Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Hester (shown here with her best bud, Kirby):
Her biopsy came back, and unfortunately the news could not be worse. She has a rare aggressive form of cancer. The vet said he could refer us to one of two specialists in the state for chemotherapy and probably amputation of her leg and shoulder. However, the survival rate for dogs that are treated is not much greater than for those that are not. Bill and I have decided that we cannot put her through that and will not treat it. We will keep her on her current level of pain meds and when those no longer work, will end her suffering. We are devastated. Hester is only 3 years old and truly the sweetest dog we have ever had. The good news is that so far she seems unaffected by it all. The biopsy site is healing nicely and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain at all. She’s eating well and still chasing Kirby around the house. It’s hard to take in that she’s even sick. We don’t know how much time we have left with her. It may be as much as a year or two – we don’t know. I just want to get past this overwhelming sadness so I can enjoy her while I can. Too sad to write more.