Matt, I'm sorry to hear your baby is not well. They truly become part of  
the family.
Chris  S
In a message dated 9/5/2012 11:29:16 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
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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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