I decided to start this blog to chronicle Homer’s journey as I follow along with him on his battle with cancer.Many of you know all about Homer, the original Thank DOG I Am Out rescue pup. Thrown out of the speeding vehicle as a puppy ,the blunt force of landing rotated his back left leg 270°. By the time I rescued him at around one year old the leg had calcified at the joint. Because it had good blood flow and he was able to scratch with it and kneel on it the decision was made to leave it.Over the years (of which now it is 12), Homer has continued to impress the world with his amazing personality and his lack of acknowledging that he is a little different. He has had a very healthy life until July 19, 2021.The day started out as usual, sunny, lots of walks and treats. That night – out of the blue – a small , soft malleable lump seemed to have popped out of the joint on his back good leg, the right leg.Having run the rescue for 12 years I thought I diagnosed it quite well and went to sleep thinking it was a fat tissue lipoma. Nothing to worry about.I was leaving for Africa in 7 days but had the wherewithal to book a quick appointment to have the lump aspirated. A few days later I was in the air on my way to Africa, results pending, no real concern on my end. My instincts were wrong, Homer was diagnosed with a deadly, but slow growing “soft tissue sarcoma”. Apparently about 15% of dogs are diagnosed with these cancerous tumours – they are graded 1-3, and then staged …Homer was graded a “2”. Apparently a “grey” area, but not a “1” so intervention is required.Had it popped out on his bad leg we could have amputated the leg and been done with it. The universe had other plans… it was his good back leg – so making him a double amputee at 12 years old was not an option.Thanks to the amazing team VCA Canada Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre , Dr Ford and Sakals, the obvious bump was removed but the tentacles of this cancer remained and will grow in between his tendons and ligaments.Our only option once we determined that the cancer had not spread was to venture down to WSU Pullman Veterinary College in Pullman, Washington, for 2 weeks of radiation.That’s where we will be heading this Monday October 4th, 2021.That is where our Installment # 2 will pick up.We at Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue want to share our knowledge with others so if any of this helps someone who may all of a sudden see a lump appear – please don’t assume it’s nothing.