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  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Lost a Friend Tonight

    I lost my best buddy Saturday night.

    Dakota, our clown in a dog outfit, collapsed at about 1:30 AM when I took him and the other dogs outside for their bedtime bathroom break. His breathing was laborious, and he was too weak to get on his feet. We got him loaded in the car and took him to the emergency animal clinic, where they quickly discovered his whole abdominal cavity was full of blood. Although the vet was not certain, the most likely cause of his internal bleeding was a ruptured malignant tumor, most likely in the spleen or liver. This type of thing is fairly common in dogs his size and age, and by the time the cancer has progressed to this stage, it’s quite likely is has also spread to other organs. Regardless of the cause, it was apparent that there was no realistic cure, so we made the decision that no pet owner wants to face. Needless to say, we weren’t quite prepared for this. It’s been a roller coaster of a week, gaining a new dog and losing an old one...the favorite one.

    He was the best dog I’ve ever met, and I will miss him like no other. Goodbye, Big Boy. See you on the other side.

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  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    My heart goes out to you. I know how this feels, and will know it again someday.
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Vaughn, What can I say, I know how much these little guys can mean to us. Dakota was a well loved dog and I know you have many happy memories to cherish.

    My sincerest condolences....
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    sorry for your loss vaughn,, maybe the misses knew something you didnt,, and the arrival might fill the void that dakota left.. i do know the feeling all to well vaughn..
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    So so sorry Vaughn, I have no idea what to say but that my thoughts are with you.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    I had a guy tell me one time, if you are going to have livestock, then you will have deadstock from time to time. It doesn't make it easier though. They worm their way into our hearts and I wouldn't have it any other way. But dang gone, it sure hurts when they go. No words can make you feel better so won't try. He looked like a good one and like you enjoyed him and he enjoyed you. Pat that new one and give the wife a hug. Sorry Vaughn for your loss.
    Last edited by Jonathan Shively; 04-24-2011 at 07:13 PM.

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  7. #7
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    It's rare to find a dog that will let you use their couch. Obviously, Dakota was one of those special characters that leave a hole in your life when they leave. Our condolences on your loss.

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    May 2009
    Syracuse, Nebraska
    Very sorry, Vaughn. He looked like a fun critter.

  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    So sorry to here this news Vaughn.
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  10. #10
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    So sorry to hear of your loss Vaughn. He was a very sweet dog.
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