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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    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
    Actually Occy, if Ralph was on respirator we would have said goodbye. The operations are pallative. After speaking with some of the top vets at Sydney University and also some of our vets locally, they believe that Ralph actually isn't in pain as all of you seem to think. He is bright, wagging his tail, being a very typical Staffy, eating well (has not lost any weight as yet) just one difference he is breathing through a stoma in his windpipe instead of through his nose or mouth. Mind you, last tuesday we were leaving him at Sydney Uni to have a CT and some tests. Everything went egg shape after that. The temporary tracheostomy that needed to be done 08/01/2010 was more a problem with breed than with the cancer (brachy dogs).
    I am not a novice with dogs or cancer Occy. I have had dogs in my life since I was 3 mths old, have had cancer and now work in cancer research! I value you care for animals, but are judging others by your own actions and how you feel about your guilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Hang in there Bohemiannic. I think you'll find the 2 hour clearing of the trachy tiring though, particularly during the night, but I assume it is only temporary and only for a couple of weeks? Is there more than one of you so you can share the duties?
    Hi Anne,

    It will be me and my shadow 20-21 hours a day, my partner will only be able to do 3-4 hours over a 24 hour period due to the nature of his job, I have taken leave from work. 2 hourly clearing of the trachy should only be for a short while, it will then tend to be four hourly. Which will be easy to manage. The whole thing will only be a matter of weeks till we will have to say goodbye to Ralph and let him go to sleep gently!

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    Ok - I realise you are suffering so will not pursue the contradictions in your posts. I wish you the best with the time you have left and I hope you make the right decision. If you need to talk, feel free to PM me, though I realise you probably wont.

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    Thinking of you.

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    We were able to bring Ralph home today from Sydney University. He is so happy to be home! Went into the back yard and rolled on the grass, sniffed all around his favourite trees etc, greeted the cat and wanted something to eat!
    The results of the biopsies is in, nasal and pharyngeal areas - chondrosarcoma, and non/or poorly productive osteosarcoma. The area which has caused the most problems being the epiglottis is non cancerous. the swelling etc there seems to be local chronic trauma which has become inflammed. The only thing we can think of was when one of the vets had him under for xray or nasal scope, they may have damaged the epiglottis?
    I will be staying home from work for the next week so I can look after his thracheostomy and keep his windpipe hydrated until the area settles.
    We know that we wont have him for all that long, but while he is happy and not in pain or suffering, we will look after him. Once he is suffering and not enjoying being a dog we will let him go to sleep peacefully!

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    I am glad you got him home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    He sounds like he was really happy to be back home. That must have been a nice feeling for you both.

    It may not be the right time to say this, but I would be taking the time you have left together looking at what will happen when he is given his wings. Will you bury or cremate? Will you keep the ashes in an urn if you cremate. Those kinds of things. I know that many have been left distraught after having their dog cremated only to find out that several dogs are cremated together at some places. Others like the idea of a burial with a little plaque in the yard. Forgive me for being morbid, but I just think it is better to sort out these things now.
    Hi Anne,

    It is realistic. We know one of the cremation places here is okay. I had my 19 year old cat cremated the year before last. When we lost our German Shepherd when we lived in Rockhampton, we had him cremated too. Ralph will also be cremated and will join him friends on the shelf in their individual urns. The reason we haven't spread their ashes was that we have not settled in one area for all that long. Until that day, our friends will move with us in their urns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    That's great that you've already thought of this. I have a little rescue Pug I had, Mollie, in a beautiful little pink box. It is metal and has been glazed with a pretty pink glaze. I have a pic somewhere and will try to find it. It was much cheaper buying my own little container than using those they advise, and it is far prettier.

    I also still carry a sprinkle of my grandma in a beautiful little coloured glass bottle. I think it was a perfume bottle. I glued the glass stopper just to be safe.

    Give your boy an extra cuddle from me and I hope you both have a good night's rest, in between the maintenance on the trachy.
    Thanks Anne. I don't think I will get much sleep being Ralphs first night home, but I am sure he will get some good sleep. I think I will be listening for every breath!

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    Hi Anne, I will try and attach some photos. One is of Ralph's friends urns.
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    Thinking of you and Ralph. It is such a difficult time and there has been so much sadness around this forum of recent time. Enjoy those special staffy cuddles
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