We are seeing a specialist on Monday. The liver biopsy came out normal (no cancer), so nothing is confirmed. In the meantime we have him on prednisone to help with the symptoms (anemia).
In the last day or so, since the prednisone hit, he has had renewed vigor. He demolished his Thanksgiving feast (duck, turkey and carrot soup, and hamburger/pumpkin/rice casserole) and asked for more. Our fenced backyard patio has 2 approaches: one is a gradual path, and one has 3 steps up. When he was acting sick last week, he would take the gradual path. Now he is ignoring the 3 steps and just leaping straight up onto the patio. He is playful and his tail is wagging often.
Could this be something besides cancer?
My heart aches for you. The way you are feeling is uniquely your own, just like your relationship with Kepler, but I can somewhat relate. And I do believe the greatest gift we can give our ailing dogs is to focus on our gratitude. Just pour all that thanks into your dear boy. Open your heart, let the love flow, and don't let your thoughts get in the way of this moment (and every moment) you have together. Much easier said than done, I know. ?Kepler is still with us, but every night when we are alone together, and I think about losing him, I am so sad that I can't take a breath. I wonder if I am making the end of his life worse by crying over him all the time. I think I need a poodle grief support group.