My Two Dogs and Osteosarcoma
by Scott L.
2011 has been a rough year for us.
In February, My wife and I had to euthanize our 13 year old cat, Elsie. She had suffered a cardiomyopathy and could no longer breathe without struggling to do so. We had tried to treat her, but she got worse and we decided she was suffering too much. That hurt us both but we still had our two dogs, Daisy and Jake.
We got Daisy from a litter of pups my neighbor’s dog (purebred German Shorthair) had – but Daisy was a ½ breed. A fence jumper got to Dixie and superseded the German Shorthair sire that they had used to stud. The puppies were meant to be purebred, but were not. We took one of the “free” pups off my neighbor's hands. Jake came two years later from the same neighbor’s dog and this time was the intended AKC registered German Shorthair purebred. Daisy and Jake were the peas and carrots of Forrest Gump.
May 16th 2011, Daisy turned 12 years old. In a short 3 days’ time later, she came up lame and it turned out to be an osteosarcoma on her left rear leg. She could'nt stand up on her own. We took her in to the vet to learn what it was and to also realize her only option was to perhaps remove the leg, but this cancer had already metastasized. At her age, we couldn’t justify any other option and sadly asked the vet to take her pain away through euthanasia.
Now this just about ripped my heart out. She was my dear friend and I had no warning to prepare for this ending. Since then I have been slowly getting healed – but it’s a long road.
We were down to only Jake and held hopes of him living a long 15 or 16 years old. He is 10½ years old now.
Just last month, the wife and I noted that Jake had a slight dip in his gait as he trotted around the yard. A small hard bump on his front right foreleg. X-rays indicate it MIGHT be an osteosarcoma developing. We are going up to KSU in Manhattan KS this Wednesday (10/12/11) to have a bone biopsy performed. Fully expecting that he will probably lose that leg if it is cancer.
As bad as Daisy’s scenario played out, I can tell you that this feels worse knowing that the unknown is now a ticking clock. We are hoping NOT to lose our special boy Jake. I can barely keep composure as I type this.
To you all in this end of life situation … you are not alone and we all feel helpless. Every day I cry.