Not Sunday Sevens -7th November

As regular readers know I usually join in with Sunday Sevens – the brainchild of Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins  – and if I’m too busy to make Sunday, I simply post late. However, whilst there’s plenty I could tell you about last week, it doesn’t feel right telling you of all my other bits and pieces alongside telling you about the decision I made this week.

As those of you who read my last Sunday Sevens will know, last week I was waiting for the results to the needle aspiration on the tumours that had emerged in Mr Hick’s right thigh. When the vet rang she said it had shown that Hicks’ thigh was one of two things; a benign granular lump that had grown in scar tissue, or a spindle cell tumour, which is not benign. Unfortunately the spindle cell tumour is far more likely, because there’s no reason for Hicks to have scar tissue in that area. She suggested a punch biopsy to check it out further. However, if the lump was malignant, that could accelerate it’s growth and I was not at all sure we should proceed with removing the lump if it was malignant.

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Mr Hicks is now 12 1/2. He has two metal knees from his cruciate surgery that are unstable and full of arthritis and his front paws are full of arthritis too. Temporarily  taking away the use of his back right leg, would undoubtedly put more pressure and pain on the other three. And at 12 1/2 how quickly would he heal? Would he ever heal fully? On top of that, the position of the tumour would probably mean they couldn’t get the 3cm margin for the full 360 degrees around the tumour, that they ideally need to take, and radiotherapy or chemotherapy might be recommended after the operation. Furthermore this type of tumour is likely to reoccur again quite quickly whatever we did.

I love my boy more than I can say and it’s been a very very hard taking this decision not to explore further and therefore to potentially leave him with a malignant lump growing inside him. But Hicks has had way more than his fair share of operations. I know hard and painful recovery would be – especially at Hicks’ age with all his other problems. Having seen other dogs who’ve gone through chemotherapy, I wouldn’t ever consider giving him that. I do believe, if it is a tumour, operating will be putting him through purgatory and taking away what quality time he does have left. So for now we’re assuming the worst, to make sure we manage things as well as we can, but hoping for the best.

54 thoughts on “Not Sunday Sevens -7th November

  1. What a tough call Bekki! My heart goes out to you, yours and Mr. Hicks! May he enjoy all the time he has left, without all the surgery and interference’s, just being part of your family with all the love he is used to 🙂

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      1. Bring on those puddles 🙂 And lot’s more of Mr Hick’s enjoyment’s too…kind of thinking a fish and chip supper is a good one too..remembering him polishing off a little tray of scraps ;-D Hugs to you all xxx

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  2. It’s awful when our fur friends are ill. Just make him feel comfortable and loved, that’s all you can do. He will tell you when he’s had enough. It’s the most painful thing to decide when it’s the time. If only they could tell us how they are feeling. I feel our pain and worry. Thinking of you all at this difficult time xx

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  3. Dear Bekki, it is clear how much you love Mr.Hicks, and it sounds to me like you are making absolutely the kindest, most humane decision for him, and allowing him the highest quality of life, however long that might be. Having been in similar situations with beloved pets myself, I can imagine how hard this might be for you. I’ll be thinking of you guys. Take good care, friend. 💚

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  4. Oh, Bekki my heart is overflowing with tears. What a hard decision, but I am sure it is the right one. I hope he is able to live far longer and more happily than you think he will at this moment. He is one lucky, lovely boy.

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    1. Thank you my lovely. Yep, positivity is the best way to go and I have surprised myself how together I was once the decision was made. And one reason I blogged about it was not just to tell all my blog chums, but to not have to keep raking over it with those I see and speak to and keep getting upset.

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  5. Oh, that must be a dreadful decision to have to make, but I think in the same situation I’d choose the same route forwards. Quality of life is so important, and sometimes the trauma of more procedures and operations just isn’t worth the cost. Hope Mr Hicks can be happy and relatively pain free for as long as possible xx

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  6. Oh Bekki, this was very hard to read! I’m so sorry that you now have to face this with your beloved Mr Hicks. I do think you have made the right decision though, it is part of our job isn’t it to make the hard calls for our beloved pets, to ensure quality remains the factor, not quantity. Animals have the ability to live in the moment, your decision will allow Mr Hicks to enjoy every day to the utmost and you will know when that enjoyment is fading. I hope you will have a long while with him yet. My heart is with you!

