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    Thanks Anne, Thanks Emma. Just to have that extra time to say goodbye would be wonderful. It doesn't make it any less hard, but, just that special togetherness before we do say goodbye.

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    Oh my, I am truly sorry to hear the news. It's never easy, I hope the operation is successful and that you get to enjoy your time together.

    Ralph knows he is loved, and you know he loves you - that will never change.

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    It seems that the tumour could not be removed has tumour involvement on the epiglottis as well as larynx and collapse of the upper trachea. They have decided to do a permanent tracheostomy to give Ralph some time to say goodbye. We won't know if this is okay for the next day or so. They couldn't leave him with the temporary tracheostomy as he wouldn't be able to be home at all. They are monitoring pain management etc.
    I just hope we are doing the right thing. But all this is happening so quickly.
    He had sneezing late November, some bleeding and clots when he sneezed in December and first saw vet after second bleeding when sneezing on 11th December.

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    I don't know what to say but My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Since last update on Ralph, he has had to have another operation to reinforce his windpipe. The tracheostomy is functioning well. Ralph is eating and drinking well, going for walkies etc. Just a little anxious being away from his family. All going well we will be picking him up tomorrow to bring him home. I will be taking leave from work to look after him, as the tracheostomy stoma will need attention every 2 hours or so for awhile.
    We still don't know what type of cancer this is, but know it will be only a short time till we have to say goodbye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    Since last update on Ralph, he has had to have another operation to reinforce his windpipe. The tracheostomy is functioning well. Ralph is eating and drinking well, going for walkies etc. Just a little anxious being away from his family. All going well we will be picking him up tomorrow to bring him home. I will be taking leave from work to look after him, as the tracheostomy stoma will need attention every 2 hours or so for awhile.
    We still don't know what type of cancer this is, but know it will be only a short time till we have to say goodbye.
    I am happy you will be able to get Ralph home for a little while


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    Sigh - I am sorry your dog is so ill but take it from someone who has lost three dogs to cancer within 5 months of each other - let him go.

    When Cappy died, they revived him - I saw him on a respirator and said no - put him down.

    Mutilating a dog to keep them around a little bit longer is not fair.

    Whatever cancer it is - and I would suggest that it's a testicular cancer that has metastisized - it has done its job, it has taken over - that's what cancers do.

    You might think I am being harsh but trust me, I have felt you pain threefold and I know what mindset you go into when you find out you have only a short time left.

    Look in his eyes, is he happy? Or is he just exhausted?

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    I'm sorry, I have to agree with Occy, now it is only for your benefit that you're keeping him here. I also know what it is like to lose a dog to cancer. It's not fun, so I can only imagine what sort of pain and suffering your poor boy is going through. Please, stop putting him through all these ops and anasthetics and let him rest. I know its hard, and you're going to miss him like crazy, but this is selfish. All the best.
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    BTW I asked them to revive him - it was selfish and cruel and took me a long time to get over. He was ready to go - I knew it, but I couldn't bear our last goodbye to be just a quick cuddle

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    Thanking of you and Ralph. I hope he is free of pain soon.

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