Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Sterling had his surgery yesterday. The right front leg was amputated. We cannot see him until late today or tomorrow. He is in ICU, heavily medicated. It is unlikely that we will do further treatment. I spoke to Mike Metz last night, our vet, who referred us to N.C. State. Mike is also a friend. Yes, certainly chemotherapy and radiation are options to consider but not necessarily the route we will go with Sterling. Sterling is not a young Great Dane. Mike is not telling us to NOT go further but he is also not encouraging it. I understood exactly what he was telling me. I do not want Sterling to suffer at all and I do not want him to be in any pain.

We have removed the source of his pain by having his leg amputated. We know that the cancer is aggressive and that it will, in the short term, kill Sterling. Not that we will let it get that far. We will know. I will know. Sterling will NOT suffer. I will in no way allow that to happen. Our plan will be to keep Sterling happy and comfortable. He will be able to go for walks again and he will be able to play tug. Sterling will also be able to jump up on the bed again and he will be able to get on and off the couch. If you do not already know this about Great Danes, they are truly "couch potatoes." They like walks but laying on the bed or couch is good, too better.

Sterling's little sister, The Baby, paced and worried with me yesterday. Awww. Isn't that sweet?! What a good little girl she is. Saffrynn. The Baby's name is Saffrynn. Saffy senses my anxiety, no doubt. And, let me tell you that yesterday there was a lot of anxiety.

The surgeon that removed Sterling's leg will check in with us twice a day. He will call us each morning to let us know how Sterling is doing and again in the late afternoon or early evening. As of late yesterday - early yesterday evening - all was well with Sterling and he was coming out of his fog from the surgery but still being sedated with heavy duty pain medication. The leg has been sent to pathology and we will know more in a day or so. I think I know all I need to know, though, at this point. And all I need to know is that Sterling is okay.


  1. I hope things work out for Sterling and for you all. Dogs have a sense when something is wrong, and I'm sure Saffy misses her brother and is worried. Dogs have their routines like people do and your dogs have had their routine messed up for sure.

    I've been thinking about you and wondering what was going on. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

    Right Truth

  2. I do hope that everything turns out the way you want it too.

    Great Danes are fantastic dogs. Truly gentle giants. Sterling sounds like one of the greats of his breed.

    I will keep you and the Boy in my thoughts and prayers. In the days and weeks ahead, you will need them.

  3. Bless Sterling, Saffy, and you all as you take this journey. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. aww! poor thing!


  5. I can understand wholly your feeling my dog Bella died suddentely last october for a spleen tumor, I usually took her to the vet regularry but these things sadly happens. The most important thing is Sterling must be pain free.

    I stayed dog free for a loong week, on the following week I was returning from a breeding with a puppy cocker...

    I will keep Sterling in my thoughts


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