For Mom's family out West. Camera shy Dottie, the rescue cattle dog mix, travels to the Bridge today due to advanced, and only now diagnosed, cancer on the spleen and internal bleeding the doctors can't fix.
She's the sweetest little dog and Grandpa's best buddy. She belongs to Mom's cousin Liz, who grew up playing with Mom and is like a sister, and having lost both of her parents too young, is another daughter for Grandpa.
Mom feels terrible she's far away and can't be there in time - but she is holding the family close in spirit.
Update: Just got word that Dad's been admitted to the hospital, and then found out it's not life threatening. He's got a really bad bladder infection so they'll have him on an antibiotic IV for today and tomorrow. Glad it's not worse than that.