When I first made the dog charm for Torrie to wear to her cancer treatment appointments I was hopeful that she would beat the cancer. She had gone through so much in her short lifetime and I truly believed in my heart that she would overcome this. In 2010 we found out after her vet tested her for everything to find out why she was loosing weight and always had the runs even though she was eating as she had before. Torrie would never refuse food! Finally, the last bloodwork that was expensive but might tell us what was wrong. So we did it. We soon found out her pancreas wasn't working properly and the enzymes in her body weren't enough to breakdown her food properly. It was known as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and would need to have meds every day to help her body do its job. So it was done. When I made up her canned food treat to get her meds in her it was done as a fun way to get extra treats from mom! Of course, she also had her brother Duke and sister Shiloh who also wanted a treat! So while Torrie got her treat twice a day, Duke and Shiloh got theirs once a day and all was happy!
By the end of that same year, Torrie would also face major surgery to correct an issue in a private area. She would have to stay overnight in the vet hospital because it was specialized surgery her own vet couldn't perform. But the good news was the vet surgeon and Torrie's own vet went to vet college together and Torrie would be in excellent hands. When we brought her in to get her ready we had to leave her canned food and meds and to tell her to be good and eat and do your 'business' even though she wasn't home. We had trained all our dogs to do their 'business' in their own yard so well that even at our regular vet they never did it! Well, she did go out and did her thing but she wouldn't eat. She had won all their hearts with her brave demeanor and even though she was in pain from the extensive surgery, as her surgeon explained to us her case was the worse he had ever seen. But again, she pulled through!
This time would be different for Torrie. She would have the same stoic attitude and would fight but she would not win this last battle. It was after Christmas in 2013 when we all went outside to play in the snow. Torrie went right for the pine tree branch and began chewing it! We trie dto get it away from her but of course she thought it was a fun game of 'try and get this stick from my mouth' which was also exercise for her people! We got the pine twig only because she dropped it and picked up a pine cone! We finally distracted her with throwing snowballs in the air for her to catch! Soon Duke and Shiloh joined Torrie in catching snowballs!
Later that night we discovered a small lump on her shoulder and checked it out. The first thing I thought was she had a reaction to the pine twig she was chewing on so I went online to check out if it was a possibility. It could be, so the next day we were going to call her vet about it. Then we saw the lump had begun to ooze so we checked her out and found a few more bumps. A call to her vet and trip down were next.