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Fast-Rope Into Ronie’s Life
This is VVolt N629, my retired military working dog we adopted in February 2015. VVolt served in the US Air Force, deploying once to Kuwait, and then he returned stateside and worked as a training dog for handlers at Hurlburt Airfield in Florida. He also did detail for the POTUS and FLOTUS on two separate occasions before taking seriously his duty and responsibility of protecting our couches from disuse.
In September 2019, VVolt was scheduled for surgery to remove a large soft-tissue mass … until we learned it wasn’t. It turned out, he had two kinds of cancer, one a more benign soft-tissue sarcoma, but he also was infested with a more aggressive cancer. He underwent treatment of chemo and radiation. We thought he was in the clear, until a follow-exam in April showed this aggressive cancer had just moved to a new location–his lungs! He started treatment again, including radiation. But they determined he wasn’t responding to the chemo drug, so they went for a more aggressive drug … and VVolt ended up in a near-death spiral. We almost lost him due to a very adverse reaction to the drug. It was traumatizing watching his hard-hitting war dog digging holes in teh yard to bury himself. After a week in the hospital, VVolt came home armed with myriad drugs.
He’s now holding his own and fighting this cancer with the aid of a top-notch veterinary staff, steroids, and pain meds. At 12 years old, we know he’s nearing the end of his day, but our earnest prayers are that he won’t spend them in pain.
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