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I had to take Biscuit in to the vet this morning to have her anal glands expressed (fun, fun, fun!) and while I was there, the biopsy results for Penny mast cell came in.  Dr. Izumi came right into the room to see me.  I knew it wasn't good news by the look on her face.

 

Penny has Grade 3 mast cell cancer - this is as bad as it gets.  We don't know if or how far it has spread, and are heading to an oncologist tomorrow morning.  I'm sure they'll do more tests to check for internal spreading, and then go from there.  We're either looking at chemo, radiation, or just keeping her as comfortable as possible over the next few months.

 

You'd never know anything was wrong with her.  She's in good spirits and it's all I can do to keep her from chasing Biscuit around the yard and starting a wrestling smackdown.

 

My DH is absolutely devastated.  I found him weeping in the bedroom this afternoon.  I have known him for 32 years, and this is the first time I've seen him this broken up.  Penny was there for him through two rounds of prostate cancer and treatment, and now I know he wants to do everything possible for her.

 

I'll keep you all posted.  Your love, prayers, and emails have meant more than you know.

 

Penny sends much love to each and every one of you.

 

 

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Comment by Jane, Guinness and Murphy on May 9, 2011 at 4:23pm
Michele, I can't even begin to understand how devastated you must be.  I'm so very sorry.  I will be praying.
Comment by Nina, Phil, Harlow & Lacey on May 9, 2011 at 4:14pm
Oh Michelle, I am so sorry for all of you.  Sending lots of positive thoughts your way from the Whitefield pack.
Comment by Donna K & Quincy on May 9, 2011 at 4:11pm
Michelle, I am so dreadfully sorry that Penny, you and your family have to go through this. We are adding our thoughts and prayers for Penny as well. Penny The Wonder Dog, you live up to that name now, your little sister needs you around for a long, long time, she has a lot to learn and you are her best teacher.
Comment by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom on May 9, 2011 at 4:08pm
I am so sorry to hear these results.  Please know that we will be thinking of all of you with paws crossed tomorrow and hoping for some sort of positive news ....... keep us updated and hang in there!
Comment by Debbie and Toby on May 9, 2011 at 4:05pm
Very sorry to hear this. Sending our love and prayers!
Comment by Sharon & Monty on May 9, 2011 at 3:56pm
Sending prayers and love for a well doodle.
Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on May 9, 2011 at 3:30pm
I am so sorry to hear this sad news.  Sending positive thoughts and prayers for Penny.
Comment by Carol and Banjo on May 9, 2011 at 3:20pm
We send our love to Penny and your family.  We're so sorry to learn this sad news.
Comment by Joan, Louie and Mila on May 9, 2011 at 3:10pm
We are so sorry to hear this news...my heart just sank reading you post. I hope and pray for your Penny.
Comment by Nicky, Riley & Boris on May 9, 2011 at 3:01pm
Oh I'm so sad about this.  I do know that there are some good outcomes from some bad results and some bad results from seemingly not too bad results.  I will keep sending Penny and all of you positive thoughts and prayers and hope for the very best for her.

 

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