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I am so very sorry. I am sorry you had to come to this forum under such sad circumstances.
I lost my golden girl, KayCee, at 8 yrs 9 months to a differenct kind of cancer, a gastroinstestional stromal tumor. She was fine one day, playing with her best friend, our adopted godlen girl, Honey. The next morning she didn't want breakfast and threw up. I took her to the vet--twice she had cuaght in bug and got dehydrated, so if she ever threw up, I took her straight in.
Turns out he could feel that tumor in her somache--he operated, but was surprised she made it thru the surgery. She died as I held her in ICU 48 hours later. I felt so guilty becaue she laid on her back next to me at night and I gave her tummy rubs all the time and I had not felt that tumor. He said if you didn't know what to look for, you wouldn't find it, that he wished all his clints were as carfeful and took care of their dogs the way i do. So I know all to well that these things happened and there is no way we could know or prevent them.
As for getting another, I hve always been one who could not go long long at all without a dog. It is like a big chunk of my life is missing, or a something, if I do not have a dog. It makes me sick to think that Honey will probably be my last dog as I have a lot of health problems and am 67 and I do not not wish to leave a dog for someone to find a home for.. Some people can not even think about another dog for months, or even years, many are "ready" to fill the void as soon as possible. And you are right---no dog EVER REPLACES another. Your heart just grows to allow as much love for the new dogs as for the one you lost.
Your boy was such a beautiful boy, or perhaps I should say handsome. My he find my many dogs already at the Bridge waiting on me. They will be happy to show him around. It is a mixture of English ssetters (lost my first one back in '56), Irish Setters and golden retrieves.
AT THE BRIDGE
SCOOTER 6/14/94 - 8/22/99
BUCK 2/8/95 - 5/15/07
HUNTER 8/19/99 - 10/16/03
KAYCEE 8-19-99 -5-25-08
HONEY ADOPTED GROWN 12/07/02 - 8/13/14
SOPHIE 1/8/04 - ADOPTED 2/17/15 - 10/12/16
GREAT PYRENEES SHAGGY adopted AT AGE 7 8/31/14 - 9/23/14
STILL WITH US GREAT PYRENEESE MOOSE adopted 9/30/14 AT AGE 7
Goldens bring light into the world.