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Gus earned his wings this evening
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 Well folks, it's with a heavy heart that I have to tell you Gus earned his wings late this afternoon.

I knew this day was near,and lucky for me he just went to sleep. Unfortunately I had left for just a little bit, went to see him before I did, told him he was my buddy, what a good looking guy he was, he was a good boy and that I loved him and never thought that would be the last time he would hear my voice.

The one thing I really wanted was to be with him when he went, and as mad at myself that I had gone for just a little while, I have had an undescribable feeling of that was the Lord helping both of us, I don't feel guilty but disappointed, but for some reason in my heart I am getting this feeling that this was the way it was suppose to be. Maybe he held on for me while  I was there, which in turn kept him struggling longer, I'll never know, but at least I know he knew I was with him. My daughter was coming over tonight, and I wanted her to be able to tell him goodbye since if he would have made it through the night I probably would have called the vet tomorrow, but he left before she got here.

He was starting to have more trouble breathing, and I have said right along I wouldn't make him suffer for my sake. I have been sleeping downstairs the last week to keep near him and check on him through the night, so we were together alot these last few days. The one thing I have struggled with was do I bury him or cremate. We have dogs, cats, cows, goats, and guinea pigs buried arond here, but I don't think I can dig this hole. Gus always wanted to be wherever we were, whether it was the barn, house, fields, he would always sleep in our room, and I think I owe it to him to keep him with us.

I know we gave him the best life a dog could have. I'll miss watching him come up the lane head held high with his "prize", then walk around with a huge belly for a day and a half after he ate it, or following us back to the field when we went back, if the crop was high, all you would see was that black curl of his tail and then his head would pop up, he would jump through the fields if they were high, it was a hoot to watch. Or if he was laying on the couch and someone drove in, you better be right after him so he could get out there to see who it was, because he would be scratching that door to let you know he wanted out NOW. 

He loved climbing the hay mow, he would climb anything just to see what was up there, it might be a load of hay,  but he was on top. He'd jump up in the feed bunk and strut up and down knowing he was the boss. He loved to get rats(when we had them), that was a big game for him, and he would let you know if he thought there was one under a pallet or in the wall, but I could tell by the way he acted if he was thinking there was one or he knew, and most of the time he was right. If we brought new calves in or when the kids got fair pigs, he would watch them for hours at a time the first couple days. He loved to get any milk left in the bottle after we fed the calves.

Yep, he had a good life, and I don't regret how I did anything, because even after surgery, once he healed, he was enjoying life as usual, and that makes me feel good . To say I'm going to miss this guy is a huge understatement, and just like everyone here when this day comes, my heart is shattered, but I know I did everything I could for him and I wouldn't have traded him for any other dog.

I think one thing that makes it harder for us when we lose our buddies is what we went through in dealing with this crap, I think they become even more special to us, thus the pain is deeper when we lose them. I hope to have pictures up and I have some video we took of him over the last few weeks on here somewhere in the near future once I figure it out with some help.

I have said this before, you people have meant the world to us, and we would never have made this trip with this much comfort without any of you. I hope this site stays here for a long time, since we can all say we know how you feel when someone new comes along with the same anxiety, panic, fear, or unknowns that we all had at one time. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for alll your thoughts and prayers, hugs and well wishes.

I had hoped to have Gus alot longer than we did when this journey started, and I'm not looking forward to getting up and not having him here every morning, I already miss him and he is still here on the floor next to me, but like I tell people when they get to this point, let the memories help you through. I hope I can practice what I preach, paws up, Spirit Gus and Dan     

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

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Oh Dan!

I'm just so terribly heartbroken for you. Everything you said and wrote touched me deeply.  I know you and Gus had a great life and I know that it's the way you wanted it with the exception of you being there but it doesn't make it easier to read and to absorb.

I want to write more...but I want to gather my thoughts.  I'm so sad.  But I'm so happy that we got to meet you and your wonderful Gus.

Tonight we are all Farm Dogs.

Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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26 July 2010 - 9:26 pm
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Oh what a sad night. We are so sorry to hear this Dan. Please give our condolences to your daughter.

Gus lived an incredible life indeed, the stuff doggie dreams are made of.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey together. Gus will always be in our hearts, and we appreciate all that you've done here to help everyone. We hope that maybe someday, our Wyatt Ray can run in your fields with Gus' spirit alongside.

Many hugs coming your way.

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26 July 2010 - 9:30 pm
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I'm so sorry, so very sorry Dan,

Gus was indead a good looking guy.  And what a lucky guy to have shared his life with you.  My Ruthie had a life a bit like Gus...horses, hay, cats, and gophers.  It's a good life.

Godspeed Gus,

Spirit Ruthie's Mom

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26 July 2010 - 9:55 pm
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Dan, I am so sorry to hear of Gus' passing.

He was truly a special boy. I know that you'll always see him as you look out at your fields and barn.

I have loved hearing about his adventures in your fields and the neighbors.

It's always too soon, to early to lose our friends.

My heart aches for you and your daughter.

And, yes, you are so right Dan. This place, this forum, is a special place that helps us all.

 big hugs to you and yours,

Good job, Gus. You were truly a great boy.



