By Randy Pierce
“Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
** Warning – this blog topic contains serious and somber news **
The Mighty Quinn is an extraordinary dog and has achieved so very much in his young life. We are delightfully immersed in what we like to refer to as “Play-a-palooza” and “Treat-o-rama” here at the homestead. All this is to reward and celebrate the fantastic fortune of having shared so many moments of marvel with him. As Thanksgiving approaches, it is appropriate to be thankful for all the joy, freedom, and wonder which he has brought into the world.
Many of his supportive friends and the 2020 Vision Quest community are already partially aware of the serious challenges we presently face. After our last update, the full and devastating detail is deservedly due to everyone we can reach with this report.
Quinn has osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which has a focus point effectively on his skull. The result is a very aggressive and sadly terminal prognosis. The muscles of his jaw are being rapidly replaced with cancer cells. This is a rare location for the cancer, and with a biopsy showing vascular intrusion, very few months is the prognosis. In a bit of a mixed blessing: the mouth impact he has experienced for several months will likely achieve a point where he cannot play or even eat for himself before the cancer has the opportunity to end his life. As such, I will be very attentive to the quality of his life and after doing my utmost to ensure that quality is fully appreciated, I will ensure his peace arrives with all the love and mercy he similarly deserves.
As you might expect, I am devastated. I work hard nearly every moment to scramble for perspective and give Quinn the celebration his life and the happier present moments deserve. We’ve only been together for slightly more than seven short years. He’s only just approaching his ninth birthday on December 11 and without question it all feels entirely unfair.
Yet I look at the amazing experiences we’ve shared and I know without question I really am astoundingly fortunate. As I read the outpouring of support from Quinn’s many friends and the many people who have had their lives touched by this incredible boy, I count myself lucky for Quinn as well as the strength, courage and support which I know will see me through the darker days ahead.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who in all your various ways have expressed love and support. Thank you most of all to the Mighty Quinn. There will be time for the full measure of grief when he is no longer with us. Despite my best efforts, a bit too much grief may sneak into my present but I do hope you’ll all attempt to join me in thankfulness and celebration for the Mighty Quinn.
“You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn” – Bob Dylan