Beau, and his owner J.C. Woodward.
JW emailed this story to me on the 4th September 2005
Beau was diagnosis around 18 months ago with Bone Cancer in his lower jaw. At the advice of my Veterinarian I
took him to Vet that specializes in Cancer in dogs. At his advice Beau was operated on and part of his lower jaw, with
the accompanying teeth were removed. This surgery caused him to takes weeks to recover from and after a number of consultations
with the Surgeon it was decided not to tax him with Chemo.
My thought has always been the quality of his life first
Those additional 18 months were joyous and he remained my loyal companion.
He along with my family vacationed
on the Maine coast and he became a Rock
Hound jumping from the large boulders that you find on that coastline.
times are special to me and sustained me in this void I am in at
To continue with his treatment.
Around three months ago the Tumors came
back very aggressively on his effected gums surrounding the part of the jaw
was left. At that time a decision was made to deride the tumors and it
did give us additional time. His appetite
was the one measuring point we
knew would indicate the end was near, but before that became a reality
the main issue along with what seemed to be the
uncomfortable way he was forced to eat and drink. So, again trying to
best for him I consulted the Vets. They felt he may have some additional
days, but they would have been
for me, and not in Beau's best interests.
So, sadly I made the decision to have him euthanized. As his last breath
his body I prayed my spirit would accompany him on his journey.
Many say, that we will meet our pets an love ones again.
If we don't I
cannot believe it would be Heaven to me. I have been blessed with many fine
animals, and their
loyalty and devotion has shown me what I believe we as
people could learn from them. Their ability to be none judgmental
has to be
the greatest gift they offer us.
I will share one finding I made as I researched this disease.
researchers at Univ. of Penn. believe the canine cancers we are now facing
are traceable to specific dogs that
breeders have chosen money over the
health of the breed. As I live one county East of Lancaster County,
where for years Puppy Mills were adding sick dogs into the
popular breeds, and now those dogs have breed into the main
again greed may play a role in the destruction of all life on this planet.
So, if I may I offer
this to all potential pet owners. Before you purchase
or breed a dog know what effect they may have on the future
of the breed.
If there's any doubt, do not purchase the animal, or if you do have them
spayed. Once we isolate
the contamination of our pets we can best find a
solution. We as people make these decisions because animals can't,
have to be the monitor of what's right.
Finally, as I have read the emails of pet owners that are making
on what actions to take on their pet I have to ask if the decision they are
making is for the animal or
themselves? In many I'm not sure. I can only
share this with you. As a Viet Nam Veteran I have seen
compassion. So, please where you can show compassion to others and to the
pets that you have the
power over to return their true loyalty and
compassion. Men and women are at sometimes asked to make choices that
beyond the threshold of emotional pain. But, we must remember we have put
ourselves in a position where
this goes with territory. Grief is a burden no
one wants! But, if you make certain choices you have to deal with
realities that we may outlive the animals we love. In my 59 years I have
outlived Jo-Jo the cat, Ricky
a mixed breed dog, Coo-Coo a pure breed
beagle, Dexter the wonder cat, and now Beau. Also in my lifetime I have
suffered the loss of Field Trial Dogs, Horses and pets that either my
parents or friends have owned. All of
these have effected me. But, I have
to continue to be a pet owner. As long as there's one castaway dog or
that I can manage to provide a home, I will.
foot note. I am not sure how old Beau was. I am not
sure the exact date he went to the rainbow bridge, It was about 1st September 2005.
Run free from pain Beau.