Happy Birthday Taz!

Today my puppy turns 8 yrs old. Yes, I have a New Years dog. This is not just a birthday celebration today it is also a celebration of him being a 1 year cancer survivor. It was this time last year our Airedale Terrier had a big knot on his left front leg. Several weeks before that we noticed him limping on his foot. We took him to the vet, the vet took x-rays and said the same thing we thought, he had just sprained his foot. Several weeks later a big knot appeared. I just thought it was a knot due to the inflamed tissues. The thoughts of cancer never crossed my mind. Within a week of the knot appearing, we took him back to the vet, to hear the words no one wanted to hear. Our dog had a fast growing bone cancer in his leg. As a family we had to make the hard decision. Was we going to have him put down or let him try to survive the cancer by removing his leg? We chose to give him the chance of survival, so he had the surgery. The surgery was very hard on him. But he rallied. We are so thankful to have him with us today.  Happy Birthday Taz!