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For the past few months Riggas had been having bowel trouble. I thought it was due to having too much bone in his diet so I changed it. Things seemed to get better but one day, a couple weeks ago, I noticed him REALLY having trouble. I put on my rubber gloves and went to investigate.

Riggs has a tumor just inside his anus that is growing and starting to block the exit. Took him to the vet to confirm what I feared - they don't recommend surgery (due to location). They said try to keep his stools soft and let us know when you think it's time.

Soome of our dogs have been sudden decisions. Tessa started passing blood and was gone in just two days. Neke starting having bowel trouble from her stomach tumor and was gone within the week.

And some have been easy decisions. Remi was in extreme pain from his spine when it would act up.

Riggs is going to be tough. Other than the passing stools issue he's doing fine. But that one issue is going to force us to make the decision - and sooner than we thought. The tumor has almost doubled in size.

He's only 11 and I'm not ready to lose him. His problem doesn't show on the outside and it isn't all the time so it's very difficult to come to terms with the fact that we MUST make the decision.

I'm trying to make the most of the time we have left. I'm hoping to get him out to run some sheep and maybe find a place he can go swimming. Mostly we will just dote on him.

He will be the last of my Shepherds - the ones I rasied and bred. And it will be the first time in over 15 years when we won't have a Shepherd in the house.
 

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Aw, sorry you are going throught this right now. I know it's not easy.
 

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((((((Lauri)))))) I am so sorry for your struggle and pain now. You always give and give to your dogs, forever making their wellbeing your top priority. Riggs is so lucky to have you. What a wonderfully spoiled dog he has always been, and continues to be. I know the sense of having a shorter time is so scary, painful. I wish there was something I could do to help ease your sense of loss right now.

I feel that our dogs on some level are aware and understand what is happening in their bodies, and deal with it better than we can. Riggs himself probably isn't at all worried about things, but rather understands. Reality to him is that this condition is not a new thing, and he is, was, and will continue to be-- loved and majorly spoiled as usual. He does have the BEST dog Mom, after all-- and HE KNOWS IT!

I am wishing you strength and peace during such a difficult time. May Riggs share some of his goofiness and strength with you. I believe he understands what his body is doing, and he also loves you and would probably wish to lend his strength to you now. Enjoy his games, draw what comfort you can from his reserves of goodnatured fun.

Riggs is a wonderful dog who has a fantastic owner. (((((Lauri))))) HUGS and wishing you and your whole fur gang comfort during this time,
Patti and Grimm
 

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Oh no, I'm so sorry.
Riggs is such an awesome boy, I'll never forget his Christmas tree pics.
 

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I am so sorry. I have no doubt you will make whatever time you have left together very special. I can only imagine how heartbroken you are.


to you and Riggs.
 

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Originally Posted By: Cassidys MomI'll never forget his Christmas tree pics.
Nor will I. They were some of the first pictures I saw when I first came on board. And don't you also have that lovely one of you and him shortly after your treatment?

The obvious love and bond you share will help guide you in your decision.

Prayers for strength are being sent your way.
 

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I'm so sorry, Lauri. As close as you and Riggs are, I know that you are able to communicate to each other your feelings. Talk to Riggs. He'll understand. And he'll offer you comfort and guidance. I really believe that.
 

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Originally Posted By: DianaM*Big hug*

Are they totally unwilling to try surgery or just not recommending it?

If I pushed them I'm sure they would try. But that is a very difficult area to heal due to it not getting air and always being exposed to fluids and stool and it would be very painful. It also runs the risk of him losing control of his bowels but that's not as big an issue.

Also, due to the rapid growth of the tumor it has a much greater chance of being malignant. I wouldn't want to put Riggs through the surgery and recovery process just to have it all start over someplace else.
 

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Originally Posted By: Lauri & The Gang
Originally Posted By: DianaM*Big hug*

Are they totally unwilling to try surgery or just not recommending it?

If I pushed them I'm sure they would try. But that is a very difficult area to heal due to it not getting air and always being exposed to fluids and stool and it would be very painful. It also runs the risk of him losing control of his bowels but that's not as big an issue.

Also, due to the rapid growth of the tumor it has a much greater chance of being malignant. I wouldn't want to put Riggs through the surgery and recovery process just to have it all start over someplace else.


Lauri, I know you'll pamper Riggs to the fullest, making kings and queens green with envy.
 

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I am so sorry for you and Riggs.

I wish you strength and courage at this difficult time.
 

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Lauri & Riggs


My heart is breaking for you and Riggs. It's such a difficult decision to make.
 

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So sorry.
Those christmas pics of Riggs were some of the first I saw when I first came here as well. I always love to see pics of him and how gentle he is with your chinese crested.

many thoughts for your family and Riggs
 

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So sorry to hear about Riggs. I completely understand what you're going through. My husband and I went through the exact same thing with our 13 yr. old Keeshond. Sasha had a growth blocking her "exit" as well, in the few months we were aware of it, it tripled in size. We were given the same advice (not to remove it due to its location and fast growth) and we fed canned dog food for moisture as well as adding extra oils to soften things up. Sasha felt great and was royally spoiled up until the day that (hate to be graphic) she just couldn't poop. At all. We watched her closely and hoped, but we weren't going to let her struggle with discomfort, so we scheduled the appt. later that afternoon. Our wonderful vet came out and put her to sleep at our home. We miss her still.
 

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Laurie,

I haven't been very "vocal" here for quite some time but do still check in and read threads...

I am so sorry, I also went through this with my 1st male GSD, "Major". I had noticed while picking up poop that one of the dog's poop had a dent running through it. (TMI, I am sure) Brought them both to work with me and he had a tumor the size of the end of my pinky. By the time we got the surgeon out the next week it had tripled in size and although he was clear of cancer everywhere else, he had perianal carcinoma (a very "hot" cancer) and they didn't recommend the surgery. I was devastated, he was only 10 years old. I ended up demanding they do the surgery a week or so later and it had again tripled in size (they were removing a tumor the size of a basketball on a 12 year old dog...I was hurt and frustrated) and then we did a round of radiation and he lived another year and a half, the cancer came back with a vengeance in his liver. He was gone in 2 months... I still miss him terribly and that was 6 years ago. We had a good year and a half together, we did lots of fun things during that time as I knew our time was limited but I am not sure that I would do it again and have some guilt for putting him through it...He was a lot like Riggs, we were very close and he was very tolerant and even seemed to enjoy the silly things I would do to him and with him.

I wish you peace and joyful days with Riggs during this time...
 
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