He is continuing to recover fairly well and I am glad it has been a long weekend so we've been able to be with him for 3 days instead of the normal weekend two. The big test will be tomorrow when we both go back to work and he is left alone all day - I don't think it will be a problem, he usually sleeps most of the day anyway. We go back to the vet tomorrow night for a check-up, but we won't find out about the type of lump for about a week.
He has a sock on his foot to stop his nails getting at the staples when he tries to scratch - the good thing about him being old is that he can't quite get his back foot up to where he wants to scratch, so the staples should be safe, but just in case... I haven't been able to count the staples, but he has a cut approx 30cm long so it's a pretty decent one. It looks like it is healing well so that is pleasing.
Anyway, thanks to all for your kind thoughts for Clarence. I know this is mostly a cross-stitch blog but I do say in my 'About Me' that other stuff may pop up - and this is what has popped up this week. I was never really a pet person and thought people were crazy for getting so upset when their pets were sick - after all, it's just a dog or cat. Now that we've had Clarence for about 6 years, I can understand it completely - they are part of the family as much as a child - and since we don't have children, he really is our baby. Hopefully, no more dramas now and I can get back to just recording my stitching progress. Thanks again...