The Daily Dog Bone

Monday, August 25, 2008



Today was a very sad and difficult day for me. After a few days of limping from what I had thought was arthritis, I took Max to the vet, which was in itself a challenge with three kids in tow. After an hour long wait to see the doc, an x-ray was taken and the diagnosis came. Bone Cancer. Osteosarcoma. It was a total shock. Not at all what I was expecting from the limp and some swelling at his wrist joint. After reading up on it now, I should have known better. I should have known more, questioned more at previous vet visits, researched more, done more...but here we are. And I am beside myself with grief.
As far as blogging about it, I have so much to say and so few words. Perhaps in a few days I'll get my thoughts together. For now, I am just too sad and too tired. Max was put on pain medication and it was not recommended that we pursue surgery or any rigorous protocol. He is what they call an elderly Dane, a senior at 6 years old. He seems far too old for his young age and I long for the days when he would run laps in the yard like a crazy rabbit. I simply can't imagine life without him.
If you have an inclination to prayer would you please say one for my dear sweet Max, for whom I have boundless love and devotion. He is such a good-hearted soul, kind and gentle, silly and sweet. May the days he has left here in the earthly world be joyful ones. May he know how very much he is loved and valued. May he not suffer, but find comfort and peace.
MommyWizdom said...

Oh, you made me cry. I will pray for Max and I'm sorry to hear the diagnosis. Don't beat yourself up too much; hindsight is 20/20. If only you coulda, shoulda... You can't go back and change it. Just love Max now - he knows you do!

Great Danes are one in a million! He is beautiful!

homeschoolceo said...

Thank you mommywizdom! Your kind words and prayers mean a great deal.

Shannon (muzbeecrazy.com) said...

I came over from WW and started reading your other posts. I'm so sorry to hear about your Max. I have a Rotti that I too love dearly and at the age of 5 seems like an old lady. I'll be saying a prayer for Max and for your family.

Nodin's Nest said...

I'm sorry to hears this. I'm a vet tech and I lost my dobi to osteosarc when he was 12. Same spot on the front leg (it's the most common site) I researched like crazy and did manage to keep him comfortable for 9 months, without chemo or Sx (he was not a candidate because of hemophelia). Feel free to email me if you want info.

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