Kind of a sad long first post from me, but I have been a long time reader on here and have learned a lot from this site.
Story Of Zorra:
July of 2011, my wife and I had decided to buy our first house. We were looking into getting a family dog, and we decided to go to our local SPCA. I was looking for a German Shepherd due to the fact my Mother had owned one while i was growing up and I absolutely love the breed. We looked around at the shelter and immediately I fell in love with Zorra. Now, the SPCA in my county is pretty strict about their adopting policy. We signed up to adopt Zorra, but we were 3rd on the list. We were told that the SPCA picked her up from being left out to fend for herself. They then contacted the owner of the micochip, but the man did not want the dog. After I had my wife call a numerous amount of times to see if we were the family that they chose, we finally got Zorra.
Zorra was only 45-50 pounds when we adopted her and took her home. After all the care, many vet visits, and heartworm treatments, we managed to get her weight back up to 75 pounds. We were not 100% sure what her weight was supposed to be due to the fact the SPCA and my vet said she was not a pure bred Shepherd, but we were told that it was supposed to be between 70-95LBS for pure breeds. A few months later my wife had brought home a Pitbull puppy. Zorra welcomed that dog in our home with open paws like it was one of her own and got along so well.
2 Years Later...
June 2013 I took Zorra to the vet for her 6 month check-up, Everything checked out fine, no problems and she was healthy according to the vet.
Now the heatbreaking story....
September 20th 4am.
Zorra started choking and spitting up saliva. Immediately, I called the local Emergency Vet thinking she might have accidentally got a hold of something, or ate something bad, not thinking it was going to be anything major because she acted normal all week, eating, sleeping, playing with her sister, etc. While driving to the vet, she started crying in pain, i feared the worse. While waiting at the vet, she told me she needed to take x-rays because her throat felt hard and her abdomen didn't feel right. 10 minutes later come the worst news. Zorra had a mass surrounding her spleen that could be cancerous, with a stomach bloat. She also said that the Mass could have spread through-out her throat. She gave me the option to pay for the surgery with a 25% chance that she will be ok after, or to put her down. I had to make the most heartbreaking choice in my life.
I felt like in the end that I did something wrong, or wasn't paying enough attention and thought that this was my fault. When we went to the vet back in June, I asked the vet how old she thinks she was due to the fact there were no records back at the SPCA. She said about 3-5 years. I just couldn't figure out how a dog this young was so sick and not show any signs. Later on, i took the x-rays from the Emergency Vet to another local vet to get a second opinion. He then told me from looking at the spine, she looked more like 8-10 years old.
I felt comfortable enough to post this and share this here because I respect a lot of the posters on here, and I know some had been through the same. I have learned a lot from people on this site, and I wanted to say thank you.