Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brockton, Massachusetts
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My Name is Dave and I Live In Massachusetts. 4 weeks ago my My Pal, Maarten started to limp. They then told me he had a bone tumor on his front paw. We went for a biopsy to Cape Cod Vetenary Specialists (Amazing People!) and the results came back Reactive Bone,,,however the Dr's felt from the x-ray it was cancer. We then did 2nd biopsy and it came back a cancer. Maarten never wimpered at all.
I was a single guy and several years ago I decided I wanted to get a dog. I have never owned a dog nor has anyone in my family. I got in contact with Debbie at Beechwood Goldens on Cape Cod and inquired on how to go about getting a puppy. I was shocked that her first question was "why do you want one?" and not how much it would costs. After being interegated she agreed to sell me one of her pups from an upcoming birth. I was never so happy when Maarten (Named after the friendly island of St. Maarten) was born on April 22, 2002!
Since then my life has changed and Maarten has given me, my fiance, and family so much JOY & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. He is the best.
So my long story is, that I keep in Contact with my breeder from time to time,,,she always likes a good picture and to keep up on her kids. So I talked to her a few weeks ago about what the process is in putting my pal to sleep when the time comes. She has been great and assured my the time will come that I will know. God I hope so. The other day Maarten's limp was no worse, he is eating fine, sleeping, and spirits seem good,,,my mother came over to visit and he jumped up to go greet her. He over did it, and by the time i got to him he wa sitting holding his paw up and started to cry. I sat with him and held him and we both had a good cry, I carried him in and put him on the couch, gave him a pill, he then seemed ok and slept and then ate his food,,,after hours on couch I got him up and he seemed ok,,,he put weight on it and was in good spirits.
While we lay on the couch I googled my breeder to get her email and I noticed her name on your website so i went to it,,,,,,come to find out it was a lady asking about the breeder, she wanted to know any bad/good things about her,,,,I signed up on your website and was amazed at all the good people out there. I sit here with a tear in my eye reading about Hunter....b/c I know my days are short with Maarten.
I am sorry for the long email but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this site,,,I am sure it will bring me comfort and also good advice on when Maarten's time comes. WE BOTH THANK YOU!
Dave in Massachusetts