Thursday, April 22, 2010

Never Underestimate a Basenji Princess

Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have heard that my little princess is facing a challenge. Bow may have a brain tumor. Yesterday, I took her to a specialist where she had an MRI and spinal tap. She whimpered, shook and snuggled next to me as a specialist gave her opinion about her brain scan.

It might be an infection...it could be lymphoma...it could be a tumor. The latter is most likely and could be treated with radiation and/or alternative treatment. Right now she is no different than any other day besides having the back of her neck shaved for two anesthesias. She still has energy to chase pigeons, to give grief to the nasty Bichon Frises down the street and glad to take an afternoon sunbath.

In 1994, my cat Bunter developed a horrid urinary tract infection, and his bladder grew the size of a baseball. My vet tried to convince me that the only "humane" option was to have him put down. I stared him in the eyes and said, "Do everything to make sure this cat will survive, no matter the cost." A month later, Bunter was back one and lived another 14 healthy years. I am taking the same strategy with Bow, knowing that our days are limited even if we have another decade together. In the meantime, please light a candle for Bow and send out a good vibe.

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9 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

I'll be barking out some good vibes your way ...

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Lorenzo - Thanks for the good vibes. Like all basenjis Bow doesn't bark but yodels, but she appreciates the good wishes.

 
At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Gregg, I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers for a full recovery Miss Bow. Ty and Katie send a big baroo your way as well!

Dawn

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Dawn - Thanks for your concern. We are going to see a top notch specialist at UC Davis next week which we hope can address her issues.

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Bryce said...

I will light a candle for Bow. I hope she does well.

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

I will light a candle for Bow.

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger jason said...

oh no! Fingers crossed for her.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

I have been. And will continue to.
Maybe she would like some more Ogreville peanut butter treats when I get back to the US?

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger willow said...

Lots of good thoughts coming from the manor. xx

 

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