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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:02 am 
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What?! :( Oh no! :bawl: Oh, Jude. I'm so sorry!

:hug: That's just terrible. :(

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:20 am 
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Jude, Lali told us the sad news over on HoF. I am so very sorry. :(

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:40 am 
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Oh no, Jude, I am so sorry to hear this. Poor Anna. :bawl: :hug:

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:43 am 
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I am so sorry. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:46 am 
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Jude, I'm so sorry to hear this!
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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 4:04 am 
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There's a type of cancer that's fairly common in German shepherds. It's called hemangiosarcoma. Typically it attacks the spleen, though it can occur just about anywhere in the body, and spreads quite readily The tumors attacks the blood vessels, thus the name. Unfortunately, the blood vessels become weakened as the tumors grow, and eventually they rupture. Because the spleen has such an abundant blood supply, and is buried deep within the body, often, the first sign of any problem is the animal collapsing and dying before anything can be done. I hope you will find some comfort in knowing there was little, if anything you could have done to have saved Anna's life. I know of cases where an emergency splenectomy saved the dog, but the average survival time after surgery is usually only a matter of a few months, as the tumors have already metastisized. Even with the addition of chemo, survival time is most often less than a year.

Jude, as a fellow GSD owner, I am terribly sorry for your loss, and offer my sincere, heartfelt condolences. I have fond memories of my two visits with you and Anna. She was a very nice girl!

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 10:14 am 
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Thats terrible Jude. We all know how much you loved her.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 12:25 pm 
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Jude, oh my gosh, I am so sorry. What an incredible loss.

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 1:32 pm 
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I'm very sorry to hear about that.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
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I'm so sorry to hear the sad news, Jude. As Sunsilver says, there's little you could have done if it was a hemangiosarcoma (or most other malignant tumors in animals, unless you're very lucky and catch them while they're small and localized).
It sounds like she had a happy life and died without suffering much. About the best any of us can hope for, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:02 pm 
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Jude, Anna and my dog, Ranger, the day I brought him home from Quebec

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:19 pm 
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Love those pictures. Thinking of you and Sam, Jude. :hug:


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 3:21 pm 
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:Q I'm so sorry, Jude. That's such a shock. :( :hug:


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb , 2013 4:08 pm 
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I am very sorry for you, Jude.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
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Jude, I'm so sorry. I didn't actually see the news at HoF, but something told me to come here nonetheless. I know what it is like to lose a very close animal companion. Words don't do justice.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Feb , 2013 11:47 am 
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Thank you for posting those pictures, Sunny. Anna was such a beautiful dog, she had such a characteristic, lovely face.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Tue 05 Feb , 2013 4:17 pm 
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:( I am very sorry to hear this news, Jude! After Lali referred to a last photo of Anna, I went to search other threads to see any mention of her because I feared the worst had happened. So sad that it's true.

To me, Jude without Anna seemed impossible!

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Tue 05 Feb , 2013 11:09 pm 
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Thank you everyone. I hope you'll excuse me for not replying individually to all the messages - I'm just not up to it. But I do find them comforting, even though they provoke a fresh crying spell. If that makes sense.

Sam sometimes acts like everything is normal, and sometimes acts puzzled. Like when I come home and he's used to having to compete with Anna for my attention, and now he has me all to himself. Instead of taking advantage of it, he just goes all droopy instead of running to greet me. He only cheers up when I fuss over him a bit.

I was going through my flickr album and found a cool video of the two of them roughousing back in Ottawa. I don't know how to embed it, so I'll just link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13452281@N ... hotostream


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Anna-versary!
PostPosted: Sun 10 Feb , 2013 3:07 am 
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Jude, I am so very sorry to hear of Anna's death. :( I can imagine the shock of such a sudden loss, but better that in some ways than to watch her suffering over a long period if medical intervention could not have saved her in any case.

But it's terrible! :bawl: I've been through the bereavement of losing a dog. My heartfelt condolences.

Poor Sam; he's a smart boy, and I'm sure he misses her also.

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