horible horible news about caesar

  1. I took him for xrays of his injured leg.Turns out he is just eaten up with cancer. The vet says there is nothing that can be done. She offered to put him down immediately but we brought him home to think about it. He does not appear to be suffering as of now though she says he will go downhill fast. I was going to take him today to be put to sleep but I couldn't. My DH left a note for the neighbor to let him know. So far we've heard nothing from him.

    We are heartbroken. We do not want him to suffer and are agonizing over having him euthanised. He seems so happy most of the time and still has a good appetite...though he has lost a little weight which he can't afford. I guess we will do it next week. It may have been a mistake to decide to put it off as each day we spend with him just makes it harder to let go.

    Please pray for us!
     
  2. You guys are in my prayers!!!
     
  3. I am so sorry to hear this -- JMO, but as long as he is not suffering, maybe you can make what little time he has left wonderful until he leaves you?Maybe a nice steak for dinner, with a side dish of chicken and a garnish of pate?If I was in your place, I would make it my personal challenge to make each day better than the last for beloved Caesar.
     
  4. Aww crap. Well, let me say this. He will have lived his final days in the care of a wonderful, beautiful human being. We all thought there was a reason he found you, now we know what that reason is. Had he been left at that idiot's house he would have probably died in pain and alone. Sadly, the decision to end his life has now become yours, but that is good news for him as you will know when the time is right. And remember, animals don't care how long they live (in other words, they don't have the concept of a long or short life) they just want to feel good and be safe and loved. I have a rescue doxie with cancer, I did not know she had cancer when we got her, nor did the rescue place. She was not deep into the disease, so she had treatment but eventually the cancer will get worse and I will have to do the deed.

    Take him quietly to the Rainbow Bridge, where he will wait with the others who have gone before him, until you meet again...

    Bless you and your good heart.
     
  5. That is such a hard thing to have to do. I think it sounds like you are doing what's right in your heart by keeping him alive for now. You'll know when the time is right. So sorry you have to go through this.
     
  6. Rainbow Bridge 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.... Author unknown...
     
  7. I'm so, so sorry for you, dh, and Caesar. Prayers to you all. God has another plan for him, but it's still terrible for you to get this news.:heart:
     
  8. Oh God ... I am crying as I type this message. I am so so sorry this is happening!!! I don't know whatelse to say ... at least Caesar has had a few good weeks with you and he knows he is very much loved til the end. Can they amputate his leg and still keep him alive??? Dogs walk just fine with 3 or sometimes even 2 legs. I am sorry you and Caesar have to go through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. <<<HUGS>>>
     
  9. I wish they could, but the cancer is too wide-spread--it's apparently crossed the hip joint which is rare. My DH saw the xrays, he says Caesar's bones in that area have a "moth-eaten" appearance. Thank you all for your kind words, it means so much! I've decided we will keep him with us and shower him with love until he seems like he is going into a decline. For now he still enjoys his walks and his treats and his belly-rubs so we'll keep it up.
     
  10. I was also going to say ... if the vet can give you pain killers to keep him comfortable why not? And like you said, shower him with all the love and affection. I agree that Caesar came into your life for a reason, and you and DH are such wonderful and beautiful human beings for what you do. God bless you!
     
  11. OH...I'm so sorry!! I know the feeling...I had to make that horrible and hard decision with my beloved collie Lexi. Its not easy...but in the end I know she loved me for loving her enough to let her be disease free. Please know you're in my prayers...
     
  12. I am so sorry it has turned out like this for you and Cesar. That previous owner needs shooting, Cesar must have been in decline for a long time and in pain yet the other owner did nothing.

    Like someone else said at least he has spent his final days finally knowing what love is and being treated with kindness.You will know when the time is right to say goodbye. My thoughts are with you
     
  13. Oh, I am so sorry for the sad news... Osteosarcoma is probably what Caesar has, and it can be a tough cancer to beat even with amputation... And it is a painful disease. And amputation is a major surgery to some dogs in itself... And like the vet said, if it has spread too far across a joint or has metastatized to the lungs, there is really not much you can do about the cancer, but only help him deal with the pain and help him stay comfortable. Dogs can have good days with supportive and palliative care. And like Saich2 wrote, Caesar will tell you if the time has come to say goodbye. HUGS...
     
  14. Oh my goodness, my heart is breaking after reading this story :crybaby:

    I've been following Caesar's story and after every update you post, my heart grows bigger for you and him and then I read this. I'm so sorry about the heartbreaking news and while it may be harder, I definitely think it's the right thing to do :sad:

    Good thoughts to you and your family, please stay strong!!
     
  15. I am very sorry. Cherish each minute you have with him. Hugs to you all!