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Dog’gone it! October 26, 2012

Filed under: Boys,Family,Pets — blankenmom @ 6:59 pm
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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.




4 Responses to “Dog’gone it!”

  1. trixfred30 Says:

    We lost two retrievers – I think Its the only time i’ve seen my father cry. Those dogs were an absolute nightmare – one was incredibly stupid and the other was borderline psychotic – but they were fun.

    • blankenmom Says:

      This makes me laugh only because Oly (the big dog) has been such a pain in her four short years, but she was MY pain and I love her! So yes, I get exactly what you mean! And ironically, the only time I’ve ever seen my father “cry” (do tears in their eyes count?), was when one of his dogs died several years ago. Men and their dogs!

  2. I’m so sorry…..
    We don’t realize how much our dogs add to our lives until times like these. We always know when we take them on they won’t live forever but it is still devastating when they leave us. And somehow, a surprise. How is that?
    I’ve had dogs for pretty much all of my adult life. My love of them turned into a 33 year career in the field. I’m older now and down to just one, a Golden Retriever rescue named Honey. She came to me at a time when my life had seriously hit the bottom of the bottom. I look at her a lot and ask her ” who saved who “?
    The day will come – just as the sun will rise – but I can’t bare the thought of it. So each day I love her, I kiss her, I provide for her every need and she does the same for me.
    I will be thinking of you and offering mental strength and support.

    • blankenmom Says:

      Thank you so much – I’ll definitely be needing it! And it’s very true, we may be adopting them, but we are really the one’s getting the most benefit.

      Amazing little creatures!

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