Kona turned 9yrs on April 16, 2010.
Kona was diagnosed Memorial Weekend 2010 with osteosarcoma.
Right rear leg amputated on June 4th. First chemo June 18th 2010
Second chemo July 9th, 2010      Third and final (yea !!!) chemo July 30th, 2010
ONE TOUGH GIRL this Australian Cattledog !

***Kona's journey/fight ended late in the evening of December 22, 2010***

                               We Love you so much Kona….always   

  Bella 9yrs, albino lab/aussie shep/pit?(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind (from birth) in one eye limited vision in other.(laid back, ok lazy 73 lbs)

Cotton, 5yrs, albino hound/terrier of somesort/???(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind in one eye(from birth), excellent vision in seeing eye. (ball addict…destroyer of Kong balls…yes,etc), high energy 55lbs knots of muscle)

Kona Kai's pup brother and sister as well as her buddy and playmate cat, Shaymous 12yrs (like Seamus), miss her terribly.

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26 July 2010 - 10:33 pm
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While we are new here and did not get to know
you well yet, I am deeply saddened by your loss. It sounds like Gus was
an amazing dog, and I cannot imagine the hurt you must be feeling right
now.I wish other could understand the impact these creatures make in our
lives, it is an unbreakable bond.

God bless gus on his journey over the Rainbow Bridge . May he find
peace, hapiness and all the vermin he can catch.


Alexander The Great Dane

Suspected Osteosarcoma July 12

Diagnosed Officially 7/16/2010

Amputated 7/27/2010

Became Spirit Xander 2/20/2011

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26 July 2010 - 11:30 pm
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Dan, I am so sorry. I am writing through tears. Gus was such a wonderful dog and you did right by him. He had all that a dog could ever wish for and in return gave you all the love he had. He will always be remembered. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Run free at Rainbow Bridge Gus and keep an eye on your Dad who loves you very much.

Laura and Tai


PS. We opted for cremation with our old black Lab, she always loved to ride in the truck and she continues to do so, albeit in an urn in the console. It makes me feel like she is still with us.

Tai – 9 yr old lab. Diagnosed Osteosarcoma Dec 18/09. Front right leg amputated Dec 21/09. Started chemo Jan 7/10. Lung mets discovered Sept 16/10. Valiant to the end on Oct 26/10 when cancer reappeared in a leg and we made the decision to set her free. Forever in my heart where not even cancer can take her from me.

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26 July 2010 - 11:38 pm
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Oh Dan - I am so very sorry to hear that Gus has gone. What a great dog life he led - and you deserve a lot of credit for giving him such a carefree dog's life. Fields to run in - woodchucks to chase (and eat ugh ) - things my city dogs would have viewed as an amazing summer camp. It was clear from your posts that you and Gus had a very strong bond. What a blessing that is - to bond deeply with such pure and honest souls. People who have never had that blessing have truly missed out on one of God's most humbling gifts. It brings out what is good in us. 

I'm so sorry for your loss, Dan. 

Grieving with you tonite,

Tana and Angel Sophie 

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"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."


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Dan, I am so very sorry to read this.  Gus was 'the man', he had charge of life and knew how to live it to it's fullest and in doing so, I suspect he taught you many fine doggie lessons.  Gus went as I hope and pray Trouble will - peacefully while he slept.  I know some folks have regrets when they leave for a short while, and it is just that moment that brings final peace, but I take it as Gus's last gift to you. He chose his time when he thought it would bring the least pain to you. What a hero!

My deepest wish for you is that the memories you shared bring you peace during this very difficult time. Your tripawd friends are all holding you in our hearts.

RIP sweet Gus.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge .

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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I'm so sorry to hear about Gus... My heart aches for you...cry Gus sounded like such a happy dog... He is at peace now... running free at the Rainbow Bridge ... Rest in peace Spirit Gus!!

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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Condolences, Dan.  He truly was a lucky dog.  Sounds like you were just as lucky to have him in your life.  Take comfort knowing he knew exactly how much he meant to you.  I understand wanting to keep him by you.  I think that's a good idea if it's an option. 


You will be in my prayers



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I'm so sorry Dan for Gus's passing.  That dog certainly had THE BEST life a dog could ever dream of!  You did 'good' by him...thru thick and thin.

He's waiting for you on the other side...

BIG hugs to you and your family...

Tracy & Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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I'm so sorry. I enjoyed so much hearing of his adventures around the farm. You and Gus had a very special relationship. The big guy deffinetly lived the "Dog's Life" both before and after the cancer. You gave him the best life a dog could ask for. 

RIP Big Gus.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,


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What a beautiful big labbie boy......the ladies at the Rainbow Bridge must surrely be swooning.

I think you're right...perhaps this is how Gus chose to move on.  I'm glad you don't feel guilt but my heart is with you in the sadness.  I've been there too many times in recent years and it never gets easier.

Thank you for loving Gus I wish Godspeed and days of running & playing healthy & whole on the Other Side until you're reunited.  To you...peace and healing.

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Dan,  I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved reading about Gus's adventures. He had quite a life, and you & family were truely blessed to have had him in our lives.


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