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Matt,

Thanks for sharing the news. I remember when Winter was a puppy in
Jeffersonville. I've always believed that she's among the luckiest dogs
ever to have lived. Your care for her now only supports that hunch.

caveat lector


On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM, Matt Duffy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
> outcomes...
>
> 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.
>
> Matt
>
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