My Little Muffin Has Cancer at 3 Years Old.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 10, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    So one of the loves of my life, my my 3 year old female Shitzu "Muffin" has not been feeling well lately and I have had her to the Vet several times to try and figure out the problem. The Vet called me on Wednesday and, due to results of some tests they had made, asked me to bring Muffin in on Thursday morning for an Ultra-sound, to which I agreed to do. Here's Muffin...

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    Cut to: Wednesday afternoon. I get a call out of the blue from a man I had met at one of my Open Houses the prior weekend. We had gotten into a discussion about dogs and I mentioned that I had two Shitzus. He was calling because he knew I had Shitzu's, and that he had just learned that his girlfriends awful neighbor had a 10 month old Shitzu named "Romeo" that they had been trying to get rid of. They told the girlfriend that they were just going to throw it out on the street if someone didn't take it. WTF?!? I was aghast. He emailed me this picture of the poor unwanted pup named "Romeo"...

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    I immediately got in touch with the girlfriend and asked if she would take the dog from these awful people, and meet me at my Vets the next morning where I had to take Muffin for her Ultra-sound. The girl agreed. I assured her that, while I couldn't keep the dog because I already had two and live in a condo, that I would get the dog a bath and a haircut at the in-house groomer I use at my vets, and that I would make sure the dog had a check-up, and get all of its shots, so that at least it would be ready to give to a responsible new home. I arrived the next morning at the Vet with Muffin, and met the girl who handed over Romeo. I left both dogs that day at the Vet, and went off to work. A few hours later, the groomer sent me a text picture of Romeo after he had had what she thought was probably the first bath he had ever had. The look on Romeo's face says it all....

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    I began to understand why this dog's name is Romeo...I was starting to fall in love already.

    Later in the afternoon, I got the horrible news from the Vet that what they had feared was true, and that at 3 years old my little Muffin has Lymphoma, and a huge mass is wrapped around her colon. There is nothing they can do for her, and they recommended euthanizing as soon as her quality of life begins to deteriorate -- which they said would be very soon. Thankfully, while she isn't as peppy as she usually is, she doesn't seem to be in pain, so I decided that I would bring Muffin home when I picked up Romeo, and that as long as Muffin was seeming to be out of pain and not in any discomfort, I would wait. So, I picked both dogs up and brought them home. As I am making dinner, thinking about all of this sudden bad news of the day, I look up and see this...Romeo, seemingly smiling at me from over the top of the couch, and looking rather dapper and adorable after his "Spa Day" makeover...

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    It was only then that I realized that fate happens in the strangest of ways and sometimes exactly at the time you need it to. Normally, I would have never agreed to rescue a dog because I have my hands full with two already, but for some reason I didn't hesitate when it came to stepping up to help Romeo. He came into my life on the very day that I had learned Muffin would soon leave it.
    My friend Kathy and I spend the rest of the evening marveling at this adorable little creature, dumbfounded at how anyone could have abused this poor lovable thing and not want him --- and worse be willing to just send it out in the street...

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    The only problem all night long was that Romeo was all about being in Muffin's business. This dog was bound and determined to mount poor little Muffin before the night was over, and Muffin wasn't having a bit of it....

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    It became clear that the first thing I had to do is get Romeo neutered. Here is Romeo after I told him the news that we were headed back to the Vet for a little "procedure"...

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    So, I don't know how long I will have them all, but at the moment I officially have 3 dogs
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    Mar 10, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry to hear! What a cute doggy! Animals are so awesome. We have a kitty and she acts like she's our dog.
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    Mar 10, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    What an awesome story. Both sad and heartwarming at the same time. I wish the best for Muffin and happy to see you gave Romeo a home where he can be loved.
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    Mar 10, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    very cute dogs. I waited a year after my dog was diagnosed with joint and bone disease to have him put to sleep. regarding Muffin you will know when the right time comes.
  • eddieg

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    Mar 10, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your loss, but it sounds like you will have a house full of love either way.
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    Mar 10, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    Soicon_sad.gif But so icon_razz.gif at the same time. I love my four dogs to death, and could never think of them being homeless.
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    Mar 11, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    bastardfilling.png ... except you
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    Mar 11, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    Things happen in strange ways. After my first dog passed away, I thought how unfair it was that they did not live as long as humans, given they had all the good traits of humans and none of the bad ones. Several years later I was walking my new buddy, a rescue Doberman, thinking about my first one. I remember thinking that I would have given anything to have him still be alive. Then I realized as much as I would have wished that, if we were still with me, I would never have known my current buddy at the time. So I realized that things happen in ways we don't always understand, and just accept what is, and enjoy the here and now.

