This blog is dedicated to Rucca, a not quite eleven year old Shetland Sheepdog who joined the proud ranks of the Tripawds today.
Our journey started when she had a low-grade soft tissue sarcoma removed from her left foreleg last week. The wound was slightly infected two days ago but today’s bandage removal unveiled a horrible infection, necrosis, and a host of other terribles. Her post-surgery biopsy also showed a higher grade tumor than that previously believed. In hopes of stopping the infection and because it would have been the recommended treatment for the tumor, our surgeon recommended immediate amputation. We said OK, they brought her out to us, and we spent about twenty minutes with her before they took her back in.
We’ve received a report that surgery went well, that she is awake, and seems pretty happy. Hopefully we will be able to bring her home tomorrow.
Rucca is a very special little dog. Smart, happy, communicative, the almost instant best friend of everyone she meets. Her great loves in life include catching frisbees, meeting people, posing for photos, barking, and running the world. Her frisbee days are probably now officially behind her but we hope that she will quickly be back to taking care of business. I’m a little (OK, a lot) afraid of the days to come. But I know that Rucca won’t be.
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