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I decided to join, to come over here and share a bit. 
Last Tuesday, the 17th, I had to say goodbye to my precious golden retriever Zachary.  He was 11 years young, and cancer took him from me.
This is my 2nd pet loss to cancer in 2 years.  I lost my kitty Hilo to cancer in June of 06. 
I will share more a bit later, but wanted to introduce myself first.
Regards, Alison (San Diego)

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Dear Alison-- I'm so sorry to hear of your losses.  Please come back here to share.  So many people on this site know your grief since we've been there too.

    All my thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time--

                                            Teddy's Mom

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Welcome  Alison,I'am so sorry for your loss of Zachary,I know what you are going through,and you did come to the right place for help with your grief.I came  to this site in 2003 when my sweet Sammy Sus was so ill with Kidney Failure,we had to have her PTS  October 16th. 03 and I know I was really a mess when I came here I didn't care if I lived or died,you see Sammy was  17 yrs. & 8 mons. old when she went to Rainbow Bridge,and I just  lost everything she was there in the morning and  there when I came home from town,and  and everywhere I looked I expected her to be there,I still have those days when I do nothing but cry for her,and at nite I sleep with her blankets and I will not wash them yet to this day because  I'am afraid  I'll wash out what smell is left and I could not bare that.Keep coming to this site and these wonderful loving people will help you through your grief.One thing that will help you I found is to read the Rainbow  Bridge at the beginning of this site,it is just so beautiful,and you will know where your sweet Zach is,and know he is in good hands, our bridge babies were there to meet Zach and will take good care of him for you & Hilo was there to meet Zachary,and was probaley so happy to see his buddie Zach,Zach will watch over you and you'll know when he is around,you will get some kind of prayers and thoughts are with you.and I'am also sorry for your loss of Hilo.Please visit this site whenever you want.
Healing Hugs,
JoAnn Sammy Sus's Mom


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Good for you for joining.  I joined yesterday and let me tell you the people on here are wonderful and they bring comfort and support like you would not believe.  I lost my Louie 3 weeks ago today.  For the past 3 weeks I kept thinking of looking up something on the internet but never did until yesterday and I shared and I feel so much better.  I know now I am not the only person in the world devastated by the loss of a pet.  Please share at your own pace when u are ready.  I know for me I talked about Louie to a friend yesterday and  for the first time with out crying, although I wanted to at one point I didn't, I kept it together.  I can't say it gets easy fast but it will in time, so I have heard.  I will keep you in my prayers.  Have a blessed day.




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Welcome to petloss Alison. I am so very sorry about your precious Zachary. I came here November 2007, after I lost my Baby Bunz. Everyone here has been wonderful. The chatroom is a great source of comfort to me. I have made many new friends here.
I am sure Zachary was met by all of our furbabies and will be well taken care of until you can be with him again.


Jacki, Baby Bunz Mommy

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Dear Alison:

Welcome to Petloss...we're all here for you. We all know how you're feeling right now. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Zach. I am sure he was a special boy, we hope to hear all about him when you're up to it.
You came to the right place for support and comfort. I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for the support and the understanding of everyone here.
Keeping you & Zach in my thoughts and prayers.

Chiquita's Mom

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Alison, I am so very sorry for the loss your dear Zachary. I know the pain you are feeling. Continue to come to this site. The people here are so kind and understanding. They have been a great comfort to me.
Your babies Zachary and Hilo are watching over you now and their spirits will always be with you. Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom

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Dear Alison,

I understand your pain and am truly sorry that you must endure it.  I know firsthand how heartbreaking it is to lose your beloved Golden.  I know for me it feels like my heart and soul have gone with her.  I put her down 5 weeks ago this Sunday.  These dogs are so special; you can actually see the love in their eyes.


I would really love to hear more about Zachary and I’m sure when you are ready, you will tell us all with the pride and love that you share with Zach.  The bond that you share with your furbaby will always be there, that comes from your heart and that is the one place that Zachary knows he would always be safe.  Keep him there and look for the signs that he’ll send you.


You are in my thoughts and prayers for you to find some comfort in the love that you and Zachary share.


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So sorry to hear about your loss, but you have definitely came to the right place - everyone here understands your pain as we have each  experienced it ourselves.  I lost my Sammy to cancer in March - she was 12 - and I can still get tears when I look at her picture or think back on the moments she and I shared.

Take Care and visit here as much as you need. We understand


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I want you to know how sorry I am for your losses, cancer is so cruel and takes the best too soon. I am sorry for the loss of Zachary. When the time feels right I hope you come here and tell us about his wonderful 11 years with him. You have come to a very safe and caring place.

