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The unexpected happened too soon

January 11th 2013 9:21 pm
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December 6, 2012

The day before, Misha vomited three times after dinner and would not take any snacks. He looked tired and when I took him for a walk, he walked hesitantly. I thought it was just a stomach illness and that he would be better in the morning. On December 6, he refused his breakfast which made me realize he needed to see a vet asap. Unfortunately his regular vet was out of the office so we saw another one. He looked at Misha's gums and said they were pale and anemic looking. He kept Misha there for several hours and ran blood tests and said the white blood cell count was high. He did an x-ray and saw that MIsha's heart was round and enlarged and there were lesions all over the inside of his chest. (He had surgery 2 weeks prior to remove a suspicious black mark on his chest which turned out to be melanoma, but the vet had taken it out along with surrounding skin so he thought he got it all out. Little did we know the melanoma was probably an external manifestation of what was going on inside). The vet told me that he was going to have a specialist come in to look at the x-ray so I raced back to see Misha but he died in less than an hour and before I could get there. What a shock. Misha was a noble dog, so regal in the way he sat and so loyal to us -- on unleashed walks at Fort Funston, he would always look for us and kept close to our side. My daughter, who always took Misha on these walks, was coming back from college that afternoon for winter break and it broke her heart to hear that Misha had died before she could see him again. It was the saddest Christmas we have ever had.


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