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Rick C January 19th, 2009 12:51 PM

More lumps for Keeper . . . . but a walk in the mountains
Carol found two more lumps on Keeper this morning . . . . we'll take her to the vet this afternoon for a look. Hopefully they are just more of the fatty, harmless lumps she's had before rather than a cancer recurrence. Keeper is nearing the end of her chemo treatments. Keeper is a cancer survivor after three difficult operations in the late summer/fall so we hope this isn't something new.

Yesterday, Keeper walked the snowshoe trail up to Chester Lake. Given the deep snow pack, we have to find some beaten down paths. I think the snow is about four to six feet deep on either side of these paths so not a lot of things to sniff. This is actually a fairly steep uphill climb - although we were passing all the snowshoe folks with my big boots -


Although Calgary set a new record high this day, it was actually about minus 10 celcius when we started this walk, but significantly warmer up here when we arrived.


Below, Abby on the x-country ski trail we descended on. Not much traffic.


Polly enjoys a warm sunset


Give some thoughts for Keeper's vet meeting this afternoon.

Rick C

SIL January 19th, 2009 01:02 PM

Rick, as usual your pictures are amazing. Sending lots of :goodvibes: and :pray: for Keeper's vet visit.

14+kitties January 19th, 2009 01:10 PM

More than thoughts. Lots of :pray:ers, :goodvibes:, and :fingerscr for beautiful Keeper. And :grouphug: for you and Carol. It's tough.
Wonderful pics again. Almost makes me want to brave the cold. Almost. :rolleyes:

Love4himies January 19th, 2009 01:50 PM

Beautiful pics, Ric.

Sending some :goodvibes: for Keeper and :grouphug: for you and your wife.

krdahmer January 19th, 2009 02:55 PM

Beautiful as usual... the views aren't bad either! ;)

And tons of :goodvibes: & :pray: that those are fatty lumps!! :fingerscr

Chris21711 January 19th, 2009 03:39 PM

:pray:'s for Keeper that it is just darn fatty lumps Rick.

Beautiful pics as always :thumbs up

That last pic of Polly, if I didn't know different, looks almost like she is sitting on a dock jutting out on a lake :cloud9: I know, I know we still have a ways to go until then :yell:

hazelrunpack January 19th, 2009 04:25 PM

Beautiful pictures, Rick. Such majestic scenes. How many kms of snowshoe trails do you have access to? We have some trails through the county forest here, but really not enough snow to warrant bringing out the shoes...and of course, there are no mountains to spice up the scenery. :D

Lots of :fingerscr and 32 crossed :pawprint:s that Keeper's new lumps are just some of those pesky fatty lumps!

growler~GateKeeper January 22nd, 2009 02:37 AM

Gorgeous pics as always :cloud9: just love the 2nd one :lovestruck:

How did things go with Keeper? :goodvibes: :fingerscr :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :grouphug:

rainbow January 22nd, 2009 03:00 AM

Beautiful place for a hike. :cloud9:

I love the second pic too as well as Polly in the sunset. :lovestruck:

Hope Keeper just has recurring fatty lumps. :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

clm January 22nd, 2009 05:49 AM

OMG I missed this one. Love the pics as always. Do you have an update on Keeper?


diandpat January 22nd, 2009 08:16 AM

Beautiful pcs Rick, as usual. Ginger and Hobo would LOVE to have such a majestic place to walk :thumbs up

Any news on beautiful Keeper and hopefully the new fatty lumps??? :shrug:

Hope all is well.:fingerscr

ancientgirl January 22nd, 2009 08:46 PM

I just noticed this and see the original post date. Rick, I hope all is well with your girl and you haven't posted an update because you have been busy.

:pray: Hoping and praying for good news.

Rick C January 22nd, 2009 09:02 PM

Thank you for asking about Keeper.

Her biopsy procedure is Friday. Results after that.

There will be more sunny, summer days to sit in the field with Keeper, time slowly slipping by . . . .


Rick C

14+kitties January 22nd, 2009 10:15 PM

:pray::fingerscr for tomorrow's biopsy. I really hope it is just fatty lumps. My thoughts will be with you.

rainbow January 22nd, 2009 10:28 PM

Sending lots of prayers and good wishes for you, Carol and Keeper. :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

TeriM January 23rd, 2009 12:46 AM

Beautiful pics :cloud9:.

Sending lots of good vibes and healthy wishes for Keeper :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

growler~GateKeeper January 23rd, 2009 01:28 AM

More :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :grouphug: :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :grouphug:

hazelrunpack January 23rd, 2009 09:58 AM

We're :fingerscr and crossing a bunch of :pawprint:s for Keeper today, Rick! :goodvibes:

Love4himies January 23rd, 2009 10:17 AM

Good luck today :fingerscr :goodvibes: :pray:

Rick C January 24th, 2009 03:47 PM

Thank you for asking about Keeper.

Her procedure went well. A little groggy from some anesthisia (sp?) and has a couple of stiches on each hip where biopsy samples were taken.

Currently snoozing nearby on a minus 21 Celcius indoor day. Too cold for her outdoors, although yours truly was out running for an hour along the river in Calgary this morning.

Keeper is looking forward to more sunset scratches.


Rick C

diandpat January 24th, 2009 03:50 PM

And, as always, we are looking forward to your beautiful pictures of them ;)
:pray::pray::pray::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes: that all biopsies return benign

14+kitties January 24th, 2009 03:53 PM

What a gorgeous picture of her!! I am praying there will be many many more adventures for Keeper. :fingerscr

chico2 January 24th, 2009 04:46 PM

Rick,I just notice your post too,The headshot of Keeper shows just how beautiful she is and I:pray::fingerscrthat she will be ok.:goodvibes:
The pic of pretty little Polly is really nice as well.
:grouphug:to you,Carol and Keeper and a little one for sweet Polly.

growler~GateKeeper January 25th, 2009 12:01 AM

:goodvibes: for favourable results

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