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I lost my best mate Hooch a week ago today.. He was a Rottweiler and he had just turned 12. Unfortunately they found a tumor last Wednesday so I decided to put him in for surgery and hope for the best as other than arthritis he was extremely healthy and doing very well for his age... My regrets are trying too hard to be positive that he would  be coming home because I never really held him tight one last time before dropping him off at the vet. I just wish I had have maybe thought the worst at that time and said goodbye to him properly.. He did survive the surgery and was doing quite well the next day but once again when I went to visit him, even though he just cried and cried while I was there I was still trying to stay positive and just told him he would be ok and coming home soon... I wish I had have curled up with him and refused to leave him.. cause then several hours later I got the call saying he had gone down hill and it was either back to surgery or have him put down.. at that time there is only one choice, there is no way he could go through surgery again so I rushed up there to say goodbye to him. He was so drugged up with Morphine that he could only just open his eyes.. I should feel grateful that I had that chance but if only I had have thought the worst originally maybe I would have given him that bit more time with me. I miss him so much, he was my soul mate and so in tune with me that I know I will never find another dog who comes close to him.. I have a gorgeous Lab Karma who I love to death of course but she has here own wonderful personality and I wouldn't change her for the world but she is not my Hooch and never will have that same connection.. Hooch was very special and unique, everyone who met him fell in love with him.. I will miss him and feel lost for the rest of my life. 


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I am so terribly sorry for the loss of Hooch.  He sounds like such a wonderful boy.  Please try not to feel bad that you didn't realize how sick he was.  You had no way of knowing and had every reason to stay positive and believe he would be coming home.  Hooch knows how much you love him.  He had a lifetime filled your love and that will always be with him.  His spirit will always be with you and he will always have a special place in your heart.

Hugs and prayers
Kate (Gus' mom)


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Dear Cassie, I'm sorry for the loss of your baby Hooch. He was such a wonderful dog and a companion to you. It's always so difficult to lose a fur-baby specially if you shared a very strong connection with him. I hope your pain will ease with time and that you can feel that your sweet Hooch is very close to you: in your heart!!! and he will never leave your side.
Diana, Jessie's mom.

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There's something about the bond we have with certain animals. I have had 5 pets as an adult and 1 as a child. They're all special, but certain ones for different reasons seem feel like a closer bond.
Sorry about Hooch. I hope you get a sign soon that he's still with you. I think that helps the grieving process. Take care.

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Dear Cassie,

I am so very sorry you have had to say farewell to your beloved boy, Hooch.  I can tell how deeply you loved him and know your heart is just broken.   I think Hooch realized you were doing your best to help him.  I also believe he could feel every single bit of your love when you came to say farewell.   He knew you were there for him.  Hooch knows your heart.  So, please don't feel guilty.

I have lit a little internet candle for Hooch at AurichWolf's Light a Candle Here thread on this website.  It is under his name and will burn for the next 48 hours.   May beautiful memories of your precious boy comfort your grieving heart and bring you peace.

Sending hugs and prayers,
Betsy's forever mommy


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Hi Cassie.

My deepest condolences about Hooch (cool name and cool movie- Turner & Hooch).

Like you, I had to take my Princess in but not for surgery. She was having kimotherapy and passed away right before I was to leave town and leave her there for 2 weeks of kimotherapy and treatment. We were going to leave her at the hospital out of state which specializes in cancer treatment for animals. I got the call asking me to stay a bit longer which I did, but a few hours later got the call saying he lost her. I cannot tell you how much I cried seeing my baby lying there.  I knew it was coming eventually, but like you stayed as positive as possible. You did all you could. So did I. We can't blame ourselves when we did all we could.

You are lucky to have Karma. Give her the love you gave Hooch. Hooch would want that!
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