I took this photo one evening last week when blind Widget was out and about, cruising the front yard after we’d put the other dogs up for the night. As I wrote a year ago, this is her favorite time of the day, when she gets to explore the outdoors and enjoy the warm summer evenings. Honestly, when she was diagnosed with lymphoma last September, we never thought she’d see another summer and enjoy moments like these again … but here she is. With her advanced age (13+) and serious heart condition, in addition to lymphoma, it is nothing short of amazing that she has powered through all this.
While we are thrilled to watch her out cruising again, sniffing around and doing her thing, we are also coming to grips with the sad conclusion that the experimental chemo drug she started on at Tufts may not be working. Last week our oncologist at Peak in Burlington, Dr. Kendra Knapik, examined Widget and described her condition only as “stable.” She noted only a minor shrinkage in her main enlarged lymph node on the left side of her neck.
In the past few days, though, we think it has actually started to grow again, as has the smaller node on the right side of her neck. I’m taking Widget back to Tufts next week for her second scheduled treatment, and we’ll know then whether our assessment is accurate or not. We would love to be very wrong on this.
In the meantime, though, we treasure each day with Widget and marvel that she is still with us and still enjoying life so much.
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The second round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
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