8.22.2010

good news and bad news of the personal variety

Wmtc5 was a great success, despite the rain. Or perhaps partly because of it. J&L came with a pop-up canopy, and M&C came with a beach umbrella and a tent tarp, and people set about rigging up shelter. Folks huddled their chairs under the makeshift tent, and crowded into the kitchen, and I managed to convince a few people to make use of the nice dry living room.

There were about 30 people, seven dogs, one sleeping baby and an abundance of good food. And a lot of water.

That's the good news.

The bad news, which I was waiting until after the party to announce, is that Cody is not doing well. We don't know if it's a recurrence of the cancer, or something new, but her quality of life has taken a downturn. She is clearly unhappy.

The details are new in my experience with dogs. She has developed a condition that is affecting the skin wherever there is no fur - her nose, around her eyes, and on her paw pads. The skin is cracked and crusts form from fluids that ooze out. At first we though it was dry skin, but it didn't respond to anything, only worsened, then spread to other areas.

It could be skin cancer or it could be some new disease. Our vet wants us to do a biopsy, in case it's something simple and treatable. I'm not expecting that, but it might be best to do a biopsy, just to know.

Allan and I have lost three dogs together. Each we loved well beyond my ability to describe; each death was a mountain of grief. I will say this: it never gets any easier.

Cody has lived the longest of any of our dogs so far. She's had a good, happy, long life full of love, joy and adventure. Right now that knowledge doesn't ease the thought of letting her go, but eventually it will.

16 comments:

johngoldfine said...

Each we loved well beyond my ability to describe; each death was a mountain of grief.

Yes.

Again, my best to you all.

deang said...

I hope Cody is not in too much pain. She seems like such a sweet dog.

L-girl said...

Thank you, John. I know you've been there, and more often than us.

Dean, she is, thank you. I'm keeping her pain foremost in my mind. That's why I'm thinking we're at the end of the road.

MSEH said...

Multiple sad faces/emoticons... She is just the sweetest!!!! Wishing you all the best.

M@ said...

You know you have our support and sympathy. I really hope it's something treatable, though.

We're thinking of you guys, especially poor Cody.

Northern Girl said...

So sorry to hear that Cody is not well.

We had an old cat that lived to be 21. In his later years we often thought we were at the end of the road, and a day or two later he felt better again - so, you never know. Hopefully Cody will feel better soon.

Thinking of you.

Amy said...

Just got home from the Cape and saw your sad news. I hope like last time it is not as bad as you anticipate. But if it is, my heart breaks for you all. It doesn't matter how long they live or how well. It just is devastating to see them suffer and ultimately to lose them. Please know my thoughts are with you.

Stephanie said...

Oh I am so sad for you all. I wondered about her while we were there...

Never easy, indeed.
:((

Stephanie said...

I am so sad for you all. I was wondering about her absence from the crowd while we were there on Saturday since she was not shy at all last year.

I am hoping for the best for all of you.

:(

Kim_in_TO said...

I love Cody. (I tend to love more mature animals that don't have a need to jump all over you.) I was happy that I got to see her more than I usually do. I got a couple of quiet moments with her when I went upstairs.

David Cho said...

:( Thinking about Cody.

Laura, One of my fondest memories of Noah was watching you meet him at the park in Pasadena 3 years ago. Never would I have guessed that it was just one year away from losing him. It was very special to see him interact with one of the most devoted dog lovers I have known.

I hope to return the favor sooner than later.

impudent strumpet said...

Awwww, Cody! :( :(

L-girl said...

Thank you, everyone. A lot.

Kim, I didn't know that! Thanks. :)

David, Noah was a great dog. I was so lucky to spend time with him!

The way you lost him was, I think, particularly brutal. Very recently another friend who reads this blog had a similar thing happen.

Well... thank you everyone. We'll see how things go this week, day by day.

Dharma Seeker said...

Regarding the good news: It was super fun. I'm so glad Allan didn't have to run as much interference on Chelsea's behalf this year. I told my Mom about Chelsea making off with the treat container when she thought nobody was paying attention *facepalm*.

It's clear Cody is loved by a great many people, as are you. Whatever is around the corner she's so lucky to have caretakers that put her well-being above all else. And you and A have a lot of people that love and support you. I know you know, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded :)

Dharma Seeker said...

And now we have a strategy if - Xenu forbid - it rains on future WMTCs! I really had the best time. Thank you so much.

L-girl said...

DS, thank you for the support and for the reminder. I'll be in touch.

Chelsea sneaking off with the container of dog treats was SOOO cute!!!

Remind me to show you a picture of Tala after everyone left. It's on my phone, I will try to post it.