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I am so-o-o sad.  We had to put my 15 year old maltese, Deeter, down today.  He had bone cancer and it didn't take long for it to take its course.  We found out in December because he had a lump by his knee and today his leg was 3 times its size and bleeding.  We tried to wrap it but he kept taking it off and my husband said "it's time".  I think he was hanging around for us.  He never cried up to the end.  He was a good dog.  I will miss him terribly.  He was my shadow.  We had the vet do a private cremation and should be able to get his ashed in a few days.


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I'm so sorry to hear about your Deeter.  He sounds like a brave and kind little guy.  Cancer seems to take our fur guys and girls so quickly.  I had to have my Goobie (whose nickname was Deeters - from the last syllable of kitty, "kid-Dee") put to sleep on the same day that his mouth cancer was found (Feb 10).  He'd been sick and going to his vet and to a specialist for 3 months but all his tests were normal and the xrays and ultrasounds showed nothing out of the ordinary.  I thought it must be something simple and that he'd pull through but he finally reached a point where he could no longer eat.  This is when they decided to do a dental exam and found the cancer under his tongue and growing into his throat.  I was expecting to hear that he had an abcessed tooth not cancer and having to put him down that day instead of picking him up and taking him home was traumatic.

They do seem to hang on for us, don't they...Giving their last measure of earthly love before heading off to wait for us on the other side.  I'm sure you're missing him.  It's hard to live without your shadow.  I work from home and Goobie was my constant companion and my watch cat.  He didn't seem to mind my discussing a project with him and enjoyed pestering me and bringing my work to a halt.  Our little companions play so many roles in our lives that it's no wonder we're lost without them.  It's hard to loose a partner, a friend, a confidant and a protector - especially as quickly as cancer takes them - but it's even harder after we realize how much pain they suffered without complaint and how long and how well they loved us.

I hope you'll be able to find some peace in the thought that all the years of Deeter's life he knew he was loved and that he continues to know he is loved and will be missed.

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Hugs to you.  My Annie had cancer too.  Rest assured that your little one is safe and with out pain or troubles now... and probably playing with my Annie too.  :-) 


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Dear Nora,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  Cancer is such an insidious thing, and it seems to come on so quickly once it's diagnosed. 

Please join us on the pet loss forum.  I know you will find the comfort and understanding you need there.  I've been a volunteer here for almost 6 years, and I've seen so many wonderful friendships blossom in this healing place.  I hope you will join us there soon.

You, your husband, and Angel Deeter are in my thoughts and prayers.

My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)

"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley




In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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I am so sorry to hear about your baby. I just had to say goodbye to my Casey yesterday. She was diagnosed with bone cancer 3 weeks ago, and it was the hardest thing that I have ever had to go through. I adopted her as a 2 year old Greyhound, and she would have been 11 on April 4. She was the love of my life - just like a child to me. I can't imagine life without her. When she didn't wake me up this morning, it was all too real. I just love her so much.

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