Thursday, April 12, 2012

Four Weeks

It's been a rough couple days.  

Our 14 year old dog Maggie stopped eating two days ago and after many tests and worry, it appears she has liver cancer.  The only thing left is an ultrasound, but our vet feels that an expensive ultrasound won't change anything or the course of treatment.  It would just confirm his suspicions. 

Before logging onto "Blogger" this afternoon, I had spoken with our vet again.  Apparently, she might have 4 weeks left - at best.  Although I hope he's wrong, I strongly feel he isn't.

A few nights ago, David stepped in HUGE pile of diarrhea in the middle of the night and slipped in it practically breaking his neck.  At the time, it was hysterically funny and I could hardly wait to write about it in my blog, but now I realize it was just a symptom that our old girl was really sick. 

So here we go again.  We open ourselves up to loving a dog or cat without conditions and we get hurt.  We're all hurting tonight over the news - especially my 21 year old son who has loved Maggie since he was just a kid. 

We'll love her to the end - whenever that is.  What else can we do?
 

16 comments:

Robin Sarafinchan said...

Oh Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about Maggie. Such tough news to hear.

Lorelei said...

Beth, there are no words to express how sorry I am for Maggie and your family. The loss of a pet's unconditional love is so hard to take. I know you'll get through it, but those are hollow words at this time. My thoughts and best wishes are with you all.

Melissa said...

Beth, I am so sorry to hear that news! You have given Maggie a great life, so remember the good times you had with her. Lots of extra special love! The four weeks might be four years.... you never know. xo

Ecochica said...

This is so devastating and I am sorry that I have been through this myself. I am so happy that Maggie has been loved by such an incredible family and I know we will all be be with our beloved pets until the end.

Debbie said...

The toughest thing about loving a pet is saying goodbye.
The best think about loving a pet is "loveing your pet" for whatever time we have with them It nevers seem long enough
Our thought are with you

Renee said...

I'm so sorry, Beth. It's the bad part of having dogs and cats in the family - they never stay as long as you want them to.

Crystal said...

Heartbroken for all of you:( You are in my thoughts and prayers as you brave the next few weeks and months ahead. I know Maggie is a very important part of your family...she always will be! *hugs* Beth.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, Beth, my heart is breaking for you, for you all. Letting go, the good-byes, are soul and gut-wrenching, absolutely emotionally devastating.

There are no words, as I know only too well. My thoughts and "prayers" and the boys' purrs are with you all.

When it's Maggie's time, I ask for a quick, gentle and merciful crossing.

(((Hugs)))

Deb said...

I'm so sorry, Beth. Please know I am thinking of you and your family and hope that Maggie doesn't suffer. Just take a deep breath each morning and love her to bits. Hugs, Deb

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear your pup is not well. I am still at times teary eyed for my Zander who died last May before his 3rd birthday. Zander was my 8th dog since I was a kid.

Everything dies. The truth is they all die too soon. I believe our job is to give them the best quality of life and the easiest death, not the longest death.

You will know in your heart when it is time. My heart goes out to you and your family. Virtual Hugs!

Harpurr's Mom

JLi said...

So sorry to hear about your beloved family pup:( I know how hard that is....

Sarah said...

Beth,
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Maggie...this is just terrible. As you know we lost both our pups at 6 years of age to 2 different types of cancer, 4 months a part. I can still barely believe they are gone, breaks my heart every single day. No matter how long you have had your Maggie or how sick she is or will get, it just doesn't make the news any easier to take. My heart aches for all of you so much, enjoy every moment you have with her and when the time is right you will know. The last day we had Apollo we let him do everything he ever wanted, eat catfood, cheese, hotdogs, chocolate, eat off the counters, off leash park with his favorite dog walker, sleep in our bed....one of the best days we ever had, made it hurt even more. hugs to all of you, you are in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Beth I am so sorry to hear this bad news about Maggie.
We have been through this pain too many times to want to think about and it is never any easier no matter how many times you've been 'round this bend ! I often wonder why it is we go right back and do the same thing all over again. Truth is, it's because they give us so much love and happiness..right to the end. Then we hold them forever in our hearts so they will always be with us and remembered with joy. As hard as this is to believe now.... time DOES heal the pain. Give that sweetheart some big huggs for us...my thoughts are with you....love Gail

girL in a coma said...

Im really sorry to hear, Beth. I've opened my heart and soul to pets that are no longer with me, it hurts, still, that they are gone. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I've learned so much from them. Kindness, love, unconditional love, and companionship. Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Beth I am sorry for the bad news. I wish you and your family all the best. Maggie knows she is loved. Your family has given her the best possible life.

Josie said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Maggie, my thoughts will be with you and your family. Sending some love, light, and hugs.