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Laney added to Faces of Courage

May 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments

12 years old
1998—May 5, 2010


UPDATE 05-14-2010—

Laney died of Splenic Hemangiosarcoma. About 1 month before she passed away, she seemed to be slowing down — she didn’t want to go on long walks anymore and had trouble climbing up on my sofa or bed. I took her to the vet the week before she died to get some labwork done, and I never in a million years thought she would be gone 1 week later. They found 5 tumors — 3 on her spleen and 2 on her liver. I decided to do surgery even though they only gave her a 10% chance to make it thru 24 hours after surgery. But I really had no choice because the tumors were bleeding so the vet said they would have ruptured and killed her soon. She had surgery Monday, May 3rd. I was thrilled on Tuesday because she ate 3 bowls of food and was wagging her tail, exploring in the backyard, and she even had the energy to greet my friends at the door who came over that evening. The next morning she got up when she heard me feeding my other dog and ran into the room for breakfast so I thought that was another great sign. But then she passed away 6 hours later. The vet thinks a blood clot might have killed her. It was horrible. I adopted her when she was 5 because her old owners gave her to a shelter. She was the sweetest and most lovable dog. She loved to rest her head on my yellow lab’s back and cuddle with her and cuddle with me. She was one tough dog too. One time she got into a bunch of Christmas cookies and ate 100 cookies (some with chocolate) and survived that. Another time she jumped out of my Jeep as I was driving down the street when she saw a cat she wanted to chase. She didn’t even break a bone! And 1 1/2 years ago, a pit bull attacked her and she survived that attack. She got 50 stiches and the vet said one of the puncture wounds was a millimeter away from killing her instantly. I guess this was one battle that was too much for this tough dog to handle. I love her and miss her.
— Tara

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  • 1 Blaine // May 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Laney was a great dog. She was part lab and part basset hound. (Think lab with very short, low-rider legs). Her favorite pasttime was eating. She had one heck of an appetite. Tara, we miss her too and can’t wait to meet little Cali!

  • 2 Cynthia-Ralph Fisher's Mom // Jun 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    What a sweet and kind little face. So sorry for the loss of your Laney. I know you must be heartbroken…I know I was when our yellow labrador, Ralph passed suddenly from cancer. Find comfort knowing you are not alone. Enjoy the great memories you had together…for no one can ever take them away.

    Strength to you and your family,
    Cynthia-Ralph Fisher’s Mom

  • 3 Shelie & Porsche // Sep 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Your story was the first I read on this page. I immediately clicked yours because our dogs look so similar & my Porsche was also diagnosed 3 days ago with hemangiosarcoma.
    As I read on I saw that not only did they look alike, they both had the same experiences as well….I too have a yellow lab whom she cuddles up to. Also, Porsche once jumped from my moving 4-runner, ate a whole bowl of Halloween chocolate candy, and got attacked by a chow. It’s these things we can look back on shaking our heads smiling now.
    My baby has not passed yet, but the vet says she only has days/maybe weeks, but not a month left. This will be the hardest thing I have ever done. it was all so sudden. It just doesn’t seem the right time, but their age sneaks up on us so fast.
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your story…it truly touched my heart. Hope your yellow is still giving you lots of smiles & I know your Laney will never be forgotten :) God Bless

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