A while ago I had mentioned that our old lady dog had gotten sick. I wasn’t quite ready to talk about it. Silly as it sounds, I’m more upset than I thought I would be. I’m not one of those people who treated their dogs likes kids, but I didn’t leave them out back either (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing – my dad NEVER let his dogs in the house, but loved each one I swear more than us, they probably listened better after all!)
We’ve found out that she has a tumor. And at 15, just the process to attempt to remove it could kill her, so we’re just enjoying her for the last few months we get her. In all the years we’ve had her, she’s been exhausting and absolutely wonderful. One of my constant companions, a “sister” to my oldest and here for the birth of the 3 younger boys. She took excellent care of each one too. She went from a dog the pound was leery about adopting out to us at 4 months old, to a dog I trusted completely with my safety and being around even my infants. We’ve known this was coming, which makes it easier…. just still not easy.
This week, we also found out that our big dog will also be leaving us soon. She’s been diagnosed with bone cancer in her front right shoulder. And at 4, we could remove her leg, give her chemo for $1000’s and still only get to keep her for a year. She’s been a huge pain-in-the-butt for the whole 4 years – I admit. But she was MY pain-in-the-butt, and 4 years is not nearly long enough to enjoy her insanity. We have just a few months left to watch her be the absolute goofball she is.
My sewing room is going to be very empty indeed and our house very stark. I’m going to miss the fur rolling across the floor and the drool on the furniture… clothes… walls… ceiling. And what little “girl talk” I do, will have to be done with the cat, who really dislikes it when I disturb her universe.
I know many of you have gone through the same thing, so I know I’m not alone.
So for the next few months, my girls will get spoiled like crazy and loved like there is no tomorrow – so you know, the usual!
As for the cat – I’ve already told the vet I’m too afraid to bring her in to him.