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Doggie Update

March 12, 2011

So many of you were concerned about Boomer, so I thought I’d post this brief update. Boomer’s lab results were not good. The tumor in his mouth was malignant. The vet and I had a long, detailed conversation on the phone this morning, during which he outlined all the treatment options and costs (and a couple of hundred miles of travel required to get him the surgery and treatments he would need.) The surgery involved is extensive and not pretty, and I am sure would involve a whole lot of painful post-operative recovery. Then there is chemo and radiation after that. That’s even if we had enough money to pay for all that.

I finally came out and asked the doctor for a prognosis with treatment and one without. There is very little difference in the time it would buy him, and I am sure that surgery, chemo and radiation, and the discomfort of travel back and forth would not enhance his quality of life at this age. Boomer is fourteen.

So we are going to take things a day at a time, spoil him as much as possible, and watch him to make sure he isn’t in any undue pain. He really seems to be doing very well under the circumstances. He loves to run over and bark at the neighbor dogs through the fence every single day, and pee at the property line just for good measure. A dog’s gotta protect his territory. When the day comes that he can no longer do that, I’ll know it’s time.

Thanks for all your well wishes and hugs. Boomer appreciates it.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2011 5:40 pm


    So sorry to hear that Boomer isn’t well. GIve him lots of love and belly rubs, because that is what he needs most right now. We lost our Bonny on Valentine’s Day. She was fifteen. I haven’t recovered yet but I know we did what was best for her as you will with your fur-kid.

    Sending love and hugs to you all.


    • March 12, 2011 5:59 pm

      Lottie, I am very sorry about your Bonny. It’s so hard to say goodbye to our pets, even knowing we always must.

      Thanks for the well wishes and for your good advice. We are telling him all the time how wonderful he is. I think he is a little shocked and confused by that, since we never scold him any more. (Well, almost never.) His worst offense has been eating things in the yard. That’s all I’m going to say about that! 🙂

  2. March 12, 2011 6:12 pm

    Sending much love your way, for all of you.

  3. Linda Stanley permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:23 pm

    Dear Martha,

    I feel for you and Boomer. We are going through the same thing with Bridget. Quite a while ago she was found to have a tumor on one of her front legs. Amputation was suggested–only problem she would not be able to stand up on her own because her back legs are having trouble. Long story short-we did not treat her. She is still happy-slow and on two pain killers but she manages to get up and walk by herself, run slowly and bark at the squirrels. She is 14 and a half–we are so glad we did’t put her through all the surgery and treatment–it is hard to see the little loves fail–Love to you both Linda

    • March 13, 2011 12:33 pm

      Yes it is, Linda! Hugs to you and give Bridget a kiss for me. She’s such a sweet girl.

  4. sherrill pearson permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:53 pm

    Hi Martha,

    So sorry about this situation Boomer has. It’s amazing how they soldier on regardless. I have had many of these situations to deal with and so very much understand your feelings. But, like you said, one day at a time and lots of yummy soft foods and why not ice cream too. Love to all of you and a big smooch for Boomer. Good luck, Martha.

    Sherrill, Montreal

    • March 13, 2011 12:34 pm

      Thank you Sherrill! Boomer will be very happy that you said ice cream — a rare but favorite treat!

  5. March 12, 2011 8:16 pm

    Poor Boomer =( Sounds like you are doing the right thing though. Max & Molly send him greyhound kissies. x

  6. Terry permalink
    March 12, 2011 8:53 pm

    Hi Martha. So sorry to hear about Boomer’s lab report. The good news is that he is well loved by his humans and I’m sure he knows that you will continue to do what’s best for him. He is a very lucky furry person in that regard. Best wishes to all of you. Hugs. Terry

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