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cincygal10

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My lifelong girlfriend's mother Sally has a 14 year old white standard poodle named Sailor.  She got him as a puppy at the same time I got Cleo. Sally is not in good health and my girlfriend Lisa just told me that Sailor may have malignant oral melanoma in his mouth.  That is the same kind of cancer Cleo had.  They thought he was going to have a tooth pulled, but the vet saw the bulge in his jaw and wanted to do a biopsy.  Lisa has not said anything to her mother.  Sally's 77  and she's a diabetic and she had a triple bypass years ago.  If Sailor is sick, it will be bad for her health.  Please say a prayer for Sailor and Sally too.  Thank you all.
                           Sleep peacefully,
                                   Pam
Mayme

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Dear Pam,

My thoughts and prayers are with Sally and Sailor and Lisa too. I pray for their peace, health, understanding and wisdom. God bless.

Love, Mayme ~ Sammy's Mommy
JanH

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Dear Pam,
How we love our poodles, my white beautiful standard Poodle Nina is my forever heart dog and I miss her so much still.
I will be thinking of  your friend's mother Sally and Sailor, (what a nice name) I hope things are not as bad as they may seem and some treatment will be able to help this much loved dog. Thank goodness they have you as an understanding friend after all you went through with your beloved Cleo.
With Love
JanH...across the water
Mare

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Both Sailor and Sally will be in my prayers.  I hope Sailor gets good results from the vet.  It is always so worrisome when our pets are under the weather.

Mare

Alafair45

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Praying for both Sally and Sailor too.

cincygal10

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Thank you so very much Mayme, JanH, Mare and Alafair45 for your prayers. I hope Sailor doesn't have what Cleo had. I just don't want to go down that lane.  I remember all of it like it was yesterday and i don't want to have to think about the reality of it all. Cleo is very peaceful and she shows me her love every day. So much of Cleo shines through Lucy.
Pam
mollyboltsmom

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Pam,
Prayers being sent for Sally and Sailor.

Back in October 2007, we lost our sweet schnauzer girl Molly to oral melanoma; she was only 10. From the time she was diagnosed until we helped her to the Bridge was a short six weeks. It's a very cruel cancer, as you well know. 

Pam, prayers for you too as you help Sally deal with this diagnosis and all the memories it triggers about Cleo's battle with it.

Lorraine
LindaK

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I hold you all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.
WooWooWoo

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Oh, Pam, I am so sorry to hear this.  You can bet I will be keeping sweet Sailor and Sally in my prayers. 

Melissa
cincygal10

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Lisa called me today and told me that Sally had to take Sailor to the vet because his eye was draining.  The vet told Sally that Sailor had either lymphoma or melanoma.  Lisa was going to tell her when the biopsy came back which will be in 10 days or so.  Now that Sally knows, she's crushed.  I'm home getting over a stomach virus and my defenses are down.  I feel so sad.  I know that I have to be there for Sally to give her support and love, but just thinking about calling her scares me.  I don't want to relive what happened to my precious Cleo.  Sailor will probably go to the same oncologist that I went to with Cleo.  Lisa will be there for her.  She was there for me so much and came with me to most of the appointments when Cleo got chemo and vaccines.  She was the most wonderful friend to me. 
     Something weird happened today.  My pet groomer brought Lucy home after her bath and forgot her collar.  She said she would  give it back to me on Wednesday when she sees Tiffany.  I looked through the cupboard in the laundry room  and found Cleo's pink collar with a white bone hanging down.  I put it on Lucy and it fit her perfectly.  It was as if it was meant to be for her to be wearing it.  Now that it is on her, I want it to stay on her.  It looks so beautiful.  Cleo shines through Lucy in so many ways.  Just recently I threw her a tennis ball and she caught it.  Cleo used to catch every ball and toy that I threw to her.  Lucy catches the tennis ball every single time I throw it to her.  Steve keeps saying how she acts so much like Cleo.  I couldn't even look at Cleo's collar and now I can around Lucy's neck.
     Well, I know deep in my heart that it could be Sailor's time to go to the Bridge. Hopefully, he can have some quality time with Sally before he goes.  I will pray for his comfort during this time and that when the time comes that his journey will be a peaceful one.  The world works in mysterious ways, but I know everything happens for a reason.  God Bless Sailor, Sally, Lisa and my beautiful family here.
                                 Sleep peacefully,
                                             Pam
JanH

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Yes, the collar, the pink collar indeed it was time for Lucy to wear it.... it's all in the plan of things.
Cleo is sending you the perfect message that she is safe that she approves totally of sweet Lucy, she loves her and she loves you and is happy that you are able to move on (as they say) what's that really mean? I guess it means we are accepting that all things have their time and love them as we do so very much... we have to let them go. We can allow new loves into our lives, they want that. The pink collar tells us that, there was a time you could never have accepted another poodle having that collar, which says just how far you have come.
Lisa, Sally, Sailor..we all care and understand what a difficult time you are all going through, and you Pam for you.. recalling your beautiful Cleo and her illness, you are so important to your friend and her mother, as you completely understand, there again I feel there is a reason, you are needed to help them as you alone understand what they are having to face and deal with.
From my heart I give my deep thoughts and prayers to you. My beloved Nina is at the Bridge...she was a little monkey (big monkey) actually, wanting to play until the last day of her life. Poodles are amazing. Sailor is a strong boy, miracles happen.
JanH...across the water
PamGarland

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Pam,

I think it's wonderful that Cleo's collar fits Lucy perfectly!  A beautiful symbol of the never-ending love you and Cleo continue to share thru Lucy.

I don't think it was an accident that this happened.  How often is it possible for a groomer to take a big dog somewhere without a collar and leash?
Mare

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How sweet!  I am glad Cleo's collar fits Lucy.  Little things like that are very special.  Anything that can bring back a precious memory of our pets is great!

My daughter's friend gave us a yard statue of a rabbit.  I put it on the porch step this morning and just glancing at it makes me think Christoph is sitting on the step.  Kind of heart breaking, but also a bit sweet.

Mare
precious Christoph ~ 2 years at the bridge ~

cincygal10

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I just got over my stomah virus and lost 5 pounds.  I just ate a real meal for the first time tonight.  I still haven't called Sally about Sailor because I simply didn't have the strength.  I know I have to call her, but I just have the words.  I'm sure I"ll come up with something.  If it has to be cancer, I hope it's not melanoma.  I know I can't see Sailor.  I wouldn't be able to see the bulge in his jaw just like Cleo had.  I know God will give me the strength I need to  give her the proper love and support.  Thank you all for your prayers.
     Steve came down with a cold and he has an interview on Tuesday in Akron, Ohio for a franchise called Physicians Weight Loss.  They are looking for a director of operations.  The owner called him 24 hours after receiving his resume.  Once again, my fingers and toes are crossed.  This man was eager to meet Steve.  They will be meeting at 11am on Tuesday morning.  I'll keep all of you posted.
                             Sleep peacefully,
                                          Pam
cincygal10

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I called Sally this morning and let her know that I am here for her.  She sounded weak and didn't really want to talk.  I told her to call me when she is ready to.  I also told her that Cleo had 9 more months of quality time with me and Steve and Tiffany too because the doctor treated her.  I think Sailor will be getting treatments too.  We'll have to see what the doctor says.  I feel relieved  now that I called her.  I'm glad she knows I'm here for her if she needs me.
                        Sleep peacefully,
                                      Pam
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