Barclae has earned the right to wear those cool doggy shades.
He’s earned the words on his red doggy shirt:
The Scottish Terrier has stayed a trooper these past few years despite everything he’s had to endure. Skin cancer on his right front paw. Two surgeries to remove two toes. Bladder cancer, twice. Chemo. More surgery ...
“Barclae” is a Scottish name. (It’s pronounced “Bark-lee.”) Barclae Wagger. That’s his full name. He just turned 11.
“He’s just the most easygoing dog you’d ever like to meet,” says Doug Kozisek of Council Bluffs, Iowa. “We also have a female Scottish Terrier who’s 3 years old – his ‘sister,’ Nikki Nessa – and she’s a handful. She just does nothing but bug him all the time, which is probably not the best thing in the world for him right now. But he tolerates her.
“He just keeps plugging along.”
Two years ago, Doug and his wife, Deb, found that growth on Barclae’s paw. Their Omaha vet, Dr. Martin Ramm, suspected malignant melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer that can spread quickly. He took a tissue sample.
Then, as Barclae recovered from anesthesia, the three humans had a conversation that went something like this:
Dr. Ramm: We’re going to ship the tissue overnight to the Vet Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. There’s a vet down there, Dr. Bruce Brodersen, who’s one of the best in the area at diagnosing cancer.
Deb: If it gets there sooner, would it make any difference?
Dr. Ramm: It might.
Deb (turning to Doug): Well then let’s do a road trip.