I have to take a moment to share a piece of sad news…
Thea has cancer.
This all happened very abruptly, like in a month’s time. At the beginning of June, while Jason and I were away on vacation, my mom (whose house Thea was staying at) noticed that Thea was peeing A LOT. Excessively. Jason and I had noticed nothing of the sort, so we were confused. After returning from vacation and getting Thea back home, we noticed it, too.
Luckily, the dogs had to go to the vet for their annual heartworm check. We brought up what was going on and were able to have some basic testing done on the spot. Our vet noticed some concerning signs, so much so that she urged me to sit with her as she shared what she found. A hop, skip, and a week later, Thea was having an ultrasound that found a huge tumor in her bladder. Seeing it on the screen and hearing from the vet brought me to tears.
As a pawrent, I know that a day will come when Thea and Bailey will no longer be with us. And with Thea turning 10 last year (and 11 last week), I knew that time would be coming sooner than later. But I didn’t think it could be THIS soon.
We chatted with our primary vet after the ultrasound results. Because of where the tumor is, the vet can’t remove it. We are trying some medication that could help ease the symptoms, but nothing is going to “fix” it. Ultimately, the cancer won’t kill her. But eventually, her quality of life may be seriously affected. And we will never let Thea suffer.
So for now, it’s a wait and see situation. And my heart really hurts. Thea is a once-in-a-lifetime dog for me. We’ve been through a lot of life changes together. I saved her … and she saved me. I don’t know how I’m going to say goodbye when the time comes.