How to Help our Mastiff with Bone Cancer
by J Weatherford
We discovered yesterday that Max has bone cancer in his left rear leg. He is a 9 1/2 yr old English Mastiff with a heart of gold! He is probably the best dog we have ever owned! He is my "Buttea" as his head would slide off my lap as I would pet him. Max has never destroyed our house, always minded us and would only get into mischief if his dad were out of town and he would attempt to wander just a little further out of the yard causing me to chase after him in my pjs through the neighbor's yard. He loves to embarrass me!
Max came to us in a rescue situation with no papers. Who cares! As I said, he is the best dog we have and will ever have!
Now for the big question! As he lays on his bed by me, how do I make the decision to put him down? It takes both of us to carry him outside to relieve himself. At 130 lbs, Max will not live long with not eating and the pain of this destructive disease. I do not want to see him in pain but am selfish and do not want to let him go.
Why can't we have the same instincts they have in knowing what is best for them?
Recently, Max has helped me through breast cancer. It is my turn to do the same for him.
Any advice? How do I best help him?