🌈 "I wanted to let everyone who saw Gert’s adoption post on SSD know that Gert lost her battle with cancer in October. After a late night visit to the ER, her oncologist sadly confirmed her cancer was everywhere. Rather than start steroids (the only option, which came with a high risk of tumor lysis) and risk her passing in the hospital (which she hated, no offense to the wonderful doctors at AMC), we chose to bring her home and spoil her for 2 days. For 2 days she ate. We ordered her a meatball pizza, her favorite food. She ate peanut butter, rotisserie chicken, filet mignon, ice cream, and lamb cheeseburgers. She couldn’t move or walk, but she never stopped eating. She loved to eat.
Gert came to us as a foster back in January from the @nycacc, pulled by @mrbonesandco with the name True Blue. We quickly learned she had lymphoma, and decided she would stay in the place she now called home, with the dogs she came to love as sisters, and the man she had fallen in love with (her dad, Eric). All in all, we had 9 months and 4 days with our spicy senior granny. She played in the snow and in the grass, she participated in professional photo shoots. She had a party in her honor for her adoption day, with tons of friends and family, and her own cake. She had songs made up about her, and made thousands of people on the internet fall in love with her. Not bad for 9 months and 4 days of a 12 year old, cropped-eared pit bull with cancer.
There will not be one minute that goes by that I don’t miss her, or that I don’t wish we had more time. All Gert knew was that she was part of our family and she was loved. Looking at everything she accomplished and how happy she was, I don’t feel sad. I don’t regret breaking my heart by falling in love and losing her. When our hearts are ready, we will be back to fostering, ideally seniors and pits and mamas, and if the situation presents itself we would be open to another fospice. Thank you for everything Gert. #thankyouforbeingaGert -Sam" ❤️ #seniordog