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Sorry for your loss! Unfortunately, been there and it never gets easier, as there's no love like a dog's!
 
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Murphy was just about nine years old and has acted much older over the last year or so.
When I left on vacation nine days ago, he was acting fine and happily ran around with the other dogs.
Last night after I got home, he didn’t even raise his head to me in greeting. I immediately checked him over and felt that his abdomen was distended and fairly rigid.
I took him to the veterinarian and he was diagnosed with hemangiiosarcoma.An X-ray showed that his spleen was taking up a third of his abdominal cavity and that the belly distention was caused by internal bleeding.
Surgery was a possibility, but the chances of surviving for a year afterwards was only 10 percent. The wife and I both agreed it was best to put him at peace.
Murphy was a great dog, but lousy at bird hunting. He will be missed.
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I am so very sorry for your loss. My wife and I recently went through this with our Corgi (Remington) he was 16 years old. I admit I sat in the car and wept while my wife sat with him at the vet. I am tearing up now just thinking about it as I write this. I know God has a special place for pets in heaven.:cry:
 

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Sorry for your loss, I've had to do this also with 2 labs prior and currently have a 12 year old lab aging out on me now.
I've always liked this poem, the last paragraph says it all.

A Dog's Prayer
by Beth Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in the world is more grateful
for kindness than mine. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I should
lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will teach me
more quickly the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know
by the fierce wagging of my tail when I hear your step. When the weather is cold
and wet, please take me inside for I am a domesticated animal, no longer used to
bitter elements, and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were
were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food so that I may
stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side standing
ready to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And master, when I am very old and the Greatest Master sees fit to deprive me
of my health and sight, do not turn me away, rather, see that my trusting life is
gently taken away and I shall leave you knowing with the last breath I draw, my
fate was always safest in your hands.
Amen.
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Thank you for this poem
 

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Sorry for your loss.
 
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@alawrence - so sorry to hear about losing Murphy! My heart goes out to you and your family - my prayers for comfort and consolation.
 

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Murphy was just about nine years old and has acted much older over the last year or so.
When I left on vacation nine days ago, he was acting fine and happily ran around with the other dogs.
Last night after I got home, he didn’t even raise his head to me in greeting. I immediately checked him over and felt that his abdomen was distended and fairly rigid.
I took him to the veterinarian and he was diagnosed with hemangiiosarcoma.An X-ray showed that his spleen was taking up a third of his abdominal cavity and that the belly distention was caused by internal bleeding.
Surgery was a possibility, but the chances of surviving for a year afterwards was only 10 percent. The wife and I both agreed it was best to put him at peace.
Murphy was a great dog, but lousy at bird hunting. He will be missed.
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I am sorry about you loosing a fur buddy. We had a golden adopt us. Poor Summer was a mess! Pregnant, missing the tip of her tongue, infested with ticks and flees but thought that we were her people. We took her to the vet to get all the issues resolved to make her part of our family. It was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed her companionship for almost seven years. The My wife retired from her teaching position and was going to spoil Summer. The next day she walked out of her kennel and those were her last steps. Our vet diagnosed her with cancer, before a decision could be made she passed on the the next life. After a grievance period we found a way to replace the hole in our hearts with another Golden Retriever. The next grieving period is going to be worse.
 

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Sorry for the loss of your golden. My golden was my best friend and a similar thing happened to him around 10 years old. Six months later, I found out when I was trying to adopt another golden that the vet put me in some registry / list as a bad dog owner because I never neutered the dog (which blocked me from adopting another golden from any APLs or organizations. Still bitter and never used that vet again. I love my puppies, they’re 100% part of the family.
 

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Murphy was just about nine years old and has acted much older over the last year or so.
When I left on vacation nine days ago, he was acting fine and happily ran around with the other dogs.
Last night after I got home, he didn’t even raise his head to me in greeting. I immediately checked him over and felt that his abdomen was distended and fairly rigid.
I took him to the veterinarian and he was diagnosed with hemangiiosarcoma.An X-ray showed that his spleen was taking up a third of his abdominal cavity and that the belly distention was caused by internal bleeding.
Surgery was a possibility, but the chances of surviving for a year afterwards was only 10 percent. The wife and I both agreed it was best to put him at peace.
Murphy was a great dog, but lousy at bird hunting. He will be missed.
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Murphy was just about nine years old and has acted much older over the last year or so.
When I left on vacation nine days ago, he was acting fine and happily ran around with the other dogs.
Last night after I got home, he didn’t even raise his head to me in greeting. I immediately checked him over and felt that his abdomen was distended and fairly rigid.
I took him to the veterinarian and he was diagnosed with hemangiiosarcoma.An X-ray showed that his spleen was taking up a third of his abdominal cavity and that the belly distention was caused by internal bleeding.
Surgery was a possibility, but the chances of surviving for a year afterwards was only 10 percent. The wife and I both agreed it was best to put him at peace.
Murphy was a great dog, but lousy at bird hunting. He will be missed.
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Murphy was just about nine years old and has acted much older over the last year or so.
When I left on vacation nine days ago, he was acting fine and happily ran around with the other dogs.
Last night after I got home, he didn’t even raise his head to me in greeting. I immediately checked him over and felt that his abdomen was distended and fairly rigid.
I took him to the veterinarian and he was diagnosed with hemangiiosarcoma.An X-ray showed that his spleen was taking up a third of his abdominal cavity and that the belly distention was caused by internal bleeding.
Surgery was a possibility, but the chances of surviving for a year afterwards was only 10 percent. The wife and I both agreed it was best to put him at peace.
Murphy was a great dog, but lousy at bird hunting. He will be missed.
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So very sorry for your loss, I know how much that hurts. I’m thankful that you loved him enough to set him free.
 

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Sorry for the loss of your golden. My golden was my best friend and a similar thing happened to him around 10 years old. Six months later, I found out when I was trying to adopt another golden that the vet put me in some registry / list as a bad dog owner because I never neutered the dog (which blocked me from adopting another golden from any APLs or organizations. Still bitter and never used that vet again. I love my puppies, they’re 100% part of the family.
We were looking at adopting another dog, from a rescue. They turned me down because my golden retriever, Mack, is not neutered. He is a healthy 100 pounds and I won't tamper with his testosterone levels, which I feel, affects larger dogs health.
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Mack is on the left and Murphy, the one we put to rest, on the right.
I may just be lucky enough to find another lost dog somewhere.
Andrew
 
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I am so sorry for you loss!
We lost both of our Bassets (Barney & Scarlett) in 2020 to different forms of cancer ( Osteosarcoma and Lymphoma). I took both to the vet for the last time. I loved Scarlett. But, she was my wife’s dog. Barney was my boy though!
We miss them both beyond words!!!
Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Remember that Murphy was counting on you to make the pain go away. Dogs don’t fear death as humans do. Showing him this final and greatest mercy was the best way to repay him for the good years.
 

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So very sorry for your loss ... loosing a close friend like Murphy can only be softened by time and wonderful memories.
My best to you and your wife ...
 
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I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I like my two goldens better then I like most people. It’s an unconditional love that cannot be described. It has to be experienced. When either one of mine go it will affect my family like the loss of any other family member. My prayers go out to you.
 
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