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We lost our beloved DoberBoy, Dutch, this morning to cancer. He'd only been with us since last October, coming through a Doberman rescue group who took him from a shelter in Kentucky.
He's not been feeling well for several weeks and we've been consulting with our vet frequently as we monitored and treated his condition.
Last night xrays confirmed the presence of a very aggressive cancer in his left shoulder bones and soft tissues. The cancer had actually bridged the gap in the shoulder joint.
We sifted our way through all the options and realized that none were of much benefit to Dutch.
When you adopt a dog, especially an older one, you do it knowing that your time with him may be shorter than you'd wish.
But, wow, what a relationship to have ... at all !
Dutch was more territorial than our other DoberBoys, and definitely not willing to share his persons with other dogs (sometimes not even with the two girls we already had when he arrived).
But, oh my, what a personality! What a ham! What a talker!
There's just no way to make an easy decision to release an animal from its painful existence. I'd much rather it be the animal's choice, not mine. But we've not been given that option.
My one comfort is that we gave him a safe, loving home for the months that he was part of our family. And I'll keep him in that part of me that misses the critters who've been my companions.

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Comment by Marla Southers on June 4, 2009 at 8:07am
I am so sorry about your dog. Try and remember that you gave the last several months of his life probably the best he had ever had. My own little maltese is almost 11 years old so know that I won't have many more years with her. I can't even imagine the pain I will have.
Comment by Irene Gallway on June 3, 2009 at 6:25pm
I'm so sorry that you had to make such a hard decision. I have a 12 year old Golden Retriever/Springer Spaniel mix that I got 4 years ago from our local shelter. I can't even think about what I will feel like when the day comes to say good-bye to him. My sympathies to you and your family.
Comment by Asiyah on June 3, 2009 at 4:29pm
My sympathies to you on Dutch's passing. We rescued to older mutts and I can't bear to think of them not being around. My ILs lost their golden retriever, Annie, to a brain tumor. I still cry when I think of her. She was just so sweet. I sure hope there are dogs in heaven.

Keep your chin up.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on June 3, 2009 at 2:10pm
It is a sad day when we have to have one of our animals put to sleep, but on the other hand it is the best way to deal with something they can't be rid of and are in pain. We had a wonderful mix years ago, shepard & chow she was. She had brain cancer and we had to let her go........
You did the right thing and yes, he was in a loving home for his last months and I'll just bet he loved it, since it seems he was king!! Bless you!
Comment by julie ann jones on June 3, 2009 at 1:50pm
I am so sorry about the loss fo your family member. For the are not just pets. I know if something would ever happen to my toy poodle Riely. It would just tear my heart up. I think that God has a special place for our other family members. They can give us so much love for what little time they are here.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on June 3, 2009 at 1:15pm
Schatze, i'm so sorry about Dutch. You gave Dutch a warm and loving home and a happy life in the last months of his life, and he gave you so much in return. Bless you--
Comment by Patricia Hefel on June 3, 2009 at 1:04pm
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I lost two of my precious kitties to cancer, so I know what an extremely hard decision you had to make. I took some comfort in the words my vet told me when I faced one of the hardest moments in my life, "You loved him from the beginning, this is the last act of love you give him." And as only pet owners know, they never really leave us completely, the memories stay for a lifetime Again, my sympathies for your loss.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on June 3, 2009 at 12:40pm
I'm so very sorry about the loss of Dutch. Losing one like this is such a hard thing. Trust that you made the best choices for him, and that you gave him the comfort he needed so much these last months you had together. They grace us with so much joy just because we love them, they give us so much. I hope you find comfort in the memories of the joy he brought you. God Bless you.
Comment by Laraine/WA on June 3, 2009 at 12:09pm
I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's something non-pet owners never quite comprehend...that special bond between us and our pets. You are right...it's the hardest decision to make...cling to those wonderful memories.

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