Hershey Bear (2003 - 2015)

Mixed Breed
Picture of Hershey Bear (2003 - 2015), a male Mixed Breed

Photo Comments (1)

Home:Long Island, New York  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

Photo Comments (2)

Photo Comments (1)

Photo Comments (2)

Photo Comments

Photo Comments

Photo Comments (1)

Photo Comments

   Leave a bone for Hershey Bear (2003 - 2015)

Hersh, Hershers, Hershey Bear

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Sun Sign:
cute funny pet photos and videos
Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
August 17th 2003

June 28th 2003

Frisbee, cheese, walks,

the cats not wanting to play with him :(

Favorite Toy:
His stuffed fish, and tennis balls.

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere, so long as there's things to sniff and trees to pee on!

Best Tricks:
Barking on command, sit, paw, lay down, "where's the cat?", "get the ball", "frisbee!" ,

Arrival Story:
I had always wanted a dog, but my family lived in an apartment for the first 18 years of my life so we couldn't get one. After I graduated High School we moved to a house with a backyard, and I was looking forward to adopting a puppy from once we were settled. Since it was my first dog, I wanted to make sure I took my time deciding and not adopt the very first one I saw (which is hard to do because all puppies are cute!). About a year after we moved, I picked out a small chocolate colored puppy who had come in with his littermates from a shelter down in Virginia, and had been rescued by North Shore Animal League America. Most of them looked sort of like golden retrievers and two, including Hershey, were chocolate. Though I looked at all of them, Hershey "spoke" to me, and after he was neutered, I took him home to meet the resident Queen of the house. Needless to say, Brookie wasn't too pleased, as she had lived as the only pet of the house for a long time. She still doesn't like him very much, sorry to say. :o)

Hershey is generally a happy dog who loves hugs and especially treats! Frisbee and tennis ball are his two favorite things aside from walking, and he'll run around the yard retrieving them all day if we let him!

Forums Motto:
Silly old bear

The Last Forum I Posted In:
if you would like wings

To see more of Hershey's photos, check out his page on Pack !

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 21st 2007 More than 9 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

Meet my family
~ Brooke ~
(1997 - 2012)
Chloe ~ Itty
Bitty Angel
Maus: DB #53!Sable - ~Love
you Always~

Meet my Pup Pals
See all my Pup Pals
See all my Pup Pals

A diary? For me?

Hershey Bear 2003 - 2015

November 22nd 2015 3:21 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

It's been awhile since I've posted in Dogster, but I thought I should let all his pup pals know that Hershey crossed to the bridge yesterday.

Hershey had been going steadily downhill since the lumpectomy to remove the spindle cell tumor, and his joints had recently been failing him. Last night, he collapsed outside and simply could not get up again, and I had to make the painful decision to bring him to the emergency vet and say goodbye.
He may have been a grumpy bear, but he was my grumpy bear. My first dog, and I will miss him dearly.


"It's not a tumor!" but it is. :(

May 2nd 2014 4:35 pm
[ Leave A Comment | 3 people already have ]

I'll let my person do the talking:

What was a routine visit for anal glands turned out to be a lot more than that. The vet noticed a lump near Hershey's genitalia as an incidental finding as she was palpating him, and we opted to do a cytology.
The DVM just called with the results: a malignant nerve sheath tumor. Hershey's going in on Tuesday for further bloodwork and x-rays.

This really did come out of the blue. He's been to the vet a bunch of times this year for hypothyroid workups and none of the DVM's caught it. Worried for my boy.

Have a copy of the cytology report for those who can interpret or are curious:

3 inch firm mass near the right caudal mammary gland, 2 smears.

Microscopic description:
A highly cellular sample is present on a pale basophilic background with low numbers of red cells and consists of aggregates and individually scattered spindle cells. the spindle cells display moderate anisocytosis, anisokaryosis,round to slightly ovoid basophilic nuclei, stippled chromatin, one to three prominent blue round nucleoli, and moderate amounts of wispy basophilic cytoplasm. occasional hyalinized collagen fibrils or amorphous pink stippled matrix type material seen associated with these cells. scattered bionucleated cells and crown cells are noted. few well granulated mast cells and rare macrophages are also noted. no infectious agents observed.

Microscopic findings:
Spindle cell tumor

Morphology of the cells is most compatible with a hemangiopericytoma/nerve sheath tumor. These are typically locally invasive tumors with a low metastatic rate. Other soft tissue sarcomas cannot be excluded. tissue biopsy with histiopathology is recommended for definitive classification and possibly grading.
User avatar


Why, Dogster? A final diary.

January 16th 2014 5:23 pm
[ Leave A Comment | 1 person already has ]

Hershey's person here.

We are devastated, to say the least, about the impending shutdown of Dogster. Catster (and Dogster) were once fantastic communities of animal loving people and their pets. We learned so much from this website, and met so many great people, through "talking" as our pets.

- I use Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. If any of you want to stay in touch that way, drop me a message here or email (JessicattNY@gmail.com) I'd hate to lose contact with all the great Catsters and Dogsters I've met over the years.

- There is also CatScouts, for the cat inclined which I use "as" Maus: http://catscouts.mousebreath.com/

If there are any alternative communities, please let us know.
It's been fun!

Wags 'n woofs,
Hershey Bear

See all diary entries for Hershey Bear (2003 - 2015)