I’ll switch from my recent saga of Fitz’ cancer treatment to talk about our other dog, Milo. Milo arrived in our lives the year that everything went wrong – my mother and aunt died, Kenton’s father and aunt died, and as a last kick in the gut, our dog Jake died.
We thought we couldn’t get any lower, and in fact, we thought life would never look sunny again. Then along came Milo, full of sunny cheer and bossiness, and life began to look up.
He’s a huge personality, not full of sweetness like Fitz, but demanding and (still) bossy. He knows what he wants and won’t stop til he gets it, unlike Fitz, who is pretty happy with life as it comes.
So when we found that lump on his testicle, we feared the worst. It was confirmed last night – the biopsy confirmed a mast cell tumour, which are always malignant. Ok, so that’s bad news.
The good part is that the lab results showed that when Ana removed it, she got it all, with clean tissue showing around all sides of the tumour. She doesn’t think further treatment (i.e. chemo) will be needed. So that’s good – although these tumours can recur, and can become systemic, but we won’t worry about that right now.
And believe it or not, we do have other things going on in our lives besides dog problems and worries, although sometimes it’s hard to remember that! We are (finally, finally) starting to get ripe tomatoes, and just had our first sweet corn.
Bright spots like those are very welcome right now!
5 pounds of tomatoes
clean, sterilised jars
Blend tomatoes until smooth.
Cook on low heat in large sauce pan until very thick and rich, this usually takes about 5-6 hours.
While hot, spoon into hot jars. Pour olive oil on carefully to just cover; cover tightly.
As the jars cool, they should seal – you will hear the ‘pop’ if they seal correctly.
Store in refrigerator; my puree lasts up to 1 year.