This past Monday we had to put our old dog to sleep.
Previous to this sad event Charlie, our 12 year old German Shepherd/Malamute/Wolf had for a week basically stopped eating his normal amount, and was progressively less each day. So a week ago this Friday I took him to the vet, where after an abdominal exam the vet said that we needed to do x-rays and an ultra sound to confirm a tumor. The results were conclusive; Charlie had a large tumor near his spleen-a hemangiosarcoma. The vet told us that there was a surgery that she could perform to remove the tumor, and that we would not know for sure if it was a cancer until the lab results came back; but that given his age, and the fact that in 85% of male GDS's this type of tumor is cancer, the best option would be to put him to sleep. The vet said we needed to make the decision by the following Monday, due to the critical nature of the size of the mass, and that even though Charlie was not in pain this could change in a heartbeat if the spleen ruptured.
This news was devastating to our family. On Saturday we made the hard decision. We called the vet and made and appointment to put Charlie to sleep the following Monday. We gave Charlie a delightful two days of 'bucket list' events, including taking him to George's German Market for Brats and Beer (which he loved), for a walk in his favorite park, and our children came over on Sunday and we celebrated his life by making him the center of attention, thoroughly loving him up.
He died a happy and content dog, with no pain, with his family surrounding him. This truth hurt, but we did the right thing for Charlie!
The truth hurts of salvation hurts everytime it goes counter to what you want to believe. When you discover the tumor of lies in your life you have a difficult choice, to die withi it, or cut the lies out and live eternally.