Just got off the phone with C a little while ago. She took Katie to the vet today
Looks like she has cancer, or at least that’s the Vet’s gut feeling. Katie is our middle dog. She’s a Border Collie-Labrador Retriever mix. Truth be told probably the best dog we have.
She’s as old as Maggie, which would put her at 10 to 11 years old. She’s not a big dog, more like medium around 60-65lbs or so. Or I guess you could say she was. She’s gotten down right skinny and is now down to 45 lbs.
We didn’t notice it at first because we put all the dogs on a diet for Comet’s sake. He’s our Golden who is 13-14 years old. He’s been a good old dog, but not without his faults. His arthritis has kept him down and he had put on a lot of weight. The vet had us cut back on his food to take weight off him, so we cut back on all the dogs food. The loss of weight has made Comet a new dog. Katie however hadn’t stopped losing weight.
The last two weeks we really started noticing her having some problems. Problem standing, getting up, etc.
Except for the time when she was about one year old and ate some dental floss which required $800 worth of surgery hasn’t ever caused us any trouble.
She’s always been there. Quiet around the house except for when she wants in. She’s never made a mess, never torn anything up, and never barked at anyone.
She’s a herder and has always made it difficult to play catch with the other dogs. She gets in there and spoils the fun, trying to herd the other dogs. She’d bite at their ears and ankles and convince them they shouldn’t be doing it.
Katie is a special dog and will be missed. I’ve always joked about not liking her and threatened to give her away. She’s been thick at times, and sneaky about the electric fence. But all in all she’s been a very, very good dog.