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31 July 2009
I never wanted to open this topic. I knew someday, this time would come. But I never thought it would happen so soon. We were still busy enjoying life with Oslo.
We had planned a one-week vacation at our agricultural land that we used to call Oslo's Kingdom. Oslo loved that place as much as we do. We were supposed to leave on friday june 26th. But this day, Oslo seemed uncomfortable while walking. We tought he had injured himself so before leaving, we decided to ask for a check-up with Dr A. He discovered Oslo's back was the source of his soreness. X-Rays showed he had spondylose ( what I understood is that spondylose is age-related and it is a bone protrusion between 2 vertebras …sorry) but it was not severe and, after a few days of rest, exercise would not do any dammage. No mets on X-Rays, so we were relieved. We asked for X-Rays of the lungs since we were there. No mets. We decided to delay our departure for the next day and we felt good after these good news (no mets) but a bit worried because of that spondylose. Our 5-hour-drive trip went pretty smooth on saturday, and you could tell Oslo and Garfield were happy to see where we were going. Both anxious to get off of the car to enjoy nature, sunshine and freedom.
But thing got wrong on Sunday. Oslo started to loose his rear leg mobility. Within a few our, he could not walk anymore. His legs were still moving but he could not walk. His mood was great and I found peace remembering Jake's videos (Jakesmom's dog) … we were helping him with Angus' harness (Pababyblue's dog) and he seemed to enjoy himself outside, sniffing the air, sleeping and snoring. So I have pretty good memories of these days. It was peaceful for him.
What I regret deeply is that we could not find any compasionnate veterinarian there. We felt totally alone. No one would want to help even he we offered to pay. Fortunately we had Dr A. to help on the phone. We were able to get cortisone on Monday. Since Oslo had still a great appetite (which was a good sign) and a good mood, he suggested that we tried cortisone just to see if Oslo's rear leg would get their mobility. If it was to be effective, we would see improvement within 24-48 jours. That was on Monday. The following hours, we saw no improvement. In fact thing were getting worse. His legs were not moving anymore. He had no sensation when we pinched them. Tuesday night Oslo started to show us that it was enough. He stared at me, and I knew. I prayed for months that when the time would come, I would know and I would be strong enough to let him go. He deserved to be listened to.
Oslo was my first fur-baby, he was a dear friend, a guide, an inspiration, our soulmate. He was the most courageous being we ever met. We miss him tremendously.
We will never know for sure what happened. But we suspect that OSA had spread somewhere inside and was putting pressure on his spine.
One thing we know for sure is that we have NO REGRETS, no regrets about amputation, no regrets about chemo. We very blessed by having these extra 11-months and every extra day with Oslo was worth the pain we are now experiencing.
Also, we were blessed to have found Tripawds community. I need some days to cope with my loss, but I will be back for sure. I wish to be there for other tri-pawrents. I keep a special place in my heart for 3-legged dogs.
Thank's for always being there for us.
Suzanne and Marc-André
25 April 2007
Bless you for making Oslo's final days so enjoyable, in a place he loved so much. We too are deeply saddened by your sudden loss. Thank you for sharing Oslo with us all. He was a beautiful boy and his spirit shall live strong, inspiring others here forever. Peace.
25 April 2007
Ohhhh this is such sad news. Suzanne and Marc-Andre, we are so deeply sorry. Oslo was such an inspiration here, especially for the Big Dog Club members.
There is never a good time to say goodbye, especially when it happens so suddenly. but we hope you can take comfort in knowing that you did everything you possibly could for him. You gave your sweet boy such a wonderful life. How beautiful that he got to visit his kingdom one last time, what a blessing. Someday the good memories will outshine the grief, so for now, please accept our condolences and many, many hugs.
May Oslo swim, play and splash forever in his kingdom:
2 June 2009
oh man! my heart sank when I saw this posting 🙁 It's so crazy how things can go from so good to so not good in just a matter of days or even hours. He has such a darling face and gorgeous big snuggly body, that a dog that good will never be far away (he's probably stealing something in your kitchen right now!! although it may be hard to catch him now that he's invisible...). I'm sooo glad that you found this website because it gave me the chance to "meet" an amazing dog and his amazing family 🙂 Our thoughts are with you...
