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Posted: 8/31/2004 5:18:01 PM EST
I had to put my dear friend Toby to sleep this evening, 2 days before his 7th birthday. Way too young to die, in my opinion.

He died from complications of a particularly nasty cancer called "Hemangiosarcoma" which, it turns out, is more common in Golden Retrievers and German Sheppards than other breeds.

I had him on a chemo-regimen at the Ohio State Veterinary Hospital for most of the summer and I think it might have extended his life for a month or two. Who knows...

Very, very sad...



- CD






Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:20:50 PM EST
I'm sorry, buddy. He looks like he was a fine specimin, indeed.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:21:53 PM EST
sorry to hear that. It's always harder than we think it's going to be.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:21:53 PM EST
I'm gonna go give my dog a hug.

Losing your dog sucks. I'm sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:24:01 PM EST
My sincerest condolences.........

"You think dogs will not be in heaven?? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:25:03 PM EST
Hey man, sorry for your loss. Losing a member of the family is always extremely tough and I really wish I had some words to lighten your greef. Know this, even though you don't know me, if you need anything I'm just an e-mail away. Take care. Coondog
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:25:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:26:20 PM EST
I'm sorry for your loss.

A few years ago we lost a 7 month old puppy to what was apparently a heart problem. It was very hard to take.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:26:55 PM EST
My condolences, what a beautiful dog too.

I lost a Golden Retriever about 2 years ago. Still brings tears to my eyes when I think about her...
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:28:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 5:36:53 PM EST by kill-9]
CamperDad and I go way back, so Toby and I have been buddies since he was a pup. He'll be sorely missed.

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:30:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:33:08 PM EST
I lost my 16+ year companion last Fall. I still miss her. She died in my arms

I feel your pain, and hope happy memories soon replace your sadness.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:33:10 PM EST
So very sorry. He was a beautiful dog. Looks much like our 2 year old Goldie female who is the love of our lives.
He would want you to get another one to remember him by.

marsh
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:33:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 11:26:07 AM EST by phobia]
Man, I'm sorry. My dog Baxter died in the middle of the night a few years ago. He had a tumor on his spleen that ruptured. He died in my arms. That had to be the worst fucking feeling I ever had. Luckily he's brother is still with me.

Take it easy and remember all the great times you had together.

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:33:53 PM EST
Sorry about the loss. Same thing got my sister's golden at about age 6. Bailey was a big healthy dog in June & by the end of August....gone.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:35:50 PM EST
I am very sorry to hear about your loss.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:36:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 5:37:57 PM EST
Preyers to help you make it through. I just lost my lab mix a few weeks back as well so this definately brings a tear to my eye.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:02:21 PM EST
RIP Toby. I lost a chocalate at 9 to diabetes know how your feelin.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:08:56 PM EST
We keep this at our clinic...hope it helps

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:10:14 PM EST
Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:11:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 6:14:06 PM EST by hepcat85]
Man....that sucks.

R.I.P. Toby

I love dogs and cats.

I had to put down my pet cat Lighthouse last year. She died in my arms. She was about 21 years old. I'd known her for 18 of those. She was Jet black with a tiny sprinkle of white on her breast, hardly noticeable, so everyone thought she was a an EVIL BLACK CAT....she had the bightest green eyes you'd ever seen. She was like a wizards familiar. She would greet us at the door like a mutt....She would jump up on your lap and demand a scratching.....she used to sleep on my chest or between my legs....she was SUPER affectionate for a cat. Really very smart for a cat too. Every cat hater who ever met her would say "This is the only cool cat I've ever known." Because of that I haven't replaced her.

I miss her very much.

Sorry for your loss man....you did the right thing.

Take it easy man......
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:12:04 PM EST
I'm not much of a dog person, but I know this...
When we get to heaven, the dogs who served us in our lives will be there to greet us.

Sorry for your loss.

Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:13:31 PM EST
Sorry for your loss, bro.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:14:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:15:18 PM EST
Sorry about your puppy, losing a pet can be pretty bad.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:16:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:20:55 PM EST
RIP

WOOF WOOF!!

Remember the good times you and your buddy had.
You'll be playing fetch again one day.

Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:22:16 PM EST
Sorry Dad . It sucks real bad, did that a few years ago to my friend.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 6:45:05 PM EST
sorry for your lost. My dog is 16 years old now and really starting to show her age. Her hearing is bad and her eyes do not seem as clear as what they used to be. But boy if you leave that back gate open where she can room the streets you swear that she was a puppy again. The last blood testshowedsigns of cancer.I hope if she does not suffer that she goes in her sleep. Iknow in the next few months that I might have to put her to sleep.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 7:00:30 PM EST
I feel your pain Bro..
My Golden had 2 bouts with cancer 4 years ago. I adopted a 4 year old Airedale and he got Doggie Aids( immune diseases). I never cried so hard.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 7:08:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 7:09:38 PM EST by morseman]
Sorry to hear about Toby. I'll say a prayer for you. I love my two dogs. (my friends)
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 4:10:48 AM EST
Thanks a lot guys. It was a long night (very little sleep) but it was nice to read all the good wishes this morning.

- CD
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:15:08 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:16:31 AM EST
Sorry dude. Nothing sucks like losing a dog.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:18:14 AM EST
We have a Golden, and they are just that, "GOLDEN". Ours even has the same toy duck as yours. Made me cry.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:23:14 AM EST
Rest In Peace Toby.
I have a 6 year old golden retriever, I'll throw the frisbee a few extra times for my guy in the memory of Toby.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:25:05 AM EST
I'm sorry to hear about your dog.

It's hard to lose a member of the family.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:25:26 AM EST
RIP Toby.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:25:33 AM EST
Sorry to hear CamperDad.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 11:41:59 AM EST
I'm very sorry. Gotta go hug my babies.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 12:32:24 PM EST
Sorry for your loss. He certainly looks to be a good companion.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 12:45:54 PM EST
Very sorry for your loss
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 12:50:34 PM EST
Losing your buddy is very hard.
I hope he is up there having fun with my buddy Bear and my cat Moggy, not to mention my bird Veronica.
Loss sucks...


Now go to the pound and save a life to repay Toby back for his years of love.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 12:55:05 PM EST
Awww geez..

I'm sorry to hear about your Toby.

I have a golden retriever named Toby too... our 3rd golden... they tend to have some serious health problems.

- BG
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 12:56:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By AnubisOwnsYou:


Now go to the pound and save a life to repay Toby back for his years of love.




BIG +1
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 1:06:56 PM EST
Sorry for your loss. I'm sure that he was your best friend.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 1:15:41 PM EST
Sad indeed

Sorry for the loss of your friend.

Danny
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 1:32:19 PM EST
Dogs are a true blessing.

Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 1:33:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/1/2004 1:33:49 PM EST by HeavyMetal]
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