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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:19 AM

I just had to release my 16 year old tri-paw dog, Sugar. It's a beautiful

morning here, the day after Thanksgiving. He got up, as normal, and I helped him down the stairs. Let him outside while I fixed his breakfast. When I went to let him in, I knew something was terribly wrong. He had collapsed and wouldn't even try to stand. I rushed him to the vet's where xrays showed a tumor near the liver and spots on lungs. His tummy was enlarged and extremely sensitive to touch.
He was 16, so they did not recommend surgery and believe the tumor had ruptured.
I will miss him terribly. He had an extra 5 years since his leg was amputated due to cancer. His 'brother' will be lost without him. He's 15 and they spent their lives together.
R.I.P. Sugar Bear.

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Reply I just had to release my 16 year old tri-paw dog, Sugar. It's a beautiful (Original post)
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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:19 AM

1. My condolences

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:22 AM

2. I'm so sorry

My girl Ursa is 18 and nearing the end...seems to be getting weaker by the day.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:26 PM

23. 18! You are so lucky!

My last dog passed at 5 about 5 years ago due to a sudden meningitis like brain infection.

We got another dog 6 months later, but that sudden death was so sad! I hope my dog now makes it to 15 or more!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:22 AM

3. Sorry

It's so tough to lose our fur babies.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:23 AM

4. Im sorry.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:23 AM

5. Aww!

Hugs. Just went through this a couple weeks ago. Spent the last grace-fulll year of her life with 14 year old Coda after her dog brother Howdy died at 17 last year.
It was a close time, spent caring for a senior dog. Puppies are cute, but senior dogs are something special.

I feel you.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:27 AM

6. He never had a bad day, I'll bet...

 

You did a very selfless thing on his behalf today.

He fulfilled his responsibilities and you certainly fulfilled yours. Big hugs to you from Texas.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:28 AM

7. So sorry for your loss and brother dog's loss as well. My eyes teared up just

reading your post. It really, really hurts to lose a family member, and you will miss your Sugar forever. He was so lucky to have a loving family like yours. Rest in peace, Sugar.

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Response to japple (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 25, 2017, 06:54 AM

57. You gave him

so many happy, love filled years. More than a lot of animals get. Take comfort in the fact that he KNEW without a doubt that he was loved. So hard to lose a family member, though. They touch our hearts in so many ways. Hug his brother extra close. Sympathy to all.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:29 AM

8. I'm so very sorry about Sugar Bear. They're family.

The only time a furry companion ever breaks your heart is when it's time for them to leave. My heart breaks for Sugar Bear's brother, too. Again, I'm so sorry.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:29 AM

9. Fly freely, Sugar.

n/t

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:33 AM

10. I am sorry for your loss

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:34 AM

11. I'm so sorry.....

Really hard to lose fur babies. I just lost my 14 yr. old Siamese, Cisco, last week to cancer. Miss him crawling under the covers with me. Every time I walk past the little cemetery where my fur and feather kids are buried, it still gives me many pangs, but I talk to them. Most of them are there from old age or some kind of cancer......

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:40 AM

12. I'm so sorry for your loss, sinkingfeeling.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:40 AM

13. I'm so sorry. I know your heart is broken today.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:41 AM

14. I'm so sorry.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:42 AM

15. So sorry for your loss of Sugar,

I really feel for you and his brother. Rest In Peace, brave soldier Sugar.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:42 AM

16. So sorry, been down that road a few times.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:42 AM

17. This song comforts me. I have a dog and cat cemetery in my yard.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:44 AM

18. I am very sorry, sinking feeling.

We never quite get over them.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:47 AM

19. Very sorry to read this

May Sugar RIP

I suspect you'll be doing some OT loving care for his brother.

Again sorry to read this and I hope you are ok and thank you for caring for him for so many years. for you.

Know he is in a better place and no longer suffering!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:59 AM

20. Sorry isn't enough

...but I know how difficult it is.
Carl

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:15 PM

21. Most difficult, saddest day in a pet owner's life

Missing that part of your day which made it whole.

Sorry for your loss.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:17 PM

22. It's heartbreaking, I know.

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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:26 PM

24. So sorry for your loss. A good long life. Rest easy puppy. nt

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:28 PM

25. I am so sorry. It's one of the worst and most loving things we do

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:32 PM

26. Lady of the Beasts, please take Your little one gently home, and send peace and comfort

to those who love him.

((((((sinkingfeeling))))))))) I am so very sorry for this tremendous loss. Hugs to you and his little brother from my furry and me on this sad day.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:39 PM

27. I understand the heartache.

I lost my 7 year-old dog in August, due to that cruel disease cancer.

Perhaps this book will give you a little solace. It's beautifully written.

"Will's Red Coat" by Tom Ryan

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:42 PM

28. I'm so sorry

I love the word you used: "release."