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    1. Thank you my lovely. In one way I didn’t want to write it and make a deal of it – but you guys are my friends, so I wanted to tell you. I have hardly told anyone I actually see, as I can’t quite bring myself to.

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      1. I absolutely understand that! I think my impulse would be to surround my Siddy with happy, healthy thoughts, not worry and sympathy. And you know you just have to enjoy every moment with him as much as you can – and share those times with us too.

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  7. Bekki, you are absolutely doing the right thing.. If you went ahead with a punishing round of surgery and chemo I think it would be more for you than for him and I know that’s not what you would want. Mr. Hicks has reached a good age for a Goldie in spite of all his lifelong ailments and led a full and happy life thanks to you and you will know when the time comes to say goodbye. In the meantime, and let’s hope it’s a long time, carry on enjoying each other’s company and love. All fingers and paws crossed in our house for the best possible outcome.

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  8. Miekie and I are sending hugs to you all. Having had a kitty develop cancer that spread pretty rapidly, I have a little bit of an idea of what you must be going through and what Mr. H is feeling. I am with you all the way on your decision. You can not explain to them the pain you are causing them through therapy and surgery, and they dont understand that we mean well actually. Best to be there for them, keep them warm and safe and comfy in their pain and discomfort. They sense our love and know they are with us, that makes them happy.
    Lots of love,
    Joey and Miekie. xxx

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  9. I’m so sorry to read this 😦 I’m aware I might come across as a complete lunatic for suggesting this, but have you read about medicinal mushroom extracts, such as reishi, chaga or turkey tail mushrooms?
    You can get them as powders, and mixing them in his food might help prevent the growth of this tumour quite a lot…
    A lot of Medicinal mushrooms inhibit tumor growth and boost the immune system which helps the body dealing with it too…

    You may like to watch this video from topon mycologist Paul Stamets:

    You will be able to read articles abou chaga, reishi and turkey tail mushrooms, on http://www.nyishar.com

    I hope this is useful, I think you are making the right decision here.

    Lots of love to you and mr Hicks!

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    1. Hi Noemie, you don’t sound like a lunatic at all. thank you for your kind thoughts and the links. I have read about all sorts of things that slow cancer and I’m great believer that our diet has a huge impact on it.

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  10. Do you know what. I love Mr Hicks. I have never met him but he is such a grand old chap. And I love the pictures of him in his muddy puddles. You have so taken the right decision to enjoy the rest of his days . Please give him a hug and a kiss from me.

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  11. Oh goodness I really feel for you, and if it bears any consolation wholeheartedly agree with your decision. It is so difficult with pets, we have so much more decision making to do. I will never forget having to decide to have my dear Gus put to sleep, it was gut wrenchingly awful but there was no more that could be done other than end his suffering. Thankfully, with Mr Hicks it is not quite that awful, but terrible all the same. big hugs xx

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    1. Hello! I’m so glad you’ve seen this as I wasn’t sure if you were blog reading any more. I kept thinking about you having to say goodbye to Gus. But yes, I still have HRH to enjoy, and he still has time to party, and with a little luck, it won’t turn out to be a baddie. Thanks for hug. Big hugs back at you. I know you must still miss Gus so much xx

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  12. Having made the same decision with several dogs in the past, I know how heart-wrenching this must be for you. Hicks is a joy to see popping up (and sometimes taking over!) your blog posts and I shall continue to enjoy him whilst we can. He’s reached a good age for a Retriever – may his remaining time be operation-free and pain-free enough to continue his Dartmoor romps for as long as possible. x

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    1. Thanks Shelia. Glad you’re enjoying his appearances 🙂 You’re absolutely right and he’s not just a good age for a retriever, as I said six months ago, considering all he’s been through, he’s doing brilliantly. But, yes, it’s still heart-wrenching xx

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  13. Oh Bekki, such dreadful news for our Mr. Hicks. Thank you for sharing so much of him with all of us. You have absolutely made the right decision, and I know he will live out the rest of his life pampered and coddled and completely loved. Have many more good days, Mr. HIcks!! xo

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    1. Thank you. Ha ha! I like the idea of having a bucket list of puddles. I wonder how many he’s bagged over the years. Right now he’s really perky – although hubby had to fish him out the (very shallow) river this morning, because his poor old legs couldn’t cope with the slippy leaves that had fallen on rocks.

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