On being thankful for pets

On being thankful for pets

Last Thanksgiving our family had two dogs and two cats. It’s looking like not long after this holiday, we’ll be down to two.

Teddy, a traffic-stoppingly gorgeous Keeshond, died in May….

Now Gilbert, one of the cats (his brother is Sullivan), has a mass on his jaw. We had the x-rays and biopsy on Monday and will get the results next week…..

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The oral surgeon didn’t sugarcoat it. Some cancers are more aggressive than others, but even if a tumor is benign, it can do a lot of damage if it’s in the wrong place (like the brain). The jaw is one of those places. The tumor is the size of an almond.

It’s Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful that my human family members are healthy and thriving. I have friends who are struggling with illness and it seems almost unseemly to be so sad about a cat. But feelings aren’t logical. Gilbert was one of a pair of stray kittens we never meant to keep. Now, I only wish we could.

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