PAW! Max the Dude!
Note from Mom: Well, the tests came back negative for the infections and fungus, which leds the Dr to highly suspect bone cancer. The only conclusive test is a bone biopsy, which has a high risk of more damage or making any cancer more aggressive, so we have opted against that. So, depending on if the cancer has started to spread or not, we are looking at 4 to 6 months. I am dried out of tears currently, and am trying to come up with something special to do during this time, to be focused on a positive ending rather than doom and gloom. His tail is still wagging and he is still smiling, so we will continue with the medications for as long as he isnt in any bad pain. Our goal is to make it to Thanksgiving, so we can all go to Monterey together.
On another side note, he has been doing a very odd thing for the past couple months. There is a tiny space between our scrawny Lantana bush and our vegtable garden that Max likes to wander into. He slows down as his body barely grazes the Lantana bush. Then he stops, and lifts his head up into the air, almost as if he is smelling something. His face almost looks like he is in total bliss. Then he comes out, turns around and goes back in and does it again. He will do this over and over. He NEVER eats the plant, and on occasion may sniff it as he comes out, but usually his head is high, his tail pointed and he just wanders slowly though it. It is so odd to watch. No idea what is going on, but it seems to be his BLISS spot.