Sad news about the dog I told you about earlier

Remember this pooch from the other day? One of you (Doug) was even interested in adopting him. Unfortunately, I got sad news about him this morning, from one of the people who found him:

Hi Brad,


Thank you for following up with Doug and even more so for taking the time to help find a home for this dog. The kindness and generosity of the many people in Columbia who have tried to help has overwhelmed me.

Unfortunately I have sad news about Hudson. I took him to the vet yesterday for a follow-up appointment and they found that he is in the advanced stages of cancer. The vet expects that he may have about a month left so I have decided to keep him as comfortable and happy as possible for the next few weeks. Thank you so much again for your help.



This sort of hits home because over the weekend we found what looked like a tumor of some sort on the back of our dog’s leg. The vet biopsied it yesterday, and there were some bad cells. He’s going to take it off next week and see if it has clear margins…

Guy, our dog, is almost 11. We lost a dog earlier to cancer. I wrote about her back here. Guy still misses her, I think.

12 thoughts on “Sad news about the dog I told you about earlier

  1. Doug T

    That is sad news.

    We lost our 13 year old Bassett/Beagle just yesterday from heart failure.

    The vet kept him going a couple of years, and at least he got to enjoy the house/porch for a while after a lifetime in a fenced pen (with generous house visitation allowances).

    Our pound-rescued Black Lab seems lost without his little buddy.

    How those critters can make their way in to our hearts.

    Is anyone following the Chesterfield County dog pound shootings? Shelter workers rounded up cats and dogs and took them to the landfill and shot them. Half the county is up in arms and the other half seems not to care.

    The shelter workers report to the sheriff, who is, um…investigating. Apparently bullets are cheaper than lethal injection doses. Funding is tight, but c’mon.

    SLED and the AG doesn’t want to get involved,and the sheriff was re-elected this past Nov. I think they all want this story to just go away.

  2. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    [blubbering like an idiot]

    I hope your dog turns out okay, and I hope Hudson is made comfortable for his last days. He’s lucky he found good humans to take care of him.

  3. Brad

    Last night, my wife was trying to find Guy’s paperwork — veterinary, etc. — in her files. She finally found it. And it struck me — Guy doesn’t even know he HAS paperwork…

    That would have to be liberating.

  4. Joanne

    It’s OK, Doug. All of us have to have something that just gets to us. Mine are little kids and animals.

    I’m so sorry about the sick puppy and about your dog, Doug.

    I can’t watch those reports on the Chester situation. It’s just sickening.

  5. Kathy

    I’m so sorry about Hudson and your dog, Doug T. Brad, I hope Guy will be fine and that he has many good years ahead of him. Yes, I read about the Chesterfield animal shootings. It’s totally disgusting. At least Henry McMaster did a little bit to protect animals in South Carolina. People who can’t be bothered to protect defenseless children and animals need not waste their time asking for my support, money, or votes. I hope South Carolina steps into the 20th century before the 21st is over.

  6. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    I dunno. I am a total dog lover–love puppies more than babies, but isn’t shooting more or less painless? There’s a shortage of sodium pentathol nationwide–all those lethal injections of Death Row humans are having to wait. If they don’t have funds to feed ’em and the means to “put them to sleep”–what would you have them do? Government costs money, folks, and you can only cut out so much waste before you’re cutting flesh and bone.

  7. Mike

    Brad, so sorry to hear. I know it is tough to go through this. Our buddies become so much of us, it hurts when when they move on……..

  8. Pat

    Brad, this is indeed sad news about Hudson. I appreciate Emily’s commitment to his care. I hope you get better news about your dog.
    Doug T, I am sorry for your loss.
    The losses we’ve had over the years have always left a hole in our family.
    We’ve only had to put one down and when it was time, we knew. Just when I think I don’t want to go through that again, I see the sweet faces on the websites on Brad’s earlier post and wish I could take one. I will do that one day when I can spend more time with them.

  9. Doug T

    Katherine F: I don’t want to debate the issue here. It’s so emotional.

    But, for starters, it’s illegal to shoot dogs and cats unless they are an imminent danger. I gotta suppose there was a reason for that law. It’s barbaric.

    Painless? I don’t know. I’ve never been shot. Why did we change (mostly)from hanging, firing squads, electrocution to injections when it comes to humans?

    I guess this blog may reflect the sentiment in the county…half are outraged and the other half think “so what?”

    I’ll leave it at that.


    doug T

  10. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    @ Dugge T. –Please note the spelling of my name–it’s right in front of you.

    It’s also illegal to not feed and shelter animals in your care, and the pound is obligated to take in all comers. When there are not enough people to step forward to provide homes for these animals, and there’s not enough room to house them and no money to expand,and no lethal injection chemicals, what would you have the shelters do?

    I think there are still firing squads in one state out west and perhaps the feds, but I believe it was the cleanup afterwards that pretty much made injections win over hanging and firing squads.

    I am sick about the euthanizing of any healthy dog. I do not say “So what?” at all. I do realize that we put the shelters in a horrible place and then criticize their solution.

    Bottom line: Spay/neuter your animals! Don’t breed them ever, unless you are a part of a responsible breeding program. Don’t let your pets run wild, even/especially your cats. Vote for more taxes to meet essential services like Animal Control.

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