Justice at his best - in the tall grass at my brother's farm in BC
in May 2007.
Justice officially retired from the obedience ring
in 2004. He enjoyed his retirement on the couch, and was always busy
'training' the puppies that come for visits! He was diagnosed with spondylosis of the spine in 2 of his vertebrae in
early 2007, and although not entirely physically the same boy, he was still the same fun-loving
goofball we have enjoyed all along!
In June 2007,
Justice underwent surgery to remove a cancerous lump (Fibrosarcoma)
from his left elbow. The surgery did remove the tumor in it's
entirety, but he needed another invasive surgery to repair the flat
of skin placed over the hole left by the tumor which did not take
the first time. He was such a special boy. He was a
trooper, and handled the pain, the poking and prodding very
surgery was not successful either and we were faced with the choices
of amputating his front left leg, or the unthinkable. Given
his spinal issues, and the amount he had been through already, we
opted to release him of his pain. Justice passed over the
June 27, 2007. This decision has left a hole in my
heart, and although it was very painful to make, I know it was the
best decision for him.
I would like to
thank Dr. Beth Barrett and
Pet Heaven for making his crossing
so much easier.
The site below
has been very informative regarding cancer in our beloved pets.