News About Gertie

Beautiful Gertie wasn't feeling very well.
Beautiful Gertie wasn’t feeling very well.

Without getting into too many details, Gertie was at the vet today for GI issues.  A physical was done and x-rays taken.

The vet threw out the “C” word as a potential diagnoses and recommended an ultrasound.

It took a couple months, but Gertie finally learned the benefits of the couch.
It took a couple months, but Gertie finally learned the benefits of the couch.

Given Gertie’s age and physical condition, she is not a very good candidate for invasive abdominal surgery, the treatment if a tumor exists, be it benign or malignant.

Yup, Gertie has become quite accustomed to the accomodations.
Yup, Gertie has become quite accustomed to the accommodations.

This news leaves us with only one option:

Today Gertie got her promise that Run A Muck Ranch is her forever home.

Gertie even has someone to cuddle up to.
Gertie even has someone to cuddle up to.

Our mission is to keep Gertie happy and comfortable for as long as she’ll let us.

Hey Mom, if this is a permanent arrangment, we're going to have to lay down some rules.  Let's start with you not  chasing me around with a camera when I'm trying to get my nap on!
Hey Mom, if this is a permanent arrangement, we’re going to have to lay down some rules. Let’s start with you not chasing me around with a camera when I’m trying to get my nap on!

We are very blessed that the stars aligned to bring Gertie to us.

PS: There were some, shall we say, ‘things’ about Gertie discovered in today’s visit that have my mind spinning right now.  I dared not voice my thoughts out loud to the vet lest I get the “eye roll”.  Cross fingers that this ‘irrational’ hunch pans out and that Gertie will not only be better, but thrive.   I may be wrong, but there’s always hope, right?

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22 thoughts on “News About Gertie

    1. Sometimes, not always, my ‘irrational’ hunches pan out. Only then, at least to the vets, they become ‘coincidences’ 🙂

    1. Gertie is doing much better today! It almost looks like I was given an over diagnoses yesterday. Wouldn’t it be funny if her problem was nothing more than eating a bad lizard?

    1. Ah, but we don’t actually have a cancer diagnosis. What we have is a very strong suspicion that there is a tumor and that there is a possibility it’s cancerous. Absolute diagnosis would require an ultrasound, and a biopsy. The rub is, if a tumor is present (yesterday’s x-rays did not prove, but pointed to the strong possibility of one), removal would be the only treatment. Gertie might not survive the surgery. Thus, our current feeling of what good would knowing for sure do?

      Our Otis was diagnosed at age 9. We declined treatment due to quality of life issues given his estimated life expectancy was 11 (pit bull). We, shall we say, ‘changed’ some things in our lives to make sure Otis got the biggest bang for what we thought was going to be a shortened life. Not only did Otis live, untreated for his cancer to 11, he actually made it to 13 before something else, and not the cancer, made us have to say goodbye.

      We don’t have the same connection with Gertie, but golly if we’re not going to try!

  1. Holding good thoughts for dear sweet Gertie. Sometimes they just choose you. Goober found us three years ago and three surgeries and heartworm treatment later, he is loving life on the couch. So glad you and Gertie have each other. And yet again, Crabby appears to be in his underpants 🙂

    1. Good eye on Crabby’s underwear! We’re kind of hoping a men’s underwear company will send money to have Crabby promote their wares 🙂

      Nothing but kudos and admiration sent your way for standing by Goober despite the fact he wasn’t an ‘easy keeper’. If there were more people like you in the world, it would be a much better place!

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