This past February I wrote the following post:
One of our many cats was diagnosed with cancer this week. We have always had a lot of rescued animals. I am president of our county humane society and Pattie has never met a homeless animal she didn’t want to save. Still, our grey cat Blarney has been with us ever since we rescued him, cold and shivering, from under a neighbor’s porch fifteen years ago. We have lost a number of furry family members over the years to cancer. Pattie was diagnosed with cervical and uterine cancer at age 34 and needed surgery, so we never had children. Our animals have always been our kids. So for us, it can be as difficult to lose one as a human friend or family member. Blarney’s prognosis is good. The growth on his neck was removed surgically and he should be with us for some time to come. Just another reminder of how finite and fragile our lives really are.
Since that time we have lost another one of our dogs, Heather, to kidney failure most likely caused by cancer. She was around fifteen. It can be difficult to tell with rescued, shelter animals how old they really are. I took another one of our dogs, Chance, in to see a new vet today. We rescued her from a wilderness home north of Duluth, Minnesota on what locals call the “Iron Range.” She had already fought off blasto micosis (a serious fungal disease) and two different bouts of Lyme Disease. Blind in one eye, her health has never been good. We rescued her when she was seven or eight years old. Now, six years later, she is in poor health again. Cancer? Who knows? But at least for a few more days or weeks, Chance will be with us, ironically enough in tropical Florida!
Feel good, keep smiling and give your dog or cat a hug tonight! Pat & Pattie