Unfortunately, today I had to put Fred down. In the last week, he has been having some neurological issues primarily having to do with his motor skills. In short, we believe he had a brain tumor that was pressing on his central nervous system and causing some motor skills problem (he wasn't able to walk a straight line and he would fall to the left). In addition, we found that he had some bleeding in his abdomen (through a blood panel test) and he had nodules of cancer in his lungs (metastisis from a primary site, presumably the abdomen). Coincidentally enough, I had the last 2 days off from work so I was able to spend a lot of time with Fred and caring for him as he was having periodic difficulty walking. I am thankful that the timing worked out this way.
Fred lived a wonderful life. He came to me by way of a friend who saw him get hit on a busy highway. Fred's right rear leg was shattered. Chris couldn't have a dog but he paid to have the orthopedic surgery done on Fred's leg as no one claimed him at the shelter and they were going to put him down. I rehabilitated him for Chris. I found that I couldn't give him to someone else as he had bonded with my Golden, Emma, and my Malamute mix, Kodi. During the next 4 years, he had 4 subsequent surgeries to fully repair that leg. He never complained and was a good patient to all who worked with him.
That wasn't the end of his need for medical services... he also had a tumor on his right rear that was removed a few years ago but required 1 month of radiation therapy. He loved to go for his radiation therapy (I think he thought he was going to a spa!). Likewise, the staff said he was one of their most favorite patients. I, on the other hand, was glad that the morning trips at 4am to the hospital and pickup at noon, sandwich in between work, were done once radiation therapy was over with.
Lastly, he was fortunate to take a vacation to San Francisco a few years ago and stay in a real hotel!
|I hate the flash.|
|Arthritis Walk 2009, Irvine CA with Grandpa/Grandma|
|Get the camera out of my face.|
|Fred in a Santa Suit.|