Katesmom ... it makes a lot of sense and my current baby (now 11) got me through losing her big sister.
KatesMom, I'll be thinking positive thoughts for Bailey. Just try to take a deep breath and take one step at a time. We so often let our mind go to the worst possible scenario. I know how hard it is not to worry, though. I'll be sending positive vibes your way. Big :grouphug to you and a gentle hug to Bailey.
Thanks everyone! Just knowing that I'm not crazy to be so upset helps. I think people that don't have animals really don't understand. They try to be supportive, but they don't get it. Whoever said it above was right - they are not possessions, they are just as much "people" as the other important people in our lives. And I'm not even sure I was this upset when my mom got skin cancer. I think because I just feel like this dog is just pure unconditional love and so the thought of her hurting in any way just destroys me.
And they don't give unwanted advice! Holding you all close, KM.
I used to use her name and a series of numbers as my password on various internet sites and I had to go back and change all of them. It was too painful to enter my password and be reminded of my loss. I can understand why you would want to change your username here for the same reason.
I don't think the pain of losing a cherished pet ever goes away. As much as you love pets to come in the future, you'll always hold a special place in your heart for the ones you lost. At least you got the chance to raise those precious animals and they got to live out their life with someone who loved them deeply. :)
Kind of like the saying goes....Don't cry because they died....Celebrate/be happy because they lived.
I still miss my Gail something awful, but I can laugh when I remember her personality and her antics. She brought a ton of joy to my life.
Katesmom, I totally understand! When I lost my Jasper a few years ago, I was devastated. He got me through a horrible time in my life when I was struggling with depression and away from family in a small college town. Some days, he was the only thing that kept me from checking out. Some animals are just special (ALL of them are special, but you know what I mean) and they become more than beloved pets and family members. I still miss Jasper and, although I adore my two cats, it's not the same.
Hang in there and at least try not to think too much about it. I know that's an impossible task. Maybe go shopping or watch something silly on TV.
My thoughts are with you and I'll have my fingers crossed for the best possible outcome for Bailey :grouphug
The biopsy came back malignant. We are meeting with the vet on Monday to discuss options. I have talked to multiple people who put their animals through the surgery and radiation, only to have to put them down 3-6 months later because of how much they were suffering. As I said before, Bailey is 11. I am not putting her through that. Right now, she is eating and drinking and does not appear to be suffering at all. So we will see what the vet says on Monday. Hopefully there is some other option out there - or they can magically tell me that if they remove the tumor, that is it. But my mind is already made up that I am not putting her through something that is going to hurt her or make her suffer, just because I may not be ready to let her go. I just want her to live and enjoy life as much as she can for as long as she can.