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Another sad story !!!!!
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:00am

laurie rufus and stella
Rufus RIP 11/4/2005-11/8/2017
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:23pm

It is with a heavy heart that I want to share my beloved Rufus passed over to the Rainbow Bridge this past Wednesday. He was diagnosed with a very aggressive oral melanoma which was under his tongue and throat. It was inoperable. We did try courses of a melanoma vaccine hoping to at least shrink the tumor but it was to no avail. Chemo and radiation were not options. We had to make the difficult decision to let him go when he stopped eating and drinking this week, which also meant he was refusing all of his pain medications and he was on different medications for the pain. It broke my heart... even with his pain on his last day, he still wagged his tail and was very alert and present.

I am a long time zoo member, an "old timer" if you will. Although I am not on the zoo as often as in the past I still check in and comment here and there. Many years ago when I discovered doodles, I came across the doodle zoo and another doodle site... this is where I fell in Love. If you all remember Sue's Chip and Carol's Archie those were my inspirations as I began my search for a Goldendoodle. And he had to be a red head. Rufus came from Doodlesville. He was one of the loves of my life and my heart dog. I am very sad. We knew the day was coming. You think you are prepared but it does not really matter... your heart is just as broken. The doodle friends I have made along the way and many I have never met in person have been a wonderful support. It has only been two days since his passing. I know time heals but it is too early in the grieving process and I miss my boy. Rufus was the most head strong and stubborn doodle boy and it was all about him and I could not have loved him more. Hug your doodles people.

p.s.- I would love to post a picture of him but I no longer use a photo host site. Maybe I could email a photo that someone could post for me.

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