I Guess We’re Going to See How Much a Heart Can Take

The dog is dying. I want to say more than that, but I also don’t have it in me.

The vet cried when she told me. I have all this medicine he’s supposed to take, but he doesn’t want to eat. I’m getting as much down him as I can and hoping the steroids will increase his appetite.

They think it’s lymphoma. We’ll know when we get the tests back.

I guess they think he has at least a month, because they gave me a month’s worth of pills.

But it’s been so sudden and so devastating. The difference between him this Friday and last Friday is… it’s just so much. All of a sudden, like overnight, he’s frail and old.

11 thoughts on “I Guess We’re Going to See How Much a Heart Can Take

  1. I’m sorry. May chicken spontaneously materialize wherever he goes. Such a good dog.

  2. My mantra is: You are stronger than you know. You are more resilient than you know. Pain is part of the human condition, and it can’t be avoided. I am heartbroken that you are about to lose your dog. I can’t imagine how hard it will be. I am so sorry.

  3. Oh B, that’s so awful. That’s so awful I can hardly stand it.

    I’m sending you all of the appropriate thoughts/prayers/hugs, and a few else beside, just in case.

  4. I think the only rational thing I can say here is that people you have never met are very sorry to hear this and hope that you have as much joy together as you can for as long as you can.

    Jeebus, this sucks.

  5. This makes me so sad for you. He’s learned to run with you, and play, and steal chicken from the road. He’s been happy. I hope whatever time he has left is good time.

  6. I’ll echo “Anon”. This internet stranger really feels for you both.

    You’ve given each other so much love over the years, and have built a good home. He knows that, even as he has to leave.

  7. Oh, B, that’s so hard. I think of the life you gave him, the things you taught him, the things he figured out for himself (rolling down hills!). He wouldn’t have had any of that if you hadn’t taken him in. You’ve been as good to him as he has been to you. I’m so sorry.

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