Captain Jack Versus Cancer

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I hate cancer. It has taken too many people I love. And now it’s threatening our dog, Captain Jack: an aggressive tumor on his lower jawbone and gum. It was ugly, it was nasty, it appeared very suddenly, and it was growing like wildfire. But we just got it taken out.

We were extremely fortunate in one respect. It is nearly impossible to get prompt veterinary care these days, because the vets and vet hospitals are all overwhelmed by the huge increase in dog ownership during the pandemic. But we managed to get him in to see a surgeon, and he had the operation today, a radical surgery of the jaw that involved removing a lot of bone. The surgeon reported that all went well, and he is recovering. We hope he’ll come home tomorrow. The surgery was performed at Boston West Veterinary Specialties and Emergencies, in Natick, outside Boston. We haven’t even been inside the place; it was all handled curbside and by phone. But kudos to their surgical team!

Please continue your prayers and positive thoughts for our buddy!

Here he is (with McDuff) in a happier time.

McDuff and Captain Jack


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  1. Karen Weatherbee
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    So sorry you and Captain Jack are having to deal with this. Cancer does truly suck. We lost our sweet Beagle mix Lily to liver cancer 10 years ago, and our cat Natasha to an aggressive lymphoma 3 years ago. Prayers for all of you.

  2. Frances B Giuffre
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    Loving thoughts and prayers for Capt. Jack. What a brave dog he is (and his parents!) Fran and Theo the Cat.

    • jeffreyacarver
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      Thanks, Fran and Theo! Jack is home now, resting comfortably. He was alert and interested the whole way home. Must feel weird to have half his lower jaw gone, but he’s not letting it bother him.

  3. Stephen
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    Hope he is still doing well and has a nice long life

    • jeffreyacarver
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      He’s doing great! Thanks for checking in!

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