Sorry to hear it.....those friggin' pure bred dogs!!!! My English cocker developed tumors like progeGTgirlie's ..same results..gone. We now have another pure bred..a MinPin and a Heinz 57 whatever....I'm always checking and feeling the little MinPin for any signs of irregular bumps etc. She's only 5 and I feel like we've had her for 20. The little mixed breed is 15 and healthy as a horse!! Absolutely the lowest maintainence dog I've ever encountered. She is a little long of tooth now and I guess I need to prepare for the inevitable.
Hope there is some remedy for Dobie...his frame is very clean, good eyes, nice posture.