Murphy Begins his Battle with Oral Chondrosarcoma
My Murphy is the funniest, most lovable dog with more personality than any dog I've ever known. After my marriage of 24 years fell apart, I decided on what would have been my 25th anniversary to get a "new partner." That's where Murphy came into my life. He made me laugh when I was sad and he came into my life when I was so depressed. That was in 2004.
Today he is 10 and last week after taking him to the vet, they removed a mass from his lower gum which came back as Chondrosarcoma. I'm learning that this is extremely aggressive and fast growing. I don't want to put my best friend through invasive surgery. He's been too good to me through the years to do that to him, but I have no idea how much time I have with him since he is still appearing to be so healthy.
My heart is broken because I love him so much. I can hardly keep the tears back each day I look at him.
If anyone has had a dog diagnosed with oral Chondrosarcoma I would love to hear from you.
(Submitted Wednesday, April 10, 2013)