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Ryder's battle with osteosarcoma is over
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10 September 2021 - 12:13 pm
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My dear sweet, kind, devoted best friend and 'big brother' to Grace is no longer with us; we gave him back to God yesterday afternoon. 

Ryder woke me at 3 AM on Thursday morning (9/8) retching, panting and drooling profusely. For a couple of weeks prior to this he had stopped hopping down to the mailbox and limited his 'walks' to going out to the front yard and rolling in the grass for several minutes, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.  He was extremely lethargic, confused, weak and disoriented.  He was able to go back to sleep until 6:30.  He then went outside to pee and came in and ate a small breakfast.  He laid down near the slider door and slept for about 3-4 hours.  When he woke up he was again very out of it, very tired and had distant droopy looking eyes.  He was still very lethargic and had shallow breathing and had become incontinent.  By Noon my husband and I just knew that he had finished his fight.  He was able to go outside and pooped but came back in and once again laid down, just barely aware of his surroundings.  He eventually peed on the floor and was trying to clean himself up.  We helped make him comfortable and decided it was time to call Paws Into Grace to help him end his suffering.  The cancer that had spread into his lungs had metastasized into his brain for a couple of weeks by now, hence the seizures he had last week.  He was so confused and tired. 

Bless his heart he even lifted his head and actually barked a couple of times (because puppy Grace was barking) at the Dr. who came to the house from Paws Into Grace.  He then just faded and lay so still with eyes barely open and very shallow breathing.  We spent a long time talking to him, petting him and giving him love.  At one point he did feebly attempt to wag his beautiful tale once.  He was barely there, eyes semi-closed.  Ryder was so very devoted to us that the doctor actually had to give him an additional sedative because he just wanted to be with us and wouldn't let go.  

Ryder passed just after 3 PM.  I cannot stop the flow of tears.  I will dearly miss this most sweetest boy, his happy hugs and smiles.  Ryder was our 'foster failure'.  We adopted him when he was 13 months old and he just had his 8th birthday on August 27th.  He was the best 'big brother' to puppy Grace (now 14 months old).  He took care of her and loved her since she was a wee little 9 week old pup.  She always wanted to be with him and loved to lie next to him.  She too will miss his love.

Thank you all for being there for me during this difficult 4 months since his leg fractured on April 1st and we learned that he had osteosarcoma.  His left front leg was amputated on April 16th.  Cancer is so evil.  We did all that we could to fight it but it still won.  I will try to take comfort in knowing that he no longer has to put up with the pain that he has lived with for far too long.  Rest well my beautiful boy, we love you, always in our hearts!

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10 September 2021 - 3:19 pm
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Georgiana and family, we are so very sad to see this news. From the bottom of our hearts, you have our deepest condolences. How we had hoped that Ryder would have way more time with us, and you and Grace. Cancer sucks, there's no other way to put it. 

You did everything you could for him. You showed Ryder how much he was loved, how important he was to your family. And he was there to show Grace how to be a good dog and grow up to be your protector. While cancer took him way too fast, the lessons and the love that are his legacy will never fade. His faithfulness and loyalty, his devotion to caring for his family, is something cancer can never take away. He was so much more than the Dog Who Had Cancer. He was a one-of-a-kind lovebug who can never be replaced or forgotten.

I wish I could lessen the grief you are feeling right now. I know it sucks. I'm so sorry. 

We are here for you. If and when you feel up to it, please check in and let us know how you are doing. And of course share photos of Ryder and all the happier times you had together. 

Many, many hugs coming your way. Give Grace extra smooches from us. 

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10 September 2021 - 4:47 pm
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I'm so sorry for your loss of Ryder. As you said you gave h back to God. As you know everything that comes to earth must one day go home. This disease isn't fair but I do believe one day we will have our question of "why" answered.

You and your family are in our thoughs and prayers during this difficult time.

Nancy and Angel Brownie

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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11 September 2021 - 9:48 am
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So very, very sorry to hear this.  We all understand  the heartbreak and unbearable  sadness you are going through.  We cry with you and our hearts hurt with yours.

The care you jave given your sweet, kind, best friend Ryder knew no limits.  You did ever thing ppssible  to give Warrior Ryder the best chance possible.   And you did give him extended time for  ore belly ribs, more loving and more spoiling  and more opportunities  to teach Grace how to be a great dog. 

Yes, Ryder was ready, and as he was preparing to crossover  he still gave you and Grace  a little remembrance with a feisty bark and a little wag.  He knew how much you loved him and he took that love with him, just as he left his love for you nestled  in your hearts.

We know the void after the non stop caring you have been giving Ryder.  We also know Ryder left you with a gazzillion Happy memories  to make you smile and celebrate  a lofe well loved.  And, of course, he trained Grace how to make you laugh and how to train you to spoil her.....just like with Ryder.

I know Ryder IS free and happy and still watching over you from a location of Spirit energy.  Pay atten for signs from him because  he will connect  in a very Ryder specific  way.

The connection  may take awhile as he's very busy getting belly rubs from the Angel's and eating feast after feast, including lots of  "forbidden  foods" while here in his earth clothes..  Yeah, that includes ice cream and chocolate!

We are family and Ryder will always be part of us.  We always loved seeing Ryder's photos  and hearing about him.  Thank you for the privilege of getting to know this special boy and being part of the beautiful  bond  yo shared♥️

Surrounding  you with Ryder's eternal light

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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