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    I completely agree, let her enjoy the rest of her life the way she'd like to! Good on you

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    Sashas Dad,

    I am so sorry your girl has cancer...feed her what she likes and make the time she has left as happy as possible. If she is not eating...in pain and doesn't want to get up then you should really think about putting her to sleep. You must think of her quality of life...I know how hard it is to make that decision...I've lost two of my girls to cancer in the last two years...so I know how hard it is.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Well Sashas life is over.

    She did perk up for a few days with the steroids, but then started to lose her appetite again.

    Then on Monday and Tuesday she would make a gurgling sound when breathing. I knew something was wrong but prayed it was just one more thing she would beat. When she ate all her food on Tuesday I thought it might be ok.

    On Wednesday I woke up to find her nose bleeding which up until now was minor (and for which I had learnt how to wipe) had become uncontrollable. Blood all over the lounge room carpet and under the kitchen door which leads to the bedrooms. She would snort under this door to see if I was awake or not :-)

    Well all I could do was comfort her and keep removing the excess blood as much as I could while trying to organise to get her to a vet. Despite her discomfort and heavy breathing she still came to me for pats and still drank some water.

    I held and patted her while the vet injected the green solution and soon enough the panting stopped and she just dropped her head onto the mattress.

    I am not writing this for pity. If anything I should be shouted at for not having her put down before she got into this sort of distress.

    If I have a dog in future (and that is something I'm not sure of) and if they are elderly and start bleeding from the nose with the vet unable to find a way to stop it, then that is when I will put them down.

    Sasha had a very good life. She was rescued from a Woman who underfed her to the point that while she was as small as a 6 month old, the vet said it was more likely she was 12-18 months.

    From that tiny girl Sasha became a fatty in her young adulthood (22kg) to the point where the vet said we were killing her with kindness. So we got her down to 15.5kg and put her on Joint Guard. Her limp went away and she enjoyed another couple of years of walks.

    She was everything to me and I can only hope wherever she is now that she forgives me for letting her live that last week and particularly the last couple of days.

    Guys please don't let your pets hang on for too long. At the point where keeping them alive is more for you than for them it is time.
    You will regret it if you make them suffer longer than they have to.

    I will miss my girl.

    Regards,

    Paul

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    I am sorry for your loss.
    I too learned the hard way of hanging on to a pet for too long as I couldn't bear to be without him. My poor dog suffered too due to my selfishness. My mother remembered my story and had her owned loved dog put to sleep even though she wished him to be with her longer, she was grateful to me for my story.

    You will probably beat yourself up about this but please try not to. I still do at times too and my story was 13 years ago. I should take my own advice.
    Many hugs.

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    Oh 'Sashas Dad' - this is very sad news.

    Please do not be so hard on yourself – remember:

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    Sasha had a wonderful and a very long life with you. This was not the first time she was diagnosed with cancer.

    You were there for her all through her life with you – including the end. She passed with you there with her -which is the most special final gift that we can ever give our pups.

    So please be kind to yourself !

    R.I.P. - little Sasha. Run free !

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    Hi Sasha's dad,

    So sorry, it's hard when the end comes.

    I think you did ok. The gurgling sound could have been heart failure which causes the lungs to fill up with fluid.

    I think a short illness and dying in sleep is better than a long lingering failure of everything bit by bit. But it's really hard to know when the right time to go is. At least we have that choice with our pets.

    There's no reason to beat yourself up about it. But every emotion that comes with grief is normal and ok. Just go with the flow.

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    I am so sorry for your loss. Please don't beat yourself up. You loved her and gave her a good life, she got far luckier than many dogs do

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    I'm very sorry for your loss... You must not blame yourself...you gave her a good life and she is now free of pain.

    Take comfort in the fact that you did all you could for her and that's all anyone could ask. My advice to you is...take some time to grieve then think about getting another dog because this is the best way to overcome your grief. ...as I have found.

    A year after I lost my GSD Tara (who was only 8 yrs old) to cancer...I saw on Pet Rescue a young GSD who had been dumped and was looking for a home...her name is Chloe and we needed each other. Chloe will never replace Tara...but she does remind me of my Tara in some ways and I'm very greateful for that.
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    Not everyone is keen to rush out and get another dog, we all have different time frames that suit us best, even thinking about another can take a very long time for some as we are all different. No way is the right way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Not everyone is keen to rush out and get another dog, we all have different time frames that suit us best, even thinking about another can take a very long time for some as we are all different. No way is the right way.
    Where did I say rush out and get another dog... anyone who has lost a dog to cancer will know exactly what I mean.
    Chloe & Zorro
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