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Thread: Looks like the mascot is on the road home

  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI

    Looks like the mascot is on the road home

    Lokai turned 16 this past week. No mean feat for a large breed. Many of you met Lokai as he road shotgun on my reflection tour, traveling cross country back in 2009. He has been on medication for arthritis for about a year, has suffered at least one seizure, and is nearly deaf. Even so, he is still a happy guy that still has his appetite and derives a great deal of enjoyment in barking at every stranger that dares walk past the house.

    Lately he has experienced some trouble breathing and has coughing fits. A trip to the vet today unveiled another issue we had not expected. Lokai has a tumor in his left lung that is already larger than a golf ball. The vet is 95% sure it is malignant and will eventually grow to a point where breathing will be very difficult. We will return to the vet for more X-rays in three weeks. If it is growing we will know for sure.

    We almost lost him once because he had a strong reaction to being sedated, so surgery may not be an option. And, at the ripe old age of 16 I really don't want to put him through chemo.

    If it were up to me he would live forever, but I can't be greedy and only think of myself. He has been a true friend and companion through some of the darkest days of my life and I want him to enjoy our limited time together. He will decide when it is time. As long as he is happy and able to carry on his daily protection of the front lawn he will be here. When the quality of his life begins to fall he will let me know and we will have to say goodbye.
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Always a hard time... My best friend is getting old also.
    "We the People ......"

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY
    I remember him well-a good dog indeed. It's not fun that we outlive our faithful companions who give us so much. With you he has had a great life as have you with him.
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Sad news, Rennie. I hope it's a slow grower and he has a good quality of life for a little bit longer.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    He will let you know when he's ready. So sorry Rennie, He's a trooper.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash

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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    A well-known theologian believes that those pets that were loved and part of our families will accompany us in Heaven. I believe that, too.

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I can tell by the tone of your post that you will do the right thing when he tells you it's time. It's an act of love, tough as it may be.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    So sad Rennie.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  9. #9
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Sorry to hear about the situation, Rennie. Stay strong; I know you will!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  10. #10
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    Jan 2011
    Hudson Valley NY
    Sorry to hear Rennie. I know how hard it is to see and go through. We had to put our 11 year old great dane down last week but it was for the best. We didn't want to see her suffer. Stay strong..

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