Alison and I are still working through the feelings related to putting Nunya to sleep in August. It has been over three months and we are still slowly removing her items. With this being my first pet loss experience, I really underestimated the impact the loss of a great pet can have.
The hardest question/statement for me has been – “when are you getting a new dog” or “look I have this puppy, you need a new dog”. While I am realistic and know that she was a dog, she was my dog and is not so easily replaceable. I know the people asking have good intentions but it is always something that makes me pause and panic. Realistically, there will be no new “Nunya” for me. Nothing will fill that gap and if I try to find a replacement so fast – I will be doing exactly that, just finding a replacement. I will get a new dog when I am ready to create a relationship with the animal not based on the traits that I love about Nunya. I know the time will come eventually.
We are still dedicated to our goal of getting the information we have into something useful for others who might be also be dealing with a pet with cancer.
Most of our experience is specific to a nasal tumor in Nunya’s nose so we really hope to record other people’s experiences with other types of dog cancer.
Our goal is to get up several sections on specific events / problems (for example, nose bleeds). Each section will have a little bit of what we experienced, what we learned to deal with it, and what questions we would ask having the advantage of hindsight.
We are working on a timeline and hope to offer an itemized list of expenses related to each procedure or medication.
We appreciate any feedback, positive or negative.
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