About 9 years ago, this dog was showing up at my house in the country and seemed to be mis-placed or lost. She was very "Hand Shy" and it took a few weeks before she gained my trust as I decided to start feeding her. As time went by, she eventually was welcomed into the house as my protector! She was a very protective dog and would always warn me of intruders or any suspicious activities on my property.
About a month ago, I noticed she had a large bump showing up on her underside. I took her to the vet today and he informed me that she had a cancerous tumor that has already spread into her kidneys, lungs, and intestines. The vet told me that this large tumor needed to be removed in order to make the short time she has with me comfortable.
The vet told me I have 2 choices......................
Put her down now or have an expensive surgery to remove the tumor before it erupts and becomes impossible to treat.
I decided to not let my dog suffer, but not to end her life by my command. She goes in for surgery on Tuesday. The procedure will cost me around $1000.00 to remove the tumor. I feel that this is the most humane thing I can do. The vet tells me that even after removing the cancerous tumor, she will still only have 12-18 months to live since the cancer has spread.
I'm sorry, but this dog has been a great companion and I feel that she should go naturally, but not in dis-comfort. The tears are rolling down my cheek as I type this post. I bought her a new bed and some toys for her so she has a nice, comfortable place to spend her last months with me. She will be missed.............................
Awh, that's horrible. It's always sad to read something like this. Poor thing. :(
Wow, that's unfortunate, and that's an understatement. I feel bad for you, I can never stand losing a pet that's been with me for a long time. At least she'll be with you another year. I'm sorry, she sounds like a great companion. Did she every have any puppies? If she did, the puppies might have picked up a few of her traits. I lost my dog when I was 9, I remember I cried hysterically when I heard she died. Same thing for my cat a year later.
She did have a litter of puppies! She was pregnant when I got her. She has 4 boys and 2 girls.........................
Ozzy (Cause he was cool) Winchester (The "Stuck up" puppy) Buddy (everybody's Friend) Rudy (Short for Rudolph since he had a red nose)
Angel (She died 2 days after birth) Amelia (She had a white mark on her head that resembled an Airplane and she was a wanderer)
I still see Ozzy, Amelia, and Buddy from time to time, but they all got good homes.
For some reason, I feel more attached to my pet, a cat, than I feel to my closest family member. I do not know why, and it's something I really haven't told anyone, 'cause that would be classified as 'odd'. When I think of the fact that my cat will die before I will, I become immensly sad, and I feel I have to see her (it's a she ;p) and cuddle a bit with her before I'm cheered up (bigtime emo).
Make most of the time you're given.
The vet told me that I can get her radiation therapy in Cleveland, Ohio, but it is very expensive and may only prolong her life a few months. I decided against that. She does not need to suffer through all that.
I felt the same way when my dog died a few years ago, she was very old , and I had her put down because she no longer could even walk. It seemed much more humane than letting her suffer. I felt as if a had a bit of myself, not just a family member.
I'm sorry to hear about that :( I never had a dog because I was afaid about responsiblity (sp?)
Is it wroth getting one?
Cost me about 800 to cure my dog of heart worms. It ended up giving her about 14 more months. It was worth it, but it was hard to watch her get weaker and weaker as time went by. Sometimes i think i might have done her a favor by letting her go sooner.
Ah man, I feel for ya. The more time you get to spend with your dog will be worth the money you spend to make it happen.