Since I was a kid, I loved animals. At the age of 18, I adopted my first dog, Porsche, from a breeder. She was the outcast as she was oversized and had a terrible skin condition.
I always believe in adopting. There are too many abandoned, homeless, sick pets out there waiting for good homes.
Last Christmas, Porsche started limping. We thought she might have a sprain or dislocated her shoulders. Radiographs were inconclusive and she got better with anti-inflammatory medications. But by Chinese New Year, she was limping badly again. This time, we discovered a lump near the shoulder. Tests were suggestive of bone cancer, possibly osteosarcoma. She was just 8 years old.
As days went by, Porsche became anaemic and started displaying symptoms of fluid retention (swelling around her neck). She could not walk and would lie on the floor, calling out for us when she was uncomfortable or needed to pee or poo. I had to flip her over every few hours to prevent pressure sores.
One night, Porsche passed on peacefully in her sleep.
Now when I come home everyday, I would take a look at Porsche’s urn and greet her. Just like how she used to greet me, it is now my turn to do the same.
Thank you for staying by my side till your last breath. I could never ask for a better friend than you. I love you, Porsche.
Tok Jia Hui, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre (Gelenggang)