The news is so awful I cannot bear it…
He has a very large mass that’s pushing his brain aside for room. That is what is causing the seizures… and is growing fast.
There is no treatment at this point except some medications to reduce the swelling for a short while. MAYBE weeks. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow after more interpretation of the scan…

We know what we have to do and it will be soon. As long as we can keep him comfortable I need to make sure to take advantage of the time and cram in as much JOY as I possibly can into his life.
Starting now…….

We are rather numb at the moment……….

I fear that I may have given the impression that by needing angels I meant money. Oh God, no! I only wished for prayers and a positive outcome. There’s nothing more I could ask of you but your friendship and support, which I depend upon greatly. And very likely a bit more than usual, for just a short while longer.
I will be strong and do what I am required to do. The fine print has arrived……
I have to go be very sad now.


  1. logdogsmith
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    I am so very sorry.

  2. Dave
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

    Sorry to hear this.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    Oh FUKC, Honey.

    no words there are…

  4. Max
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm |

    Enjoy what you can, while you can. Make nice memories.

  5. mech
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm |

    No words.

    But you know my heart goes out to you guys.

    And prayers, of course.

  6. The Digital Hairshirt
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

    Sondra, my thoughts are with you. On November 30, 2012, my oldest pup, Dante,was struck and killed by a car. In a bizarre coincidence, my youngest pup the very next day was struck and critically injured – thankfully, Mac will make it.

    As I write this, Dante’s ashes are on my desk. I miss him terribly; he was such a sweet dog. I would like to think the pain in my heart is a good indication that we loved each very much.

    Rumsfeld loves you, too. Take advantage of this time to keep him comfortable and just love your dog. And know this – God loves His creation and will lift up Rumsfeld when the time comes.

  7. Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm |

    So sorry….

  8. MikeG
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm |

    My cell # 507-382-4805 Anytime.


  9. geezerette
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

    You can be sad but you have to be strong. We’ve all been through what you’re going through with our children and pets and have empathy. But we walked in our own moccasins and you’re walking in yours. You said it your self he doesn’t have any idea what’s in store for him that’s a blessing and now you know. That’s the difference between animals and humans and your heart is breaking.

  10. JoeBandMember
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |

    So very sorry to hear this.

    Tears and prayers, here.

    My phone number is in the book.

    Off tomorrow. Call if you need to talk.

  11. SteveHGraham
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm |

    Will be praying.

  12. SSG Christopher Whitaker
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

    Lost a dog before, know what it feels like. It was cancer in my pup’s case too. My sincere sympathies…I know how it hurts.

  13. MCPO
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm |

    Oh no. I’m so sorry for you and JR. It there is anything I can do for you, just call or text me.

  14. kinlaw
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    Oh dear God I am so sorry to hear this Sondra.

    I am crying for you and your family now.

    He knows how much you love him.

    I just have no more words.

    God Bless you all.

  15. Leonard Jones
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    I trapped a feral kitten from the paper mill at which I am
    employed. Including me, 4 employees were feeding the
    little bastard. He was crapping all over the maintenance
    shop like a goose with diarrhea.

    I dropped him off at an animal hospital and had him treated
    for intestinal parasites and took him home. I do not even
    like cats, but I just could not see which took him first; the
    parasites, or a forklift.

    He is a pain in the ass! He is anti-social, and is as neurotic
    as Chloe O’Brian from the series 24.

    He may hate other people, but he loves me. I never really
    thought about what would happen if he gets sick again.

    I am sorry to hear about your pooch. I hope I never have
    to face the problem you now have.

  16. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    I am so, so sorry to hear that.
    I’m not even going to pretend that I know what you’re going through,
    God sends us our critters to watch over us but eventually they have to go Home.

  17. Thomas M.
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

    Your sorrow is shared. You’re in my prayers. God bless you all.

  18. Caged Insanity
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm |

    Sad to hear this news. :(

  19. staghounds
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm |

    Their love is beyond understanding. I am thinking good thoughts for you and your pal.

  20. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm |

    I never met the little guy, but I’m going to miss him. You poor babies. I’m so sorry.
    Thanks for sharing, Sondra.

  21. apotheosis
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm |

    It seems like dogs are always taken from us too soon. They’re so much members of our families that we tend to think of them as little hairy people.

    I am so sorry, Sondra. You know my email if there’s anything at all I can do.

  22. Ivy
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

    Dogs don’t understand death.
    They do, however, understand pain.
    And for that reason, how thankful I am that you are there to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    He is blessed to have you, and you him.

    May you have peace with your grief in knowing that.

  23. Paul
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    Our dog, Teddy, died of liver cancer a few years ago.

    I had to put him down myself at the vet. Held him while they injected the drugs to put him to sleep.

    Hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

    Sorry to hear about this. It does bring back memories, good and bad.

    So here is a thought.

    Do not ponder how he died, but how he lived! And he did live well, right? Good family around him?

    See that is the important part.

  24. Fat Baxter
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

    I understand what you’re going through. A while back, I lost all three cats within 18 months. Two were over 18 years old, so they had been a part of our lives for a long time.

