Friday, March 10, 2006

Hank Report

For those who are wondering how Hank, my chocolate Labrador, is doing. She was diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma. This is not good news. However, she is reacting extremely well to the palliative chemo that she gets every three weeks. Her quality of life is very good and most of the tumors seem so far to be on the surface layers near her skin, so her running and wrestling and food begging activities have not been affected at all. In any case, none of us knows how many days the big book of life has for us, and Hank sure is squeezing the juice out of every day that she has.

Henrietta, my other dog, treats her every day with an inspection and then licking any cancer sores clean. This is heartbreaking to watch. But then she hasn't been doing these things in the last few days because Hank is feeling especially good.