6.21.2007

So sad...


Well, it's official...our Sunny girl has Cancer. Our sweet canine companion...the girl that has been such a great big part of our family for the last 9 1/2 yrs. has an aggressive type of cancer that started with a lump by her anal gland. Its spread to her lymph nodes already and according to the vet, it's probably in other areas of her body too. Surgery to remove the lump will be painful and basically not an option because it's already spread. Chemo and radiation aren't recommended due to the severity of the Cancer. Basically, we'll put her on anti-inflammatory drugs, immune boosters and vitamins...and make the most of the time that she has with us.

Right now, she's not showing any signs of discomfort. When she does, we'll take the measures that need to be taken. Right now though, it's too tough to even think about life without her here.

Sunny has been the best dog EVER. A faithful, loving companion. The protector of the household. She was dealt a tough hand...having to have a blood transfusion to save her life as a puppy...having hip dysplacia and having bilateral hip surgery at 16 months old...and now this. Luckily, we've spoiled her rotten and we are positive that we've given her the best life possible, outside of the other issues she's had to deal with.

It's going to be so hard to see her go.

The picture here was taken today...she's lounging on Josh's bed. Snuggling his body pillow. What a good life she has.

4 comments:

Laurie said...

awwww sunny...well that is just sad eh...she looks good tho...hope your last days are the best and very special....

Margaret Lembcke said...

Denise,
I can relate...we have a 10 year old dog who is really slowing down. Some days she lays all day. Sometimes I am not sure if she will be awake the next morning.
When I thought of your doggy's name I thought of this song. I know that it is meant for a person...but..she is as much a part of your family. There are a few lines in it that don't apply....Dark and Bright Days are opposite....but it sounds like she has brought you MANY bright days. and I also know that you won't let her actually see any dark ones. Be comforted.....She has been a special part of your home...

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
Oh, the dark days are done
The bright days are here
My sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true
I love you

Sunny, thank you for that sunshine bouquet
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
Now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true
I love you

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see
Sunny, thank you for the facts from a to z
My life was torn like windblown sand
And then a rock was formed when we held hands (paws and hands)-wink
Sunny one so true
I love you

Sunny, thank for that smile upon your face
Sunny, thank you for that gleam that flows with grace
Youre my spark of natures fire
Youre my sweet complete desire
Sunny one so true
I love you

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
The dark days are done
The bright days are here
My sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true
Sunny one so true
Sunny one so true
I love you

Heather said...

Denise,

I'm so sorry to hear about Sunny. She is such a sweetie the times I've been over at your house-just wanted to be pet and loved!

I'm hoping that you all have some of the best days with her!!

jessica said...

awwww...i'm sorry to hear about sunny.

i can totally relate too. i have a 13 year old golden who has seen better days.

we love her lots...but will miss her more! at least we have memories...and pictures. as i'm sure you do too:)