Some of you may remember that I recently lost one of my senior dogs to old age. We all were pretty upset about it and I figured the best way to get over it is to open our home and our hearts to a new dog in need. It breaks my heart to go to the shelter so I tend to troll craigslist and look for situations where people are in a bind and need to rehome their dog(s). This way I can help someone to be assured that their dog will be treated well and not have to face life in a shelter environment. I get to help a person (or family) and a dog at the same time. Enter Buddy, a 75 lb Pit mix. Very little is known about Buddy's history. His previous owners had to move and the new landlord would not accept a dog so a friend of theirs agreed to take him and find him a home, that is where I came into contact with him. Buddy has been with us for about a month and shows some signs of previous rough treatment, he is shy of sticks or sudden hand movements and will leave the room if you raise your voice. On the other hand he sees me as his Alpha and is very smart, knows all his basic commands and is house broken and kennel trained, he is a very loyal fellow already and is starting to act like a normal, happy dog. Okay - so here's the prayer part. Buddy has some health issues and I am a bit worried about one in particular. He has an abscess and what looks like a cyst on his cheek/muzzle just under his eye, you can see it in the pictures. His eye was almost swollen shut a few days ago. He is on some pretty strong antibiotics and had X-rays and a needle biopsy done yesterday. It could be an infection from something that penetrated his gums, a bad tooth, a projectile like a BB or bird shot or (and I hate to even go here) cancer. Please don't let it be cancer. We are waiting for the results and are possibly looking at surgery to correct the problem.