A couple of days ago, while brushing Alex’s hair after one of our daily walks, I noticed two small lumps. One on her undercarriage and another one on the right side of her ribs. Since I had to take her for a booster shot, I asked the vet about it and I was told that most senior dogs develop fatty tissue tumors, and that they are not malignant, but to make sure the vet recommended doing a needle aspiration, which involves taking a sample of cells from the tumors and looking at them under a microscope. As you can probably guess, Alex was not pleased with the possibility of having this procedure done, but I want to make sure that she is fine, therefore as she was walking away from me, she threw me a glance that told me, “Mom, I don’t like this”, and the brave person that I am turned around and let the vet take her while I had guilt written all over my face.
Anyway, I’ll find out in a couple of days if these are only fatty tissue tumors or not. Alex is a very healthy dog, therefore I am counting on her amazing genes, her diet of premium food and food I cook, yes, I don’t cook for myself, but I do cook for Alex, and all the exercise she gets on a daily basis to see her through what I hope is something related to old age and nothing else.
I am going to try and live in the moment and enjoy my girl, sleeping on the couch right next to me without a care in the world while I finish writing this post. Carpe diem.