In the last few days I've noticed that Dex's drool has contained some blood, so this morning I made him a vet appointment. I explained why I wanted him seen and they got us in today (never a good sign). Turns out the dog has something wrong with EVERYTHING! Arthritis, large sores in his mouth (not sure of the technical term for it) which will eventually prevent him from being able to eat, tumor type growths on his body and muzzle, blood infection... and I'm sure there was more that I'm missing right now, but the worst part wasn't discovered until we were about to leave, he also had a large tumor on his jaw bone, most likely cancer. It will most likely grow fast and cause discomfort including not being able to eat, but were not 100% sure. There is a small chance it's a bone infection, but really either way it is not a good thing. Basically the vet said we could wait until after Christmas to make any decisions, but there aren't really any options, which mean there really isn't any decisions to be made.
I will be the first to admit that I don't LOVE having a dog, but when someone or something has been with you for 11 years you kind of grow a little fond of them! He's a good dog, aside from being a puppy he has never caused a problem for us, he loves us, we love him. The kids are attached to him, which is probably the worst part of all of this. Elliot doesn't understand, Landon is devestated, and Bailey is sad (but doesn't know how to show it so laughs instead). He's a good protector, I feel safe having him here, not b/c he would necessarily hurt anyone that attacked me or the kids (we don't know if he would or not b/c we've never been in danger like that), but most people (strangers) are very scared of him, when I would walk with him some people would cross the street to not be near us! so anyway, it's a little sad over here right now, and Landon is very very sad!