December 5th 2012 will be a day to remember---but not for a good thing. My family lost a pet that was like family. We had Timea for almost 10 years. She was a Cane Corso which is also called an Italian Mastiff. She would have been 10 years old on Groundhog Day.
You couldn't ask for a better dog---well, maybe in the beginning. Before we got her, we also got a French Mastiff puppy about a month earlier. He was my best friend while Timea seemed to latch on to my Mom. She was definitely Mamaw's girl. She was a little hellion in the beginning---always fighting with the French Mastiff named Phoenix. He was laid back, and she was a little fireball. She definitely mellowed out over the years.
We lost Phoenix after only 3 years to cancer. We eventually got another French Mastiff named Pollux. He lasted about 4 years until the cancer got him. Mastiffs are prone to cancer, and generally speaking big dogs don't really have a long life span---maybe 6-8 years if you are lucky. TImea outlived both of these dogs and led a really healthy life until about 2 years ago.
One day she let out a yelp, and then she was unable to walk. She was dragging her bottom half. It turns out she had suffered a fibrocatliniginous embolism. This is comparable to a blood blot or stroke. There was really no treatment for this, and we were told she would regain use of her legs depending on where the clot was. She did recover, but she maintained a limp. Other than that she was in excellent health.
This summer we noticed she was having more trouble getting around, but the last few weeks she would hardly get up at all. The days leading up to her death were really hard. She finally got to where she was unable to get up at all. We were forced with making the final decision. She was a pretty good sized girl---probably around 130 at the end. With her unable to walk, it was going to be hard to get her to the vet to do it---and even harder to bury her.
I found a place called Lap of Love. It is a mobile euthanasia vet. They will come to your home and let your pet go in a place they are comfortable. They will also take your pet for cremation and deliver the ashes back to you personally. They were very kind and treated Timea like she was their own. I would definitely use them again if need be. I am so thankful to find them.
This was sadly my 3rd experience with euthanasia. I had previously had to do this with my 2 French Mastiffs. Both, however, were done at UT Vet Hospital. Both were cremated. The first one, we spread the ashes at my Mom's house, and we also planted a rose bush and added his ashes. The second one sits in my living room in a beautiful wood box that also holds his collar and a picture on the front. I think this is the route we are taking with her. I found another wooden box that holds 5 pictures. Hopefully it will arrive around the same time we get her back.
I can't tell you enough what good dogs mastiffs are. Luckily, Timea had a litter of pups. I have her daughter named Dashka that looks and acts like her Mom. She is laid back and loves to have her butt rubbed. She is the same color but bigger. She has a full tail and ears while Timea had cropped ears and a short nubby tail. She was also so happy to see you, and her little nub would wag a mile a minute.
My Mom has her son that we named Malachi. He looks and acts nothing like his mom. He is fawn colored and more needy. He likes to be the center of attention. My Mom is 67 and lives alone. I am glad she still has Malachi after Timea has gone. He provides her with companionship and protection.
Timea (aka Mater) will be missed everyday. I am so thankful for the time we had with her. Rest in peace.