Maru the Light of My Life
by Broken in Houston
(Houston, TX, USA)
I put my sweet Maru to rest last night. He was 11 yrs and 3 mos old. A black and tan, beautiful Shiba Inu. The last 4 days his health really plummeted because of his lymphoma. The vet diagnosed his cancer during his routine bi annual physical, which was a little over a year ago. I was crushed. I was told that there is no cure for canine lymphoma, and without any treatment he would live for only a few weeks, while chemo could extend his life expectancy another year. What a choice! I chose chemo, of course! Chemo was expensive, but how could I just give up on my little boy.
The CHOP chemo treatments lasted about 3 months. Maru faired well. He seemed to enjoy the weekly car ride to the oncologist, and he had few side effects from the chemo. He went into remission after only 3 treatments. I was elated! But I didn't know how long the remission would last, so I continued praying the rosary everyday pleading for a permanent cure.
I noticed Maru came out of remission about 2 months ago. I noticed tumors growing under his mandible, groin, and shoulder. I was devastated! I cried my eyes out! I so much wanted God to hear my prayers and heal him.
Maru is gone, and I know life must go on. I don't now how much Yuki understands - Yuki is Maru's litter mate. They were inseparatable.
To help me through this grieving period I try and remember all the great times we had: the doggie hugs, the wet doggie kisses, the Shiba Inu screams when I came home from work, the ocassional doggie fart, the Shiba Inu stubborness...
Thank you Maru for being in my life. You brought me so much joy and peace in being. Thank you God for giving me Maru, and help me to be strong in this very painful loss.