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Joel Karban
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  • Parker, CO
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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.


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!

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At 1:33pm on April 26, 2015, Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant said…

Oh Joel.  Welcome to the community.  You certainly have come to the right place. Keifer was a beautiful Doodle and looks a lot like our Pemon.  So, So sad, just tears my heart out.  We extend our sincere sympathy, but he is resting in peace with no more paid.  We had to make similar decision about our other dog, Fletch.  It is not an easy thing to do.  He was thirteen years old and never sick a day in his life.  He developed liver cancer.  I just never thought how short their lives are anyway and I think about that every single day and try to make the best of everything with our Pemon.  We got him almost 2 months after Fletch passed and I'm so glad we did, because he helps with the pain.  He makes us laugh every single day.  We still get choked up when we talk about Fletch, but he will always be in our hearts no matter what.  We are so lucky we have had two wonderful dogs.  Seriously do think about another Doodle and I say Doodle because they are all so unique.  Keep us in the loop.

Grace & Pemon, The Gentle Giant

At 9:55am on April 26, 2015, DonMarie & Picco said…

Looks like Keifer had an enjoyable and beautiful life with you! The sudden loss is truly hard to bear.  I hope you will get another Goldendoodle or any dog - they all deserve a life as you gave Keifer.

At 7:52pm on April 25, 2015, Beverly and Eli said…

What a beautiful boy Keifer was and I'm sure your grief is beyond measure. These doodles are heart and soul stealers. Thank you for posting the wonderful pictures so we can honor and enjoy him with you. 

At 12:34pm on April 25, 2015, Lois - Izzi said…

good morning Joel

At 8:03am on April 25, 2015, Beverly and Eli said…

Welcome Joel! Enjoy this fun and helpful community and post some pictures!


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