For those who have not seen this already on Facebook this morning:
Our beautiful Bear went to Doggie Heaven this morning around 1 a.m. His breathing had become more labored since we had taken him in to the vet around noon, so we took him back about midnight. The hemangiosarcoma had already invaded his internal organs, had ruptured, and the sac around his heart was full of blood and causing him distress. There were also signs of tumor in his spleen and liver. The vet said he probably would not survive the night, so we chose to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge to ease his distress.
Ted and I are heartbroken. He was our big, beautiful, smart boy, and the love he gave to us, to hundreds of patients as a therapy dog, to children in the Paws for Reading Program, and to everyone he met cannot be measured in mere words.
I will write a proper tribute to my beautiful boy at a later date. Right now Ted and I are just trying to get through this first day. I see him everywhere.
I will probably take a couple of weeks off blogging to try and wrap my head around this and to grieve. I know each of you will understand . . . because you all loved him also.
Run fast and free, my beautiful Bear. You were such a special, special friend.