    Do what you can with him for the time remaining. Spoil him rotten!

  25. Posted December 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

    so, so sorry.

    I know what you mean about cramming every minute in…I had my Springer of 12 years in the back of the jeep, got home and one look told me she was in trouble. I raced to the vet and 45 minutes later she was gone. Oh for just one more day.

    Prayers going out to you Sondrak

  26. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm |

    I’m heartbroken, Missy.
    There’s not much any of us can do to help at a time like this except wish you and JR a little comfort. You do what you have to. We’ll be here when you’re ready to pick up the pitchfork again.

    (And to answer your question, no, the drink didn’t really help; but the fireplace did. The fireplace always does.)

  27. LostLiberty
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm |

    My lady and I have lost two beloveds in the last few years. They are so much a part of our family. You’ve been in our thoughts for the last few weeks, and we’ll keep you there.

  28. Ironic in Denver
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm |

    OH NO!

    Sondra, I am so very, very sorry.

    I can’t post any more, or a least not for a very long while, but I do occasionally visit for a few minutes to see how everyone is doing. So that’s how I know.

    Wish it weren’t so.

    It’s good to be strong. And also cry.

    For what it’s worth, he’ll be with you forever. All mine are here with me always.

  29. LLoyd
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm |

    Oh Sondra. It is never a easy thing for any of us who love a cherish our little creations from God. It is so tough. I was listening to Glenn talk about his guard dog who is very old and he was talking in the same way. I was balling way back from when he first started. My Baby girl was that to me and now I have a Kit-cat since the night of Wilma here and she has h b/p and hyperthyroid and she has been hanging in with her. From the time I first wake giving her her meds til the evening. And I’ve been living it like its only a matter of time and I’ve had many a tearful moment. I’m sending my hugs for the 3 of you and prayers of strength.

  30. rickn8or
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm |

    The little furry-faced people don’t ask for much, but they sure take a lot when they go.

    I’m not really good at this. Good thoughts and cyber-hugs your way.

  31. Chris in NC
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm |

    Damn. I’m so sorry Sondra.

  32. accipiter NW
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm |

    The Corgi posts and comments over the years have gotten the breed growing on me. I am sorry to hear that your Rumsfeld is sick and hoping for a miracle and that you will stay strong. Adding a few prayers for you and the Corgs.

  33. Posted December 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm |

    From one dog person to another: No words can convey it, but wishing you strength in your sadness.

  34. DJMoore
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

    Prayers, of course.

    I wish you strength and joy for the time that remains.

  35. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 12:53 am |

    Rumsfeld will find a good friend in Odin,…

  36. Annoyed White Male
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 2:57 am |

    It’s like loosing a child. I know that terrible feeling too well. You have all my sympathy.

  37. Jess
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 4:29 am |

    There aren’t any words to describe the feelings I know you’re feeling.

    God bless.

  38. Stick
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 5:27 am |

    Kiss his head for me.

  39. Posted December 14, 2012 at 6:09 am |

    I am so sorry! Know that thoughts and prayers go out for all of you. Fill the days with joy, treats (bacon!) and all the good memories you can.

  40. rustbucket
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 6:34 am |

    So, so sorry…
    Make your memories and fun while you can.

  41. Thunderbottom
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 7:36 am |

    I went through this over five years ago with my Scoobie. I had had her for almost 15 years and, knowing that her end was soon coming, I’d look at her and cry. After she was gone, I cried every day for a month. I joke that I had to adopt two dogs, Pepper and Kayla, to take her place. It’s hardvery hard. We get so attached to our pets – our friends – and yet they’re only with us for such a short while. When their end approaches, you do everything that you can to keep them for just a little while longer, but the end always comes and that hurts. I’m truly, truly sorry.

  42. Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am |

    Feeling bad for you folks….

  43. Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:03 am |

    Deb and I lost Nate after 12 years of great memories. Since that grand Collie ambassador left us, we have chosen to take care of aging rescue dogs. Doesn’t matter how long they are with us, the loss is always heart/gut wrenching.

    We both are praying for and with you and JR….and for Rumsfeld. May God bless and hold you all close through this.

  44. Hank
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:27 am |

    Thoughts and prayers are out to you and yours. Also showing a little more love to the mutts that hang around our house.

    God Bless,

  45. mojo
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    I hate it every time it happens.

    Be strong, hon, and git ‘er done.

  46. RonF
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:30 am |

    I lost my golden retriever Jordan lose the use of her legs and finally her other functions and we had to put her down. That was 2 years ago and I still miss her. I carried her into the vet and held her while we did what had to be done. It turns out it’s very hard to write a check when you can’t hold a pen and can’t see your checkbook. Please accept my sincere sympathies. This is tough.

  47. Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    Good Lord, that’s about the worst that can happen the owner/keeper/sharer of fuzzy little life.

    Hard, difficult, tearful thing to face.

    You have my sympathy, lady.


  48. Jane K.
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    I’m listening to my Gus snoring in his second ‘borrowed’ month, and the screen is very blurry, because I know I will be in the same place sooner rather than later. Bless your heart.

