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Golden Retriever

On Febuary 10, 2009 I lost a very special friend in Rusty. We had to put him to sleep when we found he had a very large cancerous mass on his spleen. It broke our hearts to do so but was the best thing we could do for him. He was very loyal, loving and above all very gentle to all people and animals. I will miss him greatly. He took a piece of my heart with him but he left me all of his.

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Sep 15, 2008 wolfgirl66
Sep 18, 2008 ShelleySadie
Hey Rusty, your a very handsome lad. And I can't blame you for wanting to snooze on the couch all day - who wouldn't given half the chance!!! You are lovely - pats to you and Buck.
Sep 18, 2008 lalley
Hey Rusty. You look very sweet, with quiet intelligence. Lots of gentle rubs and biscuits. :D
Sep 24, 2008 Aussie mom
Rusty looks like a very content dog! He and Buck are adorable in pic #2. From your Aussie friends in Florida...Enjoy!
Oct 4, 2008 collie_lover101
SO cute! Rusty looks like a very gentle ben! He must be a great dog! I love your puppy! :) I love goldens...they are my favorite dogs next to collies!!! You r so lucky to have such a sweet looking puppy! XOXO for Rusty!!!!!!!!!!!!! -collie_lover101
Oct 5, 2008 brittieface
rusty your so goregous and you look very wise
Oct 26, 2008 jack-a-tack
He makes me think of my dog Leia who recently passed away! But your puppy seems very healthy and cute! I hope you have many happy years together and keep on lovin'!
Nov 9, 2008 thequeenofblue
WOW WEE CUTIE PIE I WANT HIM but i already hav 5 pets you see
Dec 7, 2008 Sophies Earrings
What beautiful guys you have. And what a big heart. Scratch their ears for me.
Dec 17, 2008 I-Love-Dobermans-08
100% beautiful!!!!!!!
Dec 29, 2008 tobyslattery
Oh I just love the red haired Golden Retriever but Rusty is my favorite by far.
Jan 3, 2009 muffin
he is a lovely color! Golden Retrievers' have such a good reputation for a good reason.
Jan 16, 2009 froggygirl103
Love your babies! :) Rusty has the prettiest coat. Or should I say the most handsome??? :)
Jan 19, 2009 luvmyboyz
He's such a handsome boy. Getting old isn't for sissies! Thankfully he has someone loving to help him out!!! Hugs to him! :)
Feb 8, 2009 Pam21
Rusty looks like a very lovable and great companion.
Feb 12, 2009 Todlor
I'm really sorry about Rusty.. How sad :( Buck is very cute! Wehave normal Aussies. Check 'em out! :) Luv your dog and pictures of your old :( dog!
Feb 21, 2009 Jillie
MHRIP...he looks like he was a very good dog.
Feb 23, 2009 georgia04
I am so sorry about poor Rusty. He lived a great life though, filled with love and I am sure he returned it and then some. He'll be waiting for you to return to him someday.
Feb 25, 2009 yellowzipper
aw he is cute but you did a good thing what you did is better than letting him suffer. i am very sorry for your lose but i bet that he lived his life to the fullest. oh and that poem at the end was so touching. i bet he was a good dog cuz poems that good can only be written for good dogs like your rusty
Mar 12, 2009 quilla
I am so sorry for your loss!!!!! I hope you find some peace in letting him go when he needed to loved him enough to put his needs first and that makes you a wonderful person!!!!! I went through the same thing last May so my heart breaks for you!!!!! Take care1!!
Mar 12, 2009 quilla
Sorry , I almost forgot to say how much I liked his album!!!!!
Mar 19, 2009 horse_rider
I am so sorry that you lost Rusty. Losing a loving canine companion is one of the toughest things. It takes great courage and sacrifice to let them go, and to end their suffering. You take their pain away, but you also take on pain for yourself. Rusty looks like he was a wonderful fellow. Hopefully Gizmo will help to heal the wound in your heart.
Mar 27, 2009 birdee
rusty sure had the gentlest face.... so sorry...
Apr 13, 2009 La La
the last line of your tribute to him put a huge lump in my throat. i've no doubt he's trotting along beside you wherever you go :)
Apr 17, 2009 tobyslattery
I...I'm so sorry. I remember when I commented on him and he was still alive. It came as a shock to me when I went on and saw he had died.
Apr 18, 2009 dogs101
so sad,that must of been very hard to do.
May 1, 2009 loreleidiego
I'm so sorry you lost him. That's always the hardest decision to make. He was a gorgeous pup.
May 17, 2009 Cricket7
I cry as I type this :o( I am sooo very sorry for your loss of Rusty. He is so much like my beloved Beau. He also had a cancerous tumor and we had to put him to sleep... extremely painful to say good-bye, but not as painful as not having that opportunity to say good-bye (like with my Snowy). My heart breaks for you in a million pieces right now, especially because it was so recent. May God comfort you.