28 October 2009
I am so, so sorry that you went through that. Especially after the joy of seeing no mets. 🙁 I can offer a possible explanation though, as this is almost exactly what happened with Raven. You can look at the end of his blog for the last day symptom and necropsy results. http://www.rave.....awds.com His OSA mets to the liver. That didn't show on any xrays. We were watching the lungs and the liver just didn't show up very well and it's soft tissue. What happened on his last day was the same loss of use of his back legs, it showed as weakness, then full on lack of use within an afternoon. But his attitude was happy and painfree for the most part, maybe just some confusion/frustration. Turns out what happened is the liver tumor had necrosis inside and a piece of it got caught up in the large vessel (or vein? I get them confused to which one leaves the heart) that supplies it and then the clot/tissue got lodged as the vessel splits to go into the legs and reduces in size. This restricts the blood supply to the back end and you see the weakness, but it is really pain free.
I found great comfort in the fact that he didn't suffer. It was as shock, as it wasn't how I envisioned him going, but in retrospect was better than the progressive discomfort that lung or spinal mets would have brought.
I hope this helps ease your pain. My heart goes out to you. Oslo is soooo beautiful and was so lucky and blessed to have you! (and vice versa :))
Rottie Raven, osteosarcoma at 8-1/2 years old, amputation in October '09 and in February '10 due to liver mets he went back to heaven where he came from. raven.tripawds.com
Now I have Miles, rottie mix amputee from a shelter and traveled 1500 miles to find his way here through the Rescue Railroad thanks to tripawds.com. miles.tripawds.com
28 September 2009
I am so sorry that Oslo lost his battle with this terrible disease. I hope you can take some comfort that Oslo was happy until the end and he was in his kingdom. Thank you for sharing your boy with us, you and Oslo have been an inspiration to all of us.
My heart breaks for you, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jo Ann & Tasha
Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.
Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….
14 August 2009
Oh no! I'm so saddened to hear this! Olso was so a cutie! I loved reading his new found puppyhood stories! Oh, I'm so sorry. I know the hole in your heart is huge.
But oh my gosh, he had some silly antics as a big ol' grown up dog! We are going to miss those for sure. I'm so glad we got to experience it all.
I'm heart sick that you had to go through it all unexpectedly away from home.
Oslo will be so missed.
Many hugs to you and your family!
Comet - 1999 to 2011
She departed us unexpectedly January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.
She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.
28 November 2008
Suzanne & Marc-Andre, I'm so sorry to hear about Oslo's passing. I too loved reading about his goofy adventures, especially the sock story (both of them!). I'm glad he was able to go to one of his favorite places for a few days. Oslo was a lucky boy to have the two of you as his pawrents.
13 September 2009
Suzanne and Marc-André,
I was shocked to read your post about Oslo! I thought that he had been doing so well... Just goes to show you how quickly this horrible cancer can take our sweet furbabies from us!!
There is nothing I can really say to make your pain go away right now... Je suis tres désolé pour votre perte... Veuillez savoir que vous êtes dans mes pensées et prières. Reposez-vous Oslo à paix.
Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom
Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!
28 November 2008
I too am saddened to see our group has lost another hero. I always love seeing that big beautiful face. You were awesome pawrents and I have no doubt Oslo knew you did everything within your power to help him on this dreadful journey. My heart is with you.
RIP sweet Oslo. Run free at Rainbow Bridge .
Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul. Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.
2 November 2009
I am so so sorry to hear the news about Oslo - my heart goes out to you. Please take comfort in knowing that Oslo's still with you, right by your side and will always be forever in your heart. He was so lucky to have you as his parents and he ended up being in the best place of all - his kingdom. He was a beautiful boy that will sorely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Kami (Mackenzie's Mom)
My sweet golden Mackenzie. She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2 although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009. She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes. I love you Mackenzie!
8 December 2009
I,too, am very sorry to read about your Oslo. Such a sweet, sweet boy. You did all you could do for your boy....and it was great that he got to go to Oslo's Kingdom...
My thoughts are with you during this time of grieving your first fur baby. Hugs,
Tracy & Maggie
Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09
Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13
22 August 2008
I am so sorry to hear about Oslo; it sounds so much like what happened to Tazzie (fine one day then not walking). I am quite sure that he must have had spinal mets that just didn't show up on the xrays. It is so hard to let them go but it sounds like he was telling you he was ready.
We will all miss him!
Suzanne and Marc-André,
I also just want to express my sympathy to you both in the loss of your sweet Oslo. May you find comfort and peace knowing that you loved him as strongly as you did and that you gave him the best life he could have hoped for.
All our best,
Heather and Kenzie
22 December 2009