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I lost my nearly 16 year old American Eskimo, Sugar on November 24, 2017. He had his front leg amputated in early December of 2012 due to a cancer on the pad of his paw. He did fine and hobbled up and down stairs, jumped into the car, tried to chase squirrels.
Last Friday was a bright and warm morning. He got up as usual and hopped down to the guest bedroom to visit with my son who had come for Thanksgiving. I let Sugar and his ‘brother’, Hank outside. When their breakfast was ready, Hank came in, but Sugar was still attending to his business. A few minutes later, I discovered him collapsed in the yard.
I gathered him up and rushed him to my vet’s. They took x-rays after I had discovered his tummy was tender to the touch and seemed extended. They saw a large tumor near his liver and spots on both lungs. They believe the large tumor had ruptured. Due to his age and the probability that cancer had spread to his lungs and having an enlarged heart as well, I elected to release my sweet tri-paw.
I rescued Sugar and Hank back in 2004. They had been with a rescue group together and so I adopted both. Hank seems lost without Sugar. I’m having a hard time remembering Sugar is gone. His amputation gave him an extra 5 years of life and he lead it with gusto.
25 April 2007
Bonnie and Hank, our hearts go out to you, we are so deeply sorry for your loss of Sugar, what a terrible shock. There’s no doubt you did all you could to help him during such a ruff time. And in the end you made the selfless decision to set him free so that he would not suffer. What a gift to your sweet pup.
Of course you are having a hard time remembering he’s not with you physically, after all you’ve been through it takes time to find your bearings. You and Hank will get there but on your own timeline, in your own way. By sharing Sugar’s story here, and leaning on the Tripawds community, you are well on your way.
You gave Sugar such a great life, he knew he was saved by the best human possible for he and Hank. You helped him have a great life before and after amputation and for that he will always be by your side in spirit. The bond you shared will never be broken, no matter how much time passes. I think it only gets deeper as we come to terms with things and find more joy than sadness in their memories.
Do you have any photos of Sugar? We would love to see them. Here’s a post about adding images to the Forums, let me know if you would like help OK?
2 April 2013
Oh Bonnie, We can so relate to your pain! I’m so very sorry. 5 years! wow How amazing that you gave Sugar 5 years on 3 legs! She was so very blessed to have you for a mom! Poor Hank must be so very lonely When we had to say good-bye to Murphy we took Cassie & Max with us …I had read several places that it gives them their chance to say good-bye, too, and that sniffing them they understand somehow. But of course, since yours was an emergency situation, you didn’t have that time to plan.
We would love to see some pictures of Sugar when you get the chance. And of course, share more of her story with us!
Hugs to you
16 October 2012
I am so sorry for you loss of Sugar Lump. This is the hardest part of the journey. No one can say when the hurt will go away or not be as bad.
Run Free Sugar Lump.
Michelle & Angel Sassy
Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013
"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."