Jun 3, 2009 Diamond Shards
God...I'm so sorry to hear about Rusty. Looks like a very nice dog. I loooooove Golden Retrievers and I hate it when dogs die. Wish they are as long lives as us. God bless you, Rusty!
Jun 5, 2009 Tassiaw
I know exactly how you feel, and I send you lots of hugs. It's so hard to lose someone you love so much. He'll live on in your memories, as Ziggy does in mine. He's gone to that wonderful place in the afterlife full of rolling meadows and butterflies to chase.
Jun 11, 2009 BuddyandMe
Im soooooo sorry :( Goldens are always soo sweet I cant imagine Rusty he looks soooo sweet!
Jun 17, 2009 PuppyLuv101
Awww, what a sweetie! I'm sure he's having the best time in doggie heaven. :)
Jul 5, 2009 Rae_love(:
oh im soo sorry! ive recently lost a dog also and i know its the hardest thing... they make such a big imprint on our live its hard to not be selfish and think of ourselves to keep them here on earth with us, until you see there loving face in pain your bestfriend having trouble and you know what you have to do.. it is a terrible burden to loose a best friend... i had my dog for over 7 years we rescued him and he was about 4 in his ending days he had a cough and we brought him into the vet.. we found out he had lung cancer... a few days later he had a siezure and i was out of town it was late at night and my step mom bieng a vet tech took him to her work and had him euthinized i found out the next day and could not stop crying for my life!! im so sorry!! he was beautiful he is always there with you and should remember that he was special and is always watching over you dear. he loves you and must have had an undening bond with you! he is god-blessed do not worry about hi up in doggie heaven you will meet again someday!!! :) Rae_love RIP Rusty!!!
Jul 23, 2009 PepsiCola987
I'm so sorry to hear about Rusty!! It's hard to put down a dog. My mom had a BIG problem when she had to put down her Chiuahua, Tina. I couldn' imagine putting down any of my dogs but sometimes it's for the best!! Rusty will be missed!!
Jul 31, 2009 Buggie
sorry for your loss. he looked like a great friend and a great dog. keep him in your heart forever xoxo
Aug 5, 2009 BMW-X5
im so sorry R.I.P Rusty! he will always and forever be with you! hes proberley looking down at you now and saying thank you! xxx
Aug 24, 2009 Sarah-Jean
What a kind and intelligent face he had! Sleep tight, baby!
Sep 1, 2009 lmheiro
I know how it feels to lose a special friend. Let Buck and Gizmo give you comfort -- they look like they can keep you busy! What cuties all of your dogs are!
Sep 15, 2009 PepsiCola987
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS ON BEAUTIFUL RUSTY! Your dogs look familar, I think I mighht have commented on them before! Oh wait, I have! LOL! Anyways, all your dogs are beautiful and please check out my dogs and comment on them, thanks!
Oct 9, 2009 Labs rock
ohh rusty yuo are so cute! soory 4 ur loss with rusty i know how you feel
Nov 14, 2009 Dane-Boy
aw im so sorry you lost dear Rusty (the name goes well with his coloured fur) so sorry! :(
Jan 11, 2010 Cayce
Oh sweet Rusty... you must have left a empty place in this house and hearts. What a dear friend. We all should have been lucky enough to meet you. Guide our pups well Rusty dog, I am sure you are a guardian!
Feb 8, 2010 sadielady
What a sweet and handsom boy. R.I.P. old friend.Give my blue boy and sheena girl a puppy kiss from there mom. They all are happy and rumping pain free. Mine were(boy) Husky and (girl) malamute. It really sucks and hurts bad when this happens and only us dog people can truly understand what another dog owner is going through. I got my nephews golden when he was deployed to Iraq. She was the runt of the litter. So she is only about the size of a cocker but has a heart so big. She is a real joy and was my rock when i had my blue boy put down.Just trust that one day you and your rusty will reunite again.
Mar 10, 2010 sadiedog sorry....goldens are the best most loyal dogs ever...he looks like he was a sweetie!
Apr 28, 2010 sammie23
RiP's so hard losing a dog but when they're sick it's better not to make them suffer :( he was a gorgeous dog and definitely looks like a big sweetie! hes so fortunate to have lived so long with amazing owners :) lots of love
Jun 17, 2010 sundayfriday
Oh rusty it sounds like he was very loved i'm soo sorry for your loss he was really handsome.
Sep 15, 2011 wolfgirl66
I am very sorry about beautiful Rusty! Rusty will always be close at hand in your loving memories and in your hearts! RIP Sweet Rusty!
Mar 20, 2015 mariaangelozzi
I am so awfully sorry to hear this of your precious baby. I know the pain only too well as I lost two dogs 2mths a part. One Oct 14th 2014 to enlarged heart and then his sister left me Dec 18th 2014 2mths after that of Hemangiscoma, talk about heartache. There are no words to describe what feeling we get when we love so deeply and something so precious is taken away. I pray your precious baby rest in peace in Rainbow Bridge along with my Simple & Lucy. Hugs & God Bless you.
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