Nov 032013
 

Niko was euthanized yesterday at 1pm.

The tumor had a small scrape and started to bleed.  by the time we made it to the vet it was bleeding a little from his mouth as well.

This was a long, heartbreaking day.  My eyes hurt from crying and my house feels empty.

R.I.P. my friend, hope we see each other again.

Niko

 Posted by at 1:33 am
Nov 012013
 

Niko is having a tough night.

The tumor has almost closed his eye and the eye is getting harder to clean.  He has been slow and tired all night, even after a large meal of leftover pot roast.

I am trying to keep him fed and his weight up, but I am fighting a losing battle.  The cancer is just eating his entire body and I am shocked at how fast this has happened.

He does not appear to be in pain and is not giving me the signal that he is hurting.  He is just… tired.

I will know when the time is right to let go.  It will be soon.

 Posted by at 8:18 pm
Nov 012013
 

Our neighborhood typically has a solid turnout for Halloween.   This year it was over the top!

One neighbor reported 383 kids.  That is a huge number for an area considered lower income in the South end of Tacoma.

We had a neighbor convert one of his empty homes into a massive walk through haunted house.  The house was complete with flaming skulls, animated creatures and scary things that jumped at us from all angles.  It was impressive and everyone loved it.

Several neighbors provided warm cider and hot chocolate for parents as they escorted children door to door.

I would estimate that at least 2/3 of the homes we visited had someone dressed in costume as they answered the door to hand out candy, all of them hamming it up and having fun.

The most impressive thing?  I never heard a cry or a child be rude.  I heard nothing but “thank you” and “please” and laughs to last a lifetime.  This is what Halloween should be like and I am glad I live in a neighborhood willing to make it fun.

I spent a few weeks working on a costume for Alexander so he could dress as his favorite character from Minecraft.  I was working up to the last minute but finally finished in time for Alex to roam the streets as Steve!  The costume was a hit, with parents and children screaming “STEEEEVE!” when we walked past.   Alex was over the moon and I was a proud father.

Minecraft Costume

 Posted by at 1:42 pm
Oct 302013
 

Niko is slowing down each day.

The tumor has grown to a point that I am afraid it will open up. That is a huge concern right now. He is eating but the cancer is eating him faster.

When I pet him I can feel the bones in his skull, his neck feels thin and I can feel his spine. His breathing is still normal and I don’t hear anything unusual there.

The tumor has almost closed his right eye.  I expect it to be closed by the end of the week.  I have been keeping it clean and wiping gunk out of his eye.   The tumor feels like it is growing out, not in which is actually better.  Had it started to grow inwards he would be unable to eat.

Things have been quiet this week. I am putting the finishing touches on Alexanders Minecraft costume tonight. We are planning a group Trick or Treat in our neighborhood, complete with a full blown haunted house provided by a neighbor. This is going to be a spectacular Halloween for the kids.

Niko and tumor

 Posted by at 12:50 pm
Oct 272013
 

I am in bed, Niko at my side breathing slowly.

Niko has been slow today and is sleeping more.  The tumor on his face continues to grow.  My heart continues to break.

If his decline continues at this pace I expect that he will be leaving us this week.

I am trying to be strong and love him as hard as I can.  Just when I think I am past the hard part, I look at him and cry.  Like the true friend and unwavering companion he is, he licks my tears and comforts me even as his life is winding down.

 Posted by at 9:54 pm