Wendy, I am all too familiar with your story, i lost 2 of my Chinese Shar Pei's last year. One was 13 years 10 mos. (Munki) on 12/3/15 and my other was 9 y/o named Daizy on 1/2/15. ...they "both" had MCT in their lives........Munki , never had to have any chemo, she had "clean margins" but it was a high index cancer.......and she lived well 4 years over since her diagnosis. In the end, cancer spread to her lungs and she could not be saved. I had my last 6 days with her after the grim news.
With Daizy, she had "dirty margins"..she was on Kinavet, another chemo pill from france, very expensive but it helped her live 2 years and 5 months of life.....then her cancer spread into many MCT"S they could not remove them cuz there were so many, then the cancer spread to her internal organs, her liver. I had exactly one month of life with her when i found out the devasating news, and her health declined.
You did everything you could for your beloved Maverick, and I feel your pain, 8 years to me seems young, as I lost my Daizy at 9 years and 3 weeks old. Did the vets ever see any heart problems in the past, any type????
The picture you have of your Maverick is beautiful......I know that I slept with my dogs collar at nite, the blanket she last layed on, anything for that "closeness"....please do what you have to, to feel the connection...........and please know you are not alone.
I love the Shar Pei breed and losing two of mine in 2015 was devasting..........my heart goes out to you