Hello everyone.

This won't pertain to everyone here, but some of you that have been
around here for years might care and want to know.

You've gotten to know my dog, Winter, through her exploits that I've
talked about over the last decade. I don't need to say much right now
about what I think of her because you already know.

To get to the point, over the last week, she has been attacked by
cancer. It seemed to come out of nowhere, but I've watched her go into
a rapid downward spiral that started with a loss of appetite that came
to a head with heavy breathing and vomiting up some meat that I cooked
for her as soon as she ate it. At that point she was hospitalized.

A specialist took some samples and examined them; she is quite certain
it's lymphoma. The question is: how bad is it?

She is currently still at the emergency vet clinic, awaiting results
to see just how aggressive this disease is; and whether medication can
help to comfort back into a quality of life that is acceptable. She
has responded moderately to it so far - has been eating chicken and
drinking water without any episodes of vomiting. She remains bright
and alert, and gets up and moves around on her own(albeit slowly), yet
her breathing is still abnormal.

So some mini-hurdles have been cleared, although there needs to be
more improvement to continue down this path. The test results will
tell a lot - which should come in today. I will not let her go on
suffering if she can't improve greatly from where she is at right now.

I'm hopeful, yet realistic too and am determined not to let my own
emotions cloud my judgement on what to do. The specialist is
definitely presenting a half-full glass, pointing out the positives
but still keeping it real. I fully trust that Winter is in good hands,
and I still have some hope for her, but am mentally preparing for all

I think it's a bit therapeutic for me to put this into words, and so I
thank you for letting me get this out.


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