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Sorry to hear that Matt, I remember Winter's antics in the backcountry.

My 20 year old cat Caramel has cancer and isn't long for this world either.  It's been a great time with her though.

Mike

On Sep 5, 2012, at 11:29 AM, Matt Duffy 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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