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When Pack Mates Must Say Goodbye
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14 May 2011 - 9:30 pm
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One thing I would like to add- slightly off topic as it is not about pack mate Tani, but I guess it is about pack mate me.

I have absolutely no regrets about the day Maggie crossed, and I don't at all doubt that it was the right time.  When Maggie was diagnosed with the second cancer in March, and when the path forward I took involved not treating it, I then defined what Maggie's minimum quality of life was.  It was a little difficult because she was reluctant to eat with the kidney failure so I couldn't really gauge how she was feeling by her eating or not eating.  But what I was concerned about was pain- I knew when the tumor broke through into her upper palette that the resulting bone pain would not be manageable for her.  She did not tolerate strong pain meds like tramadol, and NSAIDs were not an option because of the kidney failure.  I don't think NSAIDs would have done much good on bone pain anyway, and medicating the pain would have just put of the inevitable for a week or two- without quality.

But my point is- that I defined her quality a couple of months before we got to the end, I knew what I was looking for.  It really helped me make the decision confidently.  And even now- when the occasional 'what-if' sneaks in, I am able to walk through my decisions and know I did the right thing at the right time. 


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15 May 2011 - 9:24 am
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Great and wonderful advice, simple and true.  I will hold onto it for myself and my pack.


Elizabeth and Sammy

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10


I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

On The Road

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16 May 2011 - 11:06 am
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calpurnia said:

I have been down this road many times, and with as many furry family members as we have, have only scratched the surface of how many more times we will be here.  I don't have any answers, but I do have some thoughts to share on the end-of-life that we ALL will face at some point. 

Wiser words have never been spoken about this sad topic. Thank you for sharing them with us, TC, and for letting us know about Cali. We have been thinking about her constantly.

If you don't mind, we'd love to see a separate topic about Cali's status here in the Forums, she's a special gal who deserves her own discussion. Give her our love OK? xoxo

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