Sending you all my deepest sympathies,

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Hi Alison,

My deepest condolences to you on the loss of Zachary. And of Hilo not so long ago. I know your heart must be breaking. May sweet memories of your loved ones keep you comfort in this difficult time. Please share more memories of your babies when you are ready. We are all here for you.


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I have a Golden - he turns 2 in July.  He is the most loveable ball of love I have seen.  I also have a 2 year old Dalmatian and the two of them are great together.  I adore them both and can't imagine life without them.  Yet, having lost another Dal in 2006, I know there will come a sad day when they won't be with me.

If your Golden is like mine, he was a joy ever moment - so full of love, trust and happiness.  You couldn't help but hug and pet him.  And if this is how he was, that means you were also a wonderful owner, full of that same love and joy. 

Having experienced this loss, I can only say that time is a healer.  You will never forget and any new pet in your life will bring fond memories of the one you lost.  Time, though, will allow you to accept this loss and enjoy the fond memories. 

You have my condolences during this difficult time.

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Hi Alison - welcome.  I'm so sorry for your loss of Zachary.  Goldens are such amazingly beautiful and graceful creatures.  I lost my yellow lab Luna to cancer when she was only 4.  Cancer is a horrible thing.  Most of the time you don't even know it's there until it's too late to do anything about it.  Luna died almost 17 months ago, and I still cry for her almost every day.  She was my golden goddess.  I'm glad you found us.  This is a wonderful place to come to get things of your chest, or share stories and memories - whatever you want. We all understand your pain and nobody here judges you.  This forum is a Godsend.  You'll be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  Many hugs to you.

Gerlie (Gypsy and Luna's forever mom)

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I am so sorry for your loss.  You will find comfort here just like I did and everyone else has.  I hope that you find peace in talking about your beloved friend.


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Welcome Alison,

First of all I am so sorry for you loss. Cancer is such an evil thing isn't it? I love Golden's, they have such a beautiful face. You have certainly come to the right place here for comfort. Everyone here is so amazing and understanding, I don't know what I would do without this place.

When you are ready tell us about your boy. I am thinking of you and sending you a big cuddle.

Love Nuggetsmum Alana

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I'm so sorry for your loss of both Zachary and Hilo.  It's so hard to deal with losses, and cancer.  I lost my girl, Molly, last year to cancer, also.  Please know that all of us here know how you feel, and are here to support you in whatever way we can.  We'd love to hear more about both Zachary and Hilo, when you feel ready.

Big hugs,



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Welcome, you have found a wonderful place. I am so sorry to hear of both your losses. Zachary must have been a beauty. I have always loved Goldens and hope one day one might pick me to be their mom. I'm still waiting......

It's so hard to deal with losses & Cancer. I was hit 3 times with a row with losses due to Cancer. First in April of 2005 I lost my sweet dog Suzie Q to Lymphoma (just 5 days before my wedding), then my 19 year old cat and love of my life to Arterial Cancer last year and most recently my rabbit Panda to lung Cancer. I definitely feel your pain.

When your ready I would love to hear about Zachary & Hilo too.....

Gentle hugs being sent to you,


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Dear Alison –

Please accept my deepest sympathies over the loss of your beloved Zach and your sweet Hilo. You’ve indeed come to the right place to share your pain and your sorrow, and in time, hopefully some of your wonderful memories. Everyone here understands the profound loss and grief that come with this process. I lost my 21+ year old kitty Rusty 19 weeks ago, and I’m quite sure I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found petloss – coming here and having such compassionate people out there for support has been life saving for me, so I hope you’ll come back to share your feelings and more stories about your babies.


You are in my thoughts . . .


To our sweet little earth angels who have gone before us to the Rainbow Bridge . . . until we meet again . . . we love and miss you so.


Rusty’s Mom – Allison.


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Zach's Mom,

Goldies have a special place in my heart.  Our Trooper was a Golden/Chow mix.  He was a puppy when he died.  I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

The Opusman

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You have found your way to a place of understanding and healing where we all understand how heart breaking it is to lose our dearest friend. I too lost my Golden Max to cancer almost 6 years ago and coming to petloss where I happened to wander one day and believe our furchildren lead us here, helped me to express my pain and loss and shed tears and in time start to heal. We are never alone here and we make friends of the heart. We share our stories and in time can help others because it seems our hearts are more open because of the love we shared with our precious angels.
I know your heart is hurting and you miss your Golden Zach but sharing your stories and your memories will bring you peace .
To Golden Days,
Max's mom Jo My True Companion~


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Oh Honey I am so sad, Goldens are wonderful Extraordinary ambassadors of Love.

I lost my Labrador 2 weeks ago so I KNOW the pain and heartache you are in.

I am so sorry!!!

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