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Old August 19th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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Very sorry to hear the news. I lost a kitty and a friend lost her big boy to bone cancer in the last year, I feel your pain. From experience my Thai let me know when it was time to let go. Just enjoy the time that is left and love him. Gentle belly rubs from me and the gang. Hugs, pets and prayers being sent.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 02:13 AM
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No pet insurance here....I agree an ultrsound will show us that but even the vet agreed that the tumor is so large and the location (behind the shoulder blade) it would be difficult to close the wound and it will only come back. He mentioned removal would require a special surgeon as the tumor is quite large. Most importantly Winston may not handle it well considering his age.
For something as monumental as this i would be seeking a second opinion. Maybe your vet can refer you to a specialist?
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Old August 20th, 2011, 06:19 AM
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I took this picture of Winston last weekend at the beach. You can see the tumor and size pretty good. It is in the area of that red bag holder on his right side.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 07:36 AM
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Winston looks so happy and oblivious to everything that is surrounding him. I am so sorry you are going thru this.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Cpietra16 he is! and he really is not affected too much by this yet.

He is so happy when I take him down there to swim! we are going to go tomorrow if the weather holds up.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 09:13 AM
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He looks wonderful,totally oblivious to the ugly cancer...

At nearly 12yrs old,I agree with your decision,I would not put him through any more stressful medical procedures.
Only you know Winston and you will know when he no longer has a good quality of life,until then,I know you'll give him the best of care...to both of you
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Old August 20th, 2011, 10:04 AM
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I'm so sorry the news wasn't better, Cindy.

Winston looks very good and contented in that pic.

May you and Winston still have many, many wonderful times ahead.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 10:31 AM
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I'm so sorry you didn't have better news. Now we will pray for many many more happy pain free days left for you and Winston to swim and snuggle!
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Old August 20th, 2011, 11:33 AM
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Oh Winston looks so happy in that photo! He looks like he is in good condition still. The tumor is of a good size though...rrg.

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At nearly 12yrs old,I agree with your decision,I would not put him through any more stressful medical procedures.
I probably agree, but seeking a second opinion does no harm. If Winston listens well, and will lay still some vets will ultrasound without anesthetic so that may be an option as well.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 11:36 AM
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Oh Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear the sad news.

Live every minute to the fullest with Winston as I'm sure already have. He sure is a beautiful boy and love his red holder.

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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:14 AM
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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:18 AM
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he does look very happy, and I so agree with your decision. *hugs*
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Old August 21st, 2011, 09:16 AM
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I am sending lots of good vibes. I also only have furkids and know how hard it is, Be strong Winston can read you like a book. Hoping for the best Clark send doggy hugs and kisses for you and Winston
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Old August 21st, 2011, 11:16 AM
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Thank you everyone for the support. I appreciate it more than words can describe right now. I agree he will feed off of the negative so I refuse to be that way! Winston sends slobbery kisses all around!
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Old August 21st, 2011, 12:26 PM
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He's such a handsome boy!! Looks like he really enjoys his swims!! Sending lots of positive vibes for both of you!!!
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Old August 21st, 2011, 10:50 PM
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Oh Winston, i'm so sorry

I haven't been around in ages and I was dreading reading news like this but, you were there for me when I lost Molly and so maybe something brought me here today to be here for you.

What is there to say? I only wish I could type you up a hug Take each day for what it is and enjoy every moment with Winston, just like you always have Nothing needs to change until, well, it needs to change
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 01:04 AM
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Gentle hugs for your boy from us, Winston. So sorry to read of this awful diagnosis. All you can do is love him lots during his remaining time, I think it's absolutely the right thing to not consider such a drastic surgery as that would be. Doubt if I would consider the ultrasound either, the less stress the better.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 02:06 AM
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Oh I hate reading posts like this...I never know what to say! It's obvious that you'll do your absolute best to keep him a happy dog as long as he can be.
I agree
I came for an update waiting for better news
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 08:12 AM
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sorry to hear about the bad news winston been checking back to see how things are going. stay strong and many to you both.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Thank you everyone for the support. I appreciate it more than words can describe right now. I agree he will feed off of the negative so I refuse to be that way! Winston sends slobbery kisses all around!
I'm so sorry Winston but your thinking is bang on and thank dog, dogs are blissfully unaware of these things. I'm still sending out good vibes
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
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Cindy, you are making the right decision. More tests would give you more information, but it would not change the outcome. I totally agree with your decision not to do surgery at Winston's age. I know with my two I wouldn't even consider it. Halo is a lab X and is 11 now and also has a mass growing behind her shoulder. Our vet assures me it's just a fatty lump thank goodness, but even before taking her in, I knew what I would and wouldn't do to her. Winston will be forever greatful to you for the wonderful loving care you have and will give him. He trusts you implicitly and you knows you will do right by him. Hugs to you all at this trying time. Stay the course, it is the right one.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 01:50 PM
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Wishing Winston the best rest of his life that he can have. I know it will be filled with love and devotion. There's time for tears later. Right now it's time to rejoice in his life. Thinking of you both.
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My thoughts are with you Cindy I know how hard it is to get this kind of diagnosis for your pet.. Give Winston all he wants thats for sure I think I heard him say he wants t-bone steak.. Lots of love and kisses to Winston
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 03:13 PM
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There's time for tears later. Right now it's time to rejoice in his life.

Thank you 14+ so well said....

I also wanted to send a great BIG THANK YOU to those of you who dont post here anymore for the wonderful messages!! I have received them and do appreciate each and everyone's encouragement!!

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 03:42 PM
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Yes Winston,14+certainly has a way with words and she is so right,Winston is still here,enjoying life,we will all cry with you when the time comes,but for now .....to Winston and you.
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Wishing Winston the best rest of his life that he can have. I know it will be filled with love and devotion. There's time for tears later. Right now it's time to rejoice in his life. Thinking of you both.
I agree with 14+ 110% and more. Prayers and good vibes to you and Winston for longevity and a pain free existence for whatever time he has left. My Raggs was given the cancer diagnosis last December and given less than 30 days to live. I did not consider further testing. nor treatment because at 13+ years I doubted he'd last through it nor through the suggested surgery. I did put him on a homemade diet with all the anti-cancer herbs he could tolerate.He is still alive today, though I do now see some deterioration, but I know he is painfree and happy still. Still eating his homemade diet with relish and interacting with my 4 cats every day. Unfortunately Raggs could not tolerate the herbs I added to his food, but for whatever reason he is still with me. The only way for you to find out what Winston can tolerate is to try adding the herbs to his diet

I'm hoping for the best for Winston, I send you and and for you and a gentle for Winston.
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I'm so very sorry to hear this. You are absolutely making the right decision.

I'm sure there will be plenty of good times ahead and special moments to cherish your beautiful boy. Please take comfort in that.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Thank you Lilmac...

Winston has had a rough couple of days..I am waiting to see if there is any improvement and then I may have to make that dreaded call. He has hardly eaten since Sunday. On and off diarrea.

Today was the most difficult for me because he looked so beyond tired and like he was hurting. He is having some difficulty with his back legs and I am so worried he is going to fall down the stairs. I gave him some extra yummies in his food tonight and he ate the yummies (potato's) and that was it.

The tumor is getting larger and because he has been loosing weight its more noticeable. I am just wondering if he is in pain???

I know I dont have long....
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I'm so sorry Winston
BIG hugs to you and your boy. Just treaure the time you do have. That's what we try to do with Thorin as well.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 06:15 PM
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Yes thank you Rgeurts right back at ya! I know you have a lot on your plate as well! you all have been so kind.
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