(cross-posted on Scott’s personal blog at “What Color is Tuesday?”)
We planned on heading out to Granbury this morning but due to a new “growth” on our beagle’s belly, we’re postponing for one extra day. However, when we leave still kind of depends on what we learn at the vet. Lucy Lou, our 12-year-old AKC registered beagle, has developed a handful of small lumps on her body. We’ve counted 4 now, but one of them we noticed had turned red and proceeded to double in size over a couple of days. It seems to have slowed its growth but we still need to check it out. We first noticed this one while in Canadian for Christmas a few days ago.
We’re hoping for the best. At this point, we all realize that she’s a pretty old dog but until now, we’ve always thought of her as the more healthy and more spry of our two dogs. Cramer, who is also 12, has steadily lost more and more of his vision over the last year. It was discovered in 2009 that his tear-ducts were no longer working as they should. Dry eye is not uncommon among old Dachshunds, but his case was deteriorated to where he’s lost almost all sight. He navigates our house quite well, but you really notice his difficulty when we visit other places, like last week in Canadian.