So it’s been pretty crazy in the Adams/Bernatovich house as we learned our oldest female boxer has Mast Cell Tumors (Cancer)… at first we thought it was just one spot as she’s been plagued with fatty spots for years now. She had surgery a couple weeks ago to remove the one tumor on her side and then one tested positive in her ear! She went to an Oncologist last week so we could discuss options about the one in her ear that is in a complicated spot.
The decision of what to do for a pet you have rescued some years ago (over 9) is so difficult. It’s amazing to see how she shows her vulnerability to me meanwhile when Dustin comes home from work, she shows him her strength and seemingly puts on a show for him no matter how exhausted she may be.
We had decided to move forward with freezing the tumor in her ear… and then Tuesday night, her gums went white, labored breathing, and overall lethargy led us to the Emergency Vet. She made a come back while we were there… and we made the decision to take her home and into our vet that next morning. Our Veterinarian has been amazing with Mylee and helping us through this. He met with me when I dropped her off so she could be worked into the schedule… he told me he wanted to do a work up and x-rays, I said go ahead… the x-rays came back showing her chest looked great however, her abdomen not so much… he broke the news to me on the phone that she had a Splenic Tumor in her stomach. He believed it ruptured the night before and that’s why she was showing signs of anemia. We were told she’ll be tired but she was okay to come home. We’ve been told it could be anywhere from days to months that there is no way to really tell. It’s heartbreaking.
There are mornings she will not eat so I have to bribe her with chicken broth (low sodium, of course). There are times she doesn’t want to get out of bed. There are times she downright just wants to sleep and lately, she’s been sleeping a lot in her kennel. The kennel she went to when she decided it was time to have 6 puppies. The kennel she likes to go to if there are storms that are scaring her. It’s her safe space kennel.
We knew that she was starting to age rapidly after we lost our male at the end of last summer, Apollo. (He was also the father to her puppies). The grays have been coming in. She has spurts of energy but we know she misses him dearly. I know you’re probably thinking she’s just a dog but she’s been so much more to us that “just a dog” – she’s part of our family. And so now we will do everything we can to make her comfortable in these last days or months of her life. She had ice cream last night… she’ll have more later this week.
We do need to give special thanks to the Live Like Roo Foundation. One of our friends who also rescues dogs sent Mylee’s name into this organization. They sent her a care package with toys, treats, and a blanket she takes everywhere… she’s not playing much (or at all) but at least she takes comfort with her blanket. Cancer sucks. Even though she’s always been spoiled, we’re going to make sure our sweet, sweet girl #liveslikeroo for the special time we have left. And then, we will make sure to pay it forward back to the organization for helping us and our girl…