The beginning

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20160707_125305We first met Bessie in September 2015. She had a small lump on her right ankle at the time. The vet was not bothered by the lump. We began walking her 2 to 6 miles per day. It was a joy to watch her discover a new world. Around January 2016 that lump began to swell. We had it drained twice, thinking it was a cyst. It became obvious surgery was the only option. Bessie had a surgery to remove the cyst. The doctor discovered the lump was woven in with nerves and blood veins and she could not remove it. We were then sent to see an oncologist for a diagnosis. The lump ended up being a sarcoma. February 10, 2016 we amputated Bessie’s right rear leg. We were terrified. The second day after her surgery Bessie showed us how tough she truly is. My husband was trying to assist her outside and Bessie was dragging him around the yard.

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