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Sad day

Saturday, August 02, 2014

We had a very sad day yesterday. Spent all day at various vets with my mom-in-law's aging dog. She's had a bit of a cough, so we took her to see what was up. Turns out that she has extensive cancer and won't live long. The vet said days or, at the outside, weeks. Other than the cough, a little lethargy, and occasional light panting, she seems like herself—eating, hanging out, etc. Wanting to play frisbee, although the vet says not too much activity. It's very hard. My M-I-L of course lost her husband suddenly in January, moved across country to live with us (leaving her friends) and now will lose her dog of 10 years, her constant companion. I don't know what to do for her except try to be understanding. I wish animals lived longer.
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    sorry about your pet.
    so hard to lose our fur babies.
    my harriet/ cat had gum cancer and grew to efect her smell. no smell no eating, we put her down right away. very sad.
    did you move?

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  • DIANE7786
    emoticon Pets are family members. I agree with the previous poster who suggested you let the dog play frisbee. Let her do any activity she wants. She deserves to have as much fun as possible. This is a sad time, especially for your mom. I suggest she read, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. It's a novel about a a dog's, life, narrated by the dog, Enzo. Everyone I know who read it loves it and looks at their pet dogs a little differently!
    1391 days ago
    Very sad indeed... it's amazing how cancer even affects our precious pets. emoticon
    1391 days ago
    That is sad news. Pets have their own personalities and are often more loyal than most humans. Very sad...
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  • ATHENA1966
    I am so sorry. That is heartbreaking news. Sending prayers to you and your Mother in-law. Our dogs truly are part of our family.

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    I say play frissbee with the dog. He only has a few weeks to live so he should enjoy it and not feel sad he can't play. What's the difference if the frissbee shortens his life by a few days as long as his last days are very happy. There was something on our local news last week that I loved. A family who had to have their dog put down first gave him his last best day ever. They took him to the dog park where there is a dog pond that he loves to play in. They gave him hamburger meat and other things he loves to eat. Their son came home from college for the weekend so the entire family could spend their last day with him. They went to the local park and had the vet assistant put him down at the park under a tree, laying in the grass that he loved. I fell in love with that family.
    1391 days ago
    emoticon Yes, our pets are part of our families. We need to mourn them just as we do our human family. When the dog passes, I would recommend the rainbow bridge poem for you MIL. When our Persian died, our vet sent us the poem. We blew up a picture of our kitty and put it beside the poem. It helped us heal. So sorry.
    1391 days ago
    emoticon I agree our pets are family, they are support, and they love you no matter what happens and that love isn't easily replaced. I'm sorry for the families loss; maybe someday she'll want to adopt another dog. I'm praying for you all.
    1391 days ago
    So sad. I also have a aging dog a Lab.. 13 now but in good health. I also wish dogs could live longer . She is like a child to me . I love her so much and am grateful for everyday we have together. We will always keep her memories close. God Bless
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