Tuesday, December 15, 2009

another thing

Well, my sinus infection is slowly clearing, thank goodness.

But now we're turning attention to another member of the family - the dog. I've had our little westie mix, rescued from the pound, since 1997. She's always been a handful - a rough life before us left some scars that have shaped her personality. But she's been a good, sweet dog, too.

She's been having troubling urinating for a good while now, and was diagnosed with a UTI that wasn't responding to antibiotics, but today found out it's aggressive cancer, with no treatment. So we're looking at days, maybe weeks. I'm trying to think of a way to wrap this up with a profound thought, but I'm drained today. We've told the four-year old that our dog is very old and very sick, and that she had a good life with us but that she will die soon. I think that's all we can do. Any words of wisdom?


Jo said...

I think this post made me cry more than any other.

I am so, so sorry that you are losing your beloved pup. I can't even imagine how hard that must be -- they become like family members. If it helps at all (and what could possibly at a time like this?), it will probably be much harder on you than on your four-year-old.

No advice, just lots of hugs.


christina(apronstrings) said...

Fvck. I am so, so sorry. My goodness that is sad. Your 4 year old is too young to get death-so, they'll just think that the little pup went away. I am a dog person too-it is so sad when they go.
Warm thoughts with you.

Nixy said...

Awful. I'm so sorry that you're going through this. So sorry.

Pets become so much of the family, and I still cry when I think about my dog that we had to put down 5-6 years ago.

One tidbit of assvice. If it gets to the point where you need to put her down, it's painless, they just slip away to sleep. I was actually very surprised at how peaceful it was. And we were very glad we were there for him in his last moments.

Oh! and one more. My sister lost her long-lived lab recently and the kids took it VERY well. She prepared them for it. (3, 5, 8 and 11 year olds) She just let them know that he was very sick and in pain, and they were taking him to the vet and he wasn't coming back.

Astarte said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. I found out my dog had cancer a week after my nephew was killed, and he was gone in less than a month. Then his brother began failing a year later, and we had to have him put down, too, because we were so afraid he was going to hurt himself (he was falling a lot, etc). There's nothing that will make it any easier. It will be what it will be. What an awful time of year for this to happen. :( The only thing that I can say is, once it was over, I did feel a little better knowing that he knew he was adored, and that we took care of him until we knew it was time for him to go, and then we took care of that, too. I think that's the best any of us can do. I'll be thinking of you.