Our Beloved Polo Bear
by Beverly Marshall
Well, today is 4/29/14, and a week ago today we found out that our 8-yr-old Husky/Retriever has Thyroid cancer. Polo was born to us. A strong little guy who beat Parvo twice. Unbeknownst to us, a home we bought had Parvo in the ground. Polo was the ONLY pup we ever had survive it. He was born from my husband's Siberian Husky, Dakota, and my lab/retriever, Sadie. Polo's parents meant the world to us. Both have already gone home to God.
Currently we have 6 dogs but Polo has a special place in our hearts. He is so affectionate and wants to be loved on. He goes everywhere we do, sleeps inside regardless of his shedding white hair on everything! He is just the absolute best friend we could ever have.
He has had a little knot on his throat off and on for several months. We noticed it had gotten much larger in the past couple weeks so I took him to the vet. After all the tests and Texas A&M diagnosing the blood samples sent, it all came back as Thyroid Cancer. All his other functions are normal. No parasites, no heart worms, fleas, ticks, NOTHING. He is perfectly healthy except for the cancer.
So they told us we could do surgery, radiation, and chemo and they still would only predict 1 year to live! I think I'll give this one to God to call it. After all, it has never been man's decision when our time is up! (that is my belief.)
Please, somebody tell me, "HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THIS?" My heart hurts, I am not dealing with it well at all. No one who honestly LOVES their pet, like a child, can put into words the feelings and emotions of preparing for death. Not only am I dealing with Polo, my oldest sister is in stage 4 cancer and fighting for her life. This is the 2nd bout in 4 1/2 yrs. Breast cancer with double mastectomy was the 1st run. When Life throws you lemons....
For now I'm researching and the vet is also researching a new treatment for Thyroid Cancer. I can't quite understand all the ads on Google with all the natural "miracle" cures. The herbs, vitamins, etc... Everyone guaranteeing their stuff works. Any advice is WELCOME.
(Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2014)