I adopted Molly Brown from a nearby cocker spaniel rescue in 2004. Her eyes had been removed by rescue due to painful glaucoma. I fell in love with her peaceful nature from the start. She was my first blind dog and she learned to navigate the steps, found her way around the house and did so well in every way.
She had a bilateral anal sacculectomy (removal of the anal sacs) due to a small mass on one gland within a few months of adopting her. Thank goodness it was benign! At a follow-up exam several years later a lump was found near her anus, in a similar location to the original mass. This prompted a referral to CSU where her oncology surgeon removed the lump again. She did well and chemo was recommended as a follow-up treatment. He didn't press me for an answer, but I knew I had to give it a try. I wasn't given any promises it would cure her as told it likely had already spread via lump nodes. Molly had a few minor side effects that were managed with medication. Overall, she handled the chemo treatments quite well. Surprisingly, the experience surrounding her treatment was positive for me.
She did well and I have so much respect for the nursing staff and veterinarians at CSU as well as clinic staff. When she was released from all treatments her doctors said there were two small tumors in her lungs from the spread of her cancer and that as the cancer spread I may notice her becoming weaker. After a year I needed to know the progress of the cancer and returned to CSU for Molly to have another ultrasound. We learned the cancer had spread to many lymph nodes. Still she had that spring, summer and almost all of the fall of 2010. It was more than I would have expected. Her Cheyenne vet called her an energizer bunny, she just kept going and going and enjoyed her walks. In late October of 2010 her cancer progressed to a point she couldn't walk without assistance. Her quality of life determined my decision to have her helped along to the loving arms of her maker.