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    OT - Loss of a Friend

    Tomorrow is a very difficult day for me. My buddy and trusted companion and friend, Cody, has cancer. Cody has traveled by car with me over 4,000 miles in the past year. He has been a constant companion, close friend, hiking and backpacking partner and even participated with me rock climbing. I took him part of the way up Suicide Peak here in S. California a couple of years ago. He made it quite a ways up and the only way I could get him down was to lower him in a custom made harness by rope.

    About a month ago his outside pad on his left rear leg swelled up and became very nasty. I took him to the Vet and he was treated with antibiotics and the swelling went down. It came back and it was examined and x-rayed and the Vet believed it was bone cancer. This past month I have tried antibiotics, moist heat treatments and twice daily wound care. To no avail. Numerous cancerous appearing lesions have appeared on various parts of his body and his appetite and normal spunky self have vanished.

    Please think about us both tomorrow. I am going to do the only right thing I know to do and I will have to say good bye to Cody. I am going to miss him dearly.

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    That's really tough. He is lucky to have an owner who is willing to do the right thing, tough as it is.

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    very sad story.

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    So sorry, not looking forward to that day with my Chloe..........but from what you say, it is the right choice, even though it will be painful for you. My thoughts are with you both.
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    I'll be thinking of you and Cody.

    I went through this a year ago with my 16 year old cat who had cancer. It's hard but it's the right thing to do for them.
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    I'll be thinking of you.

    When I put down my golden/pyr mix a few years ago because of cancer, It was by sheer willpower that I even made it to the vet. I loved this dog more than any dog I had ever known before or since. I cried for days before. But when the time actually came, and the deed done, I realized by how peaceful he looked that he had been in more pain than I had thought, and for longer than I had thought. I knew suddenly that I had absolutely, no questions asked, done the right thing and that day, in my memory, is not as sad as when my other dogs have died.

    I'll be wishing you courage. And I'll tell my Bruckner to look out for your Cody.

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    Thinking of you now- this is one of the toughest decisions to make, and join my thoughts with the others here for you. Come back and talk- we're here.

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    Man, I'm sorry.......

    I know exactly how you feel, after having our dog, Jack pass a few years ago.
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    I feel your pain. I did this same deed a year ago April. My Gretchen had inoperable cancer, and like Solveg, I wept buckets the weeks before the last ride; the sadness was overwhelming.

    Tough as it was, it was unbearable knowing that she was in pain. If doing the right thing was easy, everyone would do it (and I wish more would). I'll keep you in my thoughts today.

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    My sincerest condolences on the lost of a true friend and companion.

    I have experienced lost of pets, in recent years from the same path you are taking and from sudden accidental events. (2)

    Pets speak volumes through their eyes, and body movement, he will know you are doing what is best.

    God bless and comfort you during this difficult time.

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    The dog, being your friend, would not want you to feel badly. Yes, we do feel sad anyway. My prayers are with you.
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    I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, remembering my own past losses of pets. My sincere sympathies and prayers are with you.

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    My heart felt condolences go to you. As difficult as it is, it is the right thing to do. That we could show each other the same compassion and mercy...

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    Like the others, I truly feel for you. I have had Goldens for the past 25 years. I had to hold one while the vet injected her about 10 years ago. It was incredibly difficult. I couldn't even talk to anyone at the vet right after -- just walked out and drove home. A good dog is an incredible friend.
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    Over the years, my wife and I have had to make end-of-life decisions with several pets, so I can honestly say I do know how you feel. Be strong for Cody, and when you are ready, adopt another dog. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to you.
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    So sad. We've gone through this with several loyal pets. Just last July with Cher, my sweet Yellow Lab. She wasn't in pain but just slowly faded away from kidney failure. Be strong for Cody & give him a treat for me. You will always remember the good times. Don
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    Always sorry to hear of such things. It broke our hearts to do the same with our Golden a few years ago when she developed a brain tumor. My thoughts are with you.

    But it looks like Cody has some excellent company on the other side.
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    My thoughts are with you and Cody.
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    I too have walked that path before, rest easy knowing that he will go to a place that is pain free.

    If there are no dogs in heaven, I want to go where they went.

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    All dogs go to heaven.
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    what a beautiful boy! Looks like he's got a big heart too!
    Very difficult to do what you face. But he will live on in your memories. sounds as if you guys had some great great times together.
    And you know that notion just crossed my mind.

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    Sorry for your loss, I don't know what we're going to do when our dog's time comes.

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    When a dog breaths his last wet with human tears it's horribly hard for the human but still very good.
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    My thoughts are with you. My dog is the son I never had - we could not be closer. As someone put it to me recently, we're often lucky as humans to almost all of the life of our dog, sad as that can also be.
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