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October 6th, 2009 · 32 Comments

Ralph Hampton Fisher
September 20, 2000 — September 24, 2009

Ralph

UPDATE 10-06-2009—

Ralph was a gorgeous Labrador Retriever who didn’t know he was a dog. He slept with my husband and I every single night. During the summers when we walked on the boardwalk at the shore he was unlike any other dog in that he chose to sit on the boardwalk benches like a man reading a newspaper and just waited for the attention that he invariably got.

At home he was never more than a few feet away from our children or us. He adored us and we adored him. He gave kisses constantly and begged for food, and never talked back, unlike our children sometimes did.

Another one of our funniest memories were our regular visits to the veterinarian. Ralph was smart enough to be apprehensive and unlike the little brave dogs, this tall 107 lbs Labrador would climb up on my husband’s lap until he was called back to the exam room.

He was such a gift to us and he was such a comfort for us, as our twin children just left for college and we were empty nesters, but we still had our Ralph. Unexpectedly though he had a nose bleed one night soon after our kids left for college and within 24 hrs he was gone. He started bleeding late one night from one nostril. I called our veterinarians emergency service number. He phoned back, and said it sounded like a nasal tumor. He said we could see him first thing in the morning or if we wanted could take him to a hospital about an hour away. We opted to take him to our vet first thing in the morning. My husband and I kept him calm through the night as he bled and sneezed quite a bit. Our downstairs looked like a war zone. Miraculously the bleeding stopped early in the morning making the commute to the veterinarians an easy one.

Our veterinarian wanted us to leave him there overnight so he could observe him, take blood, examine him. It was tough leaving him behind, but he was familiar with the doctor and we just had to do it. We left him off at 8:00 am and the doctor called me at around 3:00 PM to tell me that his hemoglobin level was really low …the number was 13 and when it reaches 10, most dogs succumb. He said he started bleeding from his rectum and that he was gravely ill. He would need a blood transfusion if there was any hope for him…but the nearest hospital was over an hour away and he didn’t think he would be able to make it and if he did, more than likely it wouldn’t help.

I called my husband and met him at the veterinarian office to say our final good-byes. It was heart wrenching…surreal…I couldn’t believe how quickly he deteriorated. He was so weak and could barely open his eyes…but he knew we were there. We kissed and hugged him and told him how much we loved him and to go nite-nite…and he did. He died knowing we were with him and that we loved him.

It is all very frustrating, not really knowing what happened. The doctor strongly feels it was a nasal tumor, but the amount of bleeding was disturbing. We know our veterinarian did the best he could, it’s just so hard to understand.

We are crushed and an absolute mess. We loved him more than any dog we’ve ever had. He was beyond special. He was a true gift to us. My husband always said if there is a heaven, and he could only have one dog there with him…it would have been his childhood dog…until Ralph came into his life. So, hopefully he’ll get to see Ralph again.

I personally think I will see Ralph again…it just has to be. In the meantime, I will cherish the many pictures and memories of that gorgeous, handsome, noble boy of mine. I love you Ralph.

— Cynthia and Michael Fisher and Family

Tags: Nasal Tumor

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Siku Marie and mom // Oct 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Our deepest sympathy for the pain and anguish you must feel over the sudden loss of Ralph. We took our Sheltie who was acting sluggish to the vet and within two hours the vet called to say Sheena was shot full of cancer and was near death. She didn’t survive long enough for us to get there to say goodbye…and we grieved for a long time. Find solace in the fact that Ralph is not suffering and is waiting for you…and that he lives even now in the hearts of your family and everyone his life touched. We will say a prayer that tonight you are blessed with a special memory of your beloved boy that makes you smile.

  • 2 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Oct 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Dear Siku Marie and mom,

    Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers…it is so appreciated.

    Anyone who has loved and cherished an animal truly understands how special they are and the tremendous void and heartbreak that’s felt when they pass…it’s terrible.

    So, so sorry that you lost your beloved Sheena to the horrible disease of cancer too. It’s so upsetting and shocking how sudden something like this can happen. I hope that your many wonderful memories of her have brought you comfort and smiles too.

