Ramani. A girl with a stunningly massive tumour
She’s 10 to 12 years. Pretty old. Especially for a street dog. The growth is a mammary tumour. It probably took a year to get that large.
She passed Leslie as he was walking on the main road. He did a double take. Took Pandi a day to catch her. She was otherwise in pretty good health. We had her in cage 2 (17’x 12’) with several other dogs for a day or two. Then put her out on the veranda where she could move around. She wasn’t very social. Didn’t mix with the other dogs and wasn’t interested in attention from the Staff. (Leslie tells us it might be an “age thing”. He notices it in himself).
For four or five days after the operation she often looked at where the tumour had been. And occasionally licked it. She still tended to be solitary, but became a little more social, mixing some with the other dogs. And she started responding to attention from the Staff. Several puppies would come close to her when she was lying down. And she let them snuggle.
After several weeks of convalescence Vishwa released her to her territory. We think that she was one of those that craved freedom. He said she was so, so happy.
Dear, dear Ramani, may you be protected and guided...We are always here for you...With love, The Arunachala East End New York gang.