Lost Kiska to cancer two weeks ago--March 1997 to October 2007
My old dear friend past 2 weeks ago due to a mast cell tumor on her hind leg. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. She was my joy and sunshine for 8 years. I got her from a shelter (she was a 1.5 years old at the time) and she was my best friend. I know she is in heaven well and healthy and playing. I miss her terribly and can not wait til we are reunited again. My youngest dog (Attu) misses her also.
2 years ago Kiska developed a tumor on her hind leg the size of an egg. I had it removed. 6 months later it showed back up again that started out the size of an egg but grew to a size of a tennis ball and bloody. I had it removed again and this time checked. My vet said it was a mast cell tumor but thought is was non cancerous. Then the tumor grew back again in the identical spot. It stayed small for a couple of months. Then on the 12th of October it exploded in growth. Growing to a size of a grapefruit in 72 hours and this time extremely bloodly. On the 16th of October I made the painful decision to put her down. I just could not let her go through surgery and the return of the tumor over and over again. The vet said he could have removed the tumor but would have to had taken her entire back leg. At the time she had 2 over smaller tumors (fatty cell we think) on her side and one on her other back leg.
These past couple of weeks have been hard. I keep wondering and thinking if only I had the tumor removed when I first noticed it, maybe I should have let the vet take her leg,... When ever I think of her tears come to my eyes and a lump in forms in my throat. I know the pain will ease with time.
Moma to Attu a 5 year old chocolate lab. Kiska--At the rainbow bridge--Born March 1996 Died October 2007. Moma to Dreidel 10 month old Golden retriever.