For a year and a half I’ve been keeping tabs on “Brown” who had been diagnosed with nasal cancer in February 2011. But this old girl didn’t lay down and take it, she was a fighter.
Sue initially contacted me looking for more information on how she could help Brownie through diet and supplements.
We discussed some of the things that I did for my old girl who recovered from bowel cancer. Sue jumped right in and started home cooking and feeding Brown a healthy, wholesome diet which is essential for dogs fighting cancer of any kind.
She touched base with me every couple months to let me know how she was doing. As it turns out, Brown was quite the dancer and liked to show off her skills every Friday night to the tune of doo-wop. Sweet!
Then in May of 2012, Brown took a turn for the worse and her quality of life began to suffer. The cleaning her facial tumor became very painful and she would cry in agony. Sue always said that when this happened she would send her home and that’s what she did.
Get Emotional and Share Your Feelings
When your older dog finally makes the journey to cross over; don’t go it alone. One thing that I’ve learned is that it really helps to talk to other dog owners who are just as passionate about their dogs as you are. Don’t try and ignore the natural feelings that come with losing anything you love. It’s important to find that shoulder to cry on.
On more than one occasion I’ve heard dog owners say that they were still struggling six months to a year later. They indicated how they felt pressured by others to “get over it”.
True dog lovers understand the pain that comes with letting go of something nurtured and loved. Don’t ever allow others to dictate how you should respond emotionally to the loss of a pet. It can’t and shouldn’t be done. Should you have to put your dog to sleep or he passes over on his own, the death of a dog is very hard and shouldn’t be shrugged off.
Anytime one of my dogs crosses over, I avoid anyone that doesn’t feel the same way I do about dogs and this includes family members.
The important thing is to let your emotions take their toll naturally.
Thanks For Allowing Us To Get To Know Brown
Brown’s story holds a permanent place on our website where other dog owners struggling with Cancer can read her story and receive a little comfort in knowing that others have been where you are right now.
You’ll be missed Brownie.