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I am officially returning to my blog! I have missed writing – my mind is always buzzing with blog post ideas. And after returning from our big summer trip a few weeks ago, I have a renewed energy for, well, everything! I’m making progress on my blog to-do list, and I’m hoping for a positive renewal of my little space on the internet.

But before we get to the positive, 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 rather than later. But I didn’t think it could be THIS soon.

We chatted with our primary vet after the ultrasound results. Because of the location of the tumor, it can’t be removed. 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 impacted. 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.


We Interrupt the Vacation Recap for a Very Special Birthday

Somebody is celebrating a very big birthday tomorrow – Thea is turning 10!

As an extra special treat for this important birthday, Thea got to go shopping for treats and toys.

Let’s go shopping!

Hitting the Petco treat bar.

Browsing the toy selection at Mounds.

Such a happy girl!

Shopping was a success!

It was so wonderful to see Thea have such a good time shopping. She was in hound heaven sniffing all over. She was such a good girl and attracted lots of attention from other shoppers.

I want to make life extra special for my girl. I know dogs, so I’m aware that we only have a handful of years left with Thea. It’s the thing I struggle with when it comes to my babies’ birthdays – I’m excited to celebrate another year with them, but I know it brings us closer to the time when we have to say goodbye.

Sorry for diverting to the morbid. But Thea and Bailey are both “once in a lifetime” dogs to me. I know my time with them is precious, but that thought can get lost in the hurry of everyday life. Birthdays are an important reminder to cherish every moment with my girls.

Happy Birthday, Thea!