Need Prayers Today... lost my "Forever Dog"
Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:15 PM
I've been struggling with health issues, nothing major - thyroid and anemia. But, I've been in a slump since the holidays. Then we found out a week ago that my 10 year old whippet, "Devo," had hemangisarcoma - aggressive cancer (http://www.vetinfo.c...hemsarcoma.html). His back leg was horribly swollen and was consumed by a large tumor, as well as many smaller tumors protruding from his skin. These all developed in the last six weeks. We immediately aspirated a tumor which came back as benign. Then on Christmas, his leg started swelling and got progressively worse, although our vet couldn't explain why. Finally, there developed a lump to biopsy and the results were devastating. His leg would not stop bleeding and even with sutures, the incision opening continued to bleed. We took him to the emergency hospital over the weekend - twice, and they couldn't get the bleeding under control. So I took him to Tampa to the FVS oncology hospital. They got him stabilized and gave him a transfusion. After 2 days of evaluating him, it was determined that he would need to have his leg and part of his pelvis amputated, tumors removed and aggressive chemo in order to have a couple of more months with us. We just couldn't see doing that to our Devo just to be selfish and have him with us for such a short period of time. So, I reluctantly brought him home last night. This morning we put his favorite comforter in his favorite spot - our bed, and fed him beef jerky, cookies and his favorite - scrambled eggs. Then the vet arrived and he peacefully passed over to the rainbow bridge while we gave him love and kisses. We are grateful that we were able to say goodbye to him and give him a peaceful, loving passing. Our hearts are terribly broken - we always thought he'd be around for a lot longer and we're so disappointed there wasn't anything we could do to fix him. We love all of our animals, but Devo has left an irreplaceable emptiness in our heart. He was our "forever" dog…
He did have a wonderful, spoiled life and he gave back twice in return. I have been crying pretty much all the time for the last week and I just didn't realize it would hurt this much when he was gone. We still have 2 other whippets, so we still have doggy love here, but we're missing the biggest snuggle buddy of them all and it's hard. I feel as if I have lost one of my children.
We took a lot of "goodbye" pictures and I will make a memorial book on him when I am able to do it without breaking down.
Here are a couple of LOs I've done on him in the past: The Deev and Doggone Cute
Well, that's it. I know there are more urgent needs on the prayer boards, but if you could please pray for peace for our family, I would really appreciate it. We did go to church today, so we've begun the process.
Sorry it's so long - thanks for "listening!"
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:20 PM
I completely understand how you feel. I had to help Baby, my Pekingnese, be at peace after he had a stroke he couldn't recover from at the end of July. It is still really hard. It has gotten better now. There will always be that space in my heart for him.
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:26 PM
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:27 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Devo. It is always hard to say "good bye", but knowing that he is in a better place and watching over you and yours may make it a little easier. My prayers are with you that you and your family heal from your loss soon. A memorial book will be wonderful and bring smiles to you and yours.
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:54 PM
I am so sorry about the loss of your Devo. And I am concerned about you--I understand how it can go with thyroid issues, and it is difficult to get through hard times when you're already struggling physically. I'm glad you're going to church, and I will pray that you get your equilibrium back both physically and emotionally. The Scrap Girls have our arms around you, Stacey!
Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:03 PM
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:20 AM
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. I know that you are going through the grieving process and that it has to take time. Please find peace in the time that you did have. Find peace in that you were able to give him a peaceful exit from this life. (how wonderful of your vet to come to your home and do it for you in this way)
I hope that you can come to a stasis with your health issues as well. I know how tricky thyroid problems and the medications to keep you 'in line' can be. Hopefully, your 'slump' will clear with the anemia and the thyroid problems.
I am so sorry Stacey. Prayers for you and the rest of your family.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:36 AM
I'm glad you're back , it will be so nice to have you chatting with us again !!! Take care and get some much needed rest...
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:54 AM
You and your family will be in my prayers - I do hope your pain eases - but take pride in the fact that you gave him the best life you could, he was loved. He'll be waiting for you when you go through those gates.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 05:19 AM
I don't know what I would do if I lost one of my furbabies... on the rare occasions that my cat sneaks out, I don't know what to do until I find him again LOL Many warm hugs to you, my dear... and we are looking forward to seeing your memory book when you have enough peace in your heart to complete it.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 05:29 AM
i send you hugs, love and prayers for you, your family and Devo that you all may find some peace. In time, all your memories will be so precious to you, and Devo will always be in your hearts.
hugs and lotsa love to you
Posted 07 February 2008 - 06:11 AM
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At least you know that one day you and your puppy will be reunited in heaven and he is not suffering any longer. I will pray for strength for the upcoming days for you.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 09:18 AM
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. reinhold niebuhr
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I will send up prayers for you and your family. I hope that you are feeling better soon as well.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:12 AM