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Hello, I made the crushing decision to put down my beloved BC at the age of almost 8. He had been vomiting repeatedly and despite 5 vet visits, medications, digital imaging and the like, the problem persisted.  The vomiting began in May and continued through June. Eventually, the endoscopy revealed an ulcer. The biopsies revealed aggressive stomach cancer. Needless to say I was rocked to my core - since Chummy had recovered from an external sarcoma at the age of 6 (on his face), barely 18 months earlier. I fell to pieces learning of the news. Chummy was my whole life. I absolutely adored this dog. I asked the vet what could be done. Nothing. No surgery. No chemo. No radiation. He said that the next time he vomits, I should bring him in to be put down. I could not bare to wait and have him suffer. I was literally falling to pieces with this adorable creature. So I took him in, and I have been broken ever since. You cannot replace the one you love, but you can learn to love again. These dogs are soulful and intelligent. I need them in my life to feel content - they are beautiful creatures. My search continues...

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I'm so very sorry for your loss. I lost my first border collie to cancer at the same age; it's soul crushing.

I hope good memories of your special boy will give you some comfort, and that you'll find a new soul to love again.

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I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beloved companion. I know how it feels for me when I lose one I love so much, and it is terrible. 

You don't ever really get over it, but it is true as you say that you learn to love again. My experience is that a good medicine for the grief is to love another dog. I cannot be without a dog in my life, so that's what I do. I have heard that grief is love with no place to go and I think that's true.  Loving another dog doesn't take away from the love I still have for the ones I loved in the past, but it gives today's love  a place to go.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.  You are in my thoughts.  I've lost the first two Borders I owned and my second pair are 10 and 13 years so I dread what I know is coming.

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I am so sorry for your loss.  I lost my Oscar suddenly to sepsis on 9/11 last year.  He would have turned 8 today.  I am struggling today.

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Anniversaries can be hard, Lawgirl.  <Hugs> to you, and I suggest you use a dose of D'Elles good medicine and show some extra love to the dogs in your life today.

Take care,

Amy

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