I took my dorkie old beagle to the vet today and found out that not only is the lumpy spot on his leg cancer, but that he also has a mass in his abdomen. Plus, his back issue (a compressed disk) is acting up again. He still seems happy and to be enjoying his favorite things in life - us and food. So, we'll just keep giving him anti-inflammatory meds until they don't seem to be helping anymore. The vet said that cancer can be inactive for a long time in dogs, so it may not become a major issue. He's 14, most beagles don't live past 13. We thought that we would have to put him down 2 years ago because of back pain, but he pulled through that. I'm really glad that we've had the past 2 years with him, he's a sweet little guy. I suspect that at this point we're looking at months and not years. We all know that it's inevitable with our pets, but I certainly don't like having to make the decision about when. Oh well, it's part of what we sign onto when we get a pet. This week has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in general. My brother's best friend passed away suddenly, my nephews were in a car accident and the eldest had to spend the night in the ICU with swelling around his heart (he's fine now). My sister's husband was having chest pain again and it turned out that he has another clot. Next week he will either have to have a stent put in or have bypass surgery - in which case I will be heading down there to help with childcare and support. All in all, we are very glad that he caught the clot before he had another heart attack and that his kids walked away from a pretty horrid accident. I am also very glad that my brother has such a strong friend support network and that they have all come together in their grief. I offered to go down there to be with him, but it seemed like what he needed was his group of friends who were close to George (the one who passed away). My brother will be trying to help George's husband through this horrible time, but I know that my brother is a strong and nurturing person and is up to it.