I'm sharing this with the intention of awareness and to use this as an opportunity to provide others in similar situation with the peace, education and strength. After visiting three separate specialists with Boss and having a wide range of tests and X-rays, it is confirmed that he has a mass cell tumor in his chest and two little ones on stomach and leg. Surgery to remove them is first choice along with exploring more holistic ways with my hemopet, that also saved Molly's life, and will do everything I can to create a few more comfortable years so Boss and I can influence more packs, help more dogs and owners and visit more places to continue to make positive differences.
The news did hit me hard and having to "life coach" myself over and over again has taught me a lot. Crying is not going to help him and going to a dark place will not help him. I also understand dogs do not need the two parent dynamic, but feeling guilty for never having a strong balanced female presence, for more than a couple months, in Boss' life will not help either. Boss is the seed of a positive root that has already effected 100,000s of people in a positive manner, soon to be in the millions. He represents the acceptance, patience, forgiveness, love and the ultimate live in the moment that I preach about. His legacy of what is possible, especially in the breed stereotype and the rescue dog aspect, will live on with dogs and their owners for a very long time. Many dogs have turned their lives around after learning from Boss’ example. Even with people who were afraid of his look or size at first, or who have never met a pit bull before, then to discover the calm and balance that comes with Boss' lead is always a great moment that I want to spread more and more.
This happening at a time where I am donating much time and resources to others in need has lead me to temporarily reach out for help. My vets have cut me some deals but the long-term holistic plan, for right now, is more than I can afford right now. My goal of paying it forward as soon as the situation shifts will take place.