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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sad News

This past Monday we finally got a diagnosis for Sam's problems.  Sam has a brain tumor.  
Sammish
According to the vet, chances for him to survive surgery are slim.   At best, she thinks we have another 3-4 months with him. 
Waiting for news...

It's been a roller coaster of emotions for us these past few months.  I think deep down in our hearts, Aaron and I knew it was more than just a tendonitis issue.
Cruising the neighborhood
We shared the news briefly on Facebook, so some of you already know.  This past week has been hard on us, but we want Sam to have the best time possible, for however long he has left.  We are hoping for more time than what the vet thinks.
Happy boy
Sam loves people, so we are going to try to take him to see as many people as possible.  We are limited by the heat, but we are going to do our best for our boy.
Best friends forever...

We want to thank everyone for their words of support and love.  It has meant so much to us that Sam is loved by so many folks.

76 comments:

  1. Praying for you and Sam. He has been such a wonderful example of a Golden.

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  2. Whee lubbs our Sam so berry much, and our prayers continue teu roll. Good fought and many many wishes for good and sbeshull times... and eudles of them.

    Wif lubbs from Little Reufus and the Mom

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  3. Where sending you lot's off labrador kisses during this very hard time and we hope you and sam can still enjoy many adventures together in the next few months
    From Milo & Jet

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  4. We are SO very sorry to hear this news. We are praying fur all of you. It is wonderful that you are going to make the MOST of Every day.

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  5. We're praying for all of you.
    We love Sam.

    Thor and Jack xxxxx

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  6. I am so sorry to hear this news. Finn always thought Sam was her big bro since they look so similar! We are thinking of you and we hope that he knows how many people and doggies out there love him and are. Thinking of him.

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  7. I like your plan and my guess is so does Sam. Enjoy every day.

    Mango Momma

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  8. We have been where you are now and understand the pain and helplessness you're feeling. This news has changed your lives forever. Live each day to the fullest and fill each day with only good memories you can hold on to. And remember that sometimes miracles can happen.

    Hugs...

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  9. Keeping you guys close to our hearts and prayers. Healing toots being sent your way dearest sam..
    Pibble sniffles
    The pittie pack

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  10. Enjoy these precious, special days, and we are wishing that you have many more days to spend with sweet Sam.

    Hugs to all of you.

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  11. Oh, Sam! Enjoy each day, love and be loved and sneak some extra cuddle time!

    -Bart

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  12. We're so sorry it's not good news for Sam, but his special days with you are not over yet. x

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  13. I am sure you are going to enjoy every single minute.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  14. Sad new indeed - I had a beautiful doberman many years ago with a brain tumor - we started noticing strange things like he wouldn't go in shadows or shade - had times when he couldn't get his back legs to work. Keep a watch for unusual things as a signal for when it is getting bad.

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  15. I know how very hard it had to be to write this post, but I hope it helps you and Sam (and Aaron, Monty & Harlow) to know how very many people care about all of you and our sending our love an prayers your way. Continue to make all those special memories and cherish them in your heart. With much love from Cathy, Jim, "Grammie", CJ & Simon

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  16. Live every day as if it were your last. Huge hugs to all of you♥

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  17. so sad :'(
    Huge hug for Sam and family!

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  18. Sending tons and tons of love and lifting all of you up in prayer. Bless you for making the most of the time you have with that handsome boy of yours. Please pass along a nose poke to him from me.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  19. So damn sorry. Words fail us. There has been so much sadness in Blogville recently. Our thoughts and prayers are for you. Seize each day and bless you all.
    Best wishes Molly

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  20. We are so, so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you guys!

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  21. I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I know how incredibly painful it was to receive this diagnosis. My thoughts are with you.

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  22. I am SO sorry! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  23. Sounds like Sam is in good hands. Our paws are crossed for you and your family.

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  24. Wow. That's awful. We are so sorry about the news. Enjoy every moment with your special boy. Sending you lots of positive vibes and thoughts from Canada!

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  25. We are so very sorry to hear this. We will be praying for Sam, that his days with you will be many and that he will be able to enjoy everything.
    God does not deal in time lines and we ask in prayer that Sam will continue his journey through life with God's abundant mercy.

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  26. Terrible news, I am so sorry to hear it. He's such a handsome boy. Glad you are able to make more sweet memories in the next few months.