Letting him go was so hard for you but it eased his suffering, which thank goodness was brief. And even while he was in pain he must have felt reassured to be in your presence and care, knowing you would make the right decision, however difficult and sad it was for you. You took such loving care of him; he had a wonderful life with you. I'm so sorry for your loss, and for the shock you must still be feeling.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:44 PM

29. aw, so very sorry for your loss

He had a loving family and a good life.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 12:53 PM

30. I'm so sorry

Been there too and it's tough. They're family.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:00 PM

31. My thoughts are with you and yours.

It is never an easy process, but you gave bear a great home and loving life.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:01 PM

32. Farewell Sugar Bear, Run Free ...

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:07 PM

33. So very sorry

I have a near 16 year-old and I know her days are numbered. It's a heartbreaker.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:22 PM

34. RIP, Sugar. What a blessing to have a Pawdna that long!


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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:32 PM

35. So sorry for the pain of losing Sugar.

We had an Afghan Hound, nearing 15; old for a large dog. You don't mention Sugar's size or breed/mix, but 16 is quite old for most dogs. In any case, Raj loved to run, even with increasing arthritis in his hips. He loved our heated water bed, but we were now having to lift him up. Eventually he lost control of his bowels and could no longer have the run of the house. We hated to keep him penned, and it was winter, so we couldn't leave him out in our fenced back yard. The only outcome was inevitable, but made worse when our vet told us that he had an amazingly strong heart, "like an athlete," for a dog even half his age. We were offered a young Afghan from a rescue group when they learned we had lost Raj. He was a sweetheart, but , of course, not a replacement. My heart goes out to you and his "brother," who's bound to seriously pine for him. I hope you were able to find a solution to ease things.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:53 PM

36. Sorry for your loss.

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:55 PM

37. So sorry.

We miss our loving companions so much when it's time for them to go.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 02:17 PM

38. I'm so sorry. Take comfort in knowing you gave Sugar a long, happy lifetime of love.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 02:18 PM

39. Hugs to sinkingfeeling...

So sorry for the loss of Sugar Bear.

Fifteen years builds so many wonderful memories. Hold on tight to those and extra hugs to his brother...

Tikki

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 03:05 PM

40. So, so sorry. 😞

I too know how it feels to lose a cherished fur child. It tears our hearts. Our last kid has a marker in the big flower bed in our front lawn; they're never forgotten.

Hugs to you and to Bear's brother.



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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 04:58 PM

41. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 05:56 PM

42. So sorry, and no time for you to prepare for the end. I'm sad for you, but

Sugar Bear is not in pain any longer. You gave him 16 wonderful years. He'll live on in your heart. Give his brother a warm hug for me.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 07:36 PM

43. My condolences.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 09:12 PM

44. Heartfelt sympathy...


... I just took in a rescue pup as my Peanut is getting to be 12 years old and no telling what I would do without another sweet dog with me.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 10:20 PM

45. My family was discussing this at dinner last night.

Her dog is 15 and mine is 14 1/2 and the time remaining is like a weight that gets heavier by the day...anticipating the loss is too much. I have complete empathy. These things happen for our family during the holidays for some reason. Of course that makes holidays bitter sweet. I feel your loss...

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:22 PM

46. Wow so sorry. I too have a tripod

 

I am sorry for your loss. My 11 year old lab Rufus had his leg removed 6 months ago. Just finished chemo. I understand how you feel.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:50 PM

47. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:58 PM

48. Deepest condolences

So very sorry for the loss of your fur baby. I'm sure he loved you as much as you loved him. RIP Sugar Bear.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 11:59 PM

49. I'm so sorry for your loss

Some people call them pets but we know they are our fur babies. They add so much to our lives and their passing leaves us changed.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Nov 25, 2017, 12:26 AM

50. I am sorry for your loss.

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 12:28 AM

51. I'm so sorry

Sugar Bear

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Nov 25, 2017, 01:01 AM

52. It doesn't matter how old they are or sick they are -- it still hurts like heck

to have to put them down -- and to miss them afterwards.

I'm so sorry!

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 01:53 AM

53. My condolences

You have my sincere sympathy.

A year and half ago I had to put down my beloved cat. He was a true rescue, having been found starving, half his proper size, and very sick, in freezing rain. Other people who saw him that day said he wouldn't last the night - they were wrong by other fourteen years. He had fourteen very good years with us, but it broke my heart to have to have him euthanized.

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 02:02 AM

54. I'm so sorry. n/t

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 02:03 AM

55. R.I.P. Sugar Bear!!!

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 06:46 AM

56. I'm so sorry for your loss..

I,'ve lost two dogs to cancer as well.

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 10:12 AM

58. Sincerest sympathies

 

We recently lost a Macaw that had hatched in our home 26 years ago. That was in July and we still haven't recovered from his passing. The first 5 years of his life, he slept in bed with us every night. He had a good life and was as sweet and fun-loving a pal as one could ever hope for. One day he was fine, the next day he was visibly weak. He died in the vet's care that night. His kidneys had completely failed. It honestly hurt more than anything we've endured.
Now, we have an ailing Amazon parrot that's been with us for 34 years. He's developed arterial sclerosis. He's been a part of our lives longer than we've been married. It's not like he's an invalid at this point. He's free to fly anywhere in the house, but that makes it a real challenge when he sees me getting his meds out of the refrigerator. All you can do is love them while you've got them.

Condolences to your household. This household has endured losses such as yours time and again - and still we go back for more.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Nov 25, 2017, 10:34 AM

59. One of the hardest things

I'v ever done in my life is put down my
best friend !! He always met me at the door & was always glad to see me !!
He never complained or got mad at me !!
I got him from the pound as a puppy & he was just a mutt, but he was quick to learn. He figured out what I was saying with very little training !!
He's been gone 8 years now & I still grieve over him. I swore I would never get another dog, BUT, I now have
2 pugs. It was hard living with a dog, a best friend. So, I'v resigned to the fact I'll always have a critter running around the house

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