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Fletcher 3/8/2002-6/18/2013


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Well, it wasn't the manky teeth. I took him in for an ultrasound yesterday, and they found hemangiosarcoma. Main tumor on his spleen, but it had spread to his liver. My shadow, my heart, is gone. I called him "issue boy" because he was not one of those easy laid back greyhounds. He was always a challenge, but he was my dog and I was his person.

 

I first met him at my groups annual picnic, a scrawny, leggy not quite 2 yr old racing school dropout (he "lacked focus", truer words were never spoken). Still very much a puppy, and he never really lost that. There was an instant connection, but I wasn't quite ready for a second dog, and he wasn't what I was looking for anyway. I wanted a quite 5-6 yr old female, not a crazy 90 lb boy dog. Over the next couple of months, I was ready to adopt, but the dog the group picked for me, the foster family decided to keep her. They found another dog, then one of my cats got sick, and I had to stop the process. Meanwhile, Fletcher had been adopted, then returned. When I was ready, they said, well, we don't have any cat safe females right now, but we will be getting some soon. Almost as an afterthought, they said, Oh, Fletcher was returned, he is cat safe. I never hesitated, I said, I'll take him! There has never been a dull moment since then, but I have never regretted a second.

 

I didn't want to let him go. I don't know how I will go on without him. But part of our job is to make things better for our dogs when it gets bad, and sometimes, this is the only way to make it better.

 

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I didn't want to let him go.....But part of our job is to make things better for our dogs when it gets bad, and sometimes, this is the only way to make it better.

Truer words were never written. :(

 

I'm so sorry that you had to let your beloved Fletcher go. Rest well, beautiful boy. :grouphug

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your special boy.

 

Godspeed, Fletcher.

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My heart hurts for you. I am so, very, sorry you had to let Fletcher go. Your tribute is beautiful. :grouphug :grouphug

 

Godspeed special boy.

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Truer words were never written. :(

 

I'm so sorry that you had to let your beloved Fletcher go. Rest well, beautiful boy. :grouphug

I agree. A beautiful tribute for Fletcher...I'm so sorry you had to let him go.

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I didn't want to let him go. I don't know how I will go on without him. But part of our job is to make things better for our dogs when it gets bad, and sometimes, this is the only way to make it better.

 

If it's the right thing to do, how come it hurts so much? I am so very sorry for your loss. Fletcher was a very special boy.

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I am so very, very sorry :cry1 :cry1

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I'm sorry it was Fletchers time to cross the bridge.

:grouphug"he was my dog and I was his person" :grouphug

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I'm so very sorry. He was a special boy and he left too soon.

 

Godspeed Fletcher.

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I am so, so sorry. Putting them ahead of yourself is the hardest thing EVER.

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Oh no! I was so hoping it was his teeth. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy.

 

Run free Fletcher, run free sweetie... :gh_run

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