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i heard from the vet yesterday after she got back holden’s pathology tests on the tumors they removed. 5 of the 6 were benign lipomas, the 6th – the biggest one the size of the big mac over his heart – was a myxosarcoma. those have the potential to come back and spread. right now it’s where the seroma is – the fluid build up – which is the size of a nerf football waterbed hanging from his chest.

she said if the tumor comes back the options are either radiation or another surgery with more ‘aggressive’ tissue removal. the closest place for dog radiation is in south carolina and he’d have to go back several times. i told her i would not have him radiated. i said i’d think about more aggressive surgery. she said it would be months or a year before the tumor came back and i said i’ll monitor it & let her know.

because of the seromas and stitches he has been housebound for weeks now. he hasn’t even gone for a walk around the block. i guess he’s happy enough going from dogbed to dogbed but it seems like that’s no life for a dog.

i think if it comes back, i’m not going to have him go through surgery again and i’ll just let him go. you know?

i love you dog.