Sally Has Passed Away

Sally at Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania September 26, 2015.
Sally at Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania September 26, 2015.

Sally succumbed to end-stage kidney disease on November 11, 2015. We were not certain of her actual date of birth, but we made a guess based on her apparent age when we got her as a puppy in February of 2003. Our guess was that she was born sometime that prior December. We picked her birthday as December 7th. The same date that FDR said would live in infamy. Sally was our endless source of entertainment, so it is fitting that she passed away on Veteran’s Day since her birthday was on Pearl Harbor Day. Continue reading “Sally Has Passed Away”

How We Treat Sally’s Fungated (Erupted) Cancer Wound on Her Foot

Sally’s tumor on her foot broke the skin when it grew too large. She was not a candidate for surgery to remove it because of its location and the need to remove all of the tumor and even more tissue to have clear margins. Amputation was what was recommended, but that would not work for Sally. We believe she would have never walked again if we chose that route for her treatment.

Instead, we chose to let it grow and then just keep it bandaged. She was already 12 when it began growing, and she also has end-stage kidney disease. The tumor has not diminished her mobility even when it erupted. However, her kidney disease is wearing her down. Lucy made it 13 months with a huge fungated wound on her left shoulder.

We just want others with pets to see how that with a few minutes and some simple  supplies almost anyone can help keep a fungated cancer wound on a dog from becoming infected. Follow your own veterinarians advice for treating your animals. This is just what worked for us in this unique situation. Be advised we do not represent ourselves to be anything other than pet parents who love our animals and do the best that we can to care for them. This should not be construed as medical advice. It is just to show that there are options to euthanasia.

Sally Still Being Sally

Sally in better health back in June of 2010.
Sally in better health back in June of 2010.

Sally is older and skinnier.  She is still our little girl even though she is an old lady according to her doggy years. She will be 13 this December! I remember when we brought her home.  Her bigger sisters (Lucy and Amy) were not pleased. We thought we would have to take her back for her own safety. Even though we were not walking in God’s will for our lives at the time, we prayed that they would accept her. The very next day the big girls were okay with little floppity-eared Sally taking up space in their house and eating their food.

Soon, they began to protect her. When we moved to a place where we fenced in the yard, the girls all had a great time outdoors. If a stranger was walking by, the big girls would keep Sally behind them as they faced the potential threat. Lucy has give Sally a shove back a time or two, letting her know her place. The fenced-in area seemed small for our big dogs. Now, it seems big with skinny old Sally just going out to do her business and maybe walk the perimeter of the fence line, sampling a blade of grass or two.

We do not know how much time she has left. None of us know that about anyone, not even ourselves. I know God made us in his image. The bible is clear on that. However, keep in mind that animals were made first. God tells us that we are more valuable than many sparrows too. However, the word also points out in Ecclesiates 3:19 that my human flesh is going to die the same as animals. Job 12:10 lets me know that all life is in God’s hands.

I am not arrogant to say that pets who pass absolutely are or are not in heaven. The bible does not say one way or the other. That is because the bible is for us, not them. Sally is not in need of Salvation. It is us who have sin. It is us who are in need of Grace provided by Jesus (John 14:6). Would it not be an incredible sadness if pets are waiting in heaven to be reunited with their human family who never arrive?

Sally is Still With Us

Our dog Sally has kidney disease. It progressed from being mild to end-stage in about a month. She is still with us, but she is not eating like she used to. We give her subcutaneous fluids since she no longer drinks enough water. She is still acting normal except for the reduced food and water intake. Her weight is slowly going down. Right now we are spending extra time with her, and it is difficult to work as much as we need to when our minds are on her. That is part of the reason the regular posts to our website have slowed.

We are asking all those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to pray for us and Sally.

Thank you.

Sally’s Battle With Three Cancers and Kidney Disease

One of Sally's SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.
One of Sally’s SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.

Toward the end of October 2014 our dog Sally was diagnosed with mild kidney disease. Sally has battled three cancers too. In fact, it was at the time of diagnosis of her third cancer that the kidney disease was discovered.

Sally’s first cancer led to an amputated toe. She recovered from that like a trooper. She never really missed a beat being her silly self while her foot healed up. We have always referred to her as our endless source of entertainment. Continue reading “Sally’s Battle With Three Cancers and Kidney Disease”