This past week has been a long one.
We had to say goodbye to the sweetest, friendliest, most perfect friend we could have ever asked for.
Lucky came into our lives 6 1/2 years ago when we took him home as a puppy. He was a little bundle of joy from the very beginning and was immediately part of the family.
13 months ago we came home one day and Lucky was limping. We had no clue why (snake bite? stepped on a rock?), and soon he was back to normal. Then he started waking up in the middle of the night whining, with his right leg in pain. It would eventually go away and he would go back to sleep. Episodes like this continued over the next month, with the limping becoming more and more frequent. Many doctors’ visits later, we discovered he had osteosarcoma (bone cancer).
The only thing we could do to get rid of it was get his leg amputated. We read amazing stories about other “tripawds” who are able to do so much on three good legs, and were very encouraged.
His amputation went well, however recovery was rough for all of us. It was so hard to see our sweet, happy puppy in pain while he was healing! After many ups and downs, we finally began to see our Lucky puppy happy again.
Lucky started taking chemotherapy to slow down mets that were found in his lungs. A couple months later when he got an x-ray we found that they were totally gone! Apparently the chemo usually just slows down the growth and doesn’t make them completely disappear, so we were beyond happy!
Several months later we discovered a lump on his back. It was soft tissue sarcoma. He had to go into another surgery to get the lump removed, but this was not near as bad as the amputation!
Lucky was x-rayed again on my birthday (December 16th) and we saw that his lungs were still completely clear! We were ecstatic!
Then the bad news came… Towards the end of February, Lucky started having gagging coughs. Once again, we had many doctor visits before we finally had his chest x-rayed again. We were shocked when we saw his x-rays. There was a huge tumor the size of his heart in his lungs. We were told he would probably only have about a month left to live, and so after many tears, we made the best of it… trips to the beach, picnics, walks, playing with toys, and lots of snuggling.
And then Friday night we had to say goodbye.
This post is a tribute to our sweet Lucky puppy. We love him so much and will forever hold our memories of him close to our hearts. We are so lucky to have had him as a part of our family.
So without further adieu.. Here are some pictures of the happy life of our sweet puppy!
One of my favorite pics…. Lucky was sniffing in my trash can when I walked in the room and then he tried to act all innocent even though the lid got caught on his neck! Seconds after I took this picture he couldn’t resist any longer and was trying desperately to get it off! ha!
His favorite blanket…
aka his favorite tug-of-war toy.
It had obviously seen better days
Loved to snuggle!
Resting after his second major surgery to remove the soft tissue sarcoma
Lucky on a visit to our classroom! My kiddos loved reading to him!
(He was a very good, very happy listener!)
He was a HUGE lover of walks…
…and the park
…and car rides
…and frosty paws
My brother’s favorite picture…. We were having so much fun hugging Luckster, but he apparently was over it! Look at those eyes! haha
Our sweet puppy <3