Sunday, 29 July 2007

Goodbye Prince

I've just heard the very sad news that Prince has lost his battle with cancer. Here's an extract from Graham's blog of yesterday:

"Prince was put to sleep earlier today. He'd had enough. He was so uncomfortable because of his cystitis that he couldn't lie down or sleep properly. He was terribly lame. He'd also started to get some unpleasant side effects from the Epirubicin that he had on Wednesday - he was depressed, and the most significant message of all - he wouldn't eat.

Yes, he could have been hospitalised and fed via a drip. He's been through enough though, and I knew he didn't want to go through any more.

I feel like my heart has been ripped from my body. I'm scared of life without him physically being here. But I know he'll always be with me on a higher level, and I get a huge amount of comfort from that."

Why not leave Graham a message of condolence - click here to go to their blog.
He dedicated himself to Prince's battle, giving up his job - the void that Prince now leaves is almost unimaginable.
I'm sure Prince knew how much he was loved and how hard it was for Graham to take the brave decision to let him go.
He couldn't have fought any harder to save him.


Damian said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments and posting this up. Graham isn't ready yet to respond himself but rest assured the wonderful words of support which have appeared on his blog over the weekend have been much appreciated.

Damian (Graham's brother)

Graham & Prince said...

Thanks so much for your kind words and support Beverley - it means a lot, and must be hard for you too as I'm sure hearing of someone elses loss brings memories of your own flooding back.

My sneaky, but exceptionally kind and supportive brother didn't tell me he'd posted the previous comment!!

Ailsa said...

Just wanted to send my condolences. I was looking forward to this issue as my Border Collie had suspected liver cancer. Sadly, it has arrived too late to be of any help to him as we lost him on the 26th July to nasal cancer (probably the primary).
So sorry for the loss of Prince, I totally understand what you are going through. Hugs.

Beverley Cuddy said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. I've heard nasal cancer is often really rapid and hard to treat, so even if you had got a diagnosis sooner, it may not have bought any more time. We're getting quite a few sad emails direct at the magazine from other people who have recently lost their beloved dogs to cancer.
If you would like to write an obituary and send us a photo, it may help to get something down on paper. Sometimes it helps others, too to realise they are not alone in their feelings of loss.
There is more of an infrastructure when you lose a human relative - more things to busy yourself with. The impact of losing a pet can sometimes not been fully appreciated by those who have never been through the same thing.
Best wishes

Ailsa said...

Thanks, sorry have just seen your response. I may be tempted to do an obituary for him, we still iss him so much. It was quick thankfully,2 weeks before he had been leaping on and off a canal boat and playing on the towpath. Thanks Beverley.
Hope Graham is coming to terms with his loss too.