Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lymphoma In Dogs

So it is Terrible Tuesday!!! So I took our dogs to the vet to have their annual checkup done and get bathed. Simple, right?

Nope, not in our world. Nothing is simple. Our German Shepard, Pete has been diagnosed with Lymphoma!! Shocking to say the least. What do you do with a 10 year old dog that is happy and perfectly trained and love him to death? Do you do the selfish thing and subject him to chemotherapy and bone marrow testing or do you make him comfortable and let him go????

Well, since both of my in-laws were plagued with the disease (Cancer) and lost their struggle, we have chosen to make him comfortable. We are unwilling to subject him to something that we were told was "the worst pain they have ever felt."

It feels like at every turn in the last 2 1/2 years we have been faced with the hardest, saddest, unexplainable losses. We know that we are not being punished, but it is really getting hard to stay positive and keep our (un) wavering Faith.

We WANT to be strong, faithful and walk with God knowing that it will all be ok, but....
Thank you to all of our friends and new blog friends that have left generous words and prayer. We appreciate and need all of the support we can get. I am still not a top notch blogger and not sure how or if I respond to comments. Please now that we have received them and they have touched us dearly.

7 comments:

I Believe in Miracles said...

My heart goes out to you! I'll keep you in my prayers.

beast's bits said...

man! that's all i can say....man!
sorry about pete.

Dave & Bobbi said...

I am sorry to hear what you are having to face. I just had to deal with this myself in my 12 year old American Staffordshire. I chose to make him as comfortable as possible and then when the time came, the vet and I decided what our decision would be. It was hard to watch the process, but he was happy and pain free - I am glad I made the decision I did - but it is a difficult one to make. Sending prayers your way!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry about Pete. I'm a dog trainer and you are definitely doing the right thing by making him as comfortable and loved as possible. It is so frustrating to me to see a dog suffering through chemo and treatments when they don't understand why. We'll be keeping you all in our prayers.

Amanda said...

I am so sorry to hear about Pete. As a dog lover myself I know how hard this is to go through.

Angie said...

I'm sorry to read about your dog Pete! =( I know all too well what you are going through. We lost our Molly to cancer in '06 and it was the hardest thing we had to go through. We did the chemo, radiation, experimental treatments, etc and she still passed within the "6 months to live" timeline. We can't change what we did, but in the end- we can only hope she was still happy and comfortable. We stopped all treatment in the last 2 months, nothing was working anymore. Just make him as comfortable as possible, smother him with love (and extra treats) and that's all you can do. I'll be praying for you and the possible decisions you'll have to make in the future.

scarredbellybutton said...

I'm so, so sorry. I know you will make sure he's very comfortable and know he's loved. Thinking of you.