Wednesday, 28 August 2013
We found a lump.
My heart sank.
Her tail wagged.
All of a sudden I had to contemplate the possibility of her not being here. How could I begin to explain it to the children. She is in old age, but still fit. We think she is 12 years old but we aren't sure because we got her from a rescue home 10 years ago. They said she was 4. We thought she was younger.
She stood out immediately. She was so superior. She wasn't soppy. She wasn't jumping up at us. She just looked at us and then beyond us to the field. We took her for a walk around the grounds and decided there and then she was for us.
When we got her home, she settled in immediately, like she was meant to be there. She made a slightly odd sighing noise when she relaxed in her bed that made people jump. She was top dog.
And then came children. With each new baby, she slipped down a rung on the ladder but was never resentful, confident of her place as part of the family. Our first baby.
The vet was reassuring. A biopsy was quickly done.
And then the telephone call with the results.
All normal. Just a harmless fatty lump.
Joining in with Sticky Fingers and the prompt of 'pets' for The Gallery