It’s a rainy Sunday here in New Hampshire, which seems appropriate, all things considered. Our big baby boy, Moses, is very ill. Yes, he is 8 years old, going on 9, but he is still our big baby boy.
Moses had stopped eating, and when we took him to our veterinarian yesterday, he found a very large tumor on his spleen. It was a difficult morning, because the outlook was grim at first….but after x-rays and blood work, things looked a little more optimistic. The hope is that the tumor is benign and contained, and that surgery will remove it and after recovery, Moses will be back to his old self. All his vital signs are good and the blood work was also good, so that is promising. Tomorrow he will go in for his surgery. Best case scenario is that the surgery goes well, the tumor is removed, and he will recover completely. The worst case scenario is that the tumor has spread beyond his spleen, in which case he will not be brought back to consciousness. We are trying not to think about that.
In the meantime he is happy to be at home this weekend. We are keeping him quiet and giving him lots of love and special little treats. We feel encouraged by the fact that he is drinking plenty of water and eating a little bit (because the tumor is pressing against his stomach he does not feel very hungry). He even got up and went to the door when his sisters had the ball! He hasn’t done that for 3 days now, so we are going to take that as a good sign. All his bodily functions are fairly normal He is uncomfortable but does not seem to be in a lot of pain. If we thought he was we would have had the surgery done immediately. Our vet is also on call and available should he take a turn for the worse.
His sisters are keeping him company:
Apparently this type of tumor is very common in Golden Retrievers and a few other breeds. Our vet has done this type of surgery many times, with many good outcomes, so we are confident he will be in good hands.
We are trying to stay positive, but obviously we are very scared and worried. Whether you believe in the power of prayer, or just the power of positive thoughts, vibes, and love, I just ask that you please send much of that Moses’ way.
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Thank you, everyone, for your very kind thoughts, prayers, and support for our Moses. Unfortunately he did not make it, and he has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. The cancer was in his pancreas and everywhere, too far spread for anything to be done. Our hearts are broken. Moses was our big goofy boy, and he was so loving. We are going to miss him so much.
I just heard the sad news. So very sorry for your loss. Moses was a real beauty. Fly free you beautiful boy. :hugs: to you and your family.
Thank you so much, Leslie.
Miss Harper Lee says
My humans and I are so sorry. Such a beautiful sweet boy. You gave him a wonderful weekend. Our thoughts are with you.
Thank you, Miss Harper Lee. We tried to spoil him as much as possible in the time we had left with him, not that he wasn’t spoiled before anyway. 🙂
Jackie Bouchard says
Oh, came back hoping for a good update. I’m so sorry!
When their pain ends, our begins. I know all too well how hard this is. Hang in there. Look for the signs that he got “there” okay. He’s your special angel now and will always be with you in your heart!
Thank you, Jackie. It has been a while since we lost a dog, and I almost forgot just how difficult it is. I guess that means the pain does ease in time. I think he has shown us some signs already, thank you for that thought especially.
Jackie Bouchard says
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about this – but we are sending our best pawsitive thoughts that it will be the best case scenario!! Hang in there. I know how worrisome and stressful this is.
The Island Cats says
We are purring for Moses and hope all goes well for him with the best possible outcome.
Oh no! It’s so hard to see our babies in pain and not feeling very good. I wish Moses the best of luck tomorrow and I’m sure he’s in good hands and will feel better once it’s all over. We’re all sending good thoughts over to you!
I love Moses so much, big golden baby boy-as I love you and Tom and all the other pet siblings, prayers, happy, positive thoughts with you for his surgery to go well. Hoping all these wonderful positive thoughts here will help to heal him as well-what a wonderful support group you have in all these blog friends, Jan. Give Moses hugs and kisses for me please tonight, I know you will have tons to give, so can put some from each of the people who love him! Thoughts with you tomorrow, for the best-Love, you-Lynn
Gizmo and I send healing thoughts and prayers to Moses that the surgery goes well and he makes that full recovery
Mommy and I are definitely praying for him! We hope the surgery is a success and he can live a long life. As pet parents most have such an experience at some point, my mom did with her first dog, one day healthy, the next gravely ill. You did the right thing spending a wonderful weekend with him and we hope you will be together again next weekend. We will be thinking of you, paw hugs to Moses.
We are sending all positive vibes your way!! All paws crossed.
We’re sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way! Here’s hoping for a the very best outcome. I hope he’s at home recovering and being spoiled very soon!
Oh, I’m so sorry. I can only imagine how scared you must feel. You’re in our thoughts today, and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and praying extra hard for the surgery to be a rousing success tomorrow.
SUGAR: Golden Woofs says
Oh no … this is makes us sad. Sending Moses Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts. Can totally relate of your worries. Sending you Lots of Golden Vibes everything is going to be fine after the surgery. Golden Love. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
SlimDoggy & Maggie May are sending all of their good thoughts and hopes and prayers your way Moses. It’s always bad when one of us are down. Glad to see your sissys are there to watch over you. Keep us posted.
Karen Cantlin says
Cousin Moses, we are thinking of you and praying for your swift recovery. Tell your mom and dad and all your siblings to hang tough and you will all get through this. Sending lots of treat kisses your way. Love, Trixie and Susie (and our mom and dad)
Prayers for Moses. Hopefully all will turn out well!
Caren Gittleman says
Praying with all of our might for a good outcome. You all are in our thoughts and prayers……I can’t imagine what you must be going through. Give hugs and kisses to sweet Moses.
Sending love and prayers your way…for Moses and his Mom & Dad. Love that big boy of yours. 🙂 <3
Long Life Cats and Dogs says
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. My prayers are with Moses, that the tumor is benign and can be removed successfully.
Coralee and Finn says
Oh my, what hard weekend this must be for you! It must be a comfort that Moses is well enough to be home with you before his surgery. We’re thinking of you, for sure, and sending prayers and big Woofs!
Best of luck tomorrow, Moses!