Memorial for Rusty the Golden Retriever

December 23, 2016

I was saddened to hear that a senior canine patient of mine who, like Cardiff, overcame cancer and led a high quality of life until his final weeks was recently put to sleep. I got to know Rusty as my patient through Veterinary Cancer Group and strove to provide a holistic complement to the surgery that helped keep Rusty’s cancer in check.

Here’s Rocky’s memorial as written by his human parents.

I always say we recused Rusty but he rescued us! Anyone whoever met him knew he was a very special dog. He welcomed everyone into his life. He was the type of dog you could take anywhere and would just be fine. He was very confident and very giving! It never mattered to him what we were doing as long as we were doing it together. He loved long hikes and swimming!He was very gracious when we brought another dog into the family, sharing his toys, and never being jealous of his younger brother. I was always proud he was ours!

I’ll miss seeing Rusty as my patient, but I look forward to caring for his canine companion Wally for years to come.

Have you lost an animal companion who was like a four-legged family member? Feel free to share your perspective in the Comments section.



Rusty oversees his canine companion Wally’s toy disembowelment

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Nancy Fink January 1, 2017 at 4:20 AM

Our precious Golden Retriever Marley who was only 7 years old had to be put to sleep on December 26th due to cancer in his stomach. We miss him so bad. The worse part is when we come home from going to the store he would always be right by the door waiting for us to come in and now I realize now when I come in he is not there. The house feels so empty. It eases the pain that I know he is in pet heaven and is in no pain and not suffering, I just wish my heart would know this.

Linda January 4, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Rusty. . .We love you and you will be missed!

xoxo, Linda

Patrick Mahaney February 4, 2017 at 6:35 PM

I’m sorry to hear of Marley’s passing.
My good thoughts are with you.
Dr. PM

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