Chest xrays you never want to see.




Air is black. Lungs are supposed to be full of air. Mushroom’s lungs are full of badness and tumors. The little white circles you can see? Tumors. My heart is breaking.

He’s been coughing for a little while. We were treating him as kennel cough with antibiotics and a steroid to help with inflammation. The cough improved somewhat, but his breathing has continued to be labored. Last night he didn’t want to walk up the steps. This morning he didn’t want to eat until I put cheese in his food. Mushroom lives for food. That he didn’t want to eat was a bad bad sign.

So we took xrays and there’s really nothing to be done but keep him as comfortable as possible with cough medication and steroids. A week, maybe two. And that’s all I get with my sweet sweet boy who has never wanted anything but to be good.

It’s just not fair.

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14 Responses to Chest xrays you never want to see.

  1. Bonnie says:

    I am so unbelievable sorry my heart is breaking for you even though we’ve never met. Please take consolation in the fact you have given him as much love and as good a life as any dog could ever hope for.

  2. This sucks so bad. I’ve been a fan of Mushrooms back into the heyday of LJ and I am so sorry to hear this. So many hugs to you both.

  3. patty says:

    i’ve read your blog for a long time and i’ve never commented, but i just wanted to send good thoughts & hugs to you and mushroom. :(

  4. Vanessa says:

    I am so sorry to read this :( I hope you give that boy a ton of cuddles and have some happy moments while you still can. Thinking of you and your pack.

  5. Amanda says:

    I’m so, so sorry, Katie. I know you’ll make his time left as special as it could possibly be. Please, share a few cookies from our crew to him and let him know he’s touched the lives of many even if we only knew him online. <3

  6. Crystal says:

    Wow, I was just telling som’one about Mushroom today. This is bizarre. I’m so sorry.

  7. Flo says:

    I’m so sorry. I hope his last days are comfortable for him. He’ll be missed, even though I never met him.

  8. Mel V. says:

    Oh damn. I’m so sorry. Please give him a scritch and tell him that his goofy smiles have brought smiles to a stranger on the other side of the country.

  9. Luisa says:

    Saw these on Flickr and my heart broke. Katie, I am so sorry. Give him hugs for me and know that, although no one loves him as you do, a host of folks you’ve never met are weeping for this endearing little dog we’ve grown so fond of over the years. And for you. Thank you for sharing him with us. Safe journey, Mushroom.

  10. Topher says:

    Someone mentioned this to me and I wanted to come by to say I’m so, so sorry. He was such a sweetheart.

  11. LaVonne says:

    My happiness at seeing you finally had a new post very quickly turned to sadness when I realized what it said. My sympathy, Katie, on the sad turn of events for your Mushroom.

  12. Hannah says:

    I am so very sorry, Katie. I am reeling from a cancer diagnosis for my boy, too. I hope Mushroom’s last weeks are full of love and cheese. My heart is broken for you.

  13. We are so, so sorry to hear this and we can’t imagine how difficult this must be. Mushroom was always one of our Internet crushes. We’re thinking of you guys!

  14. Jprairiedogs says:

    I have loved reading about Mushroom for a long time now. I hate to hear this news, it is beyond sad. My heart breaks for you.

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