I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies
I lost my Irish Setter to this horrible disease a few years ago. He was my heart. My companion. He got sick very fast and went from a vibrant, fun loving animal to one that panted and struggled to breathe in a matter of 2 months. We made the decision to let him run across the Rainbow Bridge when he no longer wanted to jump into the truck and ride along with me one morning. He let us know he was done.
You made a heartbreaking choice for your companion, but you eased her suffering and freed her. She will be waiting for you in that green pasture.
Im so sorry to hear that Unfortunatley when the cancer has already metted to their chest there isnt much anyone can do. Glad you had her at home for another night, and spent as much quality time with her. Sounds like she had a wonderful family who cared for her so much, and ultimately made a selfless decision before she became to distressed. Hugs to you.
I'm late to post, but you have my heartfelt condolences, Simkie. I know how difficult it must have been to go through the whole process, but thank you for sharing it on here so that others may learn as well. Your precious girl may be gone but she will never be forgotten.
Thank you all for your thoughts. It's been hard getting used to not having Riana around. If there is any silver lining to her cancer, though, it's that it progressed very quickly from "feelin fine!" to "it's time" and I have no doubts that I did the right thing for her.
Does anyone have a good idea on how to display her collar? It's a Quillin raised leather collar with a curved name plate in the middle of it. It does not lie flat and the hardware is directly under the plate if it's buckled. I've seen some very nice shadow box ideas with collars that are FLAT, but I'm not sure how best to do something like that with her collar.
I am so sorry to read your post Simkie. You did the right thing. Cancer completely and totally just sucks.
For the collar I was thinking of a shadow box, or there are side/coffee tables you can display things in. Perhaps you could do something in one of those and prop it like jewelry or rings are sometimes propped? Another idea is to have a really nice photo of it taken, and put it in a multi-photo frame with pics of her too.
((hugs)) to you from someone who knows exactly what you are going through. I still see my Shelby in the clouds some days - really do. When I feel down or miss her the most, I look up and see clouds that resemble her head or her body running...strange I know, but I do. They are smiling down from us in their heaven, I just know it. Take care.
To the OP I wish you the best of luck regardless of what decision you make. It is clear that this dog is more than a simply pet but is truly a part of your family. Please keep us updated as you find out more information.