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    Jan 2009
    Stowe, Vermont

    Goodbye, old girl

    My wife and I rescue and rehabilitate abused golden retrievers. To help us with this work we have four of our own, our core pack. Today we lost our matriarch, Tuppence the Wonderbitch. She was only ten, but had been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma a few days ago. We've been through this before with others, so figured we had a month at best. I made plans to spend as my time with her as possible, starting this weekend.

    But she took a turn for the worse while I was at work today, and my wife called in the afternoon expressing concern. I left early, and got home to the usual jubilant greeting from my three boys: Tadcaster, Barley and Kazoo. Then I looked up to see Tuppence staggering toward me. She made it to within a few feet before falling heavily to her side, so I sat with her on dirt. She scraped forward a few more inches to rest her white muzzle on my thigh, and looked up at me with big brown eyes brimming with love.

    A few minutes later she was gone.

    She was a wonderful, loving dog, and I'll miss her.

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    Des Moines, Iowa
    My daughter and I lost our Golden four years ago. He was only a five year old. Renal failure, probably induced by a Chinese dog food additive. I miss him still. You have my understanding and sympathy. At least you were with her in the end.
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    Registered User womanridge's Avatar
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    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    She surely will be missed. They are truly examples of unconditional love.
    I have experienced the same loss with my Calvin a few years back. We looked into each others eyes as he took his last breath.
    I'm very sorry for your loss.
    Karen Jacobs
    2012 R 1200 RT
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    Dragon/VNVMC njnomad's Avatar
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    Joisey shore (but my heart's back in the Chugach)
    My heart goes out to you.

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    Bethel, Maine
    "Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware of giving your heart to a dog to tear"

    R. Kipling

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    Beautiful Enjoy our "kids"

    I know what you mean. We currently have two rescued Siberian Huskies. I remember driving 300 miles to get the 2nd one. She was a nervous frightened girl. Now, she is happy and allowed to just be a dog. I look forward to their greeting when we open the door! In fact when I had heart issues, my red one kept putting her head against my heart area. I think she knew before I did.

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