    Thank you again for your comforting words during this sad time for us.

  • 3 Karen Franklin // Oct 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Cynthia and family:

    Words cannot adequately impart the sympathy felt for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Karen

  • 4 Mary, Willow, Nash and Pearl // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Cynthia and family,

    What an adoring photo of Ralph. Thank you for sharing you story and may Ralph’s spirit reconnect with you soon so you may continue your journey. Sorry for your loss.

    Mary, Willow, Nash and Pearl

  • 5 Daphne , Andy ( Jazz, Bristol, and Kubota our kids) // Oct 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Cynthia and family

    I myself just recently lost 3 of my girls myself within just 7 weeks. I thought I was going to die. This happened 4 months ago and I still have a hard time sleeping at night. I lost each girl to something different. One ,my 6 yr old,was a heart mumor, my 13 yr old bone cancer, and my 9 yr old lung cancer. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life. My husband and I do not have kids. Our Rotties were our kids. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Daphne , Andy ( Jazz, Bristol, and Kubota our kids)
    ( Abby, Osta, Xoie, and Bosha at the rainbow bridge waiting for us to join them)

  • 6 Cynthia-Ralph's mom // Oct 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Dear Daphne, Andy and kiddies,

    I am so, so sorry for your losses. I can’t even imagine how difficult it had to be and still is….losing your three babies so close together. We’ve been having a really tough time grieving our one…the void is awful…..our hearts go out to you and your family.

    I can just tell by your writing, how deeply you loved them ….and they knew it. You gave them a wonderful life. They have each other now….and for me, just knowing Ralph is no longer suffering or confused about why he is suffering has brought some peace..but gosh, it’s tough at times.

    I don’t think you ever get over losing an animal…they’re just the sweetest creatures on this earth.

    I was so happy to find this website…it helped me feel not so all alone. The comments have been so nice and heartfelt..and have meant a lot to us.

    This cancer epidemic is frightening…as a child…I don’t even remember hearing of dogs getting cancer…nor even going to the vet that often. It’s upsetting.

    Treasure the many memories of your precious animals that have passed. Our sincere condolences and strength to all of you.

  • 7 cheryl davis // Oct 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    i just wanted to express my deepest sorrow for you and your husband. my husband and i just lost our beloved “hershey” on october 20, 2009. we took him to the vet thinking he was having an anxiety attack and found out he had a cancerous tumor on his heart that was inoperable. we are just so devastated that each day without him is harder and harder. he was a beautiful pembroke welsh corgi with so much love in his heart for everyone. our baby is an angel now and thats all we can hold on to. they say god spelled backwards is dog, well i believe he’s with him now. thank you for letting me share

  • 8 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Oct 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Dear Cheryl and husband,

    Our sincere condolences to both of you. I hope this site has given you some comfort dealing with your beloved Hershey. I found it one night when I couldn’t sleep and needed some answers as to why our beautiful Ralph, out of nowhere passed away. Know that you are not alone, and that others who adore their pets, know how you are suffering. We think about our boy everyday…and smile at the memories. Find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of Hershey and the wonderful life you gave him. Dogs are just the sweetest things on earth, and wow, I never thought about it before, but how interesting that god spelled backwards is dog. Dogs are filled with more love than most people…and if you treat them like one of the family…there is no sweeter relationship.

    Strength to both of you.

  • 9 cheryl davis // Oct 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    hi cynthia, thank you for your touching note. our pain in our hearts haven’t eased. our family circle is broken. we are trying as hard as we can to deal with this and understand why he left us. we just got his remains back 2 days ago, we are happy he’s back home with us and now we have to find some way to heal. this isn’t easy at all, we just don’t understand. i would love for you to tell us how you’re dealing the loss of your beloved ralph.

  • 10 Tim Daily // Oct 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Our lab/healer mix has nasal cancer. Diagnosed this past week. Your story really hit me hard and I wonder how our friend’s course will play out. I am saddened by your pain from losing Ralph. He sounds like a wonderful blessing.

