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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Lost my Chelsea today

She'd only been diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma for a week and a half. We had started chemo and she seemed to get better in the first week. We began taking walks again, she ate better, and really liked getting cooked chicken and rice. Then she hurt her paw Monday and we took her in. They took xrays to make sure it wasn't the cancer spreading to her bones or lungs and it came back clear. But she didn't get better and stopped eating Tuesday. And couldn't walk well or climb stairs. So she chose to sit out back in the bushes and on the patio, surrounded by bowls of water all over the yard.

We took her in to the oncologist, and I was hoping to be able to get something to give her to stimulate her appetite. But her tumor had tripled in size and she had lost the sparkle in her eye. She didn't even wag for me this morning when I greeted her. So with our options gone, we chose to let her go. They let us sit with her in the exam room--they are all decorated like a small living room with cushy chairs and rugs and little antique style desks. And they gave her her shots in an IV and she quietly went to sleep. She was ready but we weren't. I thought we might get a few more months, but it only turned out to be the week and a half. Everywhere I turn in the house is a stuffed toy, an old bone she kept moving around, or a puffball of fur from her beginning to shed this spring. I expect to hear her bark when people walk by the house, or find her nose right up against the front door by the time we turn the key in the lock to come in. I feel devastated. She was a special dog, a rescue dog who adopted us first, and she loved people and kids. She was only 11, but we had her for 8 years.

I know it was better for her because her quality of life had slipped so much in just a day, but it's hard to let go.

Pam :-(
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I'm so sorry you lost this special girl.

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Pam. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved dog to cancer. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you. Rest in peace, Chelsea.

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My heart is cracking for you and your loss; there is no greater loss to us than to have to let our furbabies go, and no greater gift to them than to let them go as painlessly and dignified as possible.

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I am sorry sorry for your loss and pain, I understand. You gave her a wonderful life and and did a great thing for this sweet girl.

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rip dear chelsea. when the time is right there will be another one waiting who needs you.

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RIP Sweet girl.

I am sorry for your loss and the pain you are going through right now.

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I am so sorry. Thank you for loving her so much.
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 09:09 PM
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Pam,

I am so very sorry..

What a special girl!

She was and is so loved ..

My best wish for you is to start looking for the next dog!

To me, there is no better tribute than showing the love to another being!

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