A Man, Two Mutts, and Some Solitude
Omg....I am so incredibly sorry to hear this Mike...you don't deserve this and he certainly doesn't. You saved him from death and gave him the best home ever....why?????? Why is Life so hard sometimes? My heart is heavy for you my friend.
Thanks, Rose. But life is what is its.
I'm so sorry to hear, Mike. I'm sure you'll make the time he has left worthwhile. My sympathies to you both.
I will Scoacat. Lucas' last days will be good.
**HUGS** Oh honey.
Thanks, Dr. Doyle.
I am so, so sorry.
Thank you, Melinda.
Life can be so damn cruel sometimes. But is can be so damn beautiful too. You and Lucas finding one another was a beautiful thing. I'm not one to give grand advice but enjoy the time you have. I'm sorry my friend.
Thank you, Jon.
Sorry means nothing - I can imagine how much pain that you are in. And I am sorry - because I know. It is what we have in common - our dogs. He will always be with you. There is nothing that hurts more. I will be thinking about you both.
It means everything to me, Liz.
Mike, I am so sorry. The next few months are going to be horrid but don't lose sight of the amazing life you have given Lucas. xo
I promise I will not lose sight of the good, Bitsy!
I just know you from what your write and it speaks multiple volumes about your relationship with Lucas. I am so sorry. Its unbearable for me to think about. I have my Carmella. Weimer girl. I love her. She's 8. I cherish every moment. I know you have provided the life that Lucas could have only dreamed of. Thank you for that. And I'm so sorry about the pain and incredible sadness of losing him. #mustlovedogs #dogsarenotwithuslongenough
Thank you, JT!
Mike I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart to hear this news.
Me too, Janet
Lucas had some quality time with you, Mike. We rescued Butterball the most awesome large cat who was more like a well behaved little boy. He was 2. By three he was gone. he learned how to play and enjoy the outdoors with us and for that I am grateful. Lucas needed you and you were there. Hold him in your heart my friend. Big HUG to you and a tear or two.
Aw goddamnit. You know Lucas will always be in your heart, just his body is making room for you to save a new pup. It won’t be easy or pleasant, but the pack will endure, with the help of what he taught you.
Mike. I have a chow, 14 years old- diagnosed with SCC situated around the middle upper teeth between the major incisors -his diagnosis is almost exactly as the wording you have posted in your pathology report for Lucas. Anyway- my little fella (well, maybe not so little at 35kg) is getting on in years. He was given the cancer diagnosis about a year ago. The removed the infected teeth and scraped the area of bone above it- but in no way proceeded to obtain what they call 'clear margins. I give him (in his food, lean kangaroo mince with noodles and cilium husks-for regular motions) about half a tablespoon of turmeric powder every day. This is a known apoptosis (spontaneous cell death) agent. It costs here about $1.70 per pack of 200mg. It's cheap. Also, it seems to keep paralysis ticks at bay as well. Mate, I hope this info helps. It can't harm to give it a try.Steu in Oz.
Wow, Steu, you are the very first person to give me any hope at all here. Thanks. And stand by for updates.
My vet indicated that we should put him down before surgery. The vet is a lucky man because I considered clouting him one over the head at that point- I figured that this would be non productive. Surgery cost $1500 and he then went to the trouble of referring me to a university vet clinic- said that they would have to remove his front upper nose and teeth and bone to obtain said 'clear margins'...Anyway, I have since purchased that Hawiian vet cancer specialist guide and thought about buying his tablets 'Apogens' or whatever they are called- ended up not being able to afford let alone have them come through Oz customs- almost as paranoid as US border patrol- perhaps a little more corrupt. The turmeric notion came to me through this. The powder is made from the root tuba- like ginger. It happens that with regular use- after some months of delay since surgery, that his tumour is much less evident. There is a bio-availability issue with the turmeric powder so it has to be allied with other food- in my case half a packet of ramen noodles in boiling water, turmeric every day. Sven (my 14 y/o Chow) gets very little fat either- no dog food or kibble. He is a supremely lazy animal but he seems healthy such that he can negotiate the rocky sea headlands nearby- much more readily than he has for some years. Anyway, I wouldn't be so credulous about pathology diagnoses either for animals or for two legged mammals either. There are many uncounted factors in survival- not least of which is careful and loving owner. You may be entitled to have more faith in Lucas' strength than present feelings of dismay permit.
I sure hope you are right Steu! I might give this a try and I will let you know how it comes out, okay?
I;ll keep and eye out mate.
This is sad. It's tough when you know you're going to lose an old friend. The only consolation in all this is that I don't believe dogs know about death like we do. A dog with a good life pretty much lives in the "now," and if the "now" is good, that's all that matters. They don't fret over the yesterdays nor do they worry about the tomorrows. I have no doubt that you will make all the now's as good as they can be, and whatever time your dog has left will be as good as it can be.
Thank you, twice, John!
I've been missing from the internet off and on, working on a manuscript. Was wondering about Lucas, and just read this today. Sad, and so, so sorry. I can't imagine the pain of losing a dog...haven't yet. I've lost numerous cats through the years, but 2 of my dogs now are getting older: one is 8, the other 10. So far, they are healthy...but I dread the day I lose one. Somehow dogs seem more emotionally attached to their owners (and in return the owners attached to them) than cats. Either way though, I know this has to be hard on you. Lucas may rally, and live longer than you think; I've seen it happen in humans with a cancer death sentence. In the meantime, know you and Lucas are in my thoughts. Give him a big ((((((HUG)))))) from me. --Cara