  • 11 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Oct 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Cheryl,

    The void is terrible. Getting the ashes back helped us a little…at least he’s back home. We put his collar and favorite toys on top. We’ve been looking at a lot pictures of him …my husband has an album almost full…and we also left his toys in his basket and a few scattered as they were …one we even keep on our bed . Just not ready to put any of them away. We just miss his little ways…his little routine. Ralph was the most content dog…loved to just chill out …he was the best therapy in the world for us. I just want to pet him and hug him and kiss him and I can’t…but holding on to anything he loved and looking at his soulful face in pictures has helped us. This site has helped too….we’re not alone. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there.

  • 12 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Oct 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Tim for your kind words….and I am so, so sorry for your dog’s diagnosis. I hope your dog will be one of the lucky ones and beat this ugly monster. Ralph’s nose bleed was the trigger…but unfortunately, it appears his cancer was well advanced. Looking back, he had signs…sneezing, his balance was a little off…we attributed the sneezing to allergies…and the balance problem to an inner ear infection he had had a few months ago. Try to keep your dog comfortable and calm..and as pain free as possible. Enjoy every minute you spend with him. It’s just so tough…because how do you explain to a dog what is happening? You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 13 cheryl davis // Nov 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    hello cynthia, just a note to see how you and your husband are doing. we’re are hanging in. i’ll tell you, they just pull at your heart strings. i don’t think i ever felt this bad before. anyway, on a positive note, we’re are coping a little better today than yesterday. hope you are too. sending our warm thoughts your way, cheryl and harold

  • 14 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Nov 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Cheryl…we definitely have waves throughout the day…it’s tough…but we are dealing. I do want to share an inspirational story with you and the rest of the people who read this wonderful site. My sister in law sent this to me the other day. I hope you and the rest of the people who have lost their precious dogs will get some comfort from this…I did.
    It’s written by a veterinarian who is writing about a six year old and his family who had put their dog down. It’s called : A DOG’S PURPOSE? and here is the story…..

    A Dog’s Purpose ? (from a 6-year-old).

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

    The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

    Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

    He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
    The Six-year-old continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

    Live simply.
    Love generously.
    Care deeply.
    Speak kindly.

    Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
    Take naps.
    Stretch before rising.
    Run, romp, and play daily.
    Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
    When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
    Be loyal.
    Never pretend to be something you’re not.
    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it..
    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

    ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

    It’s called A Dog’s Purpose

  • 15 cheryl davis // Nov 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    hi cynthia, in retrospect, how true. we take things for granted every day. losing hershey made us realize how short they’re lives are and if we only had a little while longer, just another hug, just another time to throw the ball, just another time to tell him how much he is loved and missed we would do anything. hershey was so loved by us, but there is always more…. so in the end, tell everyone you love how you feel about them because life is so short. thank you for sending that to me.

  • 16 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Nov 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    So glad you liked it Cheryl…. it was a comfort for me…and I hope others will benefit from it as well. I know nothing will replace your Hershey…and nothing will replace my Ralph…but they knew they were loved so much and for some reason, that seems so unfair, it was their time to go…it really stinks…I hate it….but never, ever, can anyone or anything take away the memories and the wonderful life we shared with them. I thank God everyday for the memories. Take care of yourself.

