12 years old
1998—May 5, 2010
Laney died of Splenic Hemangiosarcoma. About 1 month before she passed away, she seemed to be slowing down — she didn’t want to go on long walks anymore and had trouble climbing up on my sofa or bed. I took her to the vet the week before she died to get some labwork done, and I never in a million years thought she would be gone 1 week later. They found 5 tumors — 3 on her spleen and 2 on her liver. I decided to do surgery even though they only gave her a 10% chance to make it thru 24 hours after surgery. But I really had no choice because the tumors were bleeding so the vet said they would have ruptured and killed her soon. She had surgery Monday, May 3rd. I was thrilled on Tuesday because she ate 3 bowls of food and was wagging her tail, exploring in the backyard, and she even had the energy to greet my friends at the door who came over that evening. The next morning she got up when she heard me feeding my other dog and ran into the room for breakfast so I thought that was another great sign. But then she passed away 6 hours later. The vet thinks a blood clot might have killed her. It was horrible. I adopted her when she was 5 because her old owners gave her to a shelter. She was the sweetest and most lovable dog. She loved to rest her head on my yellow lab’s back and cuddle with her and cuddle with me. She was one tough dog too. One time she got into a bunch of Christmas cookies and ate 100 cookies (some with chocolate) and survived that. Another time she jumped out of my Jeep as I was driving down the street when she saw a cat she wanted to chase. She didn’t even break a bone! And 1 1/2 years ago, a pit bull attacked her and she survived that attack. She got 50 stiches and the vet said one of the puncture wounds was a millimeter away from killing her instantly. I guess this was one battle that was too much for this tough dog to handle. I love her and miss her.