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    Unhappy This Week Is Not Going To Be Easy..

    Just when you're cruising along, getting by every day, coping with all the pandemic chaos, something comes along to take the shine right off things..!! On Saturday I noticed a swelling just behind the right shoulder on our black Lab. It was quite large and about the size of an open hand and quite solid. It wasn't weeping, no broken skin so I knew he'd not caught his shoulder on anything. So I kept an eye on it for the rest of Saturday and Sunday.

    I called the veterinarian this morning and made an appointment. He doesn't enjoy going to the vet' any time so I was curious today that he made no fuss. She gave him the once over and then started in on this 'lump'. Well, to cut a long story short, it's a cancer and quite advanced. Whilst surgery is an option there is no guarantee it will solve the problem, in her opinion it could make things worse - he's 12 years old, blind in one eye, had hearing problems and is slowing down a lot.
    The cost of surgery wouldn't bankrupt me but it would cost over $1500 for the operation, plus ongoing medication for an unknown length of time. So we had to decide. Let him go on as he is or have him put to sleep.

    It's never an easy choice. All those years passed, the places visited, the game shoots we've been on - always ready to 'work'. But his quality of life is compromised right now and will only get worse, and I don't want to see him suffer.

    He will leave us on Friday afternoon a little after 3pm. I will be in tears, but I will be there with him. I really, really don't want to see him go but I don't want to see him suffer. When it comes to my dogs I'm just a big softie and I make no apologies for that. I'm posting this now in the vain hope it will steel me for Friday. And I am NOT going to get another dog.

    Like I said in the title, this week is not going to be easy...

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    So sorry to hear about your buddy, it's so hard to make that decision.

    We have a 13 year old hound dog with diabetes and is blind in both eyes. He still is happy but has been having more bad days than good!

    Praying for you!

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    I think I can say without reservation, our hearts go out to you. Most of us have been through this, it is a shame our loyal and contant companions don't have longer lifespans. I have an 11 year old Brittany that has developed hip displasia and will be making the same decision within the year.

    Yes it will be a tough week, and last much longer than that. God Bless
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    So sorry to hear about your Lab. I had to put down my little Snoodle last year, he was already completely blind and deaf. Then the face and throat cancer began. I did it myself and it was hard and that memory comes back to haunt me. It took about 4 months but finally found another rescue puppy and adopted her. Puppy is kinda a misnomer, She was 4 months old and weighed almost 100lbs. It takes time to handle the loss. Take care Tom.
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    Oh my GOD , do I ever feel the pain and anguish you and your family are going through. The hardest thing I have ever gone through is sending my two previous Aussies over the rainbow bridge. I'm crying just posting this. Nothing has been harder and caused more sadness for me in my life than losing such fantastic creatures. So sad, so very sad. My prayers are with you.

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    I am so, so, sad to hear this.
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    That is a tough week. Sorry to hear about your dog. Remember the good times. Forget the bad times. Stay with your doggie a while after the shots are administered. They can hear you until their brain shuts down. Praying for you and your family and your buddy.

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    Very sad. Sorry to hear.

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    I have had two occasions in which I have had to do the same thing and it wasn't easy. Both of my dogs were my best buddies and it broke my heart to have to do it. My thoughts are with you and your dog. There is a dog heaven,I am sure and he will be there.
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