Updated: Apr 21, 2020
About two years ago I took my beloved 13-year-old Cocker Spaniel Casey to the vet for a routine checkup. Our checkup was going well as it usually would. Casey can be a bit nippy which the vet had already known and took her to the back to finish up. When she brought her back out to the lobby something was not right. It appeared to me that Casey was in some sort of shock not walking and having difficulty breathing. I was in a complete panic; the vets took her to the back room to give her oxygen and decided to do an x-ray of her lungs. What we discovered was far from good. The x-ray of her lungs looked like white smoke flowing throughout. I was advised to take her to the emergency room as quickly as possible.
When we arrived at the ER the Vets took her right away to the back for another x-ray and proper oxygen.
I think sitting in that room waiting for the vet to come in to speak with us was the worst feeling I have ever felt in my entire life. She finally came and informed my husband and I that Casey was at her last stages of lung cancer and we should humanely euthanize her at this point. I could not believe what I was hearing. How could this be? She never showed me any sign of being sick. Different thoughts ran through my head, it was not supposed to end this way. You try and not to think about this day, but we all know it will come sooner or later. I always planned for Casey to pass in her home with loved ones by her side not like this. This could not be it. We did not accept what the vet advised us to do and took her home. They warned me that she would probably pass away during the car ride. I took her in my arms, and we all drove home.
It was a scary afternoon and evening but to our surprise late that night Casey's breathing returned to normal. I was so happy and knew that we made the right decision to bring her home even if it was only for a day. We needed to all be together for however much longer time we did have.
The next day Casey and I went to visit Marc Ching the owner and founder of The Animal Hope and Wellness Center. Marc had been someone I was following on social media for some time he rescued dogs from The dog meat Trade in China and I told myself that when I moved to LA I would meet him and start volunteering with his organization, which I did. While volunteering at his foundation I found out he was also a pet nutritionist and gave free consultations to his clients. We discussed all the events that occurred with Casey prior. He suggested that I start cooking her home cooked meals and designed a cancer diet for her along with other Chinese herbs.
I went home and started cooking everything Marc advised me to do for Casey. He was my inspiration to start cooking a whole food diet for her. I became very interested in Dog nutrition and read many books by homeopathic vets and did my own research. I learned that commercial dog food is probably the worst thing to feed to our dogs. If you have not seen the documentary Pet fooled, I suggest that you watch it. We also visited other vets for other opinions, and everyone did feel that she had lung cancer. Casey had a great ten weeks after our horrible incident at the vet. We spent every minute together visiting beautiful botanical gardens and parks. Cooking all her meals she would eat like a champ and never really lost her appetite.
After those 10 weeks part of her lung collapsed, and she started to have trouble breathing. We had a few sleepless nights on the bathroom floor I would not leave her side. I thanked her over and over again for being the best friend I could ever ask for. One night she looked at me in my eyes into my soul and would not look away. It was time she was ready to go back home. I was not ready for her to leave but Casey knew what was best and it was my job to help my best friend who had always been there for me. Casey passed away in our home as I always planned for her, the sounds of peaceful waves in the background. My husband and I holding her and telling her how much we loved her.
I am here now today still cooking and using homeopathic methods to care for my dogs. I would love to share my journey with you and that is why I have created this blog. I know I love my dogs more than anything and want to make sure they have the longest and healthiest life possible. If you feel the same, then please sign up for my blog. I will be posting how to videos, recipes and alternative healing methods for Dogs. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I look forward to connecting with you and your beloved Dogs.
In Memory Of my Casey Girl May 21st, 2005- October 7th, 2018
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". -Winnie the Pooh