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Old 02-12-2014, 04:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My husband and i just went through a traumatizing experience tonight. My heart is shattered into pieces. We had decided to put my boy Doogle to sleep after taking him to the Vet 4 hours ago. He was lethargic this evening, breathing was labored, fatigue (couldn't even stand up), pale gums and tongue, belly was distended. Went to the Vet, did blood work and ultrasound and was told that he has a tumor in his spleen and that his liver wasn't looking great either. They aspirated blood from his abdominal cavity so he was indeed bleeding internally. Hemangiosarcoma of the Spleen.

Tonight, we lost a beautiful 81/2 yr old German Shepherd. He was found by our neighbor but they could not keep him since they have 3 other big dogs. So, we opened our hearts and home to him 9 yrs ago and he changed our lives forever. We found out that he had heartworms and so we took him for treatments and he was fine when we first got him. 2 days ago, we noticed that he is kind of lethargic, bad appetite and went down hill from that. He saw the vet 1 month ago for check up and vaccines and nothing was abnormal.

How does one cope with this. My husband and i have been trying to conceive for 8 years and no luck, so He is my child. and now he is gone.

Thanks for letting me vent out here.

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Old 02-12-2014, 04:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so so sorry for your loss. Such a sudden loss is so devastating. I can't even imagine how to begin to cope. Our GSD is our child too (my hubby and I don't have children together), so I take your sorrow to heart. You need to grieve and let yourself feel sad. Always remember though that you saved him in more than one way. You gave him a home and you gave him love. He was happy because of you and lived a good life.


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Old 02-12-2014, 05:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry for your loss.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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So sorry for your loss. Many of us have lost dogs to this awful awful cancer and about the only consolation is they don't seem to suffer with it until the end.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry for your loss. Our senior rescue shepherd, Charlie has to be put down almost a month ago as a result. Same symptoms. She missed two meals and I took her to the vet. After tests, they determined she had Hemangiosarcoma. She was 9 and we'd only adopted her in December. It was very traumatizing. I thought I was going to be changing her medication, not putting her to sleep.

What helped me get through her passing was thinking about the joy my family gave her for the last month of her life. She was in a shelter, no one wanted her because of her age. She had the same family for her whole life. We started out as a foster, then after 1/2 day...I adopted her. She was a great dog. had the perfect temperament, loved people of all ages, wonderful leash manners, and still had great ball drive : ) We miss her dearly. It's tough losing a pet, as they are members of the family. So sorry for your family.
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I am sorry for your loss Rest in peace Doogle..
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Oh so very sorry you lost your boy. Hemangio is awful, it sneaks in and takes our fur kids too quickly. Hugs to you.
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Hemangio is quick, silent with few signs. I had one bleed out, caught that, operated & did chemo. Six months later, it came roaring back. The ONLY positive about this is that the dog doesn't really "hurt".
Nasty stuff.

My only consolation with the death of a dog is -- there is someone else out there that needs a home now. That needs MY home now. (I swear dogs conspire). It's not a replacement dog - it's an opprotunistic dog!

It is hard. It is unfair. Your dog was very lucky to have had so many good years with you. She brought you a lot of joy. The cost of that is the pain when they die. BUT for me that pain has ALWAYS been outweighed by the joy. As much as I deeply regret loosing each one that has died, I have fully enjoyed each subsequent dog. Would I choose to miss any of it? No. Although I always feel pain on their passing, it is balanced by remembering the joy they gave me. The only flaw I have found in dogs is that their lives are too short.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Big hugs to your and your husband. May you find peace in the memories he gave you throughout his life.
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I am sorry to hear about your loss of Doogle. I know it feels like the loss of a child. I have been there twice. When Doogle needed a loving home, you were there for him. You can take joy in knowing that you provided a good life for a wonderful dog that was in need. I'm sure he appreciated the love he received and returned it right back. If you had not been there for him, Doogle might not have had the great life he did. RIP Doogle, Good boy...
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