We are still wiping our eyes.
I amazes us that having a dog in your foster care for only a month or so can have such an impact when something bad happens after they leave your care.
Please, everyone give your dogs and foster dogs a hug for Brighton and then give each other a hug.
Here is the copy of the email that we just received from Brighton's family:
We found out about lunch-time from the oncologist that the samples taken from Brighton's liver and intestine mass were a cancerous lymphoma and that there was little that could be done for him. I visited him early this morning and he seemed a bit more perky (the doctor later explained that this was from the fluids and protein he received overnight). I took him for a short walk outside to just spend time together, which was really encouraging. When the kids and I all went to visit him about 1:30, he was very lethargic, and even had to stop two times to rest to get from the back area to the front visitation rooms... His belly was quite distended and he was much worse than when I saw him in the morning. Had he been able to eat and function on his own, he might have been able to go home on prednisone, but his condition had deteriorated to where this wasn't an option.
Please know that Brighton isn't hurting anymore and was truly loved by our whole family. He leaves a huge void in our lives...
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
Marty & Bill Buchan
The entire Illinois Birddog Rescue family of volunteers is mourning for Brighton and is sending their deepest Sympathy to the Buchan family.