I wanted to take a moment and tell you a little bit about my sweet dog Cowboy…We had to put him to sleep very unexpectedly last week due to a condition called Hemangiosarcoma, which is a cancerous tumor on the spleen. Cowboy was my Katrina dog rescue who came to us in pretty bad shape from his time on the streets after the storm and due to the fact that someone had kicked him and broken his pelvis. He was terrified of men, had never been inside a house before and did not know what a toy was or what to do with one. He was obviously a backyard dog who had recieved little love and attention. Slowly he came to trust us and became one of the sweetest, most loving dogs I have ever owned. He loved people, but did not like other dogs when he was on the leash.
He was a very young 8 year old dog who has never been sick a day in his life. He was acting a little lethargic last week and would not jump up on the bed…I thought maybe his hips were bothering him. I made an appointment for him at the vet for later in the week, but when I decided to check his gums, they were totally white…not color whatsoever. This is a bad sign, so I called the vet back and asked if I could bring him in ASAP. When I brought him in, the vet drew blood and he started bleeding heavily from the needle prick and would not clot…she thought maybe he had ingested rat poison. I told her that was highly unlikely and decided I needed to take him to the emergency vet since it was late in the day. With 15 minutes of arriving at the Emergency room, I was told that he should be put to sleep because he had a cancerous tumor on his spleen that had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. Even if the vet operated and removed the spleen and the tumor, he would have only had a 15% survival rate for three more months if I did chemotherapy. With his history and post traumatic stress related to pain, I knew that I could not put him through that. It was such a hard decision to say goodbye to our sweet boy, but we felt like it would save him a lot of pain and stress, which is not the way I wanted him to spend his final days.
We miss Cowboy everyday…he was such a huge part of our lives. We are grateful for the time we were able to spend with him and we know in our hearts that we gave him the best life that we could. I know that he is pain free now and we hope to see him again someday…Goodbye, sweet Cowboy! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from over the years…I feel bad for humiliating him in the costumes…he was far to proud for such silliness, but he always wanted to please me…he was such a great dog.