OT: I need your prayers on this day UPDATED #3 (Hunny is home)

Submitted by Crime Reporter on December 25th, 2012 at 5:54 PM

It has been a very difficult Christmas day for the wife and myself. Normally, I would never post this here, but I needed an outlet.

Last night, when we returned from church, our dog, Hunny, our 5-year-old Baenji, did not meet us at the door like normal. Something was wrong. We didn't think too much of it and put her in the bed with us, although we were concerned.

This morning, she did not have the strength to stand so I took her to the emergency clinic.

Long story short, the doctor discovered that Hunny has a softball-sized tumor in her spleen and she was bleeding internally. We elected to spend the money for surgery because the dog is our child.

We are not out of the woods yet but Hunny came out of surgery in the past hour and is recovering. However, there were complications and the chances that the tumor is benign is less than 30 percent.

So, I need your prayers. I have cried on end today and I dread what may come. I have put down too many "family members" but this one would hit the hardest. We do not have any kids yet and Hunny - if you met her - has a very unique personality.

I'm scared.

UPDATE 1: We just returned from the animal hospital and Hunny is fighting. She wagged her tail as we came back to see her and was able to walk on her own power (she couldn't move this morning). We left her her Christmas toy bear.

The doctor said the surgery went very well considering 600ml of blood spilled out of her when they opened her for surgery. The tumor was already split in half so they had to act fast. Good news is her blood levels are holding and her heartbeat issues from earlier seem better. Tonight will be the big test.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I cannot tell you how much it means.

UPDATE 2: Hunny made it through the night without problems and her condition has been upgraded to stable. We took her from the emrgency clinic to our regular vet today for continued monitoring.

I can say Hunny was her normal self this morning, as she was able to get in and out of the car without too much problems and she looked really good considering the significance of the surgery.

Her blood levels have steadied and she should be able to return home this afternoon. The vet is sending the spleen sample out to determine if the tumor is malignent. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Again, I can't thank you guys enough for your kind words and prayers. Your words have provided much comfort in dark times. God bless.

UPDATE 3 (Thursday): She is home!

We brought Hunny home late Wednesday. It was a great reunion. My Husky, Dakota, was very happy to see her. The night had some hiccups but all seems well.

Took her back to the vet early Thursday for more blood work and it appears her levels have not decreased despite being off fluids. This is obviously great because a transfusion could be a risky venture.

The vet sent the tumor to confirm whether it is benign. At this point, she is resting comfortably at home. Her appetite is good all things considered and she has some of that pep back in her walk. I will keep you guys informed. Thanks again.


Darth Wolverine

December 25th, 2012 at 9:17 PM ^

I don't have kids and pray that I never do, but I have a dog who is like a child to me. I love my dog and will cry my eyes out when he dies. He will be six in March, so thankfully (hopefully) his death is a long way away. He is my first dog.

OP, sorry about this, mate. I am sure it isn't easy.

Doc Brown

December 25th, 2012 at 10:16 PM ^

Best wishes for your family and dog. I understand how Hunny is a part of your family. I had a miniature poodle that was in and out of MSU's vet hospital the later years of her life for epilepsy and then cancer. 


December 25th, 2012 at 10:36 PM ^

Best of luck with Hunny.  I live in dread of they day we will lose our 12-y/o Golden Retriever.  She is such a sweetheart and a part of the family.

Good luck.


December 25th, 2012 at 10:50 PM ^

It always amazes me how animal lovers (dog owners especially), unite over love of our pets. I know we love our dog very much and I think that we would likely take similar steps.


December 25th, 2012 at 10:54 PM ^

Lots of prayers and best wishes from our family. Our four legged kids mean the world to us, and we often don't know what they're feeling. Thanks for taking good care of her, and we well look forward to hearing the update/good News tomorrow!


December 25th, 2012 at 11:46 PM ^

Pets should live as long as people if not longer if years were granted based on truly selfless love given.

We'll be looking for good things in your next update tomorrow.


December 26th, 2012 at 6:44 AM ^

My daughters Goldfish I bought her for Christmas died... Yea all 6 of them they died throughout the day, my niece noticed a few of them and was scared cause she thought they were starring at her


December 26th, 2012 at 11:17 AM ^


I'm an athiest who thinks that all religions & prayers are about the stupidest thing ever invented.

but the post was properly titled as OT and was basically a simple shout out for some personal support.  
People responded in whatever way meant something to them and with caring intent to Crime Reporter.  It wasn't a debate about politics, religion, or dogs; it was about reaching out to others when you needed them, hopefully in a moderately supportive community.  
OT? sure but it's pretty clear this wasn't a solicitation to start an MGoSunday School, or an ad for the Dog Fancy Fan Club.

I'm pretty comfy with the mods allowing this on Christmas Day, a week before the bowl game.

Get well soon Hunny!


December 26th, 2012 at 2:43 PM ^

Great news for you and yours! As the owner of a dog/child myself, I can definitely understand this situation. Good luck on the continued recovery!


December 26th, 2012 at 5:33 PM ^

of a dick I am. No matter how poorly my day. No matter how many people I piss off. My dog wags when he sees me. Having a dog means always having someone who likes you more than you know.

Go Hunny


December 26th, 2012 at 6:37 PM ^

I didn't spend any time on the blog in the last day or two...  Just saw this.  Thoughts and prayers from all of us, including Maizey our beloved Golden Retriever.  Glad to hear the good news updates -- we'll keep praying, though.