Story told by Kris M.
With a very heavy heart I wanted to share our story and recent loss of our Pinecone “Piney”. She was a wonderful 7.5 year old Bernese we had from puppyhood.
Last week we took all the dogs out for a walk on 7 FEB early in the morning. Piney was a little piglet and if she didn’t get her breakfast first thing, she would act pukey. Well, she was a little pill on her walk that morning so we turned around and went home thinking some breakfast would give her a better mood.
I went to work all day that Sunday and when I came home, I asked how she was. As I sat having some tea, I watched her and realized she was a little off. As a former nurse for humans, I decided to check her out and that is when I realized she was either in shock or had sever anemia. I told my husband I was taking her immediately to the emergency vets where my worst fears were confirmed. She had cancer and needed a transfusion.
That night we took her to the oncology specialists in another state, where she stayed two nights pending her biopsy and where she received a blood transfusion.
She never really rallied back. We gave her CCNU chemo and watched her decline. By day 4 she stopped eating, by day 6 she was drinking less and on day 8 she never got up. I knew that was the day. We still couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t tell if she was in pain. The vet loaded a shot for me to give her that afternoon and after I gave it to her, she began eating some ice cream but then went back to laying down. She was incredibly anemic and was having incredible swelling in her face and rear legs - nearly an inch and a half since the previous Tuesday in both rear legs.
We didn’t realize she was in pain until after we gave her that shot and she perked up. Then we knew. Our Piney girl was not coming back from this.
On 15 FEB we euthanized our sweet, dear friend, teacher and companion in our home. The vet confirmed the swelling, advanced disease and lack of eating signaled the end. She went before the shot was finished.
We are broken hearted. What a cruel and rapid disease.
Our lives will never be the same without her...