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Old 21st January 2017, 1:49 PM   #631
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Rest in peace our beautiful little angel Barry.

You were such a kind and loving soul, and the best dog anyone could have asked for.

01/01/2006-21/01/2017

Goodbye to our best friend - We'll love you and miss you forever.





Kidney failure took him from us far too soon. Such a tough little guy.
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Old 21st January 2017, 2:39 PM   #632
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So sorry for your loss Jack_son, he was a beautiful dog.
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Old 24th January 2017, 8:28 PM   #633
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I feel for you Jack_Son
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Old 24th January 2017, 10:26 PM   #634
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Know all about losing loved furry humans to kidney failure: it's ghastly.

Very sorry to hear

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Old 12th February 2017, 1:40 PM   #635
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Just put this big guy to permasleep. Zac the 14 year old Merrima.



He reached a ripe old age. Beautiful temperament. Nearly bought it a decade ago when he tore the ACL in one of his back legs and the cost of the surgery was immense with low success rate due to his size. But we nursed and rehabbed him back to walking health which was a good story.

But he just got weaker and weaker on the back legs over the last year and lost a lot of weight from his peak of 50kg. Then in the heatwave this week he couldn't get up or even hold himself steady to reach down to drink which we noticed too late so his kidneys started going. The vet confirmed his pO2 had started dropping so his lungs were starting to go and we decided to end it before he got any worse. At least he was able to enjoy his last scritches and pats without being in pain
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Old 12th February 2017, 3:05 PM   #636
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I'm sorry, bennyg.
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Old 12th February 2017, 3:20 PM   #637
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RIP Zac..

i'm sorry for the loss your mate.

best wishes bennyg .
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Old 13th February 2017, 12:56 AM   #638
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But he just got weaker and weaker on the back legs over the last year and lost a lot of weight from his peak of 50kg.
Sounds like my old dog phantom, he's about 14 and like your pup he is getting very skinny now and increasingly wobbly on the back legs but he can still walk ok

I'm sorry for your loss, it's never easy having to say goodbye to a pet *hugs*
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Old 13th February 2017, 10:17 AM   #639
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Thanks

Love em while they're still here... The stoic big guy was still able to walk around the block without stopping - a km or so - only a couple weeks ago.

Like the vet said, it's often much harder with big animals because their mind is still there even though the body is gone.
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Old 24th February 2017, 2:49 PM   #640
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Well, fuck Fridays . Lion (12yo) has to be put down this afternoon - he has "wet" FIP (always fatal, usually within a few days to a couple of weeks).



He was found, thrown away in a dumpster, at about 12 weeks old with 4 siblings, behind my sister's employer. Daughter's 'first pet of her own' grew to >8kg with a purr like an earthquake yet a silent miaow. The most gentle cat I've known unless you had socks on your feet; then they were fair game.

He's had diabetes for two-three years, which caused sunken hocks (and he recovered). Been on special diabetic and hypo-allergenic food and medications for continual foul stench diarrhoea; possibly the earliest symptoms, but it was thought to be allergies.

Went off his food a week ago, difficulty breathing. First vet dismissed it as a throat blockage, second drained his lungs (yesterday). Trouble breathing again today, can walk but no energy.

Farewell Lion, we love you.
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Farewell Lion, we love you.
What a little battler, against the odds too - so happy to hear he had a loving family and sad to hear he's gone.

Our cat has very mild diabetes too and when it's diagnosed it's a bit of a freakout.
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Sorry about Lion.
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What a little battler, against the odds too - so happy to hear he had a loving family and sad to hear he's gone.

Our cat has very mild diabetes too and when it's diagnosed it's a bit of a freakout.
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Thanks. Hopefully we get to a reasonable level of over shortly. Diabetes sucks.
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Old 25th February 2017, 3:00 PM   #644
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Sorry to hear about Lion, David. After a rough start in life you certainly gave him an amazing home for 12 years!

Sadly we lost our Helo suddenly on Monday night. She arrived on our doorstep (literally) 4 years ago. Maybe 6-7 years old at the time. Scrawny and hungry. After leaving food and water out for her, we eventually succumbed and adopted her (well, she adopted us!).


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She wasn't the healthiest of kitties. After a year and a half we discovered she had hyperthyroidism, which meant daily pills for the rest of her life. Then 2 years ago we had a scare with a white-tail spider bite to her face. Luckily she recovered from that, but was left with a large liquid filled cyst below her left eye.

But, I think she was happy. She always had food, a warm bed and lots of pats from us. I'm glad we were able to give her a comfortable retirement home.

Helo followed my wife home one day, and stayed ever since:

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Sadly, without our knowledge, Helo had developed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a thickening of the heart muscle. On Monday evening, she was laying on the couch behind my head, when I heard her slip off and barely catch herself. I initially thought 'silly kitty', but then she started panting heavily. Apparently this was the moment a clot lodged in her aorta, which began to block the blood supply to her organs and limbs.

We rushed to the vet, but there was no real option but to sadly put her to sleep.

I was surprised how hard it has hit us. It is amazing how much of your daily routine involves interaction with your cat. You only notice when they're gone.

So it is sad, but we are slowly accepting it. I have to say, Google Photos' automatic backing up of photos and videos has been amazing. Initially hard to look at, we are now glad we have so many nice memories to look back on.
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Old 25th February 2017, 3:13 PM   #645
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Sorry Thommo. It's hard to lose a pet.
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