Keep calm and love dogs

posted August 23rd, 2012 by
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That was the message posted by a friend on my Facebook page the day I found out my dog Yoda has a mass on his heart. It’s something I remind myself every day now, at least the keep calm part. Loving dogs is easy!

Anyone who has been through this with their own dog might know that most of the time, removing a mass on the heart is not possible. Surgery can be done to prevent fluid from building up and putting pressure on the heart. This keeps your dog comfortable and possibly extends their life expectancy by months to even a year. But in the end, the mass will take over.

For us, Yoda having surgery wasn’t even a question. He may be a dog, but he is family.

So on Aug. 3, Yoda had surgery atĀ Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists. I am especially thankful to Dr. Ricker who performed the surgery. He did an amazing job and Yoda recovered quickly!

It isn’t easy to keep calm knowing that a mass is continuing to grow on my little buddy’s heart. But it doesn’t make sense to waste however much time we have together wallowing over the inevitable.

And so my husband and I have started putting together a bucket list for Yoda. No. 1 on the agenda is to eat a steak. I think he would really like that.

Some other things Yoda would like to do include go on a camping trip and watch a movie at the drive in. Things my husband and I talked about taking our dogs to do but haven’t managed to accomplish.

I’m sure we will come up with some other fun things for Yoda to do but above all, I just want to make sure my little guy is happy, comfortable and that he knows how much he is loved.

Keep calm and love dogs.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

One Response to “Keep calm and love dogs”

  1. Marilyn says:

    I love it that you have created a bucket list for Yoda. That is cool. Something I will keep in mind….

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