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This Saturday it will be 2 weeks since Hunter went to the bridge. It is been a very hard 2 weeks we have shed a lot of tears. We have also had a few smiles thinking about how much fun we had with our Hunter and we seem to talk about him all the time.
Today I received a Thinking Of You card from my Vet, telling us how honoured they were to have the privilege to look after Hunter for the 13 years we had him. And thanking us for the love and care we provided over the years. All the staff members signed the card and made some lovely comments . It has left me with a wonderful feeling knowing Hunter left such an impression on so many of the people he met.
I was wondering if others have had similar experiences with their vets.

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Poppy and Jasper are my first two dogs so I personally have never had to go through the loss yet, but just wanted to say that that was so lovely what the vets did and it must have warmed your heart that he made not only an impact on your lives but the lives of others. What a great testament to what a lovely dog he clearly was.
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yup, our vet that my DH choose back in the 70s has done the same way too many times, sigh.

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Yes, when our last Golden, Chewy, passed away about three years ago, our vet office sent a card hand signed by the staff. They did the same after our cat passed. We thought it was a very nice gesture.
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I'm so sorry for your loss and completely feel you.

Our vet never sent a card. But what amazed me was the 'pet spa' in the same mini mall sent a personal card signed by everyone. I couldn't figure
out how they knew!

The only think I could think of, which my hubby denies, is that Max passed away on a hike on the mountain from sun heat. I believe hubby had an appt for him to get bathed. How could they even know otherwise? I never
pressed it. He was feeling terrible already. I never will. I just assumed that's how the spa found out.

But their personalized comments about Max and bathing him and all meant the world to me.
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No I didn't receive anything like that from my vet...he's a great guy though and I did sent him a thank you note for all of his help over the 12 1/2 years I had my bridge girl Sammie under his care.

I think it was very thoughtful of him to do that and it's clear to see it made you feel a little better during a tough time.


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When Monte passed away in July, we received a delivery of a bouquet of flowers 1-2 days after. Then the next day we got a card like you described with everyone's signatures on it. We also got a card from our cats vet expressing their sympathies as well as a card from Montes physical therapist and all the vets and RVTs at her office. What really touched me was about a week or two after he passed, I got a notice in the mail from the local humane society saying that his primary vets office had made a monetary donation in Montes name. I just broke down when I received that letter...it was so heartwarming and special.

I think our situation was particularly unique in that many people were extensively involved in his care had a giant hand in keeping Monte alive for 3 years and were extremely invested in his survival due to the nature of why he was ill. We grew very close to these vets and when we went to put him down, vets and RVTs that weren't even on duty came in to say their goodbyes.

I'm really sorry to hear about your dog and I do hope you are healing from the pain. It's not easy to say goodbye. I think it was such a sweet gesture of your vet to send a card and I know for us it made us feel special and like Monte was as important to them as he was to us.

Hang in there!

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When my Maggie went to the Bridge, our vet sent a very nice card and made a memorial donation to the nearby vet college in her name.


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That was really nice and thoughtful of your Vet and staff.

My clinic always sends out a card after the loss of a pet, I also received flowers one time from one of the Vets. I have been going to this Clinic for over 17 years, I've had 5 dogs pass during this time, they all lived well into their upper teens.
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I don't think we got a card from our vet. But he cried with us when we had to put Bruce down. And when I went to get his ashes, they gave us a very nice printed copy of "The Rainbow Bridge".

We did get a really nice card from the kennel where we boarded Bruce, which I thought was really thoughtful of them.

And our next door neighbors sent a potted plant arrangement, with a poem about a dog's loyalty.

I am so sorry for your loss, but glad that your vet's thoughfulness brought some happiness to you.

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