Pixies again please!
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Pixies again please! Sturgis was put down 6/1/10. Updated 6/3/10
Sorry everyone, I don't want to be a pixie hog. We just found out tonight as Erick's family's beloved Golden Retriever Sturgis has Cancer. DMil & DFil didn't break the news to me but DSil did and I just bursted out into tears as soon as she told me. Erick still doesn't know yet as he is at work still. Celeste(DSil) told me Sturgis maybe has 3-6 months left to live, but maybe shorter, and Dinlaws are looking into how much Surgery(if even curable) or medicines(if they will cure her), or possibly putting her down soon.
She is the sweetest dog ever which is why Im so upset and she is a family member. I haven't had a dog in 13 years and she's pretty much filled that void for me since we moved to Virginia(not to mention she's been the biggest snuggle bug when I was homesick from moving, when my grandpa passed away a few years ago, and wonderful while I was pregnant with Skyler).
Skyler was greeted very warmly at the front door by Sturgis the day we brought him home from the hospital and is Skyler's best friend. I can't even imagine thinking about his reaction when she is gone. Skyler is totally oblivious, but it's so hard for me not to cry in front of him right now.
Any pixies would be greatly appreciated as we're all taking this pretty hard
right now. Sturgis has become a huge part of our lives and it isn't going to be the same without her soon. Thank you everyone.
Erick now knows about Sturgis and he knew it wasn't going to be good news when I told him he may want to ask his parents about her. I had to break the news to him, since they didn't. He seems to be handeling the news ok. Celeste and I tried not crying a little bit ago.
It is heartbreaking knowing she has to be in so much pain, but we all love her too much. Erick even reminded me of her jumping into bed right next to me the first time I came to meet his parents, sister, & Grandparents. She even loves to sneak downstairs by us and just sleep all day long. It will feel very strange around here without our favorite Escape Artist. I know none of us are ready to say goodbye to her quite yet.
I just went throught his with my beloved Angus, pictured below. He was a golden/lab cross who was fine at Thanksgiving left us on January 14, 2010.
Angus never showed much pain but did become quite depressed and lost his ever present exuberance. I denied the vet's diagnosis for as long as I could but I think I knew in the back of my mind she was right all along.
A definitive diagnosis on Angus would have been around $2500. and I wasn't sure he'd live long enough for us to get the diagnosis. I also didn't want to put him through treatment if it would be inefffective or only extend his life my months. He had always been active and happy. He really deteriarated very quickly over his last two weeks. I took solice in that my kids were all home for winter break so he was surrounded by the people he loved and seemed peaceful.
If I were to do anything different, I would have insisted on some pain medication. while Angus was't cranky or never responded like he was in pain, he never did. You always could step on him and he would never bat an eye.
This weekend I picked up a rescue dog and while he will never replace Angus, he is keeping me busy. Our little girl dog seemed lonely and is adjusting to another dog.
My thoughts are with your family during these difficult days. I will be thinking of Sturgis.