Blaze, Mark, and Chance
After six years of hoping, praying, wavering, worrying, and fearing for Blaze to have puppies, I can proudly say that she is spayed. In the last two years, I'd been favoring her to be fixed but I was waiting on hubby's decision. After all it was really Mark's idea and he wanted it dearly because he missed out so much on Brut and Silver's litter. He wanted to carry on the line and he has just fallen in love with our dogs so much, he was almost beside himself when Blaze came home from her abusive life and was still intact. He is OK with the spaying, but is deeply sadden to have to make this decision. He wanted it so badly.
It was his time on Facebook with all his new friends and the many pictures of abandoned and abused dog that tug on his heartstrings. We had planned on keeping all of Blaze's litter if she were to have one, still there were so many dogs out there needing homes and help and if we were to help we couldn't do both. Blaze's age was a factor as the vet said we shouldn't breed her after seven years old and timing was never right to be able to support a litter of pups and the 24 Paws of Love. We just haven't been in a position to make the changes we would need. So when we had a scare that Blaze might have a mammary tumor (which only turned out to be her gland full of milk from a false pregnancy that happened after her heat) there in the vet's office with all the staff there, he decided and announced that he wanted to get her spayed. I was shocked and relieved. He never said anything to me, but most important he wanted to prevent this kind of scare again.
I know Mark knows he made the right decision and has let a lot of it go. Blaze was the last and only girl from our litter who could get pregnant which made the choice even more difficult. He hasn't talked about it since Blaze came home from her surgery, but I know he is still sadden and hurt that Blaze can't have anymore puppies. And especially that it is the end to the line of Brut and Silver. And I think that what hurts him the most. And I agree with him there. We didn't plan on it ending here. There will always be sadness about that.
*Quick update on Blaze* She gets her staples out on Thursday and then she can lose the cone!!