Friday, 9 March 2018

Sad news.

Tess did indeed have a tooth infection and has had
her teeth de-tartared and cleaned.   She is on anti biotics and hopefully that will clear it up.   She is certainly more perky tonight.   But, sadly, the scan showed up that she has a large mass in the stomach area which is almost certainly cancer.

I have decided not to have investigative surgery.   She is over ten years old and has never had anything wrong with her.   The vet has said that they could probably (but not certainly) remove at least part of the tumour but that it would regrow.

Tess has been a fit and healthy dog for her ten years and I am not prepared to let her go through an operation at her age and with this prognosis.
You can imagine I am pretty upset, especially so near to the anniversary of the farmer's death, but am soldiering on and friends have all been so good.

Tomorrow is my son's sixtieth birthday and a buffet is planned here.   We are all going to speak to my grandson in China via the internet at 12.15
so that will cheer me up.   My grandchildren are here, as it my great grand daughter who is just over a year old, so it will be a special day.   And I must say that Tess is back to normal, dashing about and not in any pain, so as long as  she goes
on like this all shall be well.

57 comments:

Countryside Tales said...

I’m so sorry, Weaver x

Bovey Belle said...

Oh Pat, that's news you didn't want to hear. I am so sorry. I hope she can carry on for a bit and bring you some more happy memories together. Life seems so unfair though at times.

Have a lovely time tomorrow with your family. You will be thrilled to bits Skyping your son in China I'm sure.

(((HUGS)))

Kathie said...

I was sorry to read the news about your little Tess, but she has a good home and someone caring for her, so she will let you know when it's time to go. I have always had a dog or two to keep me company and they become a real part of the family. It is a blessing that they love us so unconditionally. Enjoy your special weekend!

donna baker said...

Oh Pat. I think you are right in doing what you're doing. Cancer is very hard to treat in dogs as they don't respond to chemo and as far as I know, the only place in the US that does radiation on animals is at Texas A&M. She will enjoy the weekend too and may you both have a long time together. Big hugs to you and Tess.

Jennifer said...

I'm so very sorry Weaver.

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

I feel your pain. I would have come to the same decision as you and gone for quality time. I'm pleased she's perked up and you can enjoy each others company.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Although it is so very hard, Pat, you are making the right decision.

Enjoy your weekend with your family.

Bonnie said...

I am so sorry. That was a hard decision but I know one made based on love and concern for her comfort. It is not easy for a dog that age to go through surgery. Love her and enjoy her knowing you have and you are giving her a good and happy life.

Tom Stephenson said...

Oh, poor Tess. You have a nice time with your son and so long as Tess is not in pain, I would just carry on. In one way it is a blessing that most animals seem to be completely unaware of their mortality - unlike us! I am so sorry that all this seems to be heaping up on you, dear Weave.

the veg artist said...

I'm so sorry. Poor little Tess, but I agree with you about her not having surgery. As long as she's pain free and perky she will enjoy being with you. Don't overdo it this weekend. We are all thinking of you.

honey said...

Oh I am so sorry but feel you made the right decision in not having surgery. Glad she is happy and not in pain.

Kim @ Him, Him Me said...

So sorry to hear the news about Tess. I think you've made the right decision for both Tess & you.

Jill said...

I very sorry to hear this news. I found out my little dog had cancer in late December and at almost 10 years old made the same decision you did and did not do surgery. I hope Tess does well for a long time before you have to say goodbye to her.

Amanda said...

I had a cat I had surgery on in similar circumstances, and I swore on his grave I would never do that again to any animal in my care. I did not prolong his life, I just prolonged his death - a very different thing. You've made a tough decision, but a good one. Love on your Tess and be gentle with yourself.

Virginia said...

Oh Pat, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm relieved you're not going down the surgery route - for the extra time Tess may gain theres's the distress and pain of recovery from the procedure. You know her so well, you'll know when it's time to let her go. What blessings you have been to each other - may you have months more joy together.

Penny said...

So sorry to hear Weaver.

Joanne Noragon said...

I am so sorry, Pat. I agree with keeping her happy and comfortable; you are doing the right thing.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I was sorry to hear sad news about Tess. I agree with the way you will be caring for her. I would do the same. I am glad your little Tess has rallied from her tooth problem. Hopefully she will be feeling good for the weekend and for quite a while to come.

Hilary said...

My daughter has a boxer......who has had cancer for a few years now, and is still going strong......he even made it through a major surgery after he ate something that got stuck in his bowel. So give Tess lots of love and let her enjoy whatever life she has. She may surprise you. And I wouldn't put her through that kind of surgery either. It's my humble opinion that sometimes when they operate and expose the cancer to the air, it grows even faster. We love them as long as we can.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Tess. Hopefully with her tooth problem cleared up she will carry on comfortably for quite a while. Who knows, you may still have lots of good time left with her (if you hadn't investigated things because of her tooth, you wouldn't have known and had just carried on as normal). They are most definitely part of our families, aren't they? -Jenn

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Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I am sorry to hear about your Tess. That's sad news, but I'm sure you are doing the right thing and she seems to be enjoying life.
Enjoy your son's 60th birthday! I think it will be a lovely celebration!

