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22 April 2018
As everyone on this site had been so kind and positive when my daughter and I first posted about our Boxer, Toby, I felt it only fair now to give you an update. Sadly, I had delayed too long in telling everyone about how well our dear Toby had done over the summer. He had his rear leg amputation in April, healed and recovered remarkably well, and just continued enjoying life. Our vets were marvellous, giving him 3 courses of chemo, and life went happily on. They did tell us to keep a look out for any signs of breathing difficulties, as the cancer in his leg could mutate and get into his lungs. That is the usual scenario. We were pleased that nothing untoward appeared. We hoped he would prove everyone wrong and live on for at least another year. Alas, it was not to be. In late August, he began to very slowly lose some of his appetite. We simply cut out his midday meal, and he was otherwise fine. Whilst we were away for a week's holiday in France, his appetite rapidly declined. Our close friend who'd lived for 6 years with Toby, was housesitting and caring for him (and our other pets). He tried cooking all manner of tasty meals for Toby, with little success. Upon our return, our 2 other dogs came out to greet us, but Toby stay resting on the sofa. I knew then that things were not going well. The following morning he collapsed in the hall, and refused to get up. Our friend was thankfully able to get Toby's harness on him, and carried him to the car for an emergency vet's appointment. They got a drip into him, as he was quite dehydrated, but they warned us that he wouldn't make it. They did a "conscious X-ray" on his chest, which showed his lungs had many small tumours. We arranged to gather there with most of the family in the early evening to say our farewells. So devastating for everyone, even the veterinary staff, all of whom had done their best for him over the summer. We took his body home with us, and buried him in our garden that night, to lay in our pet cemetery with our other lovely pet family members who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge .
24 September 2009
Ohhh my gosh I'm so sorry Toby got his angel wings. It's not easy to share such sad news like this, and we are grateful that you did, thank you for your courage.
Cancer is just so unpredictable and mean! I'm so sorry. But Toby didn't let him get that down. He loved and lived like such a warrior right up until the end, and that awful disease can never take that away from his legacy. And he was surrounded by such loving, caring people throughout his journey, what a beautiful gift to help his soul gently transition into an everlasting spirit. He left the physical world knowing he was treasured, and I have no doubt will thank you by staying close to your side in one form or another. Listen closely, watch for signs, he's never far.
Do you have any photos you would like to share? We would enjoy seeing them if you feel up to it. Here's a post about adding images to the forums, let me know if you'd like assistance OK?
Many hugs & condolences to you and your family and friends.
18 October 2009
I'm so sorry Toby has gone on ahead, condolences to you, Kathrine, and all Toby's friends.
Here is Daughter Kathrine's Thread for Toby when he had his amp in April.
Toby's Tripawd journey was far too short, but I know that each and every moment he had with you was the very best. I'm glad you got the extra time with him and that he was able to inspire you with his adaptability and spirit. The special ones stay close to us even when they cross over, he will live forever in your heart.
Karen and Spirit Maggie
1 October 2017
Grandma, Katherine, and Angel Toby🕊️
I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is with you all. Toby wasn't shedding his earthly clothes until you were all together, that is nothing shy of the sheer power of love. You all took such good care of all his needs, you were phenomenal pawrents, never ever forget that.
He is with you in spirit, you just can't see him but he is there. Watch for signs, i believe you'll see them.
Sending big hugs and lots of love to all of you, sending you peace and love to help you through such a hard time. Thank you so much for coming back to share.
Jackie and Huck 🌹❤️🌹
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
22 February 2013
So very, very sorry to read this tonight. Like every aspect of this journey , you are surrounded by your tripawd family who understands the depth of your love...and the depth of your grief...amd the depth of a bond that can NEVER be broken.
I always marveled at the care that Toby had during recovery from his extended human family. Each of you were clearly so devoted Toby. You made sure that sweet boy was so well cared for. ..and so loved and so spoiled every second of every day.❤
I want to come back and write more, but I just had to reach out and extend my sincere, truly sincere and heartdelt condolences as quickly as I could.
With love to all
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too
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!
8 November 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss - boxers are such amazing dogs. So much muscle yet very kind hearted and playful. I had a boxer years ago and still miss her.
Thank you for sharing.
Sending prayers and thoughts your way.