I lost my big guy, Rocky September 18 - he was 10 years and 9 months old. He was the first dog that ever owned me. He was very healthy his whole life and even had an excellent checkup in February. In late July, he underwent emergency surgery following a sudden collapse. An ultrasound revealed he had a mass surrounding one of his kidneys and the mass had likely ruptured. His kidney was removed along with the mass. Unfortunately, a biopsy of the mass came back indicating hemangiosarcoma. He did recover from the surgery but never quite made it back to his old self. I opted not to put him through chemo/radiation as it wouldn't likely have had much effect on the prognosis and I wanted to make his last few weeks or months as comfortable and normal as I could. Eight weeks to the day following his first collapse, he collapsed again. This was the 18th of September. I knew. I took him to my vet and they were incredible in helping us through his last moments.
Rocky was a amazing dog. He touched many lives and everyone who ever met him immediately fell under his spell. He was goofy, playful and held on to his puppyish roots til the end. I could never ask for a sweeter, more loyal companion. I will miss you buddy. Rest in peace my friend.