Say It Like It Is

This is Brickle. I’ve never been accused of mincing words. I only mince meat pie.

In my 14 years, I’ve had a lot of experience with unexpected news. I’ve had a lot of experience with road blocks. Breaking down. Who remembers the Big Blue Treat Wagon?

Yes. I say it like it is. Because saying anything else to me is unproductive. My mouth has got me in trouble sometimes because of it.

And now my mouth is giving me more trouble. So I’m just going to say it. The vet person found a large growth in my mouth. I will even show it to you so that you don’t have to wonder. I think wondering is terrible. More terrible than the reality. I don’t want you to wonder or worry. I love you.

I had to have pictures done of my heart and my lungs too in order to see if it had affected other things. And those tests showed my heart was very large. But we all knew that. Sometimes I guess though, that can cause worry.

The vet person did blood work too. And other tests. Many tests. I felt like I was in school.

Good news is that most of my blood work was good. Except for my liver but she gave me some medicine for it. And now, what’s happening is that the pictures of my heart have to be sent to a special doctor. That doctor will say if I can get the growth tested and or taken out. If my heart is strong enough for that. So we have another week of waiting. Maybe less.

I know that you wonder what we are doing about the ship and about Italy. Well. We have no idea. This is a lot to think about. And the persons say I come first and Fruitycake too. Fruitycake also had to go to the vet and get many tests yesterday too.

His skin is bad and he’s tired. And the vet person is trying to find out why. More waiting.

I know that is a lot of words. But sometimes you have to say it like it is. It’s hard to make all of these decisions. I’m not sure of anything right now. Other than my persons want me to be happy, healthy and with them always. I want to be too. I’ve had many adventures. I don’t want to stop now. And I won’t.

It’s my purpose. I like to travel. To live. To be an example for people that when you rescue a dog, not only do you change their life but yours too. I have more work to do.

So please bear with us as we work thru this. We will be updating as we can. You’re family. And I have read all is your comments and love. I always say it like it is. And my mouth hasn’t let me down so far. It won’t start now. I can do this. I can get better. I’m strong. I’m Brickle.

We didn’t go to the vet person this week thinking this would happen. The truth is, life has a way of knocking you down. Life has a way of surprising you. But surprise yourself and be strong. I can do if. You can do it.

Peanut Butter Brickle

Brickle has his own shirt and its back for just a few days!

9 thoughts on “Say It Like It Is

  1. Juli Klindt

    Love and prayers are powerful and there are a lot of people praying for all of you! Its one step at a time, breathe and then a few more. You aren’t alone!! ❤️❤️

  2. Jacquelyn

    Oh my gosh Brickle! All this news is overwhelming. I am sad that you are having to go thru this. I have been so worried and concerned about you and now I know why. I will pray and hope that you will be healthy enough to have that growth in your mouth removed. All of us need to keep a positive attitude that you will come out of this fine. You are so loved by so many. Even though we have never met you and Fruitycake have stolen my heart. I also pray and hope that Fruitycake will be ok and that they will find something to help his skin issues! Sending love and hugs to you, Fruitycake, GP and BP and grandma and grandpa for taking such good care of you all.❤️🐾🙏

  3. Diane

    Hi Sweet Brickle! Sending you, Fruitycake, Girl Person and Boy Person lots and lots of love, hugs and prayers ❤️🐾🙏. My boy Angus had to have his spleen taken out when he was 12. He even went to see a doggy cardiologists here in Alabama because his heart was big too! He had his surgery at a specialist clinic and could only have certain anesthesia drugs but he came thru it great and everything they tested, including a large nodule on his liver came back benign and he lived a wonderful happy life. He has since crossed the rainbow bridge but he is always with us! We love you buddy! ❤️❤️❤️❤️. You’ve got this!! 🐾❤️

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that your mouth is giving you trouble, Brickle! Yikes, That is a big growth. Sometimes big growths turn out to be more inconvenience and annoyance than life threatening – that’s what I hope this turns out to be. Paws crossed, hang in there!

  5. Theresa Bates

    Some things just happen as we get older. And, DUDE!!!, you’re an old dog. But can you learn new tricks? Maybe it’s time to take it a little easier, at least until the vet person can be sure of what’s going on in that body of yours. We already knew you had a big heart, but not the kind the vet person was talking about. Let’s hope it’s just so full of love it had to be bigger. We love you and we pray for you because you are one unique and special fella.

    1. Jan

      Alright Sheriff, arrest that lump and put it in jail where it belongs!! Much love and prayers coming your way and for girl person, boy person and of course, Fruitycake.

  6. Linda

    If this turns out to be oral melanoma, there is a wonderful treatment for it. Our Lab had it 12 years ago when the treatment was just starting to be used. It involved a partial jaw removal which sounds terrible was not as bad as it sounds. Couldn’t even tell except he drooled a bit more. Then they give an injection every three months. No side effects at all for our Jake. He lived cancer free for four more years before dying from another type of cancer. At that time there were few specialty vets that offered the treatment since it was new but I’m sure there are many more now. We are in NE Ohio. Look into it if this is the diagnosis.

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