Dogs know

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So pleased to have found this forum. I’m a bit mad probably but then the world is crazy too eh? I’m a Widow. That’s hard to say but true for 10 months now. My husband passed away from stomach cancer just 11 days after his diagnosis.  Our old chocolate Labrador knew he was ill before we did. He took to sitting with him in a way he never did before.  After his passing my dog became my shadow. He was wonderful company. I say was as he passed away too aged 14 in June. He hung on for a few months as he knew I needed him. That day i saw this in the sky 

I am not superstitious but it felt like a message to say they are back together and happy. It settled me a lot.  

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    Hi Poppy51,

    Firstly I am so sorry for your loss. I honestly don’t know how you manage after something like that, but clearly you are.

    I just felt I needed to reply to you. My husband is 51 and was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer xmas Eve. It is incurable and despite trying various forms of treatment he continues to decline. I am trying to prepare myself for what is to come but don’t think you really can.

    I have a dog as well and  I am so thankful for her. She gives me a reason to leave the house each day ( I work from home) and is a joy. She is 12 and I can’t honestly say she has a clue what’s going on, silly but happy which has been my family motto. I’m so glad I have her.

    take care x

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    Hello bramblejoo. Goodness I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Stomach cancer is a horrible horrible disease. My husband was diagnosed on 20th December. He was in work the week before just feeling tired. I thought he must have an ulcer. We spent Christmas waiting for an MRI scan to see what the prognosis was. It seems your Christmas was as equally difficult last year. I lost my husband and best friend far too quickly. The cancer had spread and it had reached his liver. He was very confused the last couple of days but I still had no idea it was his last few days. I hope that you can spend time together and talk about everything you need to and want  too. Treasure every precious moment.  I am glad you have a wise dog for company. They are so intuitive and wonderful company and there for you both.  My old dog had been ill but I swear he held on because he needed me. Life is a struggle now and I am still only taking things one day at a time. I struggle to make decisions as we always talked things through together. I have made one good decision tho. I have got a puppy. He is the best company.  I like your saying silly but happy. That’s him. Look after yourself and very best wishes to your husband xxxx

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    FormerMember in reply to FormerMember
    1. Thank you so much Poppy51. I really hope things get easier for you as times passes. I guess you never really get over the loss but learn to live with it. I hope your puppy gives you joy x
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    My darling old grey-muzzle Chocolate Labrador Oscar died only a few months after I lost my husband of 50 years to lung cancer in 2018, and just before my own mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  

    It's been a tough couple of years, but Im a Jazz Singer, and singing every week with a band (until lockdown, of course), and the support of family, friends and fellow musicians has helped me through to regaining strength and joy in life.  Now I have a darling little Cavapoo Bella, every bit as eager and joyful as dear Oscar was

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    • Hello Rosieboodle. I am so sorry for your losses and the fact you have had to battle so hard too.  Chocolate labs are just so gorgeous. My old boy was grey round the muzzle too. I am glad to read you are getting happiness back in your life.  I hope I can too. My puppy definitely helps me. X
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    Hello.  How are you?  How are things? xx