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Old 11-28-2012, 12:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My sisters Neighbour just lost their boxer to cancer. I don't think she was even 2. I can't remember what kind of cancer she had but she went pretty quick. It was really sad. They lost their last boxer to cancer too. They obviously love the breed too because they just got another puppy. Their last 2 were girls this time they decided to get a boy. I lost 2 dogs to cancer and my sister lost hers to cancer this summer. It's in all breeds. :-(


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Old 11-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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So sorry for your loss my Gouda had Cutaneous Epitheliotropic T Cell Lymphoma and crossed the bridge 7/19/12. What type of cancer did your pup have?
The vet sent the labs off to a&m and said it was very aggressive, i don't remember the type. He went downhill really fast. He was sick for weeks before we put him down. He couldn't stand on his own. I held him in my arms while the shot was administered. He looked up at me n gave me one last kiss, then he was gone. I cried n cried. Even the vet n his techs teared up. We have his ashes in a nice box and his picture next to it. His name is engraved on the box.


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My first boxer, Duke, was diagnosed with lymphoma when he was 7. He went downhill very fast, and when he came up to us, with this "help me" look on his pitiful face, we knew it was time. So sad - he was my heart dog...
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The vet sent the labs off to a&m and said it was very aggressive, i don't remember the type. He went downhill really fast. He was sick for weeks before we put him down. He couldn't stand on his own. I held him in my arms while the shot was administered. He looked up at me n gave me one last kiss, then he was gone. I cried n cried. Even the vet n his techs teared up. We have his ashes in a nice box and his picture next to it. His name is engraved on the box.


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I was holding Gouda in my arms when she crossed the bridge. The Vet was a friend of mine and she allowed me to assist giving the last shot after the sedative. I just placed my hand on hers and helped push the plunger...I just felt like I had to be part of it all. I havent found a nice box yet for Goudas ashes. Im waiting for one that just "speaks" to me. I have her paw print in a shadow box and I have a paw pendant with some of her ashes I wear all the time...it feels like she is close to me. I want a portrait tattoo of her on my inner forearm but well..that will take a bit of $$ and since I didnt win the Powerball last night it will have to wait
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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GoudasMom, how did you do the paw print? I want to do one of each of my guys. I found a neat idea that looked like it was done on old paper with black ink or paint in black frames, but I'm wondering if its ok to put their paws in either of those? Obviously I would wash them off immediately but still apprehensive.

Very sweet what you did for Gouda though. I can't even imagine the pain. I want my guys to live forever... Especially Gabby as horrible as I seem for saying that. In the short 4 years I have had her, she has seen me through some pretty rough times and stayed right by me when I needed a shoulder to cry on.


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Old 11-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I bought a kit for her paw print. Its like this one but cherry finish

Amazon.com: Pearhead Pawprints Pet Memorial Desk Frame , Black: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Pearhead Pawprints Pet Memorial Desk Frame , Black: Pet Supplies

This is how the paw print came out

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I did an ink print of Maggie's paw the day before we took her to have her put down. I made a memorial on our wall of her & a poem titled "Pawprints left by you". I then had a tattoo of her paw print put on my leg. On one of her toes, I had a halo put on it. I have been thinking of her so much lately. Putting up our Christmas tree last week, I bawled as I remembered her backing under it to scratch her butt. Something she'd do as soon as we'd put it up & off and on while it was up. We took a picture of the 5 of us, Maggie, Pheona & Patch (our cat) the day Maggie went to the vets office. I then had it blown up to an 18x24 size print. Pheona will sit at times just staring at the picture like she knows Maggie is there.
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Thanks GoudasMom! I actually do want to do some like that too for ornaments.

Ax_wx_wife, that's so sweet. I would love to have a portrait done, but I don't think Maggie and Benjamin would do it. My brother tried once and Maggie was afraid of the camera. She kept barking at it. ??

I'm sure you miss your girl this holiday but I bet she has her very own tree up there to scratch her butt anytime she wants.


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It is devastating to hear that you had this horrific health issue in a dog so young. Yes, I have dealt with cancer diagnoses in three of my dogs over the decades - all (thus far) Bernese Mountain dogs - another breed plagued by this particular health problem.

In 2000, I spent over $6,000 in treating my first Bernese (he was just shy of only seven yrs. of age) for three different types of cancer he had ravaging his sweet body - including having a limb amputated; something I swore then that I would personally not subject another dog to again. He lost his zest for life & became depressed & in the end it bought him no more time. In his last few months, his quality of life suffered greatly. In July 2011, I lost my final Bernese to cancer and I chose to not attempt treatments (such as chemo-therapy) that might also have impacted his quality of life. I brought him to a holistic veterinarian who provided me with several non-traditional, holistic medications (naturally derived) that had shown to be beneficial in dogs with his type of cancer. He lived well & happily for approximately nine months (right about the same time period dogs treated with traditional therapies in the same circumstances would have done) and near the end, when he began to lose weight rapidly & go off his food, I made the heart-wrenching decision to have him humanely put down. I wanted him to leave this world with the dignity & unassuming nature he had been brought into it with. I miss his presence each & every single day; how I loved that dog.

Currently, in an attempt to thwart what DNA insideously may attempt to dictate, I feed a diet of raw in the morning, the best six-star rated kibble (Acana or Orijin) I can buy for their evening meal, give anti-oxidents, don't neuter/spay prior to 18 months of age and as the other member posted: keep an eye out for any irregularities of any kind & go for veterinary exams regularly.

You cannot always necessarily fight your dogs' DNA proclivities; some maintain you cannot fight it at all. But at least you can take all the information you can glean that has given any indication it promotes health & cell rejuvination & utilize it in your regime of taking the best care of your dog you can until cures for these dreaded diseases are hoefully, eventually discovered.

Sorry for your loss.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Cancer is a horrible thing. My sister is a nice and said babies are born with it!


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