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Friday, May 7, 2010

fridays with asa: an outing to my vet

hello furry friends!
i apologize for the delay of my post today.  you see, my mom and i had several errands to run this morning, and then we proceeded to met up with my dad this afternoon before arriving at my vet's for my annual wellness exam.  visiting the vet is not one of my favorite past times, and i like to have my mom and my dad with me for moral support.  at any rate, we arrived at my vet's office, signed in, and made ourselves comfortable in the waiting room.

i find it important to distract myself whilst i wait for my name to be called.  this aids me in not becoming too anxious.  first, i decided to examine the fish pond.

after a satisfactory inspection of the pond, i positioned myself at the front door where i could peruse the parking lot for new visitors and invading squirrels.  i was pleased to make the acquaintance of two ladies and a male boxer.  however, i was not in the slightest pleased to make the acquaintance of the three squirrels just beyond the front door.

shortly thereafter, the vet tech summoned me to my room.  a brief stop at the scale revealed that i, asa, was of proper size and stature.  (a true lady never reveals her weight.)  i then relegated myself to the examination table, not without a few longing glances at the ground below me.

my amicable vet lady arrived a few minutes later.  after a most unpleasant prodding in my nether regions, it was determined that my temperature was normal.  i was unable to have a fecal exam because i was, and i quote, "empty back there".  i have to admit, this gave me a slight chuckle.  my heart, ears, teeth, and joints were in fine form.  a quick prick to my front right leg allowed for a collection of blood to check for those dastardly heart worms.  fortunately, i was heart worm negative.  next, i was administered a vaccination against the parvo virus, followed by a nasal spray to protect against bordetella.
my mom took the opportunity to show my vet two masses on my skin that she had just noticed on wednesday evening.  the first one is pea-sized and is at the top of my front right leg, where my leg transitions into my arm pit.  the second one is a bit larger (nickle-sized) and is on my thigh on my right back leg.  allow me to segue for a moment and explain to you that i, asa, have a propensity for developing skin tags, cysts, and the like.  i have had a few benign masses removed in the past.  as a result, my mom and dad weren't too concerned about them, but just to be safe, my vet did a fine needle aspiration on the largest mass on my thigh.  (the other mass was too small to needle biopsy.)  well, unfortunately, when my vet looked at my specimen under the microscope, she spotted a mast cell...just one...but still, a mast cell...mingled with a bunch of other benign cells.  needless to say, my vet and my parents were concerned.  as a result, i have been scheduled to have surgery this coming tuesday, may 11th.  i will have both the mass on my thigh and the smaller mass on my front right leg removed (just in case).
now, i am a strong woman, and i know that i am going to be just fine, but please, would you offer some encouragement and kind words to my mom?  she loves me and my brother booker so very much.  she won't admit it to me, but i can tell that she is really worried.  all this evening i have been giving her reassuring kisses that i will indeed be alright, but i know she would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.  i am thanking you in advance for your thoughtfulness.
now if i could just discover some kind of alternative to that blasted collar i am going to be subjected to wearing.  sigh.
good day!

30 comments:

sprinkles said...

Oh Asa, I can totally understand why your Mama would be so nervous! I would be too if one of my boys had to go under the knife!

I had a sick kitty once who had to have several surgeries and it was always scary but he always managed to pull through. I'm sure you will too!

Please tell your Mom that everything will be just fine, I just know it will! I'll keep you all in my prayers until I know all is well.

Remington said...

Relax and try not to think about it....everything will be fine....you will be in our thoughts and prayers....please just relax and enjoy your weekend....make sure there are a lot of treats and hugs! (That always helps!)

mayziegal said...

Oh Asa...please tell your mommy and Booker not to worry. But here's the thing. They're prolly gonna worry. Well, at least your mommy cuz mommys are like that. But tell her anyway. And then tell her that there's a whole pack of peoples (like my mom) and doggies (like me) who are gonna be thinking real strong thoughts that everything is gonna turn out A-okay. Just keep doing what you're doing and gives her extra kisses and tell Booker to gives her extra kisses, too. And then gives her a few more from me.

I'm sending you all lots and lots of "it's gonna be all okay" wiggles and wags.

Mayzie

PeeS. Make sure you gets mom out on a walkie on Sunday for Mother's Day. I know walkies always cheer my mom up!

PeePeeS. I thinks you were Most Brave!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Better to get it now than let it go fur later -

Please tell your mom woo have THE POWER OF THE PAW with woo!

That is furry khool your vet has that great 'fish tank' to visit!

PLUS, I see they have lab puppies on the wall too! I bet Booker likes that!

Paws khrossed fur ALL of WOO!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Asa, we can totally understand how your parents would be nervous. It's cause they love you so much. Gunther has lots of skin tags on his chest, but they don't seem to bother him.

We're gonna keep our paws crossed for you and your family Asa. But we're confident everything will turn out just fine.

Love,
Stella, Gunther and Betty

houndstooth said...

Miss Asa, I trust that you will be completely fine, but if it makes your mom feel any better, we had a very good online friend who had several mast cell tumors removed and he lived on another five or six years after they were taken off before he passed away due to complications of old age. So, we are certain that everything with you will be fine!

Also, tell your mom that you need a bite not collar! It's much better and exponentially less humiliating than one of those horrid cones!

Bunny

scotsmad said...

Asa, there are lots of dogs and humans in your corner. We're sure everything will be fine; but we'll add you (and your Mum and Dad) to our prayer list.

We'll also add that you get out of the dreaded cone quickly.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Lola said...

Mast cells are much less scary than they used to be. So says Alpha Mom, anyway. But you know that we'll be sending pawsitive vibes your way every minute.

wags, Lola

Zona said...