    That dog later died, and I have another Doberman rescue, and he is fantastic. They all are, in different ways.

    Very sorry to hear about Muffin. One of the tough parts of having a buddy, but the benefits totally outweigh the sad times.
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    I have such a soft spot for shihtzus. We had a litter of them when I was 12, and my mom let me keep one of the puppies. That dog was an awesome friend up until three years ago when we had to put him down.

    So sorry to hear Muffin's diagnosis... but Romeo is adorable!
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Todd, What a lucky little dog Romeo is - to have found you. He'll have a terrific home from now on. So sorry to hear about Muffin. She too is lucky - to have an owner like you who took her right to the vet and found out what is happening. I'm sure she appreciates you - more than you know.

    I believe our friends, relatives and our pets.....wait for us in Heaven. I expect to be reunited one day with all my bygone pets, and hopefully you will too. Enjoy Muffin every day and have good times with her.
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Glad to hear that there will be three happy dogs in a good place icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    Oh Todd, what a bittersweet story. I ache for Muffin, but on the other hand give you major kudos for giving Romeo a great and loving home.

    My thoughts are with you on this, being very close to my own two wonderful animals.
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    Condolences man.. I know what its like to lose a cherished pet icon_sad.gif They really are people we get attached to like that
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI believe our friends, relatives and our pets.....wait for us in Heaven. I expect to be reunited one day with all my bygone pets, and hopefully you will too. Enjoy Muffin every day and have good times with her.

    That reminded me of a conversation I had with my first buddy before we left the house the last time to go to the vet. With all my buddies, I speak to them in normal conversational tones, and they seem to understand. Anyway, I told him how perfect he had been, that if there is a such thing as a heaven, he will definitely be there, and with any luck, I would hope to join him there someday.
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    Mar 11, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    My condolences. Sorry to hear :-(
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    Mar 11, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    lol, welcome to the too-many-dogs households Todd. We're allowed two but lucky for us the City made an exception for our old Spencer.

    Fingers crossed for Muffin, that her cancer is slow and gives her little grief.

    -us guys
  • Thirdbeach

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    Mar 11, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    So sorry to hear the news about Muffin, I am sure you will do what is right for her when the time comes.

    Sounds like you & Romeo were meant to be.

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    Mar 11, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Kudos to you for giving Romeo a new home. I am sure he will be loved as much as Mango and Muffin are. So sorry to hear about Muffin. My sister has a Shitzu and she was diagnosed with cancer almost a year ago and is still going strong. Things were meant to happen and Romeo came into your life at just the right moment.
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    Mar 11, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    Awwww. Sorry to hear about Muffin. But the law of attraction is real, so you must be doing some things right to get Romeo =P
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    Mar 11, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    Todd, you're a blessing to Muffin and Romeo. Not to sound cliche, but it really is just meant to be. You're a warm-hearted soul, which is just what Romeo needs, and which is what will keep Muffin in good spirits. So sorry to hear about Muffins' condition.
  • honeybadger

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    Mar 11, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    I can empathize with you. I lost my boy a few months ago to cancer. It really sucks.
    My heart goes out to you man.
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    Mar 11, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    My deepest sympathies, what a wonderfully sweet looking pet. I am so sorry, but perhaps what lies ahead for her, is much better than suffering in this world.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 11, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    Many thanks for all the sweet posts...I really appreciate it. I just got home from a long day working and Muffin seems to still not be in any pain so she's doing pretty good. Romeo is sound asleep right next to me. I think being neutered yesterday has him a little depressed. LOL! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 11, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    We find each other - no matter what species, the soul finds the soul, and kindness and compassion and love, they eventually come to rest where like kindness and compassion and love live.

    Quite a home you have. Quite a home, indeed.
    xo
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    Mar 11, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidHey Guys,

    Many thanks for all the sweet posts...I really appreciate it. I just got home from a long day working and Muffin seems to still not be in any pain so she's doing pretty good. Romeo is sound asleep right next to me. I think being neutered yesterday has him a little depressed. LOL! icon_lol.gif



    Aw, but Romeo is probably very content, too. he's in a loving household with new human and canine friends. And Muffin has a new friend, too.
    ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY!!

    Gosh, the contrast in these pics just melts your heart.

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    And Muffin, just looks like a survivor!!

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