I know I've been remiss in chatting on the forum. But I promise I've been peeking every once in a while.
So last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This past several months have been keeping my head down as I get through treatment. And while I'm still pretty hairless, radiation isn't crapping me out like surgery and chemo did. Don't be sad for me- well, other than the normal amount when someone goes in to the hospital- they got all my cancer and they tell me my full body scan was clear. Everything we are doing now is insurance against future recurrence.
But that meant I was weak and not really able to engage with people or even the forum. And my poor little Java has suffered as a result. Not her time with me, we spend all day together, mostly her training. lol
Anyway, she's been spayed and came through that like a trooper. The vet did a great job on her scar and it is not visible at all. I used a onesie with her and we both did well.
I was a nervous wreck waiting for her to come out of surgery. Her initial spay date got pushed back because her blood didn't clot like it was supposed to on her clotting test. We re-tested her and that one came back fine. So we proceeded. And she came through with flying colors.
Yesterday was Java's gotcha day from a year ago. I've attached her first grooming shot at 4-ish months old, her in her onesie looking all pathetic, and a recent grooming shot where she looks all grown up.
And she is mostly all grown up. We don't have potty issues anymore. She still loves to play. And she's graduated from sleeping in her kennel all the time to sharing the bed. Java's daddy, who SWORE she'd never sleep with us, suggested she start around her first birthday. I was SHOCKED. And agreed right away.
She is seriously the light of my life. Her gotcha day is the anniversary of my mother's passing. And her birthday is my birthday- we celebrated together lol. And she has been a rock as I have gone through my treatment. My entire family loves her. And she loves them. But she's my velcro girl. Which I love. I think my dad comes to visit just so he can spend time with her. lol And when my boys come home for holidays from college, they are all in a love fest.
Anyway, until this is completely over, I'm not sure how often I'll get on to the forum to actually post. But I'm reading. And thinking of y'all and your dogs, really.
A big thank you to all who share their wisdom. You've made owning Java a pure pleasure.