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I so appreciate the honesty and the helpful information I get from being on this forum. My daughter's eleven year old Old English Sheepdog, Rocky, was diagnosed this afternoon with Hemangiosarcoma. He was fine on Friday and very ill today.

I wanted to thank all the posters who have shared over the years about their experiences with this merciless disease. After we received the diagnosis, I was able to talk to my daughter in the car about what I had learned here on the forum about the condition and what to expect. I told her about the heartache I had read about on the forum and that she wasn't alone in feeling ambushed and guilty that her dog was so ill, so "suddenly."

We are taking Rocky, my dear "grandpuppy," in for the final goodbye at the vet tomorrow. I told her he is counting on her this one last time to be there for him and release him from his suffering.

I am letting my grief wash over me tonight as I want to be there for my daughter tomorrow. Rocky means the world to her. So many have lost their beloved GSDs to Hemangiosarcoma. Now I truly know the pain and shock of the diagnosis. My heart goes out to all of you who have been through this.
 

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I am so very sorry. I’ve lost a dog to hemangiosarcoma, and it was terrible and also sudden. Your daughter is lucky to have you help her through this. Again, I’m so sorry about Rocky.
 

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Thank you.

And I have been following the saga of Carly with her eye and Scarlet's pants. (During crazy times we wonder why we have our dogs, but we certainly know that we can't live without them.)
 

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Thank you.



And I have been following the saga of Carly with her eye and Scarlet's pants. (During crazy times we wonder why we have our dogs, but we certainly know that we can't live without them.)


My girls make me laugh, even when one is missing an eye, at the same time that the other one goes in heat! Such dumb timing.

The bad news is that we lose dogs that we love. The good news is they make our lives better while they’re here. It’s a trade-off that I can live with. I lost my heart dog (Sage) 4 years ago next month. I really didn’t think it was possible to have that connection with another dog ever again. I loved her SO much. But then Scarlet fell in my lap a year later. I like to joke that she’s a terrible dog (she kind of is), but she is exactly the dog I need. She was meant to be my dog. I love her like crazy. Who knew!?

Time will pass, and I hope you all will have another special dog. There’s more than one to go around.
 

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Evil, EVIL disease!

A year ago, our boy was catching frisbee's in the air at 8:00. By 11:00 we were saying good-bye.

SO devastating! SO incredibly shocking!

They have been loyal to each other for all these years. Now she is giving him they loyalty he deserves.

My heartfelt condolences to your daughter and you.
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I am so sorry. As a mom, the strength you express for your daughter is immeasurable. As one to another, it is instinctive setting aside your own emotions so she has someone to fall back on.

Rocky will feel this strength also. Our beloved companions alway do.

My thoughts and prayers for a peaceful day for all of you.
 

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So very sorry....we lost our Cody to this in October last year so sudden and devastating.....my heart goes out to you and your daughter.....
 

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My experience gave me a bit longer. Stopped the initial bleed, did chemo & had 6 months until a second, unstoppable bleed. It's a horrid disease that seems to come out of nowhere. You and your daughter have my sympathy.
 

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My deepest sympathy to your daughter and everyone who knows and loves Rocky. I know this is an almost impossibly hard thing for your daughter to do, but it is absolutely the right thing to do.
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Your supportive comments mean the world. Thank you so much.

My daughter's partner was really upset when my daughter told him the bad news last night when she got home from the vet. She feels badly that she can't cry while her partner was crying throughout the evening. She says she still is trying to believe that she is losing Rocky since came on so fast. She's in shock.

She stayed up late last night lying with him on the floor. She said she was afraid he would die right there as it was obvious he was in terrible pain. That gave her resolve for today's vet visit as she wants his suffering to end.

We weren't sure her partner would come today since he was so heartbroken, but he decided he wants to be there, too.

I am going in a few hours beforehand to pay the bill so that they don't have to deal with standing at the counter.
 

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Rocky was much worse today than yesterday. It was a very peaceful passing and a relief to see him out of pain and free of his body. Before the doctor came in the room, with great effort, Rocky stood up and walked up to each of us as an official goodbye interchange. We were on the floor and he didn't have to stand up. It was a beautiful gesture.

Thanks everyone for your comforting words.
 
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