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It's been a year...

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ShiftyFades Sun 20-Jan-13 02:47:55

Since my beautiful Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was pts due to cancer in her nose hmm
Sleep well Princess Moli (pronounced Molly, spelt like this in honour of Milo, my childhood dog).
I miss her every day, shed tears often and my heart will never fully heal.

LesBOFerables Sun 20-Jan-13 03:17:40

I'm sorry you lost her, I know it really hurts sad

ShiftyFades Sun 20-Jan-13 09:11:59

I miss her terribly hmm

RedwingWinter Sun 20-Jan-13 17:05:34

I'm so sorry ShiftyFades. You will always miss her but the pain will become easier with time. She'll always have a special place in your heart. sad

moosemama Sun 20-Jan-13 18:58:47

I'm so sorry.

We lost our Wheaten girl to oral cancer two years ago, just a couple of days before Christmas and I still miss her loads. We have two other dogs, but the Wheaten shaped hole is always there. sad

Such an amazing breed, so full of personality.

ShiftyFades Mon 21-Jan-13 19:04:16

They are aren't they. Nothing beats a wheaten whirl grin
I really fought to keep her alive at the end. But it blocked her nose and she couldn't lie down and breathe. On her last day I had to do a mercy trip to the vet for tramadol, gave it to her, sat on the floor with her and cradled her head on my knee so she could get some rest.
She was pts at 6pm on 30/1/12, my husband wanted to be with her and was at work that day hmm
We both broke down, I've never seen him cry like that.

But she gave us nearly 13 wonderful, love-filled years. I must focus on that and not those last couple of months.

ShiftyFades Mon 21-Jan-13 19:05:43


<sleep deprived due to a poorly DS>

moosemama Mon 21-Jan-13 19:53:52

Oh yes, those wheaten whirls. We used to do heelwork to music together and she always had the showiest whirls. smile She was such a clever girl, really easy to train and a super fast learner.

My girl was 13 too and had been ill for a long time, we had the tumour excised, including bone removal twice, but it just kept coming back and by that time we knew she'd never cope with hemi-mandibulectomy (half jaw removal).

I spent much of the last fortnight sat under the kitchen table with her and on the last day it was deep snow, so I had to carry her to the vets on foot, wrapped in a blanket, sobbing all the way there. sad I couldn't go home afterwards, just kept wandering the streets and ended up breaking down in tears when a lovely old lady stopped to offer me a lift home. blush

It still feels so raw and my old border collie x belgian shepherd girl, who by coincidence is also 13) is heading the same way at the moment. She's not quite there yet, but it's breaking my heart all over again watching her deteriorate. She was still behaving like a pup a month or so ago, but she's suddenly become old, thin and weak and her light is beginning to fade. Cancer is such an evil disease. sad

Hope your ds is ok and you manage to get some sleep tonight.

ShiftyFades Mon 21-Jan-13 23:16:16

Oh your post has made me cry, it's an awful pain hmm
We had the tumour "sliced off", it was attached to the soft pallet so was nigh on impossible to get to.
It grew back so quickly hmm
The specialist suggested chemo but it would have been a 150/200 mile journey (each way) to the nearest place which wasn't fair on her on DS (he had just turned 3).
I couldn't do that to us all, and it would still only buy time hmm
She'd have needed a GA each time and her 3 ops (investigation by vet, biopsy and then alive by specialist) gave her temporary colitis after each time so she was banished to the conservatory because blood and poo kept pouring out of her for a week or two after each one.

I guess you have to say "no more", I'm certain she would have if she'd been able to.

That last day, it just killed me hmm

ShiftyFades Mon 21-Jan-13 23:17:24

slice by specialist smile

bassetfeet Mon 21-Jan-13 23:44:57

So sorry
They are such a huge part of our lives and hearts . I so understand your grief.
Time does help Shifty old saying but true . They are such loving companions and yours sounds so lovely . Just googled wheaten terrier smile
My old collie girl died wrapped in her blanket by my feet two years ago and I am so grateful I was her owner . Buy some snowdrops and make a spot to look for in the future as they grow out of the darkness each year in her memory maybe .
take care .

ShiftyFades Tue 22-Jan-13 00:31:19

What a lovely idea, once our garden resembles normality I will do that (having major building works atm).

She was such a kind, gentle girl. Loved licking ears, I miss those "kisses". She was so good with DS, letting him crawl over her, tug her ears (obviously I didn't let him harm her but she let me teach him how to stroke her gently).
She saw me at my worst (PND) and at my best, her love never wavered. We don't get that from grown ups, only young children and dogs. I think that's why we love them so much.

moosemama Tue 22-Jan-13 10:50:14

Oh I'm so sorry I upset you again. I should've thought before posting.

My girl had colitis too, caused by a pack of extremely expensive natural dog food (recommended by her breeder) when she was a pup. She had regular bouts after that and as you said, anything stressful, like an inpatient trip to the vets, set it off again. I think sensitive bowels are a common Wheaten problem, as are - sadly, oral and nasal cancers. sad

I was shock when you said about ear licking as well. Ours used to do that, she loved to climb up, sit on her haunches, put a paw either side of your head and give your ears a good clean! Dh used to get totally freaked out by it. grin

Bassetfeet, that is a lovely idea. smile

ShiftyFades Tue 22-Jan-13 16:52:38

Oh no, don't worry about posting that, it's nice to hear that someone else fought as I did and was absolutely crushed in the end. What a kind thing that old lady did smile

Moli had good bowels but I am aware that some can be very sensitive.

She used to lie on my pillow and lick DHs head. His pillow stank as she'd do it in the day too grin

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