Jun 11, 2018
Rescue is so bitter sweet :-( It is with the saddest and heaviest of hearts that we must announce that Arlo has lost his battle to bone cancer :-( We rescued Arlo on 3/23/18 and to be honest, we all thought we would have to say a loving good bye to this sweet boy that same day. Arlo had Osteosarcoma, one of the most painful and terminal cancers, yet he had a million dollar smile and he let us know he was not quite ready to give up <3 The amazing and life saving VMD Missy Achenbach of The Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks rushed him immediately into surgery to remove a 7 pound tumor that had ruptured and become necrotic. Biopsy would reveal and confirm that the Cancer had spread into his muscles and tissues. Once recovered, our next step was to amputate his leg in hopes to alleviate the excruciating pain he was experiencing due to bone cancer. Our very own human angel and rescuer of Arlo , Cathi Perez shares: " Although this is heartbreaking news, Arlo was a miracle dog and every pain free, tumor free, love filled day he had both at The Pet Doctors and his foster home was such a gift. He was one of the most horrific rescues I’ve seen and I was grateful he was not going to pass alone in a shelter and I was overjoyed at every step of his recovery. His rescue story is one for the books, may his journey over the bridge be filled with joy, he was one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever known 😓💔"
Both surgeries, though successful, did not cure or remove the cancer however he was finally pain free after who knows how long he had suffered :-( The loving staff at TPD worked with and prepped him with the hope we could send him home for a little time to know only love and kindness with a loving family to call his own. We all knew Arlo did not have a lot of time, maybe a week, a month or even less however Arlo rallied and went on to have almost 3 months of knowing how much his life mattered and each new day was a gift and a blessing. Arlo was a true fighter and survivor and though his body was racked with bone eating cancer, his spirt and strong will to live was there right up to the end <3 Arlo's spirit in the end, as it was in the beginning, was so strong however sadly he lost the battle and war with the cancer that invaded his body :-(
Arlo's back legs began to fail him, the cancer had spread to his spine and once that took over, the arthritis he had was no longer manageable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving foster family who, even though they knew his time was limited, were devastated and inconsolable by his sudden demise :-( We were all trying to find a way to have at least one more day to share with this sweet boy however in the end, we could not let him continue to suffer. Arlo was a GREAT DOG, and a true champion who loved life and taught us all the true meaning of " living in the moment " and he will be greatly missed <3
Tonight the skies will light up with a brand new shining star as the heavens and my Alley welcome home another brand new angel <3 RIP sweet boy, gone but never forgotten <3 Arlo has earned his wings and we know he is smiling down on us , thanking us and reminding us that, though all to short, he had the best time of his life <3 Rescue is so bitter sweet :-( tw, LNPB