Cro Magnon said...

Poor Tess; let's hope she can live with it for a long time to come. I'm certain you are right about not operating. It often does more harm than good.

Derek Faulkner said...

You have made the right decision Pat, hard as it has been, but the surgery would of been harder for her than seeing out her time doing as she always does.

thelma said...

Sad news indeed, a good and wise decision for Tess, but understandably hard for you. Enjoy the weekend. X

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Beachcomber said...

I'm so sorry for you Pat.
Tess is blissfully ignorant and as many have commented she still has time to enjoy
especially now her tooth is sorted out.
You have made a very unselfish decision by not trying to prolong her life.
She will be content to be with you.
When she stops eating and is not interested in anything you will know it's
time to let her go.
I know it's painful but what a blessing you decided to keep her.
Sue

Sue said...

So sad to read this Pat. Such a tough time for you. I know how painful it is to lose a beloved pet. Thinking of you. x

Penhill said...

So very sad to read your news this morning,You will know the right time for Tess.I hope you will be able to enjoy what sounds a lovely day today,Thinking of you.

Jane said...

I am so sorry , but as others have said she is much loved and right now enjoying her life, a good decision not to put her through major surgery x

Sue in Suffolk said...

Very sad to hear your news, I hope she is happy and comfortable for a while longer. Enjoy the family get together.

Shirley said...

Sorry to hear the news about Tess. Wishing you a lovely day with your family and happy celebrations. :)

Hard up Hester said...

So sorry to hear your news, take care and enjoy your special day.

Rachel Phillips said...

If the vet had gone for the teeth straightaway you would never have known anyway and Tess would have been seen as a happy dog back to normal and nothing more. Have a nice day with your birthday son and food and enjoy yourself. I know that you will x

Heather said...

Oh dear! I feel for you but think you have made the right decision about Tess. Enjoy your family celebrations for your son's birthday.
Thinking of you.X

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Sorry,dear, to hear this but, fingers crossed, still more good days ahead.

Jenny said...

That is bad news but don't be sad, enjoy your time with Tess. We had a cat diagnosed with kidney problems which we decided not to get treated. She lived a good life for many years after, died when she was almost 21 years old. As the vet said they can make fools of us all. You are doing the right thing.

Minigranny said...

So very sorry to hear this but as others have said she could go on for a long time still enjoying life. Do hope that you enjoy your family celebration. Take care X

Librarian said...

Sad news indeed, but as long as Tess is not in pain and back to her normal lively self, I agree with you, there should be no operation.
Your buffet lunch with the family sounds like just the thing to help with the worries about Tess and the approaching anniversary of your husband's death.
Thinking of you, and wishing you all the best.

Elizabeth said...

Dear Pat,
I echo all of what has been said above. This, indeed, is so very sad.

As everyone has said, you are quite right in not subjecting Tess to horrid treatment - which in the end might not prolong her life by very long.
I'm so glad she doesn't have a clue what is going on.
While she enjoys eating and going out for a walk, enjoy her.
Sending virtual hugs and all best wishes to your family.

Jules said...

I'm so sorry to read this Pat. I was really hoping it was something simple like a problem with her teeth. It must have been a difficult decision to make (aren't they always where our furry friends are concerned?) but as long as she is comfortable hopefully you will have your little companion around for a while yet. X

Gwil W said...


An old dog for a hard road.

Keep on going Tess!

Judith said...

The hardest times of losing our hearts to the dear creatures who ask so little of us and give so much joy. Blessings to you and Tess.

Jean said...

Hugs to you and Tess Weaver. So sad to read the news.

liparifam said...

Oh, no - not the news I was so hoping to hear. I agree with you - I've always kind of had a loose cut off at 10 years with my dogs as far as any really large surgeries and/or treatments go. As long as they are pain-free and can eat, they keep going and are happy...

Ruth said...

My heart goes out to you, Pat. I hope Tess can be with you for a long time. It's a blessing that she's feeling so much better with her teeth fixed, and that you'll have a great family day tomorrow. You've made the right decision, out of love. I hope that gives you peace.

Athene said...

So very sorry to hear that. I would feel the same; at ten years old, it would not be fair to her to undertake invasive treatment with an uncertain outcome. I hope you and Tess can enjoy some time together, she will be feeling much better now her teeth have been treated.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

That's very sad, but hopefully there are still happy times ahead of you both

Sol said...

Sorry to read this.

Beverley said...

Weaver, I have no words. Sending you a huge hug. xxxxx

Rachel Fox said...

Lots of love to you and Tess, Pat. You have given her the kind of life many dogs dream of - so much freedom and fun. xx

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you all most sincerely for all your good wishes - they are so much appreciated/

Jacqui Fenner-Dixon said...

So sorry to hear this news. Hopefully she will carry on for a good time to come, as lively and happy as she is now.

Maria said...

Happy birthday to your son. I would leave Tess to carry on as she is - no invasive tests or surgery.
Greetings Maria x

Linda Metcalf said...

Hate to hear the tumor news about Tess....

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