My dog Bella, who has functioned as a mascot to this blog since its inception, is very ill. Although she does not seem to be in pain, she has stopped eating and barely even lifts her head. She has a hard lump on her belly.
To be frank, it's difficult or me to read or to write or to think of anything other than my dog's condition.
I'll be taking her to the vet today. I've put this visit off as long as possible, in part because of the cost -- I remain as poor as the proverbial church-mouse -- and in part because...well, one dreads the news one might hear.