  • 17 Susan // Nov 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Cynthia and Michael,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. We are facing a similar situation. The only difference is that we had forewarning. Our boy, Mo, is an 8-y.o lab mutt mix with a similar look to your Ralph. I don’t know if it’s better or worse to have them go fast or to watch them go slowly by going with what the medical community calls “traditional treatment”. Either way, you feel helpless. Traditional treatment is very harsh on all involved and only gives you 1 more year if you are lucky. We have opted for alternative treatment and it seems to be working. It was confirmed last week that there is a mass in Mo’s sinus. I had already done my research and knew what was coming if the x-ray showed anything. The vet was very kind and agreed that our choice was probably best. She feels that he is expressive enough that we will know when we have to go a different route. I had already changed their diet (we also have Mo’s mama, Kookie), and had started looking for other avenues of treatment. I also have a tremendous faith in God.
    To tell you a bit about Mo, he came to us when Rob and I had been married only 1-1/2 years. It is our second marriage and we both have kids. Because we were not able to have any together, when he came, he became our baby. We are both blonde, Rob is silver blonde and I am golden blonde. Mo is golden. Rob would hold him on his lap until he just got too big. This is extremely hard on Rob. Your story about Belker’s family struck home for me. I now have a 6-yo grandson who is Mo’s boy. Mathew is the only one who can lay on Mo. None of the other kids have ever been able to do that. Mo is with Mathew wherever he goes when he is here. I have taken Mo to several Alzheimer’s Memory Walks and everyone is just so impressed by how well behaved he is. He is such a gentleman! I can walk him without a leash he minds so well. He waits to be invited into the house or the car and will wait for permission to leave the yard, but put the tailgate down on the truck and he’s in! What I will miss most is Mo putting his head in my hand when we walk so that I will stoke his head while we walk.
    From my heart to yours, love your boy forever. You can’t replace him, but you will love again. Ralph was called home for a reason. Perhaps to open your hearts and home to one less fortunate, but only when you are ready. When our doggies go, we will not have another one for awhile. We have other things we need to do first. Then we will take a service puppy to love and train. We must have done something right to have gotten such well behaved companions. We plan to give back.
    So while Ralph was taken quickly, it may have been better than the alternative in watching your baby waste away with harsh chemicals that guarantee nothing. He is safe in Heaven and waiting for your arrival.

  • 18 Cynthia-Ralph's mom // Nov 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Dear Susan,

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt words and sharing your story. I have appreciated so much the special stories shared on this site. True dog lovers understand how special our relationships are with our animals. It’s one the more beautiful experiences in life.

    I am so sorry to hear that your special boy, Mo has been stricken with something similar to Ralph. It’s a nasty disease, that evidently creeps up on you. I know what you mean re: which is worse…the suddeness or the alternative to medicine. I think you made a great judgement call for Mo’s situation…as long as he is happy and not suffering…I too, would take the alternative road with chemicals for now,until you know and he knows…it’s enough. Focus on now, for now…and enjoy everyday with each other.

    You and your husband’s relationship and how Mo became your baby is special, as well as your grandson’s special relationship with Mo. Thanks for sharing… it’s just amazing the amount of love a dog brings.

    I also happen to be blonde, my husband has dark brown hair and my children have dark brown hair. Ralph and I were the only blondes in our family. I really wanted a yellow lab when we first decided to get a dog. I am an interior designer and my children used to tease me that I picked him as my “accessory”. I loved my “accessory” ..he was such a great joy to me….as he was to my husband and children too.

    Your comment re: your special walks and stroking Mo’s head…hit me…I miss so much those special moments…like coming home to our “greeter”, who would spin around like a maniac…so happy to see us….eventhough he weighed 107lbs…and had arthritis…he did it with perfection. Touching his soft, warm, head and body…and looking at those souful, beautiful brown eyes…was such a comfort. God, I miss it.

    My family and I are dog lovers…and I agree with you that one day we will open our hearts and love another dog. Of course, no other dog could be Ralph, but we will love he or she…and I know the gratitude and love given back, will create another special bond.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with Mo, you and your husband,Mathew, and of course Kookie. I always feel a sadness for other dogs in the family, who must sense something. If you can…keep us posted how Mo is doing.

    Your strong faith in God…will no doubt, get you through this difficult time.

    Strength to all of you.

  • 19 Amy Hume // Nov 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I have a dog recently diagnosed with lymphoma and your story about your relationship with Ralph reminds me of my dog Daisy. She to sleeps in our bed and night and all I can think of is it won’t be long. I lost my last dog at age 6 1/2 and Daisy is 8 1/2. This is gut wrenching. My heart goes out to you.

  • 20 Gina // Nov 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I lost my border collie this past july to sudden thrombocytopenia (loss of blood for unknown causes). We arrived to the vet to learn his body was killing his platelets and he needed a transfusion. Within a couple of hours at the vet, Cody’s platelets dropped to 26. It broke my heart to have to let him go. I loved him too much to watch him suffer. On the 4 month anniv. of his passing. We have learned our 5 yr old Daisy has breast cancer. Thank you so much for sharing your story and reminding me I am not alone. My prayers are with you.

