College of Veterinary Medicine Home Pet Loss Hotline

On Saturday, August 5th 2006, at 9pm EST, we lost our beloved dog, Bear, a german shepherd mutt. She was a significant and constant part of our life, a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, and of course of lots of fun and joy.

Bear died suddenly of bloat, a common killer of dogs. The emergency veterinary surgeon said she also had advanced liver cancer, which would have resulted in a slow painful death if she had survived the bloat surgery. We were with her, telling her she was a good dog and that we loved her, as they put her under the anesthetic from which she never woke up. She was 14 years old, an advanced age for a dog of her size.

Bear died in the Hamptons, Long Island, New York, on a day outing to the beach. She had some of her last hours relaxing and laying in the grass, smelling the odors that only a dog could love. It was a bright, sunny day, and it wasn't too hot.

  She was cremated with one of her favorite balls, and upon our return to Seattle in 2007, some of her ashes will be buried at lake, in the off leash area of Magnuson Park, her favorite place in the world and where she loved to swim.

We miss her so much and will forever love her.

Sean and Isabelle K
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