Today’s blog isn’t quite what was planned, because Willie scared us by developing a mass on his foreleg that looked exactly like the sarcoma tumor his uncle Luke had at a similar age. Willie’s mass developed quickly over the weekend, looked like a copy of Luke’s tumor and is on the same part of his foreleg as Luke’s was. Scary stuff.
But good news! It looks like it is just a cyst, so in all probability it is nothing to worry about. The vet did still recommend taking it off, in part to prevent it growing and causing trouble, and also to be absolutely sure that it isn’t cancerous. Willie will have the surgery tomorrow, which means much of our sheepdog work will have to go on pause until he recovers in 14 days. He is NOT going to like being back on a leash (argh, breaks my heart to do this AGAIN to him; he was on leash for 3 months last summer with a torn iliopsoas, not to mention over a year from his shoulder injury and eventual surgery 3 years ago.). Heaven knows how we are going to keep Maggie busy without Willie to play with.
But most of us have been through this at one time or another with our dogs, and a minor surgery and 14 days on leash is trivial compared to the alternatives. Whew.
Here’s a photo well matched to our feelings of happiness and relief. Jim and I took a walk at the Pope Farm Conservancy yesterday and I snapped this in a field of sunflowers. The park is a wonderful place with over 4 miles of walking trials and a stunningly healthy prairie. These sunflowers are in the “cropland” section, and make me happy just to look at them, just like the news we got this morning. Here’s to good news from our veterinarians. Have any to share yourself? What’s good?