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22 September 2008
We said goodbye to Ute this afternoon. On Monday I took him to the vet because I thought he had a UTI. The vet did an x-ray to rule out bladder stones and with the x-ray saw a splenic mass. We did an ultrasound the following day and it was still unknown if the mass was on his spleen or kidney. I had the vet start a splenectomy this afternoon, but it wasn’t his spleen. It was pancreatic cancer. Apparently there’s nothing you can do for that.
It’s not my intention to share this withothers who are currently helping their dogs fight their own battles. I don’t want to make anyone feel badly. I think these dogs are so amazing. I truely believe Ute would have been an awesome tripawd. I was so amazed at how well and how quickly he adapted to life on three legs, even though he only became a tripawd 12 days ago. I know in my heart I did everything I thought I should do for Ute and I’m somewhat at peace because I know what took his life in the end.
The last couple of days, Ute and I spent some good quality time together and I’m so grateful for that. It doesn’t need to be said, but cherish each day, each moment you have with your pet…I know you all already do.
Thank you all for your support and kind words, even though we (Ute and I) had such a short time getting to know you.
Long live the TRIPAWDS!!!!!!!!
-Hayley, Mat & Ute
22 August 2008
25 April 2007
I truely believe Ute would have been an awesome tripawd.
I’m certain he was. As short a time he had. That’s the nasty thing about this damned disease. You just never know …
At least now you know Ute has been spared some serious pain, after having spent some serious – short but sweet, I’m sure – quality time with you.
2 October 2008
25 April 2008
26 July 2008
22 September 2008
I’m sorry for your loss, you have made the best choices possible for him, so he’d be thankful for the love and care you’ve shown him.
Carol & Titus
"A dog is the only thing in the world that loves you more than he loves himself."
OSA in left hind leg–30 August 2008. Ampuversary–4 October 2008.
Titus earned his wings on 15th July 2010.
He is dearly missed and our love lives on.
26 January 2008
2 February 2008
28 May 2008
We are so sorry to hear about Ute…a beautiful picture in the mind’s eye is a big welcome to Ute from Jerry, Sasha, Lalla, Mulligan, Luna and all the others who have crossed the bridge and man are they having a heck of a time running free and playing.
Thinking of you during this difficult time and thankful that you were strong enough to spare Ute the pain that pancreatic cancer would bring.
Much love and many prayers,
Heather and Zeus
Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together
15 August 2008
18 May 2008
Dear Hayley and Mat, Your beautiful Ute was a wonderful tripawd and now he is running the heavenly fields on all fours as a "former tripawd" ~ How blessed he has been to be so loved. You did everything you could and the choice you made was very selfless to let him go on. My heart hurts for you though. God’s Peace to you.
9 October 2008
So sorry to hear of Ute’s passing. How incredibly unfortunate to have two cancers… that is very sad. I am glad you are finding peace within yourself regarding the decisions you made. As a new tripawd pawrent, I now understand just how much immense hope is involved with their recovery. No guarantees of course… just immense hope. I am trying to stay positive for Jake’s sake (as well as my own well being) but I am finding it to be challenging for sure. You and Ute are such courageous souls. Despite the unyielding outcome in Ute’s remaining days, you allowed yourself to truly appreciate what is the most important… the precious loving bond that exists forever between Ute and you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Luv Spirit Jake, Smooch, Baby Gus & Mom (Sherri)
28 July 2008
19 July 2008
Hayley and Mat – we are so sorry to hear about Ute. I had an airedale/elkhound growing up who all of a sudden one day we discovered he had pancreatic cancer so we understand how shocking that must have been to learn. I know nothing will ever, ever replace Ute, but I hope that everyone on this site who has provided thoughts has helped, even if a little.