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23 February 2009 - 3:26 pm
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Hi Mia's Mama!!!  I just wanted to say that I know this can be an overwhelming time and my heart goes out to you and my prayers are with Mia.  I have a Neo Mastiff named Attila and trust me when I say that I know exactly how you are feeling alone in this.  My husband and I recently separated and then I find out the only male left in my life is faced with a battle for his life.  Attila had his surgery done about 2 weeks ago and I know the emotional roller coaster I was on prior to his amputation.  There's a flood of emotions you go through and while I have been a spectator gathering information mostly, i felt compelled to tell you to stay strong and carefully weigh all the options.  With my boy, I felt like he has challenges but euthansia isn't even an option if he's got a big ole slobbery smile on his face.  I also know exactly how you feel when you say you are at work but mentally you're reallly nowhere but focused on Mia.  It's ok to be scared but don't let it cloud your decision making. Trust me I know it's hard when all you want is for her to be better. Thank you for posting because now I'm going to post as there's challenges I am facing post diagnosis. I just wish you and Mia the best of luck and may God continue to guide your decisions. -Mara & Attila

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Mia's ultrasound indicated that her cancer spread to her spleen. I thought that was too much to ask of her little body to take. She left the world today (2/23) at 5:30 pm and I am deeply mourning the loss.

The body's capacity for tears is unbelievable.

I can't thank you all enough for your concern and support.


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23 February 2009 - 10:33 pm
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So sorry to hear this news … we totally understand the emptiness left by losing Mia. Crying

Please know that she is at peace, and sharing your story here is certain to help others through similar difficult decisions with their dogs. Thank you.

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Heidi, I am so sorry. Please be gentle with yourself and know that it does get better with time. Mia was a wonderful and lucky dog to have you.

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I am so sorry this was the outcome for you- please know you are in our thoughts and prayers – I know how hard this is for you-

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I am so sorry that you got the news today about your sweet girl. You were a good Mom and did what you could do, and I know the sadness must be overwhelming. Take care of yourself and get some support from friends and family.

Sending you love & prayers.

Grateful for every moment we had with Paris… regrets!

Honoring her life by opening our hearts & home to Addy!

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Dear Heidi,  Words cannot help express how sorry I am to hear of the sad news.  You did your best, and Mia knew. 

Please don't be hard on yourself.  I truly feel your pain, as I still freshly feel mine even though it happened 9 months ago.

The recovery journey will be long and hard, but please know that we are thinking of you, always here to support you, be your listeners when you need.

Mia is not suffering anymore, no more pain.  She surely is now running freely, playing with new friends in Heaven.

Big hugs to you.

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I am so sad for you and so sorry.  I've been thinking of you, Mia, Uschi, and her people all day, and I just really don't know what to say.  I know we are all better people for loving the way we do.  It is still always so heartbreaking.  


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