A Community of Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Lovers
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I joined this doodle community to honor the memory of our beloved goldendoodle Kiefer, whom we sadly and unexpectedly lost on Monday 4/20/2015. He is survived by his loving family: Joel, Rachel, Brett and Sydney. Kiefer was the best family dog and we miss him so much. He would have been 10 years old this coming August and was very healthy but as it turns out he had succumbed to an acute onset of Canine Hemangiosarcoma. We never heard of this disease before but apparently there is a 1 in 5 chance in Golden Retrievers. But there is some hope as researchers are working hard on finding a cure. http://www.modianolab.org/cancer/cancer_hemangiosarcoma.shtml
Kiefer was our first family pet and we all know part of the deal of owning a pet is that one day they will pass away. We never planned and never discussed what we would do if there was ever a threatening event with our dog. We ended up at an emergency animal hospital that we've never been too because it was much closer than our vet's office and were very fortunate to have a very compassionate vet team there to help and for that we are thankful. Reading this article has helped my wife and I make sense of an acute traumatic event and reassured that we made the best decision to let Kiefer go and not attempt surgery which would have only prolonged the pain.
Our advice to everyone out there is to love, love, and love on your family as we never know when the day will come. We will eventually bring home a new goldendoodle puppy and we certainly will have an emergency action plan in place for the future. I will post photos of Kiefer for all to share and enjoy!