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Posted by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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my lab/ chow of 13 years didn't get the best prognosis at the vet specialist today. she's had a lump on her throat that started out the size of a silver dollar, we treated it with meds and it shrunk then my daughter got sick and had to be in the hospital and i didn't get to take my dog back to the vet to possibly get it removed. so it grew some more, treated it again and the one vet just kept putting us off only giving us meds. finally we saw one yesterday that sent us to a specialist/ surgeon today to discuss other options. they're one of the best around so if anything could be done they could do it. he told me today that the tumor is about 8-10" long, 6=" across, it's pressing on her larynx, esophagus and carotid. she can't bark anymore but she still eats and drinks pretty good when she knows there's not a pill in her food. she's lost 15lbs since the beginning of the year. she's normally 50lbs (small stature lab) and is now down to 42lbs. she has her good days and bad. they offered radiation but i just don't want to put her through that.

my best friend in HS gave her to me at 6 weeks old. he brought her home on his dirt bike in the pouring down rain. she's been the best and sweetest dog. she's seen me through 3 pregnancies. even woke me up several minutes before my water broke with my oldest, followed me into the bathroom and then went running down the hall to get my boyfriend (at the time) and alert him something was wrong. she's always been very protective over me, especially pregnant then after the babies arrived. i just hope she lasts until this last baby arrives. i don't want to be forced with the decision to put her down although the surgeon said he was afraid we would be faced with that relatively soon. i'd rather her just go to sleep and never wake up or while i'm asleep. i'm just heartbroken and shattered into a million pieces! she's been a part of my life and family for 13 years. i've had her since high school, taken her pretty much everywhere i've went. even to sonic for ice cream. she used to get mad at me if she didn't get her ice cream too. i mean turn around in the seat and not look at me, wouldn't even eat a french fry until she got her ice cream!! i'd have to call back in and tell them "well she's mad at me" and they'd laugh saying they'd have it right out.

me & my sweet girl at lunch today. it was really hard to smile :'(
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM
I am very sorry! I hope for you sake and hers she waits till after baby comes and can pass away at home. It is very hard to make the decision for them even when we know its best!
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by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM
i do too! i'm only a few weeks away from baby coming and if whether it happens before or after i'm going to be heartbroken either way. i just hope she waits. i said as long as she is still eating and drinking and has some spring in her step (which she does, she trotted out of the vet's office) then i just can't bring myself to do it. my best friend and brother agreed as well. but my husband thinks i just need to go ahead and do it. i think he just wants her gone TBH! he's a total insensitive jerk!!
by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Sorry to hear.  Savor every moment you have left with her!  Take care of her the best that you can, but also take care of yourself and that baby on the way.  I lost my dad when I was 8 months pregnant, and I understand that it can be very difficult to go through something like this.

by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

we are! we're going this weekend to the lake house to have pictures made with her, the kids and my belly. that's why i don't want her to go anywhere with me still pregnant, i'm afraid it'l kick me into labor grieving. it was bad enough today hearing all that. idk how i didn't lose it in the vet's office! 

by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM
I'm so sorry
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by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM
I am do sorry for you and your pup. She sounds like a sweetheart! My Lilly pouts if you eat ice cream in front of her too! I hope she stays with you long enough to meet you new little one then she can go peacefully to sleep & look out after you all.
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by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

she truly is! she's having a better day today it seems. last night was bad for her. she drools really bad, sometimes bloody now bc of the tumor so far up in her throat. they have us some steroids to maybe help take some swelling out and maybe make her more comfortable and able to eat some. she doesn't even have a bark anymore. what i'd give to hear that!! 

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by Sapphire Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Awww big hugs to you hon,
Please share pics if you can.
I can imagine how difficult this must be :(

by mom of 2 boys on Apr. 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

hugsim sorrypraying 

by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM

thank you ladies! it means a lot. it's been a really hard day. my best friend wouldn't cry in front of me, he waited until i left and said he just lost it! i wished i had my SR pics bc i had on a pink top, her pink bandanna and i even painted her nails pink! everybody loved it, even the photographer. that's just how close me and her have been. i'm glad i did that now too. would love to have another session with her before.....

this is my oldest when he was just over 2 and Miss Alex 

taken about 2 years ago right after we got our little yorkie. my oldest and Alex have always had a special bond. 

me & Alex Christmas 2006 right after my oldest was born

enjoying her ice cream back last july after her 'old woman' well check visit to the vet where she was in perfect tip top condition. this was something we've done together since she was a puppy. the people of sonic learned when they saw my car that i would be placing an order for her ice cream too. they thought i was crazy giving a dog an entire ice cream but it never once bothered her and she enjoyed every single bit of it!! just like she did today. 

her ice cream treat today after the vet specialist

the look of sheer happiness. she never let my car leave the driveway without her being in the passengers seat with her pink bandanna on!! and if i grabbed that bandanna she knew she was going somewhere. loved loved loved to ride, still does really. she used to bark at people when they pulled up beside of us and i'd tell her to "get em, get em". other drivers thought it was so funny! now she can't even bark anymore :'(

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