My beautiful baby girl Golden named Champ left me on 10-10-09. She was only 2 years and 10 months old. We are so devastated. She had been panting alot this summer so we had her to the vet several times, but each time we took her she was so happy to be there, they couldn't find anything wrong. They told us to rest her for 2 weeks and gave us rimadyl. She seemed to feel better for a bit, then the same thing. During this time, she would sometimes hit us with her paw while we sat on the couch with her, like she was trying to tell us something. After 3 visits, and lots of tests, they told us to rest her for 4 weeks and gave us more rimadyl. Last Sunday, we noticed her having trouble with one of her hind legs, so we took her back to the vet and they sent us for an MRI. The doctors there told us it was probably a ruptured disc in her back and they could do surgery. After the MRI, they told us it was a tumor on her spine, but they could operate and remove it. We scheduled the surgery for the following week and brought her home. Within 3 days, she couldn't move her back legs at all, so we brought her back and they discovered that the tumor had broken a vertebrae in her back, leaving no options really. She was in alot of pain that night and we had to put her down the next day. We are completely distraught, shocked, immobilized by our sorrow. We thought she would be with us for many years to come. We miss her so much.