It's official: Heather has been cancer-free now for over one year! Last January, just before she went in for a routine dental procedure, I found a bump and reported it to her vet. What we thought might be a fatty deposit turned out to be liposarcoma, a malignant but localized form of cancer. Suddenly, Heather wasn't just going in for a dental anymore. She was having major surgery. Hours of waiting, over a half dozen staples and thousands of dollars later, sweet Heather not only pulled through the surgery but eventually kicked cancer to the curb. Not a day goes by that Scottie Dad and I aren't reminded how lucky we are to still have her here with us.
So many of us are affected by cancer...whether directly or indirectly through a friend, relative or canine companion. Recently, Scottie Dad's best man (and also the man that gave Heather her first kiss - read about it here) found out his family's Shih Tzu is battling cancer for a second time. Like Heather, little Miyuki the Shih Tzu beat cancer the first go-round and was awarded an abundance of extra time with her loving family. That extra time, however, came at a significant cost to the family but they were able to make it work. This time, Miyuki's family needs our help so she can have a few more years with the people who love her most.
We know Miyuki is not a Scottie but that doesn't mean she doesn't deserve her best fight against cancer. If every Scottie Mom friend and follower donates just $5, Miyuki's treatment would be paid for in full. If you know someone or some pup that has been affected by cancer, I ask you to consider donating to Miyuki's cause. Or, if you simply don't have the extra means, please consider sharing this link to Miyuki's story to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to help spread the word. Together, we can make a difference and work toward eliminating cancer (canine and otherwise) one case at a time. Much love, The Scottie Mom.