Please Pray for Josie
Josie is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met, and she definitely is the sweetest doxie in the world, because that breed can be--well, a bit difficult at times--or barky, etc.
Josie is the 6-year-old pet of my friend Carmen, past president of the Humane Society. She now has three doxie's, all who have been adopted from a doxie rescue group. Lacey and Josie were the first, and they just recently adopted a third. Carmen also volunteers with the group and has fostered several.(One was a real cute guy, but he was determined to poop on the floor every chance he got!)
I used to house and pet sit for Carmen over a weekend ever so often, and I'd take care of "the girls." And the last time, the "poopster." Good thing his deposits were tiny! They are so SWEET and slept with me in the bed, burrowing down under the covers and snuggling up all night long. Don't tell Lacy, but Josie was my favorite. At the time she was a little chubby, and I'm partial to the chubby ones, and her little ears would always get stuck folded back. Did I tell you she is a sweet heart? I'd trade in Scooter in a minute! LOL. Seriously, I can't begin to tell you want a sweet, gentle dog she is. Lacy is the Scooter of the family, a bit more bossy and jealous. But nothing bothers Josie and she is always content to take a back seat.
The other day, Carmen noticed a huge, hard lump on Josie's neck. She freaked because it seemed to have grown over night. Ever the Google searcher, Carmen was worried, thinking it was a thyroid tumor which can be bad if cancerous.
So the first thing this morning she took Josie off the her vet, Dr. Loxly at Eastview. They operated to take the tumor out, and here is what Carmen said:
"She just got out of surgery...they sedated her before they even took her back she was so upset (she pooped on the floor while I was holding her...poor girl). He found a mass and he is 99.9% sure it was in the salivary gland area....it was wrapped around some nerves and things so it was a pretty intense surgery. She will come home today with a drain in her throat but at least the lump will be gone.
He said it was large. They are sending it out to the lab and it will take a stinking WEEK to find out results. I just have to ask for prayers that this is just an infection or inflammation. He said he has seen it all with Salivary gland masses so he won't say anything about what it might be....just don't say the C word I told him."
Carmen is a TRUE Pet People person, though with her hectic life she doesn't get to post here too often, but she is the best and so is little Josie. Please keep them in your prayers and that her tumor was begin. But even if it wasn't, please send words of support, because we all know that today's treatments for pets have come a long way, even for cancer. My coworker has a cat that is a cancer survivor.
Does anyone else have experienc with tumors of any kind? I know they are all different and all depend on location.
We all know too how hard it is to wait for test results. A week is torture, and Carmen will have a hard time waiting, as we all would. Alice, you know how this is since you've been waiting to hear of Amy Dog Princess has that autoimmune issue. Please keep us updated.
When my Yogi died, Carmen sent me a book on pet loss and it helped me so much, so I want to help her any way I can, even if that just means a prayer circle of Pet People!
Now, I'm tearing up, because I do love Josie, having gotten to know here during pet sitting. Quick funny story: When Carmen's cat Mystic was alive (she was old) Josie always used to tip toe down the hall and into the bedroom to try and sneak some of her food. She would SNEAK and tip toe...really, because she KNEW she wasn't supposed to eat the cats food. When I caught her she was so cute about it!
posted by Sandy at 9/17/2007 03:55:00 PM