  • 21 Cynthia-Ralph's mom // Nov 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Dear Amy,

    My heart goes out to you too. I wish I had the magical words to make you feel better, but when you love an animal as much as the people on this site do…it’s beyond gut wrenching. Even before Ralph became ill…I would have thoughts while we all laid in bed together…that some day the inevitable is going to happen…and he won’t be with us anymore…. maybe that was my way of preparing myself? I just didn’t think he would be gone at age nine and so suddenly.

  • 22 Cynthia-Ralph's mom // Nov 24, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Amy…I accidently hit the submit button and my message to you was sent prematurely. Anyway, enjoy each minute of everyday with your Daisy…how lucky all of our animal are to be loved so dearly. I am also sorry that you experienced something similar with your other dog. This site really helped me not feel so singled out…you’ll be in my thoughts. Strength, Cynthia

  • 23 Cynthia-Ralph's mom // Nov 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Gina,

    No, you are not alone, and thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry for your loss of Cody, and I can’t believe that you are experiencing this ugly monster again with your 5 year old Daisy. Another comment that was left right before yours was by Amy, and her dog was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and is also named Daisy.
    Your experience with Cody sounds so very much like our experience with Ralph. Did Cody have any symptoms prior to the day you took him to the vet? The suddeness of the platelet count dropping so quickly and the need for a transfusion sounds so much like what Ralph experienced. Our hearts were broken too, to let Ralph go…but we just couldn’t let him suffer. The whole thing still seems surreal …we miss him so much, but I thank God he isn’t suffering…that would kill me. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Daisy…. thanks so much again for sharing. Hoping this site has brought you some comfort. It has really helped me. Strength, Cynthia

  • 24 Linda Lamb // Nov 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Sending many prayers to you for healing. We just lost our little wire fox terrier girl Snickers at age 7 1/2 yrs on 22NOV09. We believe it was Lymphoma Cancer, probably started in the nasal cavity. She started with bloody noses & sneezing. She only made it a few weeks and we had to let her go this last Sunday morning. We are so heartbroken as is our wire fox terrier boy Butchy.
    Wirey Hugs,

    Linda and Butchy in Iowa

  • 25 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Nov 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you so much for your prayers,I truly appreciate it… and I am so, so sorry for your loss. The pain, the shock, and the void is all too much to take, I know…but thank goodness your Snickers is no longer in pain and scared. I couldn’t have handled Ralph suffering any more than he did. Snicker’s cancer sounded somewhat similar to Ralph’s. We’ve never experienced anything like this (cancer) before with our other animals … the suddeness and severity of the disease really rocked us. Please find comfort in the fact that you are not alone, and that Snicker’s is no longer in pain or confused about what is happening. I was so happy to find this site when I was looking for some kind of answers. So many nice and compassionate people who have shared similar experiences, left such comforting and heartwarming responses and that was so helpful for me. Find comfort in the wonderful memories of your girl, for they can never be taken away. You and Butchy will be in my thoughts and prayers. Strength, Cynthia

  • 26 Lori Barrante // Dec 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Dear Michael and Cynthia,
    I feel your loss. How much love we receive from our dogs is incredible. Ralph was a gift from God and he is holding Ralph in his arms until you meet again. I lost my beautiful golden retriever Maddie at 15 1/2 years old. She started failing six months earlier and I just wasn’t ready to let her go. I always told her when she gave me a sign I will know it’s time to let you go. And she too had a nose bleed that was like nothing I had ever seen. We took her the following day and had her put to sleep. I laid on the table with her and held her in my arms and let her know how much I loved her. Even though Ralph can never be replaced I hope and pray that you and your family will find the memories and funny stories will comfort you until there is enough room in your hearts to let another Ralph in.
    Lori

