Hit a rough patch

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Hit a rough patch

Postby Bushbaby » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:24 am

These past few months have been very trying.

On the 31st December I found my gravid double het snow female dead in her cage. We cut her open and she had a snow, some anery, albinos and normals in her, fully developed, and even out of their embryonic sacs. One baby had gotten stuck in her and she could not give birth to any of the others, and they died, started rotting and caused her death. It was heart breaking as I have spent 3 - 4 years raising her, and since breeding, she developed such a character and she really didn't like me checking in on her when I was expecting babies. :( A few days later my other double het snow female left me several slugs, and that's all. Luckily she survived and will hopefully breed again some day. Not the best start to the year, but the worst was still to come.

On the 17th January my dog woke up with a nose bleed. We took her to the vet as soon as their doors opened and they admitted her. They did x-rays on her head as well as a stomach as she showed pain when they pulpated her stomach. The prognoses was that she has cancer in her nose, but they couldn't confirm it 100% as she had an infection in her nose. The vet also informed us that her liver was enlarged. We decided to treat the infection and then go for further testing. Her nose did not bleed again after these tests for a few days and when it started up again we could get the bleeding stopped by applying ice / cold pack to her nose.

On Thursday 23rd January her nose started bleeding and we would get it under control only for it to start again half an hour later. We got a referral to go to Onderstepoort and she was admitted there for further treatment. They did a sonar on her belly,, CT scan and a scope in her nose. They could not find anything wrong in her nose, but said that she has cancer in her liver, spleen and lymph. They later confirmed this as Multiple Myeloma. It's a cancer of the blood plasma cells. With treatment her life expectancy is 1 year, and only 50% of the dogs react to treatment.

On Monday 27th Jan she was discharged with some cortisone. We felt that we would give it a try and see if it helped. We decided that should she be in pain and discomfort we will have her put to sleep, but she still had a will to live and we were going to give her as much time as we could. Her nose did not bleed since she had been admitted at Onderstepoort, so we were positive. In the early hours of the 30th we rushed Jesse through to Onderstepoort as we were struggling to get the bleeding to stop this time. They sprayed a mixture into her nose which stopped the bleeding and we brought her home again.

On the 1st February, around 11pm I was in Fourways at a friend's party and received a call from Bushviper that her nose had started bleeding again and it was worse than before and it wouldn't stop. Being stranded away from my vehicle I could not come home, but Bv took her to Onderstepoort. Unfortunately they said it would just get worse, even if they stop it again. It was because of the cancer. I received the call to say it was time and she had been taken away. My heart was broken, and coming back to an "empty" house was not something I could ever imagine doing, but had to face it. My rottweiler cross went dashing out the door when I came home, looking for Jesse, thinking I had her with me.

This was heart breaking not only for us as humans, but for our dogs as well. I did not know that dogs could grieve to such an extent, but I am still struggling to get them to eat. The rottweiler still looks sad, and even though she now has taken up a new sleeping place, guarding us, she is still sad. Who would have thought that animals could feel so deeply. I didn't.

Missing my Jesse every day. Days have gotten easier, but she'll never be forgotten.
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Re: Hit a rough patch

Postby Warren Klein » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:01 am

Very sorry for your loss BB. Having to put down my own Staffie who was in pain from stomach cancer was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make and I still miss him. Dogs defiantly do have emotions and they become a special part our families.
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Re: Hit a rough patch

Postby MISA » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:26 am

I'm sorry to hear of your loss BB, losing an animal is very difficult especially if they a big part of your family, you do know that now is the time to give another little fur kid a place to call home?

I don't know if you have seen this poem before, It always brings a tear to my eye,

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Re: Hit a rough patch

Postby Bushbaby » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:51 pm

It really sucks Herphabitat.

MISA, that is sweet. One only hopes you get to see them again.
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Re: Hit a rough patch

Postby Skyeli » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:19 am

Very sorry for your loss xxx
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Re: Hit a rough patch

Postby Bushbaby » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:22 pm

Thanks Skyeli
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