Fall is beginning in Prescott, and it’s most welcome. Not long ago it was “monsoon-ey”: hot, humid (for Az anyway) and wet. Now the humidity is down to normal levels, temperatures are down too. Nights are in the 50’s to 40’s. Nice. We are sleeping with the windows open.
Betty does not like the cool nights, she tunnels under the blankets at night. In the mornings she finds a sunny spot near am east facing window or stays under covers.
Our Chihuahua Betty has a malignant tumor on her butt. The other day I was walking her and when she relived herself I noticed a swelling on her bottom. She has had infected anal glands in the past, that’s what I thought it was. I took her to the vet and the issue was not anal glands but a tumor. A biopsy showed that it is an aggressive cancer. The vet then did an abdominal ultrasound to see if it had metastasized as this kind of cancer is known to do. No, we found it before it spread. Betty is having surgery on Wednesday to remove the tumor.
I am very thankful that I noticed this in time!
PeeWee, so named because he weighs in at 4 pounds and is fully grown, is available for adoption at the Yavapai Humane Society. A friendly fellow, he likes to sit on laps and be petted. PeeWee is the last of a group of chihuahuas that came from Flagstaff where they belonged to an older owner who became unable to care for them. These dogs spent their lives indoors, and never walked on a leash. We think they never went out at all so he will need some work in this area.
PeeWee has only a few teeth, the others were bad and had to be extracted. He eats soft food and treats. When he first arrived he was very fearful and growled at everyone. He’s much better now, I picked him up and petted him with no growling.
Photo by Gary Gromer