Hello TXDOGLOVER.............my heart goes out to you, I do know how you feel, in 2002 my then oldest dog Chips she was a rott/lab mix came to me and her know looked swollen and she showed teeth when we tried to touch her, the emergency room vet thought she may have an tooth that is infected, my regular vet did a teeth cleaning the next day and found that chips did not have any upper jaw bone left and her teeth were just floating in there, to this day I do no know how she was able to eat her dry food. We took her to a pet dentist and he pulled a tooth to relieve the pressure but the X-rays showed the whole right side of her brain was cancer, she was given 2 weeks to live, that is when we found Maxie in a small humane society in the mountains to make sure our Husky Bandit had a companion once chips had to leave us, she out lived the prognoses and was with us another 14 MONTH instead of 14 DAYS she was an amazing fighter, we decided not to have her go through surgery and Chemo because there was no guarantee and she was over 12 already, we just made sure she had everything she wanted. My children are grown and my dogs are my children now they give us unconditional love, Maxie has done OK, but had been throwing up a few times, have to watch it, Bear is healing from his TPLO surgery but is still not himself. I am so happy you will be giving another pup a good home, there are just too many that are abused and homeless, I wish I could save them all
Maxie56, I know exactly what you are going through with the cancer, anyway. My 7 year old Australian Cattle dog on Oct31 sat abruptly on our steps that am and when I felt him over for stickers, I felt a huge poplitieal lymph node, then the submandibular ones on his neck and they were huge. I knew what it was right away, but was praying he just had a massive infection. We are in a very remote area with just okay vets, so we drove 6 hrs to San Antonio for an oncology visit. They said dogs tolerated chemo better than people do and that we could get a year with relatively little side effects. We started chemo, but it was too much for him and after 3 wks he went into respiratory distress/congestive heart failure and we took him in to our vet and euthanized. Found out the oncology vet used VERY high doses and it was too much. My husband and I have had many dogs in both our lifetimes but this was the hardest one to work through. It was completely devastating, as we have no kids and these are DEFINITELY our kids! We never thought our elderly rescue greyhound would outlive the cattle dog, but he did. I find myself crying at every little thing and its not getting any easier yet. We are going next weekend to Arizona to adopt a 2 yr old boy (ACD)who is being fostered and are very excited. We know Boomer would want another dog to have as good a life as he did. It really does help to talk to other people who really ARE dog people, not just people who have dogs who think they are dog people. Real dog people really understand the devastation of losing any species and just how heartbroken you are. You sound like a good mom when you say you are giving the healthy one lots of attention, too. Know that people are thinking about you and care.
The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different- Hippocrates
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers, it helps so much to talk to doglovers since we are the only ones that can understand what it feels like when our furbabies are in pain. I love you all, Merry Christmas
I understand completely what you are going thru. My daughter had her babygirl put down the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. She was a pit mix and my daughter found out on that Tuesday that Allie had 3 brain tumors. On that Wednesday morning Allie did not appear to know who we were and was moaning in pain. So she crossed the Rainbow Bridge that morning. I had to have a mass removed from my maine coon's side(thankfully it came back benign). Will be praying for you and your family. Love them while they are here and remember the good times.
I am so sorry to hear about your woes with the doggies. Will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers (know it's especially tough this time of year with all the high expectations of the season). Take good care of yourself also!
I am so sorry to hear you are going through such a terrible time and the heart ache you have. I know how it can hurt. I am thinking of you and will send a prayer for support your direction. Take care and keep in touch with us.
Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner. Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.
"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)
With God all things are possible.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David Viscott
MN. Sparks Fat Kickers Team Leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
It has been a long month, Christmas spirit is hard to find when one feels sad and unsure. Maxie was diagnosed with Carcinoma cancer in her colon, the cancer is in the pelvic area and surgery is risky and may not remove all the mass, the Vet put her on piroxicam which may slow down the cancer from spreading, my little girl is only 9, I have been through it with Chips, she crossed Rainbow bridge in 2003 after fighting brain cancer for 14 month she was 13 1/2. Then our Bear ( he is 3) had to have TPLO surgery to repair a partially torn cranial ligament on his left hind knee, he is all drama and it had been a challenge the first week, I have step to come into the house and he cried when we helped him up the steps with the assistance of a belly strap, now he can come up on his own but it takes a couple of tries until he makes it up. He is limping and is still very careful not to put too much weight in the sore leg.
Barney my 6 year old has been great with everone else getting so much attention but I noticed he started to sneeze alot, so we had to make sure to make a fuss over him as well, he is such a good boy and deserves as much attention that the ailing fur babies.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.