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Oh the shame!
We went to the vet this afternoon because Melody was having a lot of trouble walking and looked like she was breathing heavily. They took X-rays. Turns out she'd just over-exerted herself and her lung function was much better than two days ago. The pneumonia had cleared up nicely.

Unfortunately this meant you could see the tumor in her lungs. It's no surprise, really. Dogs don't get pneumonia unless they're immunocompromised. And cancer is a leading cause.

Six months ago when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and we had her foreleg amputated, we knew the chances the cancer would come back were good. But we knew if we bought her a few more months of life, it would be worth it. She has spent those six months healthier and more active that she'd been for the last two years. It was definitely the right decision.

Now she's got a tumor in her lungs and also there is a mass in her hips that is making her uncoordinated. We have no idea how quickly things will spread. We have meds to help with the pain. But for now, she's eating and drinking and getting up on her own and going outside and even showing some joy when she isn't exhausted.

So it's a waiting game. We really thought today was going to be the end. But she rallied at the vet's office. Who knows how long we have with her. All we know is that she's going to get liver and chicken thighs and love and scritches until she tells us it's time.


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I'm so sorry. Give her skritches from me.

Well, damn. I'm sorry. But you know better than anyone else that there are no better hands for her to be in. I'm glad she's with you, someone who loves & dotes upon her, and will have the mercy and compassion to end her suffering. Bless you.

I'm so sorry sweetie.

If there's anything I can do, don't hesitate to let me know. If you just need someone to talk to, I'll give you a call.


Thanks, darling. You're already doing all you can. *hugs*

I'm so sorry. So, so, sorry.
And, yet, so grateful that the treatment has given her more time and quality of life.

Dr. House, Jessica, Annie, Sue, Carissa, and Dr. Gray are the best people in the world. Even on vacation, Dr. House and Jessica have been Facebooking me about our Mei-Mei.

I keep telling myself we afforded her six month that were healthier and happier than ever. After her amputation, she acted like a dog many years younger than she is. And that was good. But you're never going to beat osteosarcoma. The fucker.

I'm so sorry! Hugs to all of you.

I'm so sorry. She has been and continues to be a lucky dog to be loved by you.

that's all we can do, in the end. that and pay attention and let them go when their quality of life dims...and i know you're the kind of pet parent that WILL.

*hugs and skritches for everyone* and *special pets* for the Empress.

She's having a very good day today which, of course, is making us deliriously happy. But we are fighting hard not to delude ourselves that she will get better. She's a fighter. And she's clearly still enjoying life. When that stops, we will know. And we will let her go.

But today is not that day. =)

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