Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bruno's Lump

(This is the most viewed post on my blog - 772 views as of 4/10/2012.  I have no idea why this should be so.  If you are someone who visits this post, please comment or email to let me know how or why you landed on Bruno's Lump. Bruno passed away at the age of 15+ in June 2009.  Our new dog Benni is filling Bruno's paw prints and then some -  take a minute to visit Benedict Bentley -  Benni's Blog. Thanks.)

This is one of those obscure pictures like you see of the Loch Ness Monster or an Unidentified Flying Object. But wait, we can get clarity.
Or is it the Blob? It is currently an Unidentified Object of sorts and it is more or less permanently attached to our Dog Bruno.
The ugly black skinned growth started out rather small. Kids would yell, "Your Dog has a tick!" We had to correct them, saying, "It's not a tick, just a growth, like a wart". The vet was not concerned. Her reasoning was it would be worse to have to put Bruno under anesthesia to remove the growth, than to leave it alone. We agreed. That was early last summer.
Meanwhile, the thing has grown to the size of a small planet. There are undoubtedly tiny creatures living their ordinary lives and conducting business transactions on its surface as I write this. The thing is positioned high on Bruno's head over his right eye. It doesn't seem to bother him at all, and he seems to have no sensation or feeling as he does not yelp or react if you touch or squeeze it. As a matter of fact, he is totally oblivious to its presence and to its unsightliness. The Dog is like a person walking around with spinach in his teeth or a practical joke stuck on his back saying "kick me". Ignorance IS bliss, no doubt.
At nearly 14 years old, Bruno has earned the right to parade about with an ugly wart on his head, and not give a damn. I, on the other hand, would like for him to have it removed as I cannot think of any way to disguise it. I've thought of fashioning a little outfit for it, with a top hat perhaps, or painting it red and adding holly for the Holidays. We tease him about his brain leak, tell him not to eat so much, cuz it feeds the wart, and make him the butt of our jokes. But it doesn't faze him in the least. Bruno still is only interested in 1) Meals, 2) Snacks, especially his Kabobs or Beef Fillets which are his most expensive addiction, 3) going for a hike in the woods, and 4) making us get up off our butts as soon as we get comfortable to let him out to pee, or to close the door after he lets himself in. Oh, and 5) occupying his favorite spot on the couch, but only if the blankey is on.
In spite of being nearly 14 and having a science experiment growing on his forehead, Bruno is still cute, or at least we think so. And he knows it. He has always used his looks and expressions to get his way and he still pretty much gets what he wants, when he wants it. I guess he's got a face, lump and all, that only a mother could love. Or in this case, only his two Dads could love.

This is one of those Dog lessons: "The ones who love you, love you warts and all".


  1. Hi! Bruno is such a cutie! I googled 'black growth on dog' in images and that's how I ended up here. My dog, a 4 year old alaskan malamute, has some ugly strange growth growing on her snout so I was trying to figure out what it could be. Looking like I may need to get her in to the vet and have it looked at, especially since she's so young. Anyways, thanks!

    1. I ended up here for the same reason, but on a 5 year old Mally.
      Looks like a vet trip for Kiki and I too.

  2. Kelly, Hope your dog is OK. We had this lump removed once, but it came back in two years and was quite a nasty growth. By then he was 16 and an old boy with other health issues.

  3. Hello!

    I am trying to figure out a small, very similiar looking lump on my 6.5 year old pup's paw!

    You called it a blob, wart and science experiment. But I dont think you affirmed it as benign? Was it?

    My Bullet was a blacklab who passed away also in 2009 and was 16. I got Zealand later that year. Shes a Cairn Terrier.

  4. I'm not sure it was ever diagnosed as we never had a biopsy. I assume it was some form of cancerous growth and after we had it removed and it returned it seemed more aggressive, growing and oozing so that I had to clean the lesions with peroxide and carefully remove the necrotic tissue with gauze up to twice daily. It makes me sad to recall it even now after all these years. The poor little tyke was brave and let me care for him until he became too tired to walk or go outside. We brought him to the vet and decided there was little we could do and he was euthanized outside under a tree by the vet's office surrounded by the veterinary staff and Leon and me. I hope you can get an answer to your inquiry. I truly don't have one.

  5. Ended up here from googling "dog mole". Looks exactly like the lumpy thing on my 9 (almost 10 years old) pit bull's side. Doesn't seem to bother him.



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