[H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014
Jan 29, 2006
My St Bernard/Mastiff mix died today at the age of 10. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had a pretty hard time getting around for a while. He never groaned, complained, whimpered, or gave any signs of it except for a limp he started to have the last couple of months. We really didn't know he had anything severe until his leg started to swell up like he had twisted it or broken it pretty bad. However, it was just the cancer. Doctor said that he was actually in a lot of pain but was just hiding a lot of it. This was a dog that never pulled on a leash. Never got on the furniture which we allowed are pets to do. Never barks unless he should be. And was the gentlest dog I have ever known. We were given him when he was 6 years old by a couple that moved to town but weren't allowed pets. We gave him a good home and welcomed him as a companion to our mutt for when we were away. This will be the second loss of a pet to cancer in the last 10 years. We just had to have the talk with our 4 year old on why he wasn't at home when she got there from daycare. Pretty rough stuff.

Most of us think of our human friends when we are doing DC and sometimes forget that the science helps our other companions too. Keep up the fight everyone!
Sorry to hear of the very sad news. Dogs are just lovable, generally obedient if you train them well and they do fill the void in our lives. I used to have a dog too but he died many years ago.
Really sorry to hear Gilthanis

Never had a dog myself but always enjoyed to be in contact with them while beeing with family or friends.

Hopefully one day you will have a new companion you can share your life with.

Lost a good one to liver failure last year, on her 8th birthday. Still
not over it, but thankful I was able to be with her as long as I was.

It really hurts losing one, but better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Dogs are pretty awesome. I am sorry you lost your friend.
Sorry for your loss, and as a dog person myself, I con only imagine what it was like to explain that to an innocent child.

Thanks for giving the big pup a home, as many poor dogs get a much worse fate when their masters can't bring them along for a leg of their life's journey. Rescuing dogs isn't limited to just taking them from a shelter, but also keeping them from ever reaching one as well.

Cancer research has been absolutely amazing recently, and I genuinely believe we'll see the end of it in our lifetime, thanks in no small part to citizen researchers like yourself and others on the DC forum. May your old friend rest in piece.
I'm sorry for your loss.

I'm not normally a dog person, but the right ones still manage to soften my heart. Few people will every be as loyal and loving as a good dog.
I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom's cat had to be put down a year ago. He was a part of our family; my Mom, Winston, and me.

When I moved up here to take care of my Mom, well, Winston and I really bonded. He was much more than a ball of fur to me, trust me.
For a cat he had more personality than a lot of humans.

It's heartbreaking, trust me, I know.

Again, I'm very sorry.
Totally awful. I feel for ya.

Lost my sheltie to cancer a few years ago. Heartbreaking.
Really sad to hear that Gilthanis - a good reminder how precious each day is with our loved friends and family.
Sorry to read about this bad news. At least he's not suffering anymore.
Sorry to hear this. Our pets are like family and it sure does hurt like hell when it is time for us to have to them to go.
You gave him a good loving home the last few years of his life, he gave you loyalty and unconditional love in return.
We have lost so many over the years and it never gets any easier.
Until we meet again at the rainbow bridge.