And, if you believe in prayers, throw one of those up for her also. A month or so ago I noticed that she was limping a little on her right paw so I did an inspection and noticed her middle, right paw pad was quite a bit swollen and also appeared to have a raw spot so I took her to the vet and his initial diagnosis was perhaps "some sort of autoimmune disorder." I asked for a full CBC which came back good but the autoimmune thing (Addison's, Lupus, etc) scared the hell out of me. The vet put her on a very high dosage of 60mg/day of prednisone with a 2 week taper down and even though the swelling went down the ulceration did not heal up so back to the vet we went. This time he put her under a general anesthesia and did some exploratory surgery with xrays to see if perhaps there was something stuck up inside the paw pad. When my wife and I picked her up the vet said he had found a tumor in the pad and had taken a biopsy to send off for evaluation and interpretation. The result came back Thursday and the tumor is a rare form of cancer known as Eccrine Carcinoma. Luckily it is a slow growing form of cancer and I believe we'll be able to have it removed and hopefully it hasn't metastasized. Like a lot of people, I'm closer to my "girls" than I am to people. I eat, sleep and play with them and they are a big part of my "life-line" and keep me grounded. Especially this one - she's a "Daddy Girl" and even eats off my fork during dinner. She's also a veteran of my La Scala road trip to Columbia, MO. here: Klipsch La Scalas and the road trip I'm fairly used to dealing with adversity but this is very worrisome and has consumed me. I don't do FB, I don't "tweet" so AK is the only social media I have and we're really needing some positive waves for this. We have an appointment Monday to schedule the removal surgery.