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Old 02-01-2010, 02:39 PM
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Luke - stomach cancer

Just before Christmas we found out that Luke had cancer - mast cell disease. The diagnosis was that it had spread throughout his intestines and his spleen and lymph nodes. Surgery is really not an option since it's spread and his vet says this type usually doesn't respond well to chemo. I won't expose him to surgery and chemo, etc., if they can't cure him. I won't have them do surgery just to give me a few more days or weeks with him. He deserves some dignity. It's just that he's almost ten and I love this dog so much.

He's been the best dog. I've had him since he was six months old and he's been, no IS such a great dog. I was so lucky to get him. I have to keep telling myself it's not about me. This is about Luke and what's best for him.

We've gone for walks in the woods when he's felt up to it, taken drives in the car - he's always loved riding in the car, and we've played in the snow, and cuddled together watching tv and napped and that's what I'm going to keep doing. He's not as robust as he use to be, but he eats, he goes outside on his own - he loves to lay in the grass with the sun shining down and as long as it's what he wants, we'll keep going. He IS such a great dog.

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Old 02-01-2010, 07:55 PM
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Re: Luke - stomach cancer

Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Loving him and letting him lead the way. ((((hugs)))))
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:25 PM
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Re: Luke - stomach cancer

In the same boat here, except it's hemangiosarcoma with Marshall. Vet says he's got a few days to maybe weeks. He had his 10th birthday the other day. He's still enjoying his short walks, car rides and loved the snow the other day. The pred has helped perk him up. I found a new tumor around the top of his ribcage the other night. It's nearly the size of my palm. But he's still a happy boy, and eating ok with the pred, so thankful for any good day we can get. He's the best dog in the world.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:34 PM
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In the same boat here, except it's hemangiosarcoma with Marshall. Vet says he's got a few days to maybe weeks. He had his 10th birthday the other day. He's still enjoying his short walks, car rides and loved the snow the other day. The pred has helped perk him up. I found a new tumor around the top of his ribcage the other night. It's nearly the size of my palm. But he's still a happy boy, and eating ok with the pred, so thankful for any good day we can get. He's the best dog in the world.
It's been a little over a year since Gretchen was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. She was 11 when she died from an infection March 1st last year. Had it been caught earlier (she probably had it for more than 6 months before being diagnosed), she'd probably have survived, as the surgery would not have been so hard on her. Gretchen weighed about 88 pounds, and when they removed the tumor and her spleen it filled a gallon bucket. She had really been thriving both before after the diagnosis and the surgery. Had she not been so happy, and so full of life, we would not have tried the surgery either, even though the local cancer specialist said she had a decent prognosis. I know exactly how you feel about your boy, we used to call Gretchen "best dog" all the time. We got a few extra weeks with her, and we treasured every second, so my heart aches for you and your boy.
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Re: Luke - stomach cancer

These postings just filled my eyes with tears. I am so sorry for all of you--so very sorry.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:24 PM
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I've often thought that cancer is even more cruel and evil when it takes pets. A human in most cases can come to understand. It was such a strange thing to bring Gretchen home from the vet, knowing she was in what turned out to be a losing fight for her life, but to take her out for a walk and see her looking around with bright and clear eyes, with her nose to the wind, and her ears up, taking in the world. She was 11, but she was still full of life, and enjoying life to the fullest. Cancer stole her life from her, and stole my dog from me. It is the cruelest and most evil of thieves.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:01 AM
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OP - sorry to hear about your dog. You are doing the right thing by spoiling him now. Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:14 AM
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I've often thought that cancer is even more cruel and evil when it takes pets. A human in most cases can come to understand. It was such a strange thing to bring Gretchen home from the vet, knowing she was in what turned out to be a losing fight for her life, but to take her out for a walk and see her looking around with bright and clear eyes, with her nose to the wind, and her ears up, taking in the world. She was 11, but she was still full of life, and enjoying life to the fullest. Cancer stole her life from her, and stole my dog from me. It is the cruelest and most evil of thieves.

