My Beagle Tipper is Dying of Lung Cancer
by Christopher D.
(St. Paul, MN, USA)
Tipper at her first formal portrait as a puppy.
A week and a half ago, I took my beloved, sweet, 11 year old Beagle, Tipper, to the vet for what I thought was kennel cough.
The vet took a chest x-ray and told me she had some very bad news.
Tipper had extensive tumors in her lungs and has only weeks to live.
Right now, she is happy and eating well but just is bothered with a minor cough from time to time. She still enjoys our walks, trips to the dog park and to Dairy Queen where she gets a plain, uncooked hotdog as a treat. (Since she doesn't have much time left, I have decided to spoil her with every treat I can think of that she loves).
I remember when I went to look at the litter of beagle puppies, she was the first one to run up to me - It was like she picked me. We became fast friends after that and have had a wonderful 11 years together.
The past week has been a living hell for me. I am just grieve stricken that it is going to end soon but I am trying to stay strong for her so I can give her the best summer she has ever had but it is getting harder. I am terribly afraid she will get sick while I am at work and die alone and I won't know if she suffered.