Arwen: In Loving Memory

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I have been avoiding updating Arwen’s blog. Yesterday would have been her 2 year ampuversary. But she passed away on September 3, just 2 weeks shy of making it to 24 months post-op.

She had done so well for so long, and her lungs continued to be clear of any sign of cancer returning. But in August, she started having back leg weakness, and she got worse so fast. Her vets were convinced it was something neurological, like degenerative myopathy, but a CT scan revealed an inoperable cancerous tumor on her spine.

There’s not much to say, except that our hearts are broken. Completely broken. But we gained 23 and a half months of time with Arwen after her amputation, and we would never give that time up. Except for the first few weeks after her amputation, and her very last days with us, the 23 and a half months after her osteosarcoma diagnosis were the days of a happy, healthy, perfectly normal dog. The chemo never made her sick. The missing leg never slowed her down. My husband and I would make the same decisions again if we had the choice. There is some comfort in having no regrets, but at the same time, there was never going to be enough time with her for us.

Arwen, like most dogs, made the world a better place while she was here. We will never stop loving her.




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