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sorry to hear. our dog got a similar cancer, and we had to put her down a few years ago. it wasnt fun, but it was more humane IMO than putting her through all the tests, medication, chemo, etc. that they were recommending.

we had her dog collar mounted next to a favorite pic of her so we could remember her everyday. that pic is on our family room wall. we swore we would never get another dog, but time went by and we did when we were ready, and we are glad we did.
 

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Sorry for your loss and RIP Cutter. I went through this 11 months ago and still miss my pup everyday. Try to remember all the good times he brought you!
 

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Saw this on FB before and always thought it was a good read, especially if you've ever lost a pet.

A Dog's Purpose According To A 6 Year Old - We Rule The Internet
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
 

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Thank you everybody for your well wishes, still in a little bit of shock, hoping to snap out of it by tomorrow. The thing that gets to me is not a week ago he was chasing down dogs half his age and tackling them, he had a lot of life in him didn't show any symptoms of anything being wrong until Sunday morning. My sister drove me to the specialist because I was a mess, she had to put down he German Shepherd Rugby 2 weeks earlier, but with him they knew it was coming.

With all due respect to Mark I'm gonna look for a male German Shepherd puppy, my 4 year old female Golden Retriever is looking for Cutter, I have to get her a companion.



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I'm glad to hear that, Ron. A house without the familiarity of your furry pal gets lonely. When Eric's elderly folks lost their dog we did encourage them to adopt another pet despite their thoughts that they wouldn't. Not to replace the one they lost, but because nurturing a pet is a daily responsibility that keeps us 'regular' in a sense of routine. The sudden loss of that routine is not good. They adopted another one and they are so glad that they did.

There will never be another Cutter ... just another dog as lucky as he was. ;)
 

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I am so sorry to hear the loss of Cutter. The pain cuts deep and leaves a slow healing scar. Your friend will forever be in your heart and will never be replaced.
I am absolutely sure that Cutter enjoyed life's great companionship. My sincerest condolences.
 

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3 years ago our 6 year old Great Dane lost the use of his rear legs. I took him to the vet, who sent us to an animal hospital. They looked him over, and suggested a $5,000 operation, that combined with 6 months of physical therapy MIGHT get him walking again. Danes last 7 years on average. The worker did the "Since you can't afford it " bit, then tried to upsell me on "funeral" arrangements.

It was one of the worst days of my life, and I have rarely been so disgusted. This board has helped me understand this stuff.

We got a Dane puppy, on the same day and litter as Lawrenzo, and have 16 straight years of them.
 

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So sorry Ron....I'm sure you did the right thing bro. Although Cutter didn't know it...he was an Alley member just like us!

Hopefully he's already chasing cats in Heaven...and catching them!
 

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Man I hate reading this thread because it makes me think of the day that this will happen to my dog. Stay strong my friend and hope you feel better
 

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We lost our Collie last summer to a similar situation. The kids pretty much grew up with her and it was really hard on them. Getting a new pup was the best medicine for the whole family. I still tear up when I hear about others having to go through this.
 

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rip cutter....

my sincere condolences socal....i was tearing up reading this thread....

i've got a couple of goldens up in doggy heaven that are probably welcoming his arrival.

you gave him an awesome life. take solace in that....
 

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Ron, I'm so sorry to hear of Cutter's passing. I've always enjoyed the pictures and stories you posted of him over the years. He even managed to create his own profile and share some of his stories with us! Whomever coined the phrase, "Man's best friend", hit the nail on the head. We all know how much you loved him and I have no doubt he reciprocated that love. Although the pain and sadness are incredible right now, you can take solace in the fact that you gave him the most loving of homes and a wonderful life. He's playing with his buddy Rugby now at the Rainbow Bridge and will be right there waiting for you. You will see him again someday and what a wonderful reunion that will be! Rest in peace, sweet Cutter. Your companionship and unconditional love will never be forgotten.
 

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We lost our Collie last summer to a similar situation. The kids pretty much grew up with her and it was really hard on them. Getting a new pup was the best medicine for the whole family. I still tear up when I hear about others having to go through this.
I actually had to use my mod power AE to post this, picked up a new pup today 9 weeks old and we share the same grandfather :nod:



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