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  27. I'm so sorry! If I lived closer I would've loved to meet Sam. When my lab Casey was diagnosed with Osteo last summer we spent the next few weeks spoiling him rotten. We had so much fun making him happy. I know how heartbreaking this is, but you'll still be making happy memories for awhile. Good luck and give him an extra hug from me!

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  28. Sam, we love you so much buddy. Our hearts go out to your humans - there is no easy way to cope with heart breaking news. Treasure every moment together, you are in our prayers :(

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  29. My heart is breaking for all of you. It's so very sad, and we wish there was something we could say to help you handle this sadness.
    Blogworld cares so much.
    Sam knows today he is loved- just like all the days of love before.
    Sam lives one day at a time- and your love makes his days special.
    love
    tweedles

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  30. Sam just knows he loves you and you love him. That's all that really matters. Hugs.

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  31. Thank you so much for letting us know. We will be thinking of him.

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  32. Very sad when we read it on FB. Sending Lots of Golden LOVE. Golden Hugs n Kisses to Sam. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  33. Our hearts are with you and we know that yours hurt so much. We admire your attitude, though. Remember that dogs do live in the present and you too will do the same, making the present that much more present each and every day.

    From all your friends at
    The Poupounette

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  34. I am so sorry. We are so sad for all of you but we know that you'll make the best of every day. Lots of hugs to Sam and to you.

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  35. Sending wuffles and wuzzes for you all. We know that you will give Sam the best life he can have.

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  36. I'm so sorry. Sending love
    Nola

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  37. Howdy Mates, we are sorry to hear this news. We will have you in our hearts. Sam, we know you will show us all how to enjoy each and every day.
    No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

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  38. From someone who has lost 3 dogs to cancer (one with a brain tumor), enjoy every moment you have with him and remember, he may feel weird and have trouble standing and the like, but HE will not have the anxiety and sadness that goes along with cancer. That is all yours. Whatever happens to him he will accept it as the new normal. Try to make it just that. He will pick up YOUR sadness and anxiety though so, as hard as it is, try to live day by day like he does. Plan for the future, but don't fret about it. Hugs.

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  39. That's the best course of action in our advice....make every minute count. Just love him loads.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  40. From the day we saw the news, this song has been playing in our heads -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiOcW_YR1G8

    I see Sam SKEYE diving fur sure!

    Live in the moment -

    But then again, Goldens have made that an artform!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra, Khousin Harley, and Golden Angel Khousins Merdie, Sierra, and Lexie

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  41. I am so very sorry for this diagnosis. Sam is such a highlight to us all. Cancer is so sneaky...catching us when we aren't looking. Our lab, Jack, has it as well. So we understand the waiting game. Just enjoy these moments because Sam will never really leave.

    Painter Pack

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  42. We haven't been over to visit you in a long, long time and are so sorry to read about Sam.

    Please know we will keep you in our prayers. We wish Sam many more happy days ahead.

    And to you, we send BIG hugs!

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  43. I've thought a lot about you all since you posted on FB about your boy's diagnosis. Remember that we are all here for you to lean on in those moments that you need strength!

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  44. So sorry to hear this sad diagnosis.

    The wonderful thing is that he will keep on living each day, not caring if he has a million left, or none, just enjoying being Sam and being with his family.
    ~Lickies, Ludo

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  45. We think about you and Sam every day - such a sweetheart. We so admire your living each day to the fullest with your dear pal; our prayers along with huge hugs go out to you and Aaron.
    Xxxxxxxxx from us all
    Sammie and Ava

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  46. Oh no! This is terrible news! My heart nearly stopped when I read this. I am so, so sorry to hear this news. I really understand the dreadful pain and trauma of this kind of diagnosis. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you... I am available if you need me via email, at any time...just drop me a note. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. Please give Sam a big, big hug from us. We love him, we love you! The best advice I can give is 'Live in the moment'.
    Sending LOTS of hugs and comforting thoughts to you at this difficult time.
    C

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  47. I don't know what to say. We love Sam and Monty very much and hate to see either of them go through sickness. Please know you can contact us if you need anything at all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. We hope you have some wonderful moments in the months to come.

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  48. We're so sad and sorry to hear this about Sam. We know how much you love him. Our thoughts are with you!

