I’m very sad to report that we’ve lost one of the best friends we’ve ever had. Our English mastiff who you may have read about in my article called “The Upcoming Holidays Reminded Me of a Funny Story” recently lost her battle with bone cancer.
To be quite frank, it really wasn’t much of a battle. One day she was fine, the next day she had a lump on the inside of her leg, and four weeks later she was gone. What a terrible way to go. It must have been a very aggressive cancer to take her that fast. Needless to say, the loss of our beloved pet and friend has left a hole in our hearts.
This has been especially difficult on my husband Jeff as he had a very close bond with her. I’m sure many of you who live in the boonies and are trying to have a go at the homesteading lifestyle can relate to how important your animals are in your lives.
I’ve been thinking about getting Jeff another English mastiff but as I read more and more about this particular breed, I’ve learned that osteosarcoma (a.k.a. bone cancer) is one of the leading causes of death in this particular breed. I’ve also learned that the average life span is only’s 8 to 10 years so I don’t think we’ll be getting another mastiff. It’s just too hard to get that attached to a pet only to lose them so early in their lives.
The purpose of this article isn’t to teach you anything about how to live in the boonies or to provide you with any useful homesteading tips but rather to pay tribute to an amazing dog that will be greatly missed.
Lady wasn’t “show quality” and she did come with some baggage. We adopted her from a home that didn’t treat her very well and it took many years for her to learn to trust humans again. We’re just so grateful for the short time that we had with her. She was 8 when she passed and we had 7 amazing years with her.
Rest in peace old friend…