Thursday, June 12, 2008


When I came home from work today my couch was covered in blood and Charlie had blood coming out of his bum. He'd had blood on the outside of his poop for the last few days and I thought maybe it was something he'd eaten or he was getting some hemmorhoids so I softened up his food and gave his some rice, but the couch and he was covered in blood, so I rushed him to the vet when I got home from work and he has a rectal tumour, which is almost always malignant.

Dr Carnegy wasn't there, so an Allison Jones looked at him and she's going to operate on him tomorrow, she's going to do a chest xray on him first to make sure it hasn't metastasized. He's lost 10 pounds and I didn't even notice. The surgery is awful, and if the tumour is too big and invasive and the quality of his life will be too awful afterwards she'll just let him go. If it's in his lungs too we'll just let him go.

He is only 10 years old. He seems so healthy, shiny coat, bright eyes, lots of energy, looks like he could lose a few pounds, he loves life. Loves to eat, loves to play, loves to run, completely recovered from his cruciate surgery. We were just in the woods last night running around. And tomorrow he may be dead.

I've had him since he was 3 months old.


  1. Anonymous6:18 PM

    Oh, Joan, I'll be thinking good thoughts for Charlie tomorrow. Please give him a big hug and kiss for me.


  2. Oh no :(

    I will be thinking of you guys tomorrow and sending Charlie lots of extra love.

    I only let my last one go this past December. I had her since she was 5 weeks old and she lived to 13 1/2. My heart aches for you. I know how it feels to not know how you are going to take a breath without them.

    Charlie is one lucky dog because you love him Joan.

    Hang in there Charlie!

  3. Anonymous8:06 PM


    I am a regular reader and I just want to say I will be thinking good thoughts for Charlie. I hope all goes well


  4. Whatever energy i have is yours tomorrow

  5. Anonymous1:14 AM

    Joan, I've never met you or Charlie but am a regular reader of your blog. I truly admire your passion and deep love for all your pets and it saddens me to read this about Charlie. I pray for you and him and your entire family. I hope you all have strength and I hope Charlie lives many more years and gets to enjoy many more liver treats. Godspeed.

  6. Anonymous9:17 AM

    Joan, I am keeping you & Charlie in my thoughts & prayers.

  7. Oh, Joan. Charlie is in the best of hands with Dr. C and his crew. And when the surgery is over and all is well, he'll be back to you in no time, being your sidekick in your escapades. Positive thoughts coming from Cape Breton.

  8. Anonymous10:13 AM

    I will keep Charlie close in my thoughts all day. Dr. Jones is a GREAT vet so he is in good hands.

  9. Anonymous2:17 PM

    I am so sorry,