Yesterday after work I scooped up Max and took him for a little trip. It wasn’t to go to the park though. It was a trip back to see the vet. Guess where he thought he was going? Sorry buddy, not today.
Max has a little cyst on his side that I wanted to get checked out. Doing some googling yesterday morning, it appeared that he had a “mast cell tumour.” Apparently it’s quite common for dogs, but I wanted to get a jump on things before they got out of hand.
When I pulled up to the office I knew we’d have a bit of a wait. There was only one parking spot available and I took it. As expected, the waiting area was packed. There were six other pets in there anxiously waiting for their names to be called. I buckled in and prepared for at least an hour wait.
While I was sitting there, a couple sat down beside me and settled in for the long wait with their dog, which was 16 years old. That’s a ripe old age for a dog!
I said a quick hello to the couple without really paying attention to them. I was too busy making sure Max was well behaved. As I was talking to the man I swung around and had a look at him. “Stan?” It turned out he was someone I had met when I first moved to Regina 22 years ago. He owned Stan’s Diner years ago and we would make that our breakfast stop many Saturday mornings. His wife Diane used to own a furniture store on 11th Ave., not far from the radio station. I hadn’t seen them for more than 10 years.
We chatted about the old times and got caught up with what’s been going on in the last decade. Stan lost a leg last year, but apparently that hasn’t dimmed his sense of humour. He was still all smiles and full of one liners. Before I knew it, the vet came out and grabbed Max and I for our visit. It was an hour wait, but for once it didn’t feel like it.
The vet didn’t seem overly concerned about Max. She did take a sample of the cyst to send off to Saskatoon. Worse case scenario is Max and I will be back there to remove it. Best case scenario is we’ll just leave it alone.
Like they say, “If the doc isn’t worried about it, I’m not worried about it.”