Saturday, October 25, 2008

Compassion defined

(Originally published May 26, 2008)

About a month ago, Allie had surgery to remove two lumps on her trunk. One had already been shown to be a sebaceous cyst, but the second had come up suddenly -- and, to our vet, looked a little suspicious. Because I've lost two previous dogs to cancer -- and because the idea that Allie at age 5 might also have cancer was just mind-boggling -- I was pretty much a nervous wreck until we got the word that both lumps, thankfully, were benign.

Fortunately, Allie was able to go home the same day that she had her surgery. But if she hadn't, I would have loved for her clinic to offer the service that the clinic featured in this video offers its surgical patients and their people:

(Full disclosure: I write for

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