Sad News

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I am officially returning to my blog! I have missed writing – my mind is always buzzing with blog post ideas. And after returning from our big summer trip a few weeks ago, I have a renewed energy for, well, everything! I’m making progress on my blog to-do list, and I’m hoping for a positive renewal of my little space on the internet.

But before we get to the positive, I have to take a moment to share one more piece of sad news…

Thea has cancer.


This all happened very abruptly – like in a month’s time. At the beginning of June, while Jason and I were away on vacation, my mom (whose house Thea was staying at) noticed that Thea was peeing A LOT. Excessively. Jason and I had noticed nothing of the sort, so we were confused. After returning from vacation and getting Thea back home, we noticed it, too.

Luckily, the dogs had to go to the vet for their annual heartworm check. We brought up what was going on and were able to have some basic testing done on the spot. Our vet noticed some concerning signs, so much so that she urged me to sit with her as she shared what she found. A hop, skip, and a week later, Thea was having an ultrasound that found a huge tumor in her bladder. Seeing it on the screen and hearing from the vet brought me to tears.


As a pawrent, I know that a day will come when Thea and Bailey will no longer be with us. And with Thea turning 10 last year (and 11 last week), I knew that time would be coming sooner rather than later. But I didn’t think it could be THIS soon.


We chatted with our primary vet after the ultrasound results. Because of the location of the tumor, it can’t be removed. We are trying some medication that could help ease the symptoms, but nothing is going to “fix” it. Ultimately, the cancer won’t kill her. But eventually, her quality of life may be seriously impacted. And we will never let Thea suffer.

So for now, it’s a wait and see situation. And my heart really hurts. Thea is a once-in-a-lifetime dog for me. We’ve been through a lot of life changes together. I saved her…and she saved me. I don’t know how I’m going to say goodbye when the time comes.


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4 thoughts on “Sad News

  1. Emily @ Sweet Summer Smiles

    I’m so sorry to hear about Thea. Your post had me tearing up as I was reading the news. Dogs are like part of the family and like you said they have been with your through many life changes- good and bad. I think every animal owner knows at some point they will face that moment but are never really prepared for it when it comes. They’re aren’t really in comforting words to share that will change things but I know you will enjoy her presence even more now. Hang in there.

    1. Laura Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Emily! You are so right – Dogs are a part of the family. And in our small family, our dogs are our kids. Even though you know the time will come – and you know it will hurt – it’s so worth it to have dogs in our lives. They’re just the best 🙂

    1. Laura Post author

      Thank you so much, Christine! It’s been tough facing Thea’s old age and now her health problems. We just have to take it all one day at a time and hope for as much good time with her as we can get.


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