Words can’t express what our 10 year old basset Nelly Belle meant to our family the last 10 years. When we found out on May 18th that our 11 year-old lab mix Zoey had cancer, it broke our hearts. I know they are older and I knew the day would come but I wasn’t ready.
A week after our lab was diagnosed we took in our basset Nelly to have a lump checked out. They kept her for surgery to remove the mass. The surgery was too much for my Nelly and she passed away this past Sunday. The hard part about this is Nelly was showing no symptoms of being sick. We just knew she had developed a large tumor. I know it was only a matter of time (it was cancer) but if I had to do it over again I would not have put her through the surgery. We were still processing Zoey’s diagnosis and trying to make her last months special. I never would have thought that less than two weeks later our Nelly would be gone. These dogs are such an integral part of our family and everyday lives, I just can’t imagine coming home and not seeing them run to the door with their tails wagging and giving me kisses. These two knuckle heads sleep in the bed with us, eat off a fork, and listen to our problems. Nelly was such a sweet and loving dog. We always said she had human eyes. She had these big brown eyes that saw right to your soul and could melt your heart. As I am sitting here in mourning of my sweet Nelly, I am still processing Zoey’s diagnosis. We have cried more tears than I can count. I know that Zoey misses her sister. She seems restless, pacing around and looking in all the places our sweet Nell used to lay. They are actually half sisters, same mother from a different liter a year later. As I sit here and cry tears for Nelly, I realize that my sweet Zoey has limited time. How can I lose them both so close together? Is this really happening? My heart aches. These aren’t just dogs to us. They are family. They are my happy place, my counselors, my best friends.
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