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Poor girl! That sounds so tough. But I'm glad you were there taking care of her.

Thankfully we haven't had to make any tough decisions so far for our pets. But our current pets are all 12+ years old so I'm just hoping they will be happy and healthy for a longtime still.
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When Buck was 11 he started having vision trouble. He could not see in the dark and did not wamt to go outside without being on a leash. Also depth perception was off. A leaf could blow by 6 feet in front of him and he would jump back with a fearful yelp. HOWEVER h always seemed to fee perfectly safe as long as he was on leash and leash in our hand. I am not sure why, perhaps it was a connection that he felt meant protection.


Our Honey was 12 when we noticed she was getting hard of hearing and we taught her a few hand signs that she caught onto very fast. She was between 13 and 14 when we lost her to lumphoma, but up until about 2 weeks before her death folks took her to be no more than 4, 5 tops. Not a hint of arthritis, alwasy jumping, running in the yard, spinning. Unreal for a dog her age. Oh, she adapted quite well to the hand signals.

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Just wanted to give an update on how Kuma's hand signal training is progressing: he's quickly learned the "thumbs up" sign that means he'll get a treat right after. We're working on "stay," though he's never been great at that. He's still great at walking on leash.

We plan to do some more hand signal training for sit, stay, and down.

At night when he's digging in the yard, my phone flashlight means "leave it," though it is only successful half the time so I'll have to train more on that one. I guess I can have him on leash when he goes out for a bathroom break so I can have more control.
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Great to hear you're making progress with the hand signals.
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Unfortunately, Kuma developed GVD/bloat Tuesday night and passed away Thursday early morning. The emergency vet did 2 surgeries in a day, the second was more aggressive to remove the spleen and parts of the stomach. On Thurs morning we were woken up before 5am and rushed over to say goodbye to him.

It was all very sudden. Tuesday evening I walked him and then fed him, and then left for a dinner with friends. My husband came home about an hour and half after, and found Kuma in bad condition with a hard stomach. It was so quick.

He didn't finish all his kibble though, and that's super unusual - so he must have already started feeling bad when I was feeding him dinner. I feel really guilty that I didn't notice it, I was rushing to get everything done and to head out. Really wished that I could have seen that he wasn't feeling good
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I would not recommend a puppy next to him. Puppy will be all over him including sudden jumps, cute bitings which will annoy Kuma and get anxiety. I would suggest adopting another adult / young senior dog which will act almost as a therapy & support dog for Kuma. A laid back pal with knowhow which will respect Kuma's boundaries .
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Unfortunately, Kuma developed GVD/bloat Tuesday night and passed away Thursday early morning. The emergency vet did 2 surgeries in a day, the second was more aggressive to remove the spleen and parts of the stomach. On Thurs morning we were woken up before 5am and rushed over to say goodbye to him.

It was all very sudden. Tuesday evening I walked him and then fed him, and then left for a dinner with friends. My husband came home about an hour and half after, and found Kuma in bad condition with a hard stomach. It was so quick.

He didn't finish all his kibble though, and that's super unusual - so he must have already started feeling bad when I was feeding him dinner. I feel really guilty that I didn't notice it, I was rushing to get everything done and to head out. Really wished that I could have seen that he wasn't feeling good
I am so sorry that I have not your last post on Kuma. I do not have any words at the moment. Shocked I am after reading your thread on getting suggestions how to elevate Kuma's life quality. No words to describe my condolences
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I am so sorry that I have not your last post on Kuma. I do not have any words at the moment. Shocked I am after reading your thread on getting suggestions how to elevate Kuma's life quality. No words to describe my condolences
No worries, thank you so much for your advice. I really appreciate it. We were leaning towards getting another adult dog too.

We are going to expand the search to more ages and also bonded pairs. The house feels so empty without a large dog in the room at all times. Hopefully we will be able to find a good match, I just got in touch with rescues and submitted my application for a couple of breeders, though NorCal seems to have a high demand for goldens.

Kuma was extra special though, he's always so sweet and never complained. We miss him dearly.
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Iím very sorry for the loss of your Kuma. Try not to feel guilty or look back. Hopefully your wonderful memories or Kuma will bring you some comfort. Rest In Peace sweet Kuma.
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