Moses is 10 today. And that is a big deal at our house.
He is a "career change" Leader Dog. He was born and raised to be a guide dog for the blind. But one hip is not quite perfect, so Moses ended up with us. We have adored him from the beginning.
His nickname is "Mellow Yellow." He had been with us a full year before anyone heard him bark! And he barks about once a year. Usually at a deer.
Moses is the most serene animal God has ever made. When you step out of the shower, he's there. When you drive into the driveway, he comes running. He sleeps on the beds. He lays on the couch. He knows all our secrets. He's the dog every kid should have. And as much as we love him, we have to thank our vets for him every day. Because we almost lost him.
One day, Soccer Boy found a small lump on Moses' back leg, above the knee (dogs have knees, I think). We took him in, and very apologeticaly pointed out the lump that we were sure was nothing. The next morning, he had it removed. And the test came back--cancer. Surgery was the only treatment needed, and soon we were taking morning walks again.
About a year later, another lump. Same place. Same diagnosis. More surgery. Another recovery. Wow. Our vet got flowers.
Last summer, a friend walked Moses on a warm sunny day. They were gone a long time, and it was noon. He was panting heavily when he got home and would not drink. He was unsteady on his feet, and soon fell over. Uncle Lynn lifted all 95 pounds of him into the car, and I called the clinic to tell them we were on our way! He was placed on a cool water mattress, had a fan gently blowing on him, had an IV drip and subcutaneous fluids, among other things. His temp was 107! He spent the day in the hospital. Another recovery. More flowers.
Just a month ago, Moses had surgery in Madison at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. He was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis, which, if left untreated, ultimately results in death from suffocation. The nerves to the throat don't work, and so he could not breathe normally. That was not going to happen, so more surgery. And another remarkable recovery.
So enjoy the photos of Moses The Wonder Dog, and one more thing...
KISS A VET!