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Old 09-04-09, 05:18 PM   #1
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Bad news with 1 of my Dobermans

Just got back from the Vet & it looks like Gingersnap has Bone Cancer. She has a tumor in her rear leg. We are taking her in next week for more xrays and tests to confirm it.
Her future is very grim & my heart is broken, she it only 4 years old & will not see 5.
This just sucks



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Old 09-04-09, 05:30 PM   #2
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Very sorry to hear about it. We lost our first mastiff at 5yo to a bone cancer as well.
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wow...I'm so sorry. Please give her a big hug for me.
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I feel your pain...

Timber 8,

I feel your pain. Our mixed terrior has a tumor on her neck. It was diagnosed as cancerous. Princess had surgery but the cancer came back.

That was six months ago and she still has the tumor but shows no signs of any problems.

Enjoy all the days you get with your Doberman.

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I'm really having a hard time with this at the moment , but thank you
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Awwww man - I'm so sorry, she's beautiful. I'm here with my 5 month old kitten who is such a part of me and I'm getting ready to go see the vet to see what - if any - pet health ins they accept (I'll change out and go to the bigger hospital if need be) and don't I feel two tiny lumps next to one of her nipples last week and I'm freaking out right now).

Feeling for you and your loving doggie!! {{{HUGS******
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I'm sorry. She is such a beautiful dog.
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Old 09-04-09, 08:07 PM   #9
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I'm so sorry to hear this man.
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Same exact thing happened to us, twice! First with our Doberman then again with our Rotty, Doberman had a rear leg tumor, then cancer, all within the year, she died that year. The Rotty had a rear leg tumor, then a tumor in her uterus, then cancer, all within a year, she to died that year. Sorry to hear it dude. Beautiful dog, so sad, and so young.
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That's awful ... what a beautiful dog.
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So sorry to hear that Timber_8.
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Hopefully, you will get more time than you think. A couple years ago, my dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 2 months to live (she was 10 at the time).

I figured there was no way to undo 10 years of good training and good living. I made her a ham and cheese omelette with bacon on the side for breakfast every day and special dinners for her every night. We went to the beach every chance we got -- which was more than we'd gone in the previous 10 years combined. She made it 15 more months, 13 of those really high quality. During that time, she ate more filet mignon than I have in my life, and she had more ribeye than me since we didn't necessarily give ourselves the same stuff we were feeding her.

We lived every week like it would be the last one, and it was a great year. For the final couple months when she could no longer get in the bed, I slept with her on the floor every night. If I could do it all again, I'd do the same thing, except I would have started really living years earlier. The bad news is that even no matter how much advance warning you get and how well she beats expectations, it still rips your heart out when the time comes.

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Thank you everyone, I'm as ok as I am going to be. It has been a real kick in the head, It was the last thing I expected to hear. My last dog Brandy ( a Sable Shepard ) was poisoned by my neighbor at 6 years old and died a horrible death. I just can't believe it is happening again

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I am so sorry! Follow Banerjek's advice and make the best of your time with her!
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Thank you everyone, I'm as ok as I am going to be. It has been a real kick in the head, It was the last thing I expected to hear. My last dog Brandy ( a Sable Shepard ) was poisoned by my neighbor at 6 years old and died a horrible death. I just can't believe it is happening again
I can't believe how often I hear stories like this. Of all the stories I haven't heard, I'd like to hear one about how someone was charged with cruelty to animals and then sued out of existence in civil court. There's a park one block from my house where a bunch of dogs were poisoned, and I know people who've had their dogs poisoned in their own yard. I've always been paranoid about letting my dogs accept anything from anyone I don't know.

What I want to know is why so many dogs die of cancer. The last two dogs I had died of cancer, and I know so many more that died that way.

The initial diagnosis is a really tough time as is the end. All you can do is make the little time she has left as fun as it can be. You won't regret it.
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Hopefully, you will get more time than you think. A couple years ago, my dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 2 months to live (she was 10 at the time).

I figured there was no way to undo 10 years of good training and good living. I made her a ham and cheese omelette with bacon on the side for breakfast every day and special dinners for her every night. We went to the beach every chance we got -- which was more than we'd gone in the previous 10 years combined. She made it 15 more months, 13 of those really high quality. During that time, she ate more filet mignon than I have in my life, and she had more ribeye than me since we didn't necessarily give ourselves the same stuff we were feeding her.

We lived every week like it would be the last one, and it was a great year. For the final couple months when she could no longer get in the bed, I slept with her on the floor every night. If I could do it all again, I'd do the same thing, except I would have started really living years earlier. The bad news is that even no matter how much advance warning you get and how well she beats expectations, it still rips your heart out when the time comes.


I did that with my little dog - who did live out to a long age, but she wasn't supposed to go - she was supposed to be with me forever. While she normally ate just dry dog food, all throughout her life - on holidays - she too had a sampler plate of what we ate and she loved it. Towards the end ... she ate more of what I ate - and it pleased me that I pleased her. I'm sure if she could have smiled - she was.
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Hopefully, you will get more time than you think. A couple years ago, my dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 2 months to live (she was 10 at the time).

I figured there was no way to undo 10 years of good training and good living. I made her a ham and cheese omelette with bacon on the side for breakfast every day and special dinners for her every night. We went to the beach every chance we got -- which was more than we'd gone in the previous 10 years combined. She made it 15 more months, 13 of those really high quality. During that time, she ate more filet mignon than I have in my life, and she had more ribeye than me since we didn't necessarily give ourselves the same stuff we were feeding her.

We lived every week like it would be the last one, and it was a great year. For the final couple months when she could no longer get in the bed, I slept with her on the floor every night. If I could do it all again, I'd do the same thing, except I would have started really living years earlier. The bad news is that even no matter how much advance warning you get and how well she beats expectations, it still rips your heart out when the time comes.

+1. We only learn these lessons the hard way, don't we? That quality time you spend at the end is incredibly special in a bittersweet way.

Sorry to read the bad news, and I hope you two get to experience your own quality time.
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Timber, words are cheap at a time like this. Four year old dogs are not supposed to get sick and die. Period. I hate cancer...

Cherish the time you have with her (as the others said) have fun while you can, store up memories.
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Sorry to hear. From your dog's perspective she had a owner that cares about her and good times...so she won the canine lottery in that respect. When time comes, do the right thing for her sake, until then just enjoy her.
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Thank You everyone, I'm taking lots of pictures of her, I might have a month with her before I'll have to put her down. It's killing my wife but we have been through this several time. Dogs just don't live long enough.
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