Life has never been easy for Clio. We think she was born to a backyard breeder and shoved in a crate for most of the first year of her life. Her legs, it seems, were put on backwards. She is blind and quite likely a little brain damaged. One vet described her as a train wreck who should have been euthanized shortly after her birth. Instead of doing right by this dog, someone (we have no idea who) threw her out of a moving vehicle at Boundary and Marine in Vancouver. A very kind man stopped and picked her up and took her to the shelter.

She initially came home as a foster dog. However it became apparent that once Clio bonded with me she was never going anywhere. She is a difficult dog at times. She is very demanding and she rarely sits still. If Clio had her way, she would be sitting on me all day and all night. She has never managed to be toilet trained but she knows to go if we put her outside. Cuddling with Clio can be like a wrestling match. Once she settles down though she is lovely.

Clio has been coughing for about 2 weeks. It seemed to get a little and then it got worse again. I took her to the vet. Her chest was x-rayed. She has a slightly enlarged heart and she has small tumours on her lungs. She has also developed a grade 2 heart murmur. We will not investigate any further because there is nothing they can do to help her. Further tests will only stress her out and she is already stressed.

I am not sure what will happen. We don’t know if she has an aggressive form of cancer. Hopefully it is a slow-growing type. She is not showing any other symptoms so it is hard to know. One thing for sure, as soon as we think she no longer has a good quality of life we will help her to pass. Clio is a dog that has great difficulty dealing with anything outside of her normal routine. She is as predictable as the sun rising every day.

I sincerely hope we do not have to make that decision soon. It is going to be very difficult.


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