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posted by [personal profile] gashin at 08:18pm on 07/05/2009
My parents have two dogs, and have had both for a number of years (i.e. I consider them 'their' dogs, and not 'my' dogs, because I moved out soon after they got the second, and Cass is 'my' cat, so yep).

Moka is a stubby-legged, barrel-shaped chocolate Lab. She is old... don't know how old... certainly not ancient, but middle-aged, and growing in stubbornness every day. She is also very kind-hearted and patient and loving.

Kenya is a black, slim, gangly Great Dane. She is much younger, dumb as can be, sweet as can be, fearful as can be. I believe I have posted photos of her on my LJ before. She is adoring of everybody, and thinks she's a lap dog.

Both have had numerous joint problems over the years (ah, pure-bred dogs). Kenya has had surgery on BOTH her back knees (not at the same time). She began limping again in the past week, and it only got worse, so my parents rushed her to the vet this morning.

The x-rays show a mass in her bone. They go back in 10 days for a comparison x-ray because the vet believes it is probably a highly aggressive form of bone cancer, and if he's right, the comparison x-ray will show a significant difference.

I adore Kenya, but my parents love love love her. She is to them as Cass is to me. And I'm worried. And I am also keenly aware that, in a sick but undeniable way, I am very lucky that the first (and hopefully last, but for that I can only keep my fingers crossed) instance of cancer in my immediate family is canine and not human.

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