My cocker spaniel has cancer :(

(37 Posts)
Ingles2 Thu 27-Dec-12 22:03:46

That's it really.... Am gutted and can't stop crying which is ridiculous as it's just the dog... But I love her and can't imagine life without her.
She's 10 and we noticed a lump about a month ago which has grown really quickly. Vet thought it was more likely to be a cyst at first, but x rays today confirmed it and as her chest is also full of tumours he said there was no point in operating. So that's it,.. I'm waiting now for the day we put her to sleep. I get the impression the vet thinks it'll be in the next week or so, but he said it was up to me
Am so sad, she's my first and only dog.

biff23 Tue 08-Jan-13 23:04:28

So sorry Ingles. Am tearing up thinking of you. At least she died at home with her loving family, that's the sweetest way x

mistlethrush Sat 05-Jan-13 22:00:06

DS was in tears today thinking about mistledog... even though he was holding mistlehound's lead at the time. Mistlehound is lovely - but she's not and never will be mistledog... she will never occupy the same 'hole' as mistledog, it will be a different one.

Ingles2 Sat 05-Jan-13 21:05:51

I'm sorry I missed these messages before.... But thank you anyway..
Most of the time I'm busy at work and its fine, then I come home and like you life , I think I hear a bark or catch a movement sad
I found a gorgeous pic of her yesterday and stuck it on our notice board in the kitchen, but every time I caught sight of her, I got that lump stuck in my throat.
Ds2 said seeing her, made him really sad, so I've put it away for now, until we,re ready. I've got to pick the ashes up as well... I think we,ll scatter them under her favourite apple tree.
Pippa is a great name for a spaniel life smile .and I'll join you in hoping they are happy, wherever they may be. X

biff23 Wed 02-Jan-13 18:37:46

So sorry to hear this. Devastating news for you. I have a cocker too and would be heartbroken if anything happened. Such wonderful dogs.

mistlethrush Wed 02-Jan-13 11:56:09

We lost our wonderful dog back in October. I'm still upset, I still miss her. We got another dog quite quickly - DS is only 7.5 and we wanted something to focus him on - not a replacement, but a different dog. We have found a lovely new dog - another rescue, aged 2, and are having to do lots with her. But I still miss our old lady and wish we had had the year / 18 months more that we expected with her.

Thinking of all who have lost dogs recently.

Lifeisontheup Wed 02-Jan-13 09:23:15

I woke up this morning thinking I heard her bark, was half out of bed before I remembered. sad Got to go and collect her ashes from the vets today, we're going to scatter them on the big common nearby which was one of her favourite walks.

Ingles Isn't it strange that both our spaniels were called Pippa? Hope they're having fun somewhere with lots of mud and compliant rabbits.

Paddlinglikehell Tue 01-Jan-13 22:41:07

So sorry for you, but it was lovely she went at home without all the stress of going into the vets etc.

We lost our terrier a few weeks before Christmas, we miss her terribly, the crying has stopped - well mostly - but it still hurts so much. Thinking of you all.

MrsRandom78 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:25:50

So sorry Ingles hmm She wasn't 'like' a member of the family, she WAS a member of the family so you shouldn't feel bad for grieving. Big hugs.

Ingles2 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:16:15

thankyou nine..x

Ingles2 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:13:39

thanks Nutella... I can't imagine it at the moment, but I know you're right.

Ingles, I am so so sorry. We lost our beloved Cocker Spaniel, at the age of five, following an accident. It was heart breaking. For months and months afterwards I imagined (almost 'felt', but that may be a bit woo) that he was trotting alongside me, even at work...

The pain lessened when, after a year, we got another dog. Not a cocker spaniel as we could not face having a dog similar to Dill.

Sending you love x

SecretNutellaFix Tue 01-Jan-13 21:10:33

I still wonder why my Kes isn't there to welcome me when I go to visit my mother and then remember. I half expect a soaking wet sheepdog to come in from outside with a solid rubber ball in her mouth and drop it on my bare feet.

That was over two years ago. She was my birthday present for my 19th Birthday. It gets easier

Ingles2 Tue 01-Jan-13 20:56:03

hi life ... thanks for your message...how are you feeling?
I can't believe how painful this is.. there's just a bloody great big hole where she should be...trotting at my heels (literally), hoovering up anything I drop in the kitchen, running to the gate every time I open the kitchen door and I keep thinking I catch a glimpse of her and have to look again to remind myself she's not there sad
Pippa was my first dog, I never had a childhood pet, so this is my first experience of losing a long term pet...and my god, it hurts as if it was literally one of my family.
I had no idea.....

Lifeisontheup Tue 01-Jan-13 17:32:33

So sorry for you and your family. There's such an empty space isn't there? We've just lit the fire for the first time since the night before our Pippa died and there's no smell of slightly singed fur from her lying as close as possible and I have to sweep the kitchen floor as I have no furry hoover.sad

Ingles2 Mon 31-Dec-12 19:44:00

Thankyou for your messages... Such a hard day, on my 11yr old son especially. He has taken it very badly and has spent a good chunk of the day in tears sad he loves the rainbow bridge story but it has us both sobbing hysterically. It will take a long time to get over this, she was such a special little dog... I've never met a dog as devoted as she was...

outtolunchagain Mon 31-Dec-12 13:33:02

Oh no,so sad,we have a cocker too and they are such special little dogs .How lovely though that she died at home and in her own basket,thats a very special gift that not many dogs have now.Look after yourself ,she was your friend and it doesn't matter if human or canine

PartridgeInASpicyPearTree Mon 31-Dec-12 13:17:28

Run free at the bridge inglesdog. Very sorry for your loss.

kid Mon 31-Dec-12 10:13:56

So sorry ingles
You will miss her for a long time, but you will also remember all of the lovely times you shared and start to let go of the sadness over time.
I still get upset about my puppy dying and that happened in may 2010. It's not something that ever goes away but it definitely gets easier over time.
People who don't have pets will find it hard to understand but who cares, losing a pet is no different to losing a member of your family.

Ingles2 Mon 31-Dec-12 08:31:16

She's gone sad died during the night...
I thought there was a good chance of it happening so gave her plenty of cuddles before I went to bed...
I miss her already sad

SecretSantaFix Sun 30-Dec-12 15:04:53

Be kind to yourself.

It's the hardest decision for anyone who has an animal in pain, better for them but so, so horrible for you.

Ingles - kind thoughts today x

Ingles2 Sun 30-Dec-12 14:39:59

Thankyou madmum.. I appreciate it

MadMumToThree Sun 30-Dec-12 14:01:19

Holding your hand today x

Ingles2 Sun 30-Dec-12 13:16:05

Thanks kid....
well, I think the time has come already sad
Today, she's become incontinent, she's lost any sign of a wag, and isn't really moving and the biggest change, she's refused all food including sausages, black pudding and turkeysad
She doesn't seem to be in pain thank god, but has given up... am heartbroken
sad

kid Sat 29-Dec-12 15:46:51

I am so sorry to hear your sad news, its awful when our pets die, even harder when we have to make the difficult decision of when to end their suffering.
I remember hearing that its always better to pts a day too soon than a day too late.

We had to make the decision to put our yorkie to sleep. He was 14 and had multiple organ failure. It happened while we were on holiday so we never got to say bye to him. But, it would have been cruel to keep him alive and suffering just for us to be able to say goodbye. I didn't tell dc for a long time about us having him pts, I let them believe he had passed away.
I hate owning pets at times, but I guess they bring so much love, it's worth it.

My other dog died at 7 months old, I never thought I'd get over him dying. I now have a 2 1/2 year old springer who I hope will be with us for many years to come.

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