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Duke collapsed yesterday morning and had a hard time getting up. I rushed him to the vet, they examined him and had me bring him to the emergency medical hospital last night. He kept getting worse and became non-responsive this afternoon.
Heidi and I just got back from the animal hospital. He faded so quickly they had to carry him into the the room we were in. We spoke to 5 vets of various specialties in the last 24-hours including my sister Anita via telephone who lives in Manteca. The bottom line is there was no hope. Based on the damage to the brain it appears to have been brain cancer and perhaps bone marrow cancer. His red blood cells were at 17% of normal. We said our final goodbyes and were there with him when he passed. I’ve had many dogs over the years, but none quite like Duke. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. I work from home and he was always with me. His passing leaves a big hole in my heart but I have many wonderful memories of him. I’m grateful for the time we had together and the many blessings his being in my life gave to me.