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I’m so sorry for the diagnosis. I know exactly what you’re going through. Our Katie was diagnosed with lymphoma at 5 years old almost 20 years ago. I was pregnant with our second child and couldn’t bear to lose her. We’re in Mass so we took her to Tufts Veterinary. We managed some treatments, but you’re right it was so expensive and we could not afford much. When she lost control of her bowls and was unable to walk we knew it was time. So sad. My prayers are with you and your sweet girl.
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Thank you to everyone who has responded. Daisy was doing well on 30 mg/d of prednisone until last week. The lymph nodes have grown significantly again and she is clearly declining. We debated going back up on the prednisone, but decided against it as it caused her extreme thirst and she would lose control of bowel and bladder. Yesterday and today her back legs have begun to weaken and they just go out on her sometimes. She is sleeping more, eating less, and has zero interest in her toys (which were her babies a week ago). We have decided that it is time to say our goodbyes. We are planning to take her to the vet on Friday morning and let her go. She's been such a good pup and this is killing us, but we don't want her to suffer. She's not the happy dog she was a week ago. My selfish side wants to hold on longer so we don't have to say goodbye (plus we move my older daughter to college this week too...too many goodbyes), but I know in my heart that it's time.

Please, if you are the praying type, say a prayer for our family on Friday as we let go of our Golden girl.
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I'm so sorry you, Daisy Mae and your family going through this, my thoughts are with you and Daisy Mae.

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Final update:

Steger's Dazzling Daisy May
6/3/10 - 8/21/19

Miss Daisy crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. She went very, very peacefully with both myself and my husband by her side. "Her" kids (our kids) were in the waiting room but all came in after she was gone to say last goodbye and give one last hug to our sweet girl. I have never been more heartbroken in my life and I can only imagine that this is what it feels like to lose a child. My heart is shattered and my world is upside down. However, I know it was the right thing to do as she declined very very quickly.

Daisy stopped eating on Tuesday night after she had an amazing night with our whole family just hours before. She was spoiled by grandma and grandpa and aunts and uncles, ate some ice cream and chicken snacks and was thoroughly spoiled and loved on. We went to feed her dinner that night and she walked away from it and went and laid down. We added beef broth to it as an enticement and she refused even that. The days prior she had been taking upwards of an hour to eat her food, needing to rest frequently between bites. We knew that night that the end had arrived and the look in her eyes said she was tired and ready to be free. We took her in Wednesday morning after we all had some time with her at home just to love on her one more time. When the vet injected her, it took two times for the IV to go in as he said her circulation was very poor. It was confirmation to us that we truly were giving her the best gift we could -- freedom from cancer, pain, and suffering.

We miss our golden girl like crazy and our house is far too quiet. This is the first time in 15 years we have not had a dog or cat roaming the house. We also moved our oldest daughter to college that same afternoon, so needless to say many, many, MANY tears were shed. We have decided that at this point in our lives we are not ready for another dog. We are busy with our two kids left at home (sports, travel, etc.) and I am in school full time working on my masters. Eventually, we will return to the wonderful world of being golden parents. She was a joy to love, and she loved us fiercely in return. There is no other dog that we want right now other than our Daisy May. I will be more at ease I think when her ashes return to us this coming week. I need my girl home and in her final resting place.

I will be forever grateful for you all and the support received here. You guided us through a dark place and helped us with your advice and prayers. We will be back someday (hopefully not in this forum though!) with a new golden fur ball of love.

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My heart just sank reading your note about Daisy. The very first Golden I knew was named Daisy too and I think about her still. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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I am so sorry for your loss! We had to make this decision 2 years ago with our sweet Asia and I truly know how heartbreaking it is. Sending you strength as you grieve.
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I read this with tears. It is so difficult to let go. I can't even imagine having to take your daughter to college on the same day. I am so very sorry and praying for comfort for you and your family.

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I'm so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful Daisy May.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
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Thank you for taking such good care of Daisy and making sure she didn't have to suffer at then end. We are all Golden lovers here and many of us know the pain of having to say goodbye so we all share your loss of Daisy. It's tough sledding for a while. I hope time is your friend as your healing begins and may the memories Daisy made for you help you feel better soon.

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Daisy. I couldn't get through your post without crying. I've been there and I know how horrible it is. But I also know, setting our babies free before they suffer is the kindest thing we can do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Hold on tight to the wonderful memories, they will help you very much now.
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