Losing Everest was one of the most difficult things my family has gone through. Everest was only four years old when the large tumor appeared under his eye. We thought it was an abscess or an infected tooth. The day we arrived to have the tooth pulled the mass was found. The vet basically told me to take him home and wait for him to die. I could barely see during my drive home, the tears would not stop. I was so incredibly confused. What do I do? What are my options? I cant let him just suffer but I could not just let him go either. Someone told me about VCA and we took him there. The difference in care and compassion was immediate and after only a week the tumor was all but gone. Even though it was still there and had now spread to his lungs, he felt better and was back almost to his normal eating and playing. We tried it all, chemo injected (horrible) chemo pill (great) but ultimately my best friend, beloved family member succumbed to this disease within five weeks. My heart was shattered. Even now, almost two months later, It is difficult to write this. Everest was playful and calm. Sweet and protective. Gorgeous. commanding attention wherever he went. I miss him so much.
A donation was made in Everest's memory and the memorial was created on July 26, 2017.