Cora and I share many passions but probably nothing like the passion we have for our pets. When we first got together Cora had three cats and I had two dogs. And while she was very concerned, Cora wielded her special kind of Magick and soon everyone was getting along quite well.
My two dogs, English Springer Spaniels are from a great line of 'Show Dogs' and I had planned for the younger of the two (Gypsy) to participate in the Show Dog process. At the time I acquired her as a puppy, an arrangement was set up with the breeder to be co-owners. The plan was for the breeder (and co-owner) to take possession of Gypsy and handle the actual showing.
So, when she was about two years old, the breeder requested that we send Gypsy to her for 'Show Dog Boot Camp'. In addition, in order to keep her kennel population balanced, the breeder asked if we would take one of her dogs while she had Gypsy.
Now, I have been familiar with this line of dogs and they are noted for being layed back, mellow and as sweet as can be. So I indicated that I would be glad to take one her dogs in exchange for Gypsy, on a temporary basis. The exchange was made at a dog show that was being held near us and Vixen came home with us that afternoon.
So when we arrived back home, we introduced Vixen to Devi on neutral ground on the sidewalk next to one of our neighbors. Soon, they were best pals. And Cora soon found herself bonded with Vixen. Tightly bonded! Like I said, I knew this particular breed and especially the dogs bred by this Kennel and Vixen was no exception.
Shortly after we added Vixen to our family, Cora was diagnosed with a deteriorating hip and was soon scheduled for a replacement. Her procedure went well and Cora was soon home, recovering. During the recovery, Vixen revealed her own healing powers. Both Cora and I are convinced that Cora's quick healing was partly due to the presence of Vixen. And the bonding just got tighter.
When the call came back, we were relieved to hear that the results did not show signs of cancer. However, the recommendation was to remove the lump. Of course we agreed and set up an appointment to have it removed. The date was set for Tuesday, May 17 (yesterday).
So we took Vixen to the vet at 7:30 yesterday morning and left her in the care of our vet. Naturally it was a day full of anxiety. About noon we received a call from the vet who indicated that the procedure went well and that we should not be concerned about the spread of anything. (We will get final results of the analysis of the lump in a couple of days). He also indicated we could take her home anytime after 5:00PM.