May 11, 2009
Leo had a cancerous mass in his chest that was impinging on his breathing. There wasn't any quality of life left for the little guy, and there wouldn't be in the future. Major surgery was out of the question (the mass was deep and large in size), and there was no guarantee about being cancer-free post surgery. Allen and I spoke all weekend about the various scenarios of what we would/could do for Leo. Scan results led us to the conclusion that he would no longer have a good quality of life, let along a high quality of life. And for both Allen and I, that ranked #1 as our priority for Leo.
We made the decision to put him to sleep. I thanked him for the fourteen wonderful years he made me so very happy, and of course we told him how much we love him, and will always love him. Saying goodbye is extremely difficult when you love a person and/or a pet.
Leo is no longer uncomfortable. He is no longer gasping to breathe.
Rest peacefully Leo. We love you.