We will keep you in out prayers, Asa! I'm sure you're right and this will be behind you before you know it but moms worry no matter what. I think it's because they love us so much. Make sure you give her extra loves! Please keep us posted. Sending pawsitive vibes to you...

Wags,
Zona

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Poor Asa!
You did so well with the vet though, way better than Toby every would!

Dory and the Mama said...

What a brave girl you are Asa!! We are putting our paws together for you and know that you will get through this with flying colors!!

Smileys!
Dory

Ms. ~K said...

Sending lots of comforting and healing thoughts, with lots of licks and sniffs,
Kit and Pups

3 doxies said...

Oh Asa, I am so very muches sorry to hear this...oh my goodness...oh my goodness...I can't's even gets my breath. I know you is going to be a braves girl...well, cuz you is a girl and girl are much more braves than boys. But, if you asks me, I'm worried bout your mom. Hers prool like my mom and my mom has a tendency to go all weirdo. Anyway, We is sending our biggest doxie hugs and vibes to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Puddles
pees: Whitney was lucky and didn't haves to wear a cone of shame.
pees again: my mum woulds have come down if you needed hers but her has jewelry duty next wee.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Poor Asa -- best of luck!

Petsitgal said...

First of all, Asa, I want to know if you read a lot of books because your command of the English language is quite dignified! Maybe all of the bloggies have helped you become quite the distinquished writer? Anyway, it was enjoyable to read what your thoughts were while you were in the waiting room at the vets and I really loved that you have a big pond to keep you entertained too...what a great vets office you have, by the way!
You certainly do seem like a strong woman and I'm sure you will do just fine on the 11th and it will be nice to remove those masts so that you can go back to having those smooth sexy legs. How good of you to give your mom lots of reassurring kisses during your time of need!
By the way, Booker won the Floppy-Eared Caption Contest! The announcement was made this morning so please contact us b/c we need your address or maybe we can just e-mail the Barnes & Noble gift certificate...I'll check into that!
-April-

Samantha said...

Oh dear Booker - please to give Asa a ton of licks and kisses from me, Sammie. Next, give your Mama and Papa licks from me too. Finally, my own mama and papa want to send everlovin hugs through cyberspace to your pawrents, you and mostly Asa. I am sending a bazillion golden vibes your way and will be thinking of you all lots and lots.
Huge Hugs and Love xoxoxoxo
Sammie and my pawrents

little princess Luna~ said...

hello asa~!

good luck w/ your procedure. i am sure everything will be a-okay!! :)
as for the cone of shame...maybe if you give your mum and dad puppy eyes they'll take it off. that always works for me.

xo,
luna

ps. say hi to booker~!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Asa!
I will have my paws crossed for you!
I am sure everything is going to be ok!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Miss Asa, please don't worry or be scared and we are sending nice calming wishes to your mom so she won't be too scared on Tuesday. We are also sending positive vibes to your vet so your surgery will go very well.

We are sure you will be A O K!!! Sending you lots of lovies and hugs AND Happy Mother's Day to your 2 legged mommy! xoxoxo

The Schnauzer Brothers said...

Hello lovely Asa - we know you are a strong woman (be still our beating hearts!!) but we also know how much humans can frett about things. So we'll say to your mom what we say to our FH - us doggies are made of sturdy stuff! We know that sometimes bad things happen but as your family is so sensible you've detected a potential icky and are taking all the right steps to eliminate it, good for you!

We'll be thinking of you on the 11th and everyone out here in the blogosphere will be sending positive thoughts your way.

Oh, by the way, we loved the photo of you investigating the pond, he he he!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Mango said...

Well, that is most worrisome. Any time you get the laughy gas the humans get so concerned. Personally I kind of like getting stoned now and then. Good luck. We'll be thinking of you.

Slobbers,
Mango

hero said...

Paws crossed for you, Asa... and hope everything will be fine.

Licks, hero

Ruby and Penny said...

Asa, we are sending lots of doxie rayz your way.
Love Ruby & Penny

mayziegal said...

Hi again, Asa! I just wanted to wish you good luck today and tell your mommy not to worry - that everything's gonna be A-OK!

Lots of hugs and wiggles and wags!

Mayzie

Maggie Mae said...

Hi Asa,

My furiend Mayzie told me abouts your bumps. :( My mom and me are sending all of you luvs and puppy prayers.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hi Asa and Booker,

We see you on a lot of the blogs we too visit, but we didn't know you until today when Mayzie told us about Asa's lumps. We have had our own share of nasty lumps and so we are here to wish you lots of good luck with your results. Sibe vibes from us and prayers from Mom that all will be well.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Asa and Booker! We were over visiting Mayzie and she mentioned you having to go to the vet for your mean bumps today to have them taken off. We are kitties, but we are big doggie fans so we wanted to stop by and send you lots of purrs and prayers for everything to turn out good - we are thinking lots of good thoughts for you! And we are sending over some comforting purrs for your mom too - we know mom's get real freaked out about these things.

Two Pitties in the City said...

We are thinking of you in your surgery today. Just think of all the attention you're going to get afterwards!

LUCKY LUKE said...

O Asa, I know how scared a the Mom gets when faced wif such fings... believe you me, I know...!

Me and my the Mom have experience wif the MCT. The internet if full o the scarey fings, but my the Mom will be happy to share our story wif you... It is a story of hope and faith.

Though I have had lots of lumps and bumps removed (just to be sure), I have had NO recurrence of the evil kind!

Please to know you are in my foughts and prayers today. And please to keep us posted!

wif love from the Luke

Maggie and Mitch said...

We heard about you at our friend Mayzie's, Asa! We are sending you LOTS of AireZen and paws will be crossed for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch