Felix before, during and after surgery
Felix the blonde golden retriever, king of Fattoria del Colle, has had surgery for two skin tumours. He is well but we have been worried.
Greedy, lazy, a snuggler, a wimp ….Felix welcomes, with a waggly tail all those who arrive at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. Everybody loves him.
DISCOVERING THE TUMOURS
During the summer we discovered that Felix had a strange bump on his back, and its pathology revealed that is was a skin tumour. This shocked us greatly. When we took him to the vet for surgery, we also discovered a second bump that after the incision resulted in being a second tumour even bigger than the first.
A few hours after surgery, when Felix came home, all his back had been shaved and he had two long scars, but he was walking, and hungry.
The scan and pathology on lymph nodes, liver and pancreas found no metastasis; we are worried, but have avoided chemo. We will keep him under check and if we see any suspect symptoms we will take action, but we did not want him to be unwell because of invasive therapy. This might have been a selfish decision but he is serene and he must live a good life until his health allows him to.
In the meantime he has pulled out 5 stitches rubbing against a hedge. Great amount of worry, and more stitches! For a few days he was “under special surveillance” and he was allowed out only accompanied. For him that was very strange as he lives free to come and go all day long, following Donatella Cinelli Colombini and barking with his big baritone voice when he finds a shut door. He actually hates shut doors!
LET ME PRESENT FELIX
Our Golden retriever is enormous he weighs over 50kg, but he acts like a puppy. He is very fearsome, he is scared of thunder and he hides under the desks for protection.
Rifle shots have the same effect, consequently when out for a walk he runs home if he hears the hunters. On the other hand is he fascinated by deer, wild boar and porcupines, he doesn’t run after them but he sits aiming at them
and barks while wagging his tail.
Felix is unrepentantly greedy. The vet calls him “pastasciutta”. He is able to finish his dish (one hamburger, half a chicken breast and beef with rice and zucchini, twice a day) in just a few minutes and then he wanders over to the restaurant, sits by the door waiting, as if famished.
He also hates water. When I picked him up at the kennels where he was born, they said <<be careful of swimming pools, because he will dive in, golden retrievers love swimming>>. No such problem, he doesn’t even bathe in his little tub when the summer days get so hot. A bath with shampoo… a nightmare! Furthermore when it rains he doesn’t go outside willingly, because he knows he will be dried when he comes back. Felix does though love stagnant water, he really enjoys a roll about in muddy puddles and he does dive into bogs coming home very stinky.
Felix adores children but reacts to other dogs who bark or growl at him. He is not very good at playing although he would like to, and often he takes his toys to dogs that come to stay but then does not want to share.
This is Felix, certainly with his moon eyes he is the scarred king of Fattoria del Colle.