Sometimes I think I block things from my mind.
I mean I'm not completely oblivious but I just refuse to think about it.
I can feel it floating around in my head.
In my subconscious and then peeking out into my conscious thought.
Do you know what I mean?
See, I knew I couldn't explain this right but...
it's like having a dream and you know you are dreaming and then you wake up and for a moment that dream is still there, floating in the room and then you get up and go about your day and just forget what you dreamt.
So I noticed this marble size lump on Blue's back foot and when I brought him in for a nail trim,
Doc said he didn't think it was anything to worry about.
Then Blue was being grumpy.
It seemed like everything was irritating him.
So I got to thinking, I mean he's 10 years and 8 months old,
maybe he's feeling some aches and pains that seniors have.
So I talked with Doc and started him on a medication for pain and inflammation.
On a side note, one of the women at work whom I have mentioned before, made a comment to me.
She asked if I was trying to have the oldest Great Dane ever.
I didn't look at her but just replied, Yes! He'll be in the World Guinness Book of Records!
Doc didn't say anything and just went and got the pill bottle
but there was this weird jibe in the air.
Seriously, you don't want to know what I was thinking at the time
or what I wanted to say, when she said that.
So I got the pills and because of his size, the chewable pills would cost $60 a month.
They were flavored and he'd gobble them down with his meal.
He'd eat it first and look at me, like it was a treat.
He'd come up to me and lean his head hard against my leg.
He'd look up at me as if to say
"Another treat please".
But he'd still be grumpy at times and show his teeth sometimes when little dogs would bump into him as they played
or when I'd nudge him with my toe to move over or
When I'd try to clean around his eye-
Of course I'm Alpha, so I nipped that behavior in the bud right away!
Then my co-worker/friend went on vacation and left her two dogs to board with me.
As she was leaving she said to me that maybe I could ask Doc about the 2 lumps on her dog.
She was sure they were just fatty lumps but since they would be at the clinic anyway....
One of the lumps turned out to be Cancer.
They called her and then did surgery and the good news is that the results came back with clean margins and they got it all.
But my friend said she felt bad because she almost hadn't had the lumps checked.
So the end of last week, I searched all over Blue. He grumbled and ROARED!
Then I found another lump.
It wasn't just below the surface but deeper.
Below his rib cage and close to his tummy.
I took him to work Monday.
He was SO happy to go!
He loves riding in the car.
(Jimmy about had a heart attack as we left. Jimmy loves playing with my little dog Ricochet but he needs his Blue).
So we went to work.
I had an official appointment for later in the day at 4.
At 10:00 I couldn't handle it.
I noticed a cancellation at 11:30 so we took that appointment instead.
Years ago, Blue didn't like Doc and would jump and bark at him like crazy.
It was kinda embarrassing actually.
I think Blue was feeding off my energy at the time.
Now I think things are better. I feel like I'm treated with more respect now.
So on Monday Blue was happy to see him.
He was happy to see everyone!
Doc looked him over.
I told him about the pills having no real effect on him so we'd decided not to continue those.
I told him that Blue no longer had the skin irritation or the scratching and seemed to be doing really well on the grain-free food.
Blue is doing good at maintaining his weight and was still 145lbs.
Doc said he looked good.
Then I showed him the new lump and he aspirated it with a needle and it turned out to just be a fatty lump!
I swear I felt like someone took a huge wet backpack off of my back.
Suddenly I felt like I could stand straight again.
Then Doc gave him a chiro adjustment.
I asked if there was anything else?
So Doc got out his stethoscope and listened to Blue's heart.
He said - Sounds Good!
I thanked him and took Blue back to my area.
I swear, it was hard not to skip.
I felt so happy!
I felt like my head cleared suddenly and I could think!
It was like suddenly remembering a dream.
It was a good dream! A happy dream!
After work I loaded Blue up into the car
and as happy as he had been to come, he was just as happy to be leaving.
I'd glance at him as I drove and he sat there, looking straight ahead.
We got to a stoplight and he leaned over and tried to lean his head on my shoulder.
I laughed and gently pushed him back into his seat.
Blue is healthy and
Life is Good.