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    Oh my goodness, itís so good to hear back from you! Orlando is such a good brave boy, and congratulations to you for taking such good care of him. I wish I had some suggestions to offer about the sore, but Iím afraid I canít think of anything else in addition to what youíre already doing. Skincare can be such a challenge for dogs and humans alike, as we all age. Hopefully some other members may have some thoughts to add, though, that could be a help.

    In the meantime, weíre very grateful for this update. And Iíll surely hope that December 10 will be a day of birthday celebration! Please do keep us updated.

    Marianne

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    Thank you so much! Orlando has been a wonderful boy and it has been a pleasure to be here for him in his long battle. I am concerned about the skin's fragility. So far altered underpants and Depends have only been marginally helpful as the sores are in an odd place.

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    I wanted to let you know that Orlando passed away yesterday. He fought the good fight, was still be treated for Cushings, and, in the end, I cannot say that Cushings is what caused his passing. The anal tumor I wrote about never got larger, but of course any tumor can send out cells. Additionally, he was dxed with a hemangiosarcoma and kidney decline, including a possible mass. It was always possible that the previous melanoma had come back. We did not investigate further as there was no procedure that he could have sustained. He lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last 6 months and stopped eating despite all attempts to give him an appetite. It was time for him to be allowed to rest. With the help of his great doctor, he survived Cushings for 7 years comfortably and with great quality of life. I want to thank you for all your support, especially about the stim test as I felt that we always had correct readings as opposed to my first Cushings dog.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss of dear, sweet Orlando. It hurts terribly.

    I lost my second cushpup in November and even though I know I did better this time around and gave him a few more years than with my Lena, it still seems unfair that Gable left too early from an acute and sudden onset of Pancreatitis.

    We love them with all our heart and do what we can for them....
    Joan, mom to my Angel Lena, Angel Gable, Angel Phoenix, Doree, Cooper, and now Sibble.

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    I am so very sorry to hear of your boy, Orlando's, passing.
    Our hearts are with you.
    Terry

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    I am so very sorry for your loss of Orlando. It hurts no matter how much we know it is their time. Please know it's ok to not be ok at times. All the emotions will come, they are normal. Your experience is yours alone and will be different from anyone else's. That said, do not hesitate to reach out, share, vent, whatever you need. The support here is amazing and a great comfort.

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    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of our precious Orlando. He has been such a trooper it seemed he would be here with us always, overcoming one thing and then another. I know your heart is shattered but I hope you know just what a wonderful mom you have been to him....there is no doubt Orlando knows this deep in his heart. Today this handsome boy is running free in the Rainbow Fields, whole and strong once again, a whole host of new friends from here running along with him. Now it is he who will be watching over you just as you did him for so long. It is my firm belief that we will see our babies again when our time here on Earth is done and I know Orlando will be at the end of that Bridge, his tail flying so fast it's a blur and grinning from ear to ear waiting to jump into your arms once again. Til then, cherish the memories you hold so dear, knowing your sweet boy cherishes them just as much.

    My deepest sympathies,
    Leslie


    Dogs Never Die
    by Ernest Montague

    ďSome of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to ďdeathĒ, donít really understand this. Iíve had no desire to explain, but I wonít be around forever and must for those out there to finally understand.

    Dogs never die. They donít know how too. They get tired, very old and their bones hurt. Of course they donít die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say ďNo, no not a good idea. Letís not go for a walk.Ē Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor but thatís what dogs do. They walk.

    You see, a walk with you is all there is. A walk with their best friend and the symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dogís mark, a rotting chicken bone and you. That is what makes their world perfect and in a perfect world death as no place.

    Dogs just get very, very sleepy. That is the thing you see. The donít teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks and economics. They know so much there that they forget that dogs never die. It is a shame really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk too much.

    When you think your dog has died, it has really just fallen asleep in the world and now lives in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that is why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest? Ouch! Wap, wap, wap, wap, wap, that hurts. But they only wag because they are so happy to be so close to you.

    Whenever they wake up in your heart they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer periods of time and you will too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and donít want to go outside to pee when it is raining but they do because they are a good dog. So understand that after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

    But donít get fooled. They are not ďdeadĒ. There is no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart and when they wake up, usually when you are not expecting it. It is just who they are.

    I feel sorry for people who donít have dogs sleeping in their heart. They miss so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.Ē
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

  8. #128
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    I join the rest of our family in grieving your loss of dear brave Orlando. You two had been through so much together, hard times as well as good. But throughout it all, youíve been a wonderful caretaker, advocate, and loving parent. Weíve very much appreciated all your updates throughout Orlandoís journey, and especially your letting us know now what has happened. This way, we can all share in honoring his memory and his shining spirit alongside you.

    Do take good care of yourself, and please continue to return if it would ever be a comfort to talk with us or to share more stories about your lives together. I send you my sympathy now and my best wishes always.

    Many hugs,
    Marianne

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    Thank you all so much for your lovely thoughts. It is all very raw now, although I knew that his time had come, but I do feel him with me again as I try to make it through the day without him. Your support over the years was greatly appreciated.

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