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Paddy and Molly added to Faces of Courage

November 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Paddington Bear and Miss Molly


UPDATE 10-29-2011—

My Angel, Paddington Bear was 15 1/2 years old. We rescued him from a high kill shelter in Georgia 1 1/2 years ago after I found his beautiful face on Facebook with only 24 hours left before they stuffed him into their disgusting gas chamber box. (Georgia has awful standards in their animal service system). When he arrived at the end of his long transport, he looked like he was already dead with stinky, oozing green goo coming from his ears, so much extra weight that he could barely walk and the stress level that would kill a cow. After much love, a fabulous diet, exercise and playtime with the rest of our pack, Paddington became the incredible creature he was meant to be. We loved him more than any dog that has ever crossed our paths (shhhhh, I don’t want the others to hear that! Haha).

Unfortunately, his long previous life of obvious mistreatment go the better of his old bones and cancer took over his hind quarters. Paddington had bone cancer that ate away at his back end leaving him unable to walk. He fell while attempting to retrieve his ball and fractured his hip. His knees were already shot and surgery was not an option since he would simply not be able to recover. We made the decision to let him go and he left us as he always will remain in our minds…with his ball in his mouth. We have rescued and rehomed over 35 dogs in the last 5 years but this one hit us and hit us hard. We will miss him forever.

Miss Molly was 17 1/2 years old when she passed. I rescued her over 12 years ago from a shelter in Bradenton, FL. She was an abuse case and her abusers had dumped her there when they no longer found a use for her and a mess she was. Since then, she grew to know love and trust and has been a loyal companion for me throughout the rest of her life and was the “warden” for the rest of the pack. Though the smallest of the crew, she was the feistiest and let me tell you, when Molly growled her peace, the others listened! She was always very uptight and wouldn’t relax unless I was holding her on my lap. I believe the years of maintaining her snotty state of mind caused the Cancer that consumed her little body. She had degenerative back disease and arthritis as well but damn if this dog didn’t continue to run the show! She awoke on Wednesday morning in the place she always was and we knew it was time. Miss Molly had cancer on her skin, and throughout her little body. Her last day with us, the cancer took over the area behind her eyes and she was in pain… the decision was made. Her eyes were different and the vet said it was the cancer behind them that was taking her to a bad place. We called our home vet and decided to let them go together. It was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. Molly looked more peaceful in her little coffin than I had ever seen her look. She was finally free.

We lost both of our babies within minutes of each other in our home with the help of the ever so compassionate Dr. Dani McVety. They left us feeling loved and in our arms. We will miss them everyday, every minute and every second.

— Sheri-lyn

Tags: Osteosarcoma

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim C // Nov 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

    God bless you and your two loving pets, my pooch is poorly too and we are working hard to help, pets need good owners and you should be proud well done! Jim C

  • 2 Ana // Jan 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    My dog had her mammaries removed in 2008 and the biopsy was malignant.
    This year she had a tumor on her head and when the vet asked the examiner to have it removed it was found that she is not fine, and has other tumors.
    The tumor on her head was removed because it was getting bigger and she was already scratching it till bleeding.
    Now she is fine. She is 13 years old. She sleeps the whole day and though she looks young I know that her day is getting near.
    I think it will take a long time. I don’t know.
    It hurts so much looking at her and knowing that her body has all these tumors.
    I understand how painful it must have been for you.

  • 3 Jenni // Jan 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Please do not feel alone we just had to let go of two I our 11 1/2 year old furbabies on the same day 12.26.11 our big boy Godzilla had bone cancer that went to his lungs on dec 1 they said he had maybe till Christmas and sure enough his breathing was bad and our little girl Runty had severe thyroid problems that left her like bones and a large mass on her leg that couldn’t be taken off because her kidneys were too weak. We didnt want them to be alone .They were 2 from a litter of 4 we rescued when they were 1 week old in July of 2000 . We had to put their sister to sleep in 2009 because of hemolytic anemia we gave her blood transfusions and tried everything but drs said she was not doing good . So we let her go. As of today 1.3.12 we have one healthy (I hope and pray) sister left who is in major mourning, I think about how bad we ( dad mom and a 9 &7 year old human babies :) feel and she must feel a hundred times worse , they are all she knew . Anyway, I pray they rip at the rainbow bridge , and then One Sweet Day! I pray for all of you going through these hard times with your pets too.

  • 4 Mary // Jul 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    God bless you for your rescue efforts and the sweet love you share with all those dogs. Losing my furry kids is so difficult, but I’m grateful I was able to share love and live with them. I bet your little furry kids are grateful for you – keep sharing your love. You are a kind soul.

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