edina tien: treasure your loved ones

December 02, 2006

treasure your loved ones

~snow falling on ruby~

Our week-long road trip to the Bay Area was a busy one - there were literally no spare moments to be had. This year, since my sister-in-law just got engaged, we also went to her finace's family celebration which resulted in us attending two Thanksgiving meals within 3 hours of each other. Boy, did we eat well! It was a nice trip made even more meaningful after my next story...

As soon as we returned, I came down with a nasty cold. This happens to either or both me and my hubby after almost all of our CA trips because there's always someone who has a flu or cold and spreads it around during our holiday gatherings. Usually we are very grumpy about it (cuz really, who enjoys being sick?), but this time it was a blessing in disguise. For the several days I vegged out on the couch, I spent lots of extra time petting our two Goldens and discovered a lump on my sweet Boo (short for one of her nicknames, Ruby Booby Boo). We took her to the vet today and had a biopsy done. Very fortunately it was diagnosed as a lipoma or benign fat tumor, but we have to watch it closely because of its location. If it grows too large, it may interfere with her walking. Also, the vet told us to keep track of it because other kinds of cancerous tumors could develop underneath it.

The thought of losing Ruby so soon - she just turned five last week - has been rough. I'm so glad the lump was not cancer, but the scare reinforced in me the fact that neither she nor any of those we love, care about, and who make a difference in our lives will be around forever. It's been a great reminder not to take any of them for granted.


Blogger audrey said...

Edina...what a beautiful dog Ruby is. And what a blessing in disguise in you getting that cold. We have a little toy poodle and he is just so dear and is just like another child to us. I am so glad to read that it wasn't something serious with Ruby.

December 02, 2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Wishing you many many happy and healthy years with your sweet Ruby Booby Boo! Thanks for the sharing this story!

December 03, 2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger Maija said...

I had the same scare with my chessie....I'm so glad your little Boo is just fine!

December 03, 2006 8:07 PM  
Blogger Sweet Petunia said...

Sorry to hear about Ruby's bump...so glad you found it early.

On another note...so glad the Joe-Joe's are the first thing to pop up...They sound very tempting:)

December 04, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...


We just found out our Pug.. Zoe is a diabetic. We are giving her insulin and she is doing MUCH better.


December 05, 2006 1:27 PM  
Blogger katie said...

i'm so happy to hear it was benign. i know i look at my pups and just get sad thinking about them dying one day.

December 06, 2006 8:29 AM  

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