Dear Dallypup, I am so very sorry to hear about your best friend's diagnosis. It's such a shock to receive such devastating news. You have been given a bittersweet gift of knowing that from this day forward, each day, every hour, is a gift to be treasured. Try to remember that our animals live in the moment. There is no past, there is no future. It's all in the here and now. Try to follow that example now, and hold onto the gratitude you have for ever minute you have left together. Promise him that you will not let him suffer, and tell him that if he feels the time is right, he is free to leave on his own if he prefers it that way. Whisper all your words of love to him as often as you can, and treat him to whatever his heart desires. Now is not the time to enforce limits. And pictures. Take plenty of pictures. When your camera is full, take more. My profile picture of T.J. was taken less than 20 hours before I walked him to the gates of the Rainbow Bridge, and it is something I will always treasure. Be sure to take pictures of the two of you together, too. My husband and I did that, and we are both so glad we did. They are incredibly sad to look at, but the love that comes through is palpable. Please check the Cancer Forum here. There is a lot of helpful information there. One person just posted yesterday and included a link to a site with a supplement that has shown promising results in managing cancer in humans and animals. It would be worth checking into it. Who knows? You might be able to buy a little more time with your sweet Lab, or at least keep him more comfortable for the time he is with you. You and your best friend are in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us updated on how he is doing, and come back and tell us about the time you've had with him. It really helps to tell their stories, especially while they're still with us. xoxoxo
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery