmed that what she saw was consistent with lymphoma. This morning after much reflection, I decided to forego further diagnostic and treatment measures. Some of you old-timers may recall our long journey together. I'd found him abandoned in the national forest 7 years ago, emaciated and panicked. I had adopted him with the intention of re-homing him myself when he went unclaimed for over a week at the pound. But from the first moment I brought him home, he wouldn't let anyone near me, and it became clear that re-homing him was out of the question, which and sent me into a panic. Several times he bit the self-styled Cesar Milan wannabe that a local vet had referred me to (I even have it on videotape), and quite deservedly. A few months after that I was offered the opportunity to have Cesar Milan work with him, and I declined. With lots of research/reading, and generous help from knowledgeable folks on these boards and elsewhere, a couple of consults with a vet behaviorist, a short stint on psychotropic meds, he became willing to let others into his world. Folks who had seen his ferocious side were shocked at how loving and gentle he was. He was always the first to welcome my foster dogs with a play bow and game of chase me. He was my devoted companion, my protector, my dancing partner, my hiking buddy, my mama's boy, my sweet wiggle butt, and despite the grief I feel over his loss, I'm so glad that fate brought us together so unexpectedly those many years ago. Rest in peace my precious boy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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