Thank you again to everyone who replied when I asked about financial assistance with vet bills.
Today I was given a gift....the gift of knowledge and time. My sweet sweet Gibson had chest xrays this morning which revealed what appears to be cancerous lesions in his chest and lungs. Although this was not the news I had hoped for, we now have the knowledge and the time to make every day a special one for our boy. He is not showing any symptoms: no pain, no suffering, and he's just as happy and playful as always. I am thankful and grateful for this, and we will continue to love and cherish him and make every day count.
After leaving the vet in tears, I decided to make sure that every day we will do something that Gibson loves, so I went to the drive through at McDonald's and bought a small fry, parked my car, and climbed into the way back with him. We sat together and shared the fries.... and I talked to him. I told him how much we love him, how he has brought us so much joy and companionship..... and I asked him to let me know when it was time.
After that, I took him into PetCo and bought him his favorite over-sized tennis balls and some new treats. He loved walking through all the aisles. I think he enjoyed saying hello to all the people in the store, more so than being surrounded by all the toys, treats, and new smells. The cashier even gave him some extra treats to bring home for later.
The vet will call me on Tuesday with a clear diagnosis once she has a radiologist look at Gibson's xrays.
Our plan is to live it up with him every day: the beach, more fries, the kiddie pool, tennis balls, doggie dishes at Frosty Freeze, walks, PetCo, rides in the car, and thousands of hugs and kisses. If we begin to see complications/suffering, we will do right by him.
I'm so sad, and my heart hurts. He's been my best pal for over 10 years. But I am treating this time we have been given as a gift....it really is a gift and I am thankful for that.
I'm so sorry about this development. I hope he is comfortable and that you can make the most of what time you have left with him.
Sharon - still not a dude.
I am so very sorry. I pray that you have many, pain free days left with Gibson. I admire your strength and compassion. ((((Hugs))))
Life is short, play with your dogs!
Maxx & Emma Jean
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Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
I'm so sorry.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
I am in tears. Bless your strength, and. Cherish everyday
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I am so sorry to hear that news. I know your heart is breaking. I know you will treasure each day you have with Gibson. He knows he is loved. ((((Hugs))))
I'm so sorry. Cherish every day.
So sad for you and your sweet boy
My Velcro girl
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