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Oh Mart, yes. They are hard to say goodbye to, even when we know we are going to have to sometime.

I feel very privileged I am having these last few weeks with Bella, all my other dogs died very quickly or were too weak and old to really enjoy life in their final days.
 
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If you can have ball-boys then Bella should have been a ball-dog. She can find a ball where no one else can. This can be a disadvantage sometimes: we live next door to tennis courts and sometimes Bella pops round for a bit of "self-service".

Today we took her to another new walk to explore, her 6th new place in six days. Walking along the river her nose went down, head into a pile of tangled weeds, and with that triumphant swagger of her tail out she emerged with a tennis ball in her mouth:D



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Really sorry and sad for you. Just keep in mind you had all these wonderful years, and that is the real gift !
 
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Really sorry and sad for you. Just keep in mind you had all these wonderful years, and that is the real gift !
Thank you, we have really wonderful memories ... although she is not gone yet, the last 7 days of new smells, new walks, new places to run around has given her a whole new lease of life :)
 
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My wife and I both grew up with dogs in our families. It teaches you so much about love, loyalty, responsibility and companionship. However, it also gives you your first experience of loss, heartbreak and grief.
Somewhere, somehow I developed an allergy to both cats and dogs through adolescence - so have had to give up the idea of having dogs in my own family ( as I don’t enjoy feeling like I permanently have the flu)
As a result my own kids have missed out on all of the above - and I feel badly about that. They really don’t know what they’ve missed
 
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My wife and I both grew up with dogs in our families. It teaches you so much about love, loyalty, responsibility and companionship. However, it also gives you your first experience of loss, heartbreak and grief.
Somewhere, somehow I developed an allergy to both cats and dogs through adolescence - so have had to give up the idea of having dogs in my own family ( as I don’t enjoy feeling like I permanently have the flu)
As a result my own kids have missed out on all of the above - and I feel badly about that. They really don’t know what they’ve missed
Amazing companions...

Don't feel bad. Loads of kids grow up without knowing a dog's loyalty and love. My daughter in law is terrified of dogs and consequently my grandchildren will grow up without one, although to her eternal credit she has really tried to get on with ours and to some extent her fear is now much less. Both my Grandchildren adore our dogs, always got their arms around them.

However Bella's besets friend, Max, was literally in bad odour three days ago. HE "ate" something :confused: It upset his stomach and was forcibly expelled out at 5am in the morning .... all over my bed :mad:
 
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We were in Barcelona for a few days to see a band, and our two have stayed with my Mum whilst we have been away. Poor Rudy seemed very sad apparently and didn't want to go for walks, but being reunited seems to have cheered him back up. Part of the reason we tend to only go on holidays they can come with us. They get as much from us as we do from them. They are family as this picture demonstrates. :)

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Hi @GrannyJen. I've only just noted this, equal parts, beautiful and moving thread. My heart goes out to you. What a beautiful dog, and what a wonderful life you've given and are continuing to give her.

Much Love x
 
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Hi @GrannyJen. I've only just noted this, equal parts, beautiful and moving thread. My heart goes out to you. What a beautiful dog, and what a wonderful life you've given and are continuing to give her.

Much Love x
Thank you x

We have a vet coming on Thursday, a vet who specialises in stress free, caring euthenasia at home. 6 weeks ago the vet suggested that we had 6 to 8 weeks with her. The tumour has burst her anal glands and infection is a big risk.

I think the vet is going to be surprised. The holiday at nene country park has had a wonderful effect. She is like a five year old at present. WE are not kidding ourselves but who knows, we may be able to give her another holiday in May. As long as she is happy and pain free, that's all that matters.
 
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Thank you x

We have a vet coming on Thursday, a vet who specialises in stress free, caring euthenasia at home. 6 weeks ago the vet suggested that we had 6 to 8 weeks with her. The tumour has burst her anal glands and infection is a big risk.

I think the vet is going to be surprised. The holiday at nene country park has had a wonderful effect. She is like a five year old at present. WE are not kidding ourselves but who knows, we may be able to give her another holiday in May. As long as she is happy and pain free, that's all that matters.
Let's hope so. She's a lucky lady to be part of such a caring home either way. Take care Jen x
 
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I‘ll keep my fingers crossed and wow how strong you are! So clear and in everything you do: Best for her is most important even when that means to let her go. Wonderful GrannyJen!
 
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Well,

The vet came on Thursday. This is the vet from the "home euthanasia" specialists. A lovely, caring man who expected to be coming to visit a dog in her final days.

He instead found a doggie free from the infection that nearly killed her: A doggie strong, playful and happy. Yes, the tumour had grown, but the raw mess where it had burst her anal glands had healed.

His next visit is in four weeks, unless something dramatic happens. Who knows, instead of Bella's last holiday the next thread may be "Bella's next holiday".

Every day a gift. Every day a memory. Every day a joy to see Bella so happy. We know the end is near, but her happiness now is the most priceless commodity.
 
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Lovely to hear that you have some extra time with her GJ.

Our last dog got a tumour near his anal glands, that sounds similar. He carried on quite happily for several months, running about as normal, then suddenly went downhill one day and it was obvious that it was his time. I don't think he suffered too much.

xxx to Bella.
 

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