  49. OTA Mom
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 9:04 am |

    We lost our beloved rat terrier “Sassy” this summer and are still getting over not having her in our lives. Little dogs pack so much joy in a tiny package, don’t they. Sending a big virtual hug your way.

  50. jw
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    i am so very sorry.

  51. PunkyD
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 10:47 am |

    I’m so very sorry. I’ve had pets all my life and it never gets any easier when they get old or sick. We just had to put our kitty down this past summer after 18 good years for her. It was cancer that took her life. I hate cancer with a vengeance. At a certain point there was nothing more we could do but to keep her as comfortable as possible. We arranged to have a veterinarian come to our home to put our baby down. I’m so grateful we had that service where Pepper was in the comfort of her own home, unafraid…and I suspect she knew it was her time, but glad to be home with us by her side. The love we have for a sick child or our pet, is no different. It’s an unconditional love and we would do anything for them if we could just make it better. I have you in my thoughts and prayers Sondra.

  52. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm |

    My Schipperke Had the courtesy to just go outside, lie down, and die. Not sick or anything, just old.

  53. blindshooter
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    I have no words that will help. I can say this, he could not have gotten two better guardians than he did. As someone that has been owned by a bunch of good dogs it always seems they go away way too quick. Prayers for you all.

  54. Lurch
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

    I’m very sorry for you and JR. The pain is as much as any family member so spoil each other and the mischievous one till it is time. The pain of the loss is temporary but the memories of the good times you get to keep! I’ll be praying for you.

  55. Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    The opposite of joy is fear. At least most of the fear is gone now that you understand what is wrong.

    The sadness remains. I am very sorry about the news. I was pulling for you and Rummy.

  56. Burgie
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

    Best friends all, some large, some small. I held them, played with them and loved each and every one.

    Blacky – mixed mutt
    Heidi – Cocker
    Pupuli – Cockapoo (a God sent pal for 3 kids for 14 years)
    Spike – Chocolate Lab
    Spike 2 – Black Lab
    Champain – Silver Toy Poodle
    Brandy – Spitz
    Gimlet – Keeshond
    Skoshi – Son of Gimlet
    Champain 2 – Blue eyed Husky

    Somewhere in the middle of all this, there were two cats I never meant to keep. One named Punkin and one who remained “Cat” for over 10 years.

    They are part of our personal fabric and everyone caused tears when it’s time came.

    My heartfelt sympathy for you and fondest hopes for more of God’s creatures in your life.


  57. VAN aka SharkBait
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |

    NUTS. Terribly sorry. I don’t have much for words in these situations, but I did feel compelled to offer well wishes and positive thoughts from afar.

  58. Posted December 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm |

    Sondra, I’m beyond crushed for you………. but take some small solace in the class, substance and style here, of your readers, friends and admirers.

    For not a one of them was so trite or shallow as to have broken out the vastly overused “rainbow bridge”, poem.

    Every bit of comfort, sympathy and well wishes sent your way in this thread, has been the real thing, and not some 2nd rate Hallmark card.

    Rummy loves you, and so do we all. We’ll be with you, all the way.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  59. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm |

    Jim, you actually made me LOL…thank you.

    I cannot believe what a beautiful group of people I call my friends. You all are the UP SIDE of loving so much………..

  60. Melissa In Texas
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 1:02 am |

    Sondra, darlin’, you know how much I love you and grieve with you over this sad news about Rummy…
    Yet for now, he is still at your side and YOU are at his.
    Love him. Hug him and give him and the rest of the pack treats.
    Do what you know is right…. often the MOST difficult thing to do.
    You and JR are the bestest furbaby parents!
    You know my number if you feel like talking….
    ~smooches for Rummy~ and hugs to the bunch of you from Texas
    damn… I have teaars in my eyes…

  61. Hopefulone
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 5:03 am |

    I am sorry to read about Rumsfeld’s bad state. The sadness will ebb, and the good memories will linger. …and you have a good support group.

  62. PeggyU
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |

    Sondra – First comes the grief, then the relief of knowing that your friend is no longer suffering. It is the burden of being a good human to care for them in good times and bad. I wish there was something that could ease this pain, but only time does that. Love and prayers to Rummy, you, JR, and Smurfy.

  63. Christine M
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    My heart is heavy with the pain you are living through. The joy our pets give us is beyond words, as is the pain we feel when we must say goodbye.I share in your sadness and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  64. Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

    Headmissy, I’ve been away for a few days and so am late in sending a long-distance hug. No question that some of my best friends and biggest losses have been those members of my family who are so much more than just “pets.”

    I know that this is a very hard time, but am glad that you have at least some opportunity to share the love a bit longer. That’s no small thing.

  65. Susan Lee
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    Sondra- this is a joke, but then again, it’s NOT.

    The old lady asked the Jesuit if there will be pets in Heaven – she said “I could never be happy in Heaven without Rover” The Jesuit replied, “In that case, he will surely be there”.

    I’m hoping the Jesuit is right and we have all the relationships in heaven that we do on Earth- being with each other PLUS all our animal friends.

    Susan Lee