Annie is a 12 year old mutt that my brother and his wife picked up, well, 12 years ago. Annie also is my niece's choldhood companion. Annie was around when she was born and my niece is now 6.
He describes her a bit on his webpage and there is a picture…here:
I got an email from my sister in law this morning that she started limping late last week and the vet guessed it was an arthuritis flare up (WRONG!), as of Sunday, she couldn't walk anymore. She's currently at the University of Georgia Veterinary Clinic being tested for what they initially thought might be a tumor on her spine. They started with her lungs because, in dogs, cancer starts there and takes them down quickly.
I just spoke with my brother and the latest update is that they are thinking it may be lymphoma. But honestly, they weren't conclusive. Yesterday, she was trying to stand and walk, but as of now, she's lost interest in even trying and she's losing interest in eating as well. The MRI showed, basically, what is described as a mess in her brian and down her spine but they didn't find any tumors. It's not looking really good for her now and we're all hoping that they will determine what is going on inside of her and be able to attempt treatment. They can't figure out, though, whether it's disease, infection or something fungal related, so they don't currently know how to treat it. The wrong treatment could speed up a deadly process already at work inside of her.
Annie has been my brother's family's companion for 12 good years. Let's all root for her…