8 years this beautiful soul has been our girl. Thursday we received the news that her time with us is coming to an end soon. She has very aggressive bone cancer. Her spirits are high, she’s still mobile and eating well, but we know all of that will change soon. Until then we are doing doggie hospice care at home, feeding her anything her little heart desires (that is safe for her obviously…she’s been on a restricted diet from a minor urinary issue), planning a trip to the mountains and trying to get in as many snuggles as we possibly can. We’re pretty broken but we know that she has had a great life.
In May, our precious Mia was outside playing. It had been raining lightly and we have tile floors in the house. We have a rug runner in the kitchen by the door the dogs go in and out of to help mitigate any potential falls. Regardless, the girls came running in faster than normal and Mia fell and flew across the floor. She got up quickly and seemingly was just fine. The impact to her left shoulder.
About a week later she began limping on that side. We took her to the vet and the vet examined her and felt that everything was in place, ligaments were fine and bones felt good. We settled on a diagnosis of a shoulder strain and were sent home with some anti-inflammatories to help her heal.
Except on and off throughout the summer, she would limp and then she wouldn’t. She was still running and jumping and very playful. In fact, aside from the husband and I limiting her now, she is still very much the same happy, playful, excitable girl we have always known.
Over Labor Day we went up to the mountains and the dogs had a blast wandering around and just taking in a nice little getaway. When we came home, the limp was back and worse than it had been before. In addition, we had noticed there was a bit of a lump on the joint. At this point the husband and I were pretty sure she had a broken bone.
After this past week, we learned we were way off. Instead of a broken bone, our sweet 8 year old girl has osteosarcoma (bone cancer). The prognosis is not good. The treatment options are limited and after reading some peer-reviewed research, even with treatment, her time is very limited.
We appreciate the outpouring of love and support. 2016 has just not been our year…shoot these last 7 years have not been our year. Too much loss and sadness. Thank you all for your love!