I am really going through it with my son. On top of that our dog, Dolly, who has a history of mast cell cancer/tumors, has not wanted to eat her food (but can be persuaded to eat ours--hamburger, rice, chicken) and has seemed lethargic and depressed for the past 3 or 4 days. The cancer showed up 2.5 years ago. We have had her on medication (toxic) one time for 6 months, and three times she has had operations for biopsy and removal of tumors. We have decided no more operations (kind of, more M has decided that) and are questioning whether or not to do the toxic medication again. She went to an oncologist about 2 months ago and he thought she did not need the medication again, that boxers seldom die of this cancer (other Vet did not tell me this) and can go to old age removing new tumors as they develop (on their skin.) He did say that medicine would be indicated if the cancer were to spread to her internal organs and recommended scans, ultrasounds, xrays of all, I felt that he had already determined that she looked good and all of the tests were to protect him, not us. We feel pretty sure that if Dolly does have widespread cancer, we will sacrifice her. It is very hard to write those words but I could not write, put her down. Sacrifice her or sacrficarla is how to say it in Spanish and it feels more to the point. We adore her. She was the one who brought us together. We have never known each other without Dolly. As much as I love her, M loves her more. Last night he came into the bedroom to tell me that Dolly was extremely intelligent. Like a jerk, I asked "because she went to the bathroom on the floor?" (She had had a couple of accidents in the house when we had left her last night.) "Yes," he responded. Because she tried to use the cat box to go to the bathroom." The cat's box is in a cabinet with the doors off in the laundry room. It seems she had tried to go there. She did the best she could, but missed. M seems afraid to take her to the Vet. He wants to try for us to find what works. We will leave her inside this afternoon when we leave to shop to see if she still has diarrhea.