Somehow he knows what's happening I'm sure. He's always been a smart one. My other dog Matilda smells him all the time, his stomach, and then licks his face, staying right near him almost all the time.

I hate this disease. I hate looking at Luke's face on his good days as he holds his face up to drink in the sunshine and I know it's all a lie. He feels good today, but with each passing day cancer is stealing our time; our life together. All his life with Luke's injuries or illnesses I always felt in control; if we take good care of him and make sure he gets whatever medical care he needed, he'll be okay. Now, no matter what we do it seems, he's still going to die.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:19 AM
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I'm so sorry for you both; you and your dogs. I wanted Luke to live to be an old man. He's such a good boy - one who has no reason to love man - but he does.
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I am so sorry you are going thru this.
Having lost Paradise to lymphoma in August, 2009 I know what you are going thru. We too decided not to put her thru cheom. It would have been more for me not her and selfish on my part. Cherish the time you have and spoil our boy like crazy.

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Old 02-02-2010, 01:34 PM
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I understand what you are going through as I lost Poohbear to cancer last year. In fact, the anniversary date is in February. If I was to do one thing a little differently, I would have spent more time spoiling her silly with the burgers before she would not accept it. Me and my crew send you are heartfelt prayers.
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I hate this disease. I hate looking at Luke's face on his good days as he holds his face up to drink in the sunshine and I know it's all a lie. He feels good today, but with each passing day cancer is stealing our time; our life together. All his life with Luke's injuries or illnesses I always felt in control; if we take good care of him and make sure he gets whatever medical care he needed, he'll be okay. Now, no matter what we do it seems, he's still going to die.
Yes, it's a really helpless feeling. One thing to remember though, that he's had so many wonderful years with you. He probably would not have had them if not for you. We are all going to die. All our dogs are going to die. All you can do is try to make his days the best and I can tell you have done that. You need to feel good about it, as I am sure he does. What is the value of a life saved, of a single day of that life? It's beyond price. So please try to feel good and happy. I promise you that Luke does.

Marshall is very sick now, very near the end, but I know he's had a very good life. He's still a happy dog. Your Luke is the same. Let that carry you and put these bad vibes out of your mind.
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Yes, it's a really helpless feeling. One thing to remember though, that he's had so many wonderful years with you. He probably would not have had them if not for you. We are all going to die. All our dogs are going to die. All you can do is try to make his days the best and I can tell you have done that. You need to feel good about it, as I am sure he does. What is the value of a life saved, of a single day of that life? It's beyond price. So please try to feel good and happy. I promise you that Luke does.

Marshall is very sick now, very near the end, but I know he's had a very good life. He's still a happy dog. Your Luke is the same. Let that carry you and put these bad vibes out of your mind.
I'm so very sorry. Hugs to you dear Marshall.

Luke was in a kill shelter when we got him. They'd kept him longer than they were suppose to because he was so good tempered, but they could only have done that so long.

Luke and I have had a good life together and even now, I've outlawed frowning or crying in front of Luke. It's driving away in the mornings going to work. I try to set up things for us to do a couple time a week at least. Luke actually seems better doing that. We go to visit old friends he hasn't seen in a while; we go to a new place to walk. Something different.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:44 PM
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You know I asked my husband that the other night. Do you think Luke has been happy? First he made a joke about it, but once he knew I was serious, he said yes, that boy has loved his life. That's all I ever wanted for him, to be happy.
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I hate looking at Luke's face on his good days as he holds his face up to drink in the sunshine and I know it's all a lie. He feels good today, but with each passing day cancer is stealing our time; our life together. All his life with Luke's injuries or illnesses I always felt in control; if we take good care of him and make sure he gets whatever medical care he needed, he'll be okay. Now, no matter what we do it seems, he's still going to die.
He IS having good days - that is not a lie. He has no concept that tomorrow may be worse - he has no concept of tomorrow - he only knows the now and the sunshine. And spending this time with you.

What I wouldn't give to look down and see Bucky holding his face up to drink in the sunshine.

Relish this time -freeze frame it in your mind - and pet your boy for me.

I am so sorry - I understand your pain.
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