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Goodbye Ute
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15 October 2008 - 9:45 pm
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Hi everyone

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

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15 October 2008 - 10:18 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss of Ute! It is such bad luck to have 2 different cancers.  Your vet is right; I would say that pancreatic cancer is even more painful and more aggressive than osteosarcoma.Frown

My very deepest sympathy,

Pam and Tazzie

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15 October 2008 - 11:01 pm
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Ute said:

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.


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15 October 2008 - 11:11 pm
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I am so sorry.  And I’m so glad you did have that quality time together, and he was obviously so well loved.  Your words of the importance of cherishing each day are so true.


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15 October 2008 - 11:16 pm
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 So sorry to hear the news… he looked like a beautiful dog.

Deepest condolences,


Kim & Angel Buster

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
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15 October 2008 - 11:21 pm
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I’m so sorry for your loss.  Your choice was the right one to spare Ute the pain and I know he appreciated the quality time he had with you.

Connie & Radar

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15 October 2008 - 11:56 pm
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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.

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16 October 2008 - 3:22 am
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Dear Hayley and Mat,

Our heart reaches out to you. Your outlook is so positive…I am sure Ute benefited from every moment with you, and his legacy will endure forever.


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16 October 2008 - 3:51 am
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I’m so sorry to read this news.

Sleep tight Ute.

Thinking of you Hayley & Mat.

Darcy – tripawd since 16th October 2007.

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16 October 2008 - 9:20 am
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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

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16 October 2008 - 8:59 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Ute. He is at peace now.

Sheri & Leo

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16 October 2008 - 9:44 pm
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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.

Diane Riley

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16 October 2008 - 10:13 pm
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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)

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18 October 2008 - 1:49 pm
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We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Heidi and Titan

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24 October 2008 - 12:08 am
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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.

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