Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More Dog Drama

This time with my dog back home.

She's had kidney failure and some other problems the past few months, but antibiotics have been helping. Still, some of her tests were a little worrisome, so Mom took her in for an ultrasound this morning.

Turns out it's a cancerous tumor, and it's inoperable.

They're going to put her on medication that has a 40% chance of helping. If it helps, she might make it for another six months.

I kind of don't feel like working today. Or, you know, doing anything.

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At November 28, 2006 at 12:23 PM, Blogger Roonie said...

Oh, how I can relate. My dog died December 10, 2004. I was devastated. We found out in October 2004 that she had cancer, and they gave her six months. Well, she endured one bout of chemo that made her stronger. The next go - well, that was December 10th. I am so sorry. Do as little as you can and go home and cry. Losing a dog blows.

At November 28, 2006 at 4:14 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...


She's been sick for a few months, and back in September Mom was sure she was a goner. I spent pretty much the whole last week of September crying. Then she got better and we thought she might actually be okay.

The cruelest thing by far that God ever did was to give dogs a shorter lifespan than humans. I can think of plenty of people whose deaths I wouldn't mourn, but I know this one's gonna take me a while :'(

Aw, fuck, there I go again.

At November 28, 2006 at 4:57 PM, Blogger Ken W said...

I am so sorry Law Fairy. We almost lost our Bailey when he was a puppy and that was just devastating.

I don't think people understand just how much a part of our families our animals become.

I truly empathize with what you are going through, and if there is anything I can do, please let me know.


At November 29, 2006 at 11:21 AM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Thanks ken... wow, almost losing a puppy. I can only imagine how heartbreaking that would be. Cheyenne at least has lived a full and happy life and she's not so young that the thought of her dying is completely "out there." Still, having the knowledge slapping you in the fact that next Christmas, she won't be here... well, it sure makes it hard to focus on work.

I agree -- frankly, I feel closer to my dog than some of my extended family. Maybe that makes me a heartless misanthrope, but, like Andy Rooney says (according to the email forward I get about once a month), the average dog is nicer than the average person.

It's seriously so messed up that our lives are over five times longer than theirs.

At December 1, 2006 at 5:43 AM, Blogger Michele said...

I am so sorry, Law Fairy. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows how difficult it is to lose one. There is nothing that can be said, either, to make the mourning process any easier no matter how well intended. I am thinking of you and hope that Cujo is able to help you through this horrible time.

At December 1, 2006 at 12:27 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Michele, thanks. It sucks to know she's dying, but Mom says that she's happy and comfortable and alert, so she at least still has a few good, happy months left in her. I'm hoping I can use some of my miles to fit in a couple weekend visits in the interim. And Cujo is being wonderful and sweet as always... it does dampen the pain a bit to have my own little snuggler right here with me.

And thanks everyone for the support. It's a major help to know that there are lots of people out there who understand Just How Important our pets are.

At December 1, 2006 at 5:41 PM, Blogger Heraclitus said...

Hi, Law Fairy, not to make you too sad again, but have you ever read John Updike's "Dog's Death"? I posted it today at the blog I write at, but it might read better here:


I'm sorry about your dog.

At December 1, 2006 at 9:09 PM, Blogger annika said...

That is so sad. She is such a cute dog.

At December 1, 2006 at 11:35 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

oh my god, hera... it's just so awful to watch dogs suffer. They don't know how to tell us and we're too busy with our everyday lives to notice half the time. Fortunately we noticed with Cheyenne, and she can live out her last days in comfort.

annika, thanks. She is a cutie, and it's gonna be hard to say goodbye for good.

At December 3, 2006 at 3:59 PM, Blogger Andy said...

Oh no! I'm sorry, I've been so busy that I am waaaay behind on my blog reading and only now catching up. So sad! I'm sorry.

At December 4, 2006 at 10:12 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

I'm so sorry, LF. Most of my best friends have been four-leggeds, and I still remember how awful it was to lose my grey wolf, Baby, to cancer. I still dream of her, and in my dreams I get to hug her again. Nothing will ever make up for that loss.

The only blessing here is that your dog is surrounded by those who love her, and she will be as comfortable as possible.

It's truly a cruel joke that animals have such short life spans compared to humans. I'm sure it's because it doesn't take nearly as long for them to perfect themselves, while most of us never come close.

Try to live in the moment with her, and just enjoy the time you have together.


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