April 22nd 2011 6:12 pm
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Cruiser contracted lymphoma in late 2010. Although the chemo put the lymphoma into complete remission, the side effects, or perhaps a combination of the lymphoma and the chemo, caused a "rare" condition called megasophagus. The esophagus is supposed to narrow as it reaches the stomach so food stays down, but in this situation the esophagus widens making it very difficult to keep anything down. Despite all efforts to help him retain his food, Cruiser began refusing to eat.
After visiting with dear friends, his original Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raisers, on Saturday February 5, he had a particularly unhappy night. When daylight and snow arrived on Sunday morning, we took our darling to the animal ER, said goodbye, and let him go to meet his friends on the other side of the Bridge.
We love you, Cruiser.
June 7th 2010 6:48 am
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Don't forget that dogs sometimes need transfusions just like humans. Call your local animal ER to see if your dog qualifies to help other dogs. My "mom" and "dad" take me regularly and also sometimes when there has been an emergency. It doesn't hurt, it's quick, and I get really cool treats afterwards for being so helpful and such a good boy!
February 16th 2009 10:21 am
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