The short story:
Last Monday she was fine when I got home. A few hrs later she developed a limp. The next day, after work she was panting heavily, and her abdomen was distended. Raced to her Vet, X-Rays showed nothing. Raced to the Emergency Care Vet for Abd US. Renal Ca that had metastasized to her liver. Spent the night and most of the next day with her at home, put her to sleep that afternoon. This was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. We are devastated. Monday she's fine, Wed she's gone. A piece of me is missing, that I don't know if I will ever find, or ... I don't know. Roxy definitely made our lives better by being a part of it.
I have a question for the experts. We have another 11y/o, that understandably, seems sad or depressed. We have been spending extra time, and paying more attention than usual, and taking more walks with her. Is there something that we can do to help her through this. She did not see her pass, I hope she does not think that we just took Roxy away from her. Ideas?
I am so very sorry for your loss. We lost our 12 year old in May 2011. She died suddenly and it was unexpected. I know how hard it is. The pain seems unbearable. As far as your other dog, she is grieving too. She has to go through the process, and you showing her love and attention is about all you can do. I know how helpless you feel.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Thanks Pam. Do you think she knows? I mean how smart are they? She did see her just lying there for almost the whole day, but then she saw us take her and she never came back. We're worried that she thinks that we just took her away. Then again, maybe I'm just being silly?
I certainly cannot answer your question, but I do believe they know. Extra loving and hugs which you need too will help you all.
It is so hard to lose our fur babies, they are truly a part of us. (((hugs))))
So sorry for your loss.
If dogs do not go to heaven, then I prefer to follow them where they go.
I am so sorry.....words are so inadequate at times like this.
I am sorry for your loss. It is never easy. We lost our 8 1/2 year old quickly too a year and a half ago. We just never have them long enough and it's never easy to make that decision. I think the dog at home knows. They grieve too. Just keep doing what you are doing. They are always in our hearts and time does ease the pain a bit.
I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Roxy. Run Free Sweet Angel!
Hunley 2/1/2012 Chocolate lab
Dory 7/10/2012 Chug
Sam 4/3/2011 Cocker Spaniel
Gunner: My sweet Angel Boy, Cocker Spaniel 10/10/99-8/20/2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just went through the same thing two weeks ago. Willy misses his sister so much too. We've been doing the same things as you, to try to help him through his loneliness.
So very sorry for your loss, your other dog
knows what is going on and is in mourning.
Just keep doing what you are doing, it takes time
for both of you. My Buddy was depressed for about
3-4 months when Beary girl died 4 years ago. It is
heartbreaking to see.