I lost my beautiful Miniature Schnauzer, Briea, on Friday, 04/05/19 at the age of 12 to histiocytic sarcoma, a very rare and aggressive immune cancer. She suddenly got picky about food around the end of January, and when I brought her to the vet in February, I learned that her liver was full of cancer. It had also spread to her stomach. I was told there was nothing that could be done, and that her time left with me would be short.

Brie had to be syringe fed the rest of her life. She still took part in many of the things that she always enjoyed, and didn’t completely decline until her last day. She passed in her sleep during the night, which is the most I believe any of us can pray for. I am thankful that she didn’t have a horrifying death, and that I did not have to make the incredibly difficult decision to put her down.

I struggle sometimes with her cancer - why did my baby get such a rare and aggressive cancer, that is relatively unheard of in most breeds? Why is this how our story ends? I, of course, don’t have the answers to these questions. All I know is that she could not have been loved more, and she will be forever missed. I am so thankful for the 12 beautiful years we had together, and the loss of her in my life is intensely devastating.

I am finding comfort in the fact that none of us who have lost a pet are alone in our grief. Every pet owner on this Earth will have to face the horrible day when their baby leaves them, and while it may feel like no one can possibly know what you are going through, that is not true. There are so many of us carrying around a great grief, and we are here to see each other through.

I am so grief-stricken that my baby is no longer here, and I will miss her every day of the rest of my life. But I will also cherish all of the wonderful memories I have of our 12 years together. She was truly my heart dog, and she couldn’t have possibly been loved more.

I’ll love you forever, and ever my Brie.
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I am so so sorry for your loss of your beloved Brie. She was a cutie and you can easily see the love you both had for each other in the photos you shared of Brie & you.

I recently lost my best friend in the World, my cat Marmalade. It was believed by his 1st Vet that he was around 13 years old.

We can never have enough time with our Spirit Animals. But I am glad that your and Brie's lives crossed paths when they did and that you gave her such a kind, loving, warm and comforting home.

Thank you for sharing her and your story. I hope you have continued to heal and are doing well.

Kind regards,
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I just lost my 9 year old Westie Hunter to the same horrific cancer.... He was so full of life and loved everyday. Everyone always commented on how happy he was and how beautiful he and his sister were. We took him to the vet because he would yelp sometimes when we rubbed his ears and then a black spot appeared on his hamstring...this all started on October 11th this year... October 12th we were at the specialist and October 13th we were told he had histiocytic sarcoma and the prognosis was not good... he would get very sick..we could start palliative care that involved chemotherapy to maintain quality of life. They tried CCNU but it was not effective. He started intravenous chemo next followed in 2 weeks with another treatment to try and get ahead of the super aggressive cancer stealing him from me... He lasted until December 11th... he would not get up, couldn't open his mouth for pain meds and the supplement that helped to stop the bleeding from his ears... he was shaking, panting and trembling... It was a shock.. going from being a healthy happy 9 year old to cancer diagnosis of the worst kind and then jumping right into chemo..I wonder if he wondered what the heck was going on.. Such a wonderful dog did not deserve this and it has made me question my faith..
Esther Norton
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