“Jasper has cancer.”
As soon as the vet said the words, my stomach felt queasy and my mind went blank. I barely recall the rest of the conversation. Something about sarcoma, surgery and 40 percent. Or was it fifty percent? Doesn’t matter because I can’t recall what he was referring to anyway.
I don’t care if it’s your friend, sibling, parent or pet. Hearing those words – “has cancer” – causes everything in life to stand still. And then flip upside down.
Jasper was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma – aka cancer – in September 2009. That was eight months ago.
Why a blog about a pet with cancer? Jasper is more than just another dog. He’s my best friend. A part of our family. In the days, weeks, and perhaps, months ahead I hope you’ll come to know and love him like my wife and I do.
I’ll tell stories about torn up linoleum, an Akita named Tomo, snow caves and nearly drowning in an icy river. I hope to hear stories about your beloved pets along the way. And, yes, you’ll probably learn more about canine cancer than you care to know. I have.
I’ll smile and laugh as I tell these stories. And probably cry a bit, too.
The blog is a way of celebrating Jasper’s life. Selfishly, I also need your help as the end grows near. I’m sure there’s a community of people out there who’ve already gone through this and have wisdom to share and shoulders to lean on.
Thanks for reading. Tomorrow we’ll start at the beginning, but for now there’s a beautiful dog named Jasper waiting for an evening walk on a warm summer night.