Okay, I have two dogs Mahogany and Bronze that are apart of the same litter. I brought them home when they were about 6 weeks old. Bronze was 5 months and I was pregnant, he would lay on my stomach. Later on I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. I don't even know how would I explain this to my 3-year old daughter, my 2 year-old neice, my 8 year-old godson and my twin 15-year old cousins about Bronze's disease and explain to them that he's going to die. Someone in my neighborhood was harassing me and my dog scared him basically away and now he doesn't even talk to me. He wasn't just my dog but he's my friend. He is my beautiful, light-skinned dog. I think I am going to make a special site just for him. I am planning to take pictures and take him to a dog park and to the beach and everywhere else he would be able to go. I love my booba. I have had them for four years. Bronze is suffering with lymphoma and I have no choice but to put him down or send him through chemothearpy. Mahogany doesn't like to be separated from him for 5 minutes and I don't know what I am going to do once he pass away. Right now they are together but I was thinking of even separating them for a while so that she can get use of the separation. I want to experience everything I can with Bronze, but I want Mahogany to enjoy her brother as much as she can. I even thought maybe getting another dog so when Bronze pass away she'll have someone. Mahogany has never been left alone, but once and that's when she was spayed. I am still getting over the shock because I found out saturday June 21, 2008 and it's June 23, 2008. I am grieving my dog's diagnosis, but at the same time I have to consider the other dog left here too. My dog, Bronze, is so sweet and he so, so gentle. I will truly miss him. I don't even know how to stop crying, but I have too to move on with my life. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments, suggestion, or any more ideas of what I can do to help my situation please let me know.
I am very sorry to hear about your baby. It is so hard to go through the potential lose of any pet. I don't know if you have talked to your vet, but alot of dogs go through chemo very well. You have to find out how well the chemo will beat the cancer. We have a bichon at the grooming shop that had lung cancer, and after removing the lump she is now on chemo, and doing really well. The survial rate was good for her through. She did lose most of her hair, but is not having any ill effects from the chemo. Dogs tend to take to better then humans. If you can afford it, and the survial rate is good, I would go for it.
You other dog will possibly go through a depression, but I am sure he will deal with the lose of his litter mate. I would do some seperation now it wouldn't hurt anything. There isn't much you can do to ease his pain once his friend has gone. A new pup may or may not ease his pain. Just my opinion.
Your post really touched my heart. I went through that situation last year. My Sasha had three large tumors and we had to have her put to sleep. My other dog Bear was in mourning for quite some time as were my husband and I. Our vet told us we could try the chemo but he said she would only live probably another 3-6 months. I considered it but then I came to the reality that I would be doing this mostly for me and she would still be suffering so we made to the decision for end her suffering. I still have not gotten over her, in fact, I am balling like a baby right now just thinking about her. I did get another dog thinking that would help my Bear come out of his depression. Wrong move at first. He would not accept the other dog. It took around 7 months before he finally accepted her. Believe me, it was a long 7 months because I couldn't let the new dog in the backyard with him, he wanted to kill her. We worked with him in that time period and he finally accepted her and now they are the best of buddies. You will miss your Bronze for a long time and I truly feel for you because I'm sure he holds a special place in your heart. I cannot give advice on how to heal your pain because I have not healed yet from the loss of my beloved Sasha. I wish you and your family the best.
So sorry to hear about what your going through, I went through the same exact loss with my dog Angel in febuary of 2008 and it was miserable, I couldn't stop crying, it always hurts, but it will get better over time. When you see your dog start having any pain or depression, then it is probably time to say that sad but special goodbye. You will know when it is time, just don't wait to long, it makes it worse for both you and the dog, I made that mistake. I put my Angel down a little too late, I should have let my doggy go sooner. Hang in their, we all know what your going through. PM me if you need to talk. GOd bless
I did end up getting a puppy 4 weeks ago, and it helped me out so much, her name is Cookie and though she isn't Angel, I just love her so much. GEtting another dog doesn't mean your forgetting about your other dog, it just means your moving on and bringing life back into the family. Cookie changed everything for me, but she certainly isn't Angel and won't replace her ever.