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  49. So sorry to hear the news. Poor Sam. hugs to you all xxx

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  50. sending our love

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  51. We are heartbroken - we love Sam so. We're thinking about you and Sam and the rest of your pack.

    Garth and his momma

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  52. hello sam its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am verry sorree to heer this nooz i no yore mama and dada and brother and sister wil mayk shoor to spend lots of ekstra time with yoo and giv yoo lots of luv and kisses and nommy treets and al the gud things that yoo deserv for beeing a verry gud dog!!! ok bye

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  53. We are very sorry to hear this. Make each day the best and that is most important. Everyday is a day of grace.
    We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

    *Hugs*
    Dommy+Anny

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  54. We totally understand. Live life to the fullest - and cherish each and every moment you have together.
    You're in our thoughts and prayers,
    KZK with Zim and Cam

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  55. Gosh that's just awful, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm sending you hugs and good thoughts. I know you will make the most of the time you have with him.

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  56. Oh no! My heart cries for you. I am so sad to hear about Sam.
    Cherish each and every moment with Sam and don't let any day ago by that will make you regret not doing something with him.

    YD and June

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  57. So so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you all. Just love and make every day Sam has left better than the day before.

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  58. Really sad to hear this. I know this isn't the news you wanted - but I also know you are loving Sam for however much time he has left. Hugs from me, licks from Blueberry.

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  59. My heart is breaking for you and I wish there was something I could do. I know you feel very lucky to have Sam in your lives but he is incredibly lucky to be so loved by you. We are hoping for many "days of grace" in the weeks ahead for you and Sam.

    MayzieMom

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  60. I am so sorry to hear your news. You must be feeling absolutely shattered.

    But it sounds like you have some good ideas about how to enjoy every moment you have together. Although you're sad and will be when he finally says goodbye to you, I know you'll look back on this time together as something very special.

    Blessings to you.

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  61. Good thoughts, prayers and hugs to you.

    From Bentley & Cooper and their humans.

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  62. I'm so sorry to learn of this. I hope Sam continues to be happy and make you happy.
    We'll be praying and thinking of you.

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  63. I'm so very sorry to hear about Sam. I know how you are feeling as Boober was diagnosed with nasal cancer in May and we too are on borrowed time. Some alternative supplements that we are using are Immunity4pets(Avemar), IP-6 and AHCC. All have shown promising results in cancer and shrinking tumors. Hoping for the best for Sam.
    Sue, Nelson & Boober

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  64. Oh, so sorry to hear this tragic news. I hope you have many happy times with your beloved Sam.

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  65. I just saw the news. All of us at our home send lots of prayers and wishes your way.

    Much love from me, Nala, Bubba, mommy, daddy and Taylor. <3

    Biggest woofs & huggies,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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  66. This had to be a tough post to write. It was tough to read, for sure. Mom and I will say lots of prayers for you and your family, Sam. We will send happy, healing thoughts for all of you. xoxo

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  67. <3 <3 Here's to more adventures!

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  68. We are thinking of you each day and hope that you and Sam have many more months of quality time together. Hugs to you and gentle pats to Sam.

    Susan and Wrigs

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  69. We are so heartbroken to hear this news. Praying for Sam and your family. Big hugz and lots of kisses for Sam.

    -Lucca

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  70. Oh, I am so so sorry. We will be saying many special prayers for Sam and for you. I know how hard this is and I wish there was more we could do...

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  71. Oh, we commented on Facebook but this is the first chance we've had to come over to your blog. This post breaks our hearts but we know that you'll be treasuring your time with Sam and doing the best by him. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you!! Still, just remember that he really doesn't know and so isn't sharing your stress & worry & dread - I guess that's where dogs are blessed. He's just feeling loved and enjoying still doing things with you.

    Anyway, just want to let you know that we are thinkgin of you every day, even if we don't always get to comment.

    Hugs & slobbers,
    Hsin-Yi & Honey

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  72. Just getting caught up... I am so sad for you. What a trying time.

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  73. I'm so terribly behind on my reading that I just heart this heartbreaking news. I truly know how you feel because the same thing happened with our Tucker. He was 14 and not a candidate for surgery, so we all (dogs included) spent as much time as possible with him. There was a very special sweetness present. My heart goes out to you.

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