  • 27 Peggy Greer // Dec 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Dear Cynthia, Michael and all others on this thread who have lost their precious “fur baby soul mate”. We lost our sweet 12 1/2 yr old sheltie Codie on July 23rd. I have no children and my husband and I and Sadie (9 year old female sheltie) are still reeling from his loss. He was gone in 2 days….it has rocked our world and our Sadie has gone from mourning to personality changes and now to depression. I applied to adopt a Sheltie rescue as I feel she needs a buddy to fill her hurt heart. We all ache and I know how you all feel losing your sweet friend. I sometimes think I prefer being with my babies more than most people I know. So glad to find others who love their pets so much. I cannot wait to see Codie again. I asked our vet if he believed dogs were in heaven. He said, ” It would not be heaven if they are not there.” He is so right. I pray for each of you as the days go by that them memories of all special times are never fading and the hurt subsides and that when the time is ready that you can share your hearts with a new one that needs love. Thank you for your healing words. Hugs to all……Peggy

  • 28 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Dec 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Lori,

    Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words. My heart goes out to you too for your loss. You are so right, the love that these precious animals give us is special beyond words.
    I am very grateful for the memories…as I know you are. We both were so lucky to have such special bonds with our beloved pets. The amount of love they give and the gratefulness they show, is like nothing I have ever experienced.
    We are animal lovers and I know some day we will let another dog into our hearts.
    Feel comfort in the fact that your Maddie is no longer suffering…and that you were right with her when she passed. I know some people who have left comments on this site were unable to be with their pets when they passed and have struggled with that.
    May all the wonderful memories you have of Maddie, bring you smiles and help you heal.
    Thank you again for taking the time to respond to my story and for sharing yours.

    Strength, Cynthia

  • 29 Cynthia- Ralph Fisher's Mom // Dec 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Peggy.

    All the people on this site, love their animals, and feel your pain. The love and bond that we have all shared with our precious animals is beyond special. I love animals, but have only experienced owning dogs, and I have found that they are the most unselfish, loving, loyal creatures on this earth. I agree with you…I would prefer my dog to almost anyone…and I also think they are sincerely nicer than a lot of people. In fact, people who have no time for animals…I run from.
    I am so happy that this site has given you some comfort …knowing you are not alone. We all know that terrible void…it’s gut wrenching.
    I found this site late one evening googling everything imaginable related to Ralph’s death. I just needed answers…and knowing that I was not the only person who has experienced this…has helped me tremendously.
    I love what your veterinarian said about heaven…he is so right…heaven couldn’t be heaven without our animals.
    Take each day, one day at a time. Time helps heal…and remember memories are forever. …no one can take them away. Strength to you, your husband and your Sadie.
    Cynthia

  • 30 RC // Jan 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Our condolensces to the Fisher Family and all of you that are dealing with pet illnesses. Our 8yr-old Black Lab “Boulder” was recently diagnosed with Nasal Adenocarcinoma. The Doctor said he was able to remove over 90% of the tumor and confirmed it has not spread to his Cranial Plate, Lymph nodes, or Chest. We visit the Oncologist tomorrow. We have spent hours researching medical and holistic treatments. We are thankful to all of the fellow Pet lovers for sharing their experience; as painful as it can be to relive. We are giving our guy alot of love and we are hoping for the best.
    –Good Luck to all of you!!

    RC

  • 31 Cynthia-Ralph Fisher's Mom // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Dear RC….we wish you all the best with Boulder. So happy to hear it has not spread to other areas…prognosis sounds really encouraging. This website was so wonderful for us when were trying to find information and answers to why it happened to Ralph. The suddeness of the disease was so troubling for us. I hope your boy Boulder has many wonderful years ahead. Good luck at the Oncologist…you’ll be in our thoughts and prayers. Ralph Fisher’s Family

  • 32 Ingrid // Feb 2, 2010 at 8:45 am

    TO RC
    I was surprised to read they did surgery on your dogs nasal tumor and were able to remove 90% of it. I’ve been told by every vet that surgery is not possible for this type of tumor. Any chance you could tell me who the vet was and where they are located? Maybe they could explain to my vets how it is done. It’s something I would consider for my Snoopy.
    And to the Fisher Family, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Thank You,
    pigsohpigs@peoplepc.com

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