Today has been a very, very difficult day. A month or so ago we noticed that Ziva’s lymph nodes were increasing in size in many places in her body. We never actually received a diagnosis but all of the signs pointed to lymphoma. At more than 12 and multiple other health problems we did not feel that chemotherapy or, indeed, any aggressive therapy was in her best interest. We did our best to make her as comfortable as possible and support her general health. The lymph nodes continued to enlarge from the size of peas to the size of robins’ eggs.
Last week we decided to have her euthanized, made an appointment with a vet to come to our home, and set a date—today. We’ve spent the last day or so pampering her—we were no longer worried about spoiling her!
The vet arrived a little after 1:00pm. She was very, very nice. Kara, our remaining Samoyed, stayed with us during the entire process. She was very calm and I thought it was good for her to know what was happening.
That’s Ziva in the picture above in our yard with some of her favorite toys. She had a wonderful day yesterday and a great, happy morning. Now she has no more mornings and we will miss her terribly. The Aussies are looking for her and I suspect they will continue to do so for a time. We and the pack will recover but I don’t know how the pack dynamics will change.