May 03, 2010

IN MEMORY OF PRINCE ~ 1/11/2004~30/4/2010

Prince January 2010

On Friday 30 April my beautiful boy left this world and joined all the other fur angels north of the Rainbow Bridge.

Prince had been very brave over the past six months ~ not only did he have to battle cancer but he had to learn to adjust to almost completely losing his eyesight. My once very energetic best friend had to accept a life with many limitations and I know not being able to do zoomies with his sister/best friend Summer was very hard for both of them to accept.

Prince and Summer February 2010

We did everything we could to fight the cancer, he handled the metronomic chemotherapy very well and we had almost six wonderful months together after he was first diagnosed with Fibrosarcoma in November 2009. We will never know if the treatment slowed down the growth of the tumor and gave us more precious time together.

For those of you that don't know, Prince's tumor was located beside his spine. He had a CT scan last December and we were hoping it would be able to be surgically removed but that wasn't the case. The tumor had invaded and eroded some of his vertibrae and his spinal cord and nerves were compromised. The surgical specialists and radiologist could not believe that Prince was walking normally with the pressure that was already on his spinal cord.

Prince January 2009

I always knew my boy was tough, he was always so stoic and took everything in his stride. I truly believe his stubbornness and determination helped him fight off the effects of the tumor for so many months.

On Wednesday 15 April Prince and I headed to our vet clinic for routine blood tests. He loved going to our vet (which was just as well as we were there so often!) ~ always got so excited when we pulled up outside and he would normally announce his arrival before and after we entered the front doors with enthusiastic woof woofs. He had his tests and we went home. The next day our vet phoned and the results were not so good ~ his white blood count and platelets were very low and after consultation with the specialists, it was decided to withhold the cyclophosphamide for a week or so and re test him, the plan was to then start him on his chemo on a dose of every third day.

Saturday 17 April I noticed a change in Prince's back legs - they were a bit uncoordinated and seemed to be weaker than before. 5-6 days later they seemed to be even weaker and a couple of days after that they were collapsing on him at times. I knew in my heart that the time I had dreaded for the last 5+ months was here ~ my boy was losing his battle with this horrible disease. We had a few more vet appointments for blood tests and his WBC only increased ever so slightly. His bone marrow was no longer producing white blood cells and platelets. This meant his immune system was highly compromised so he couldn't be exposed to other dogs or places where he could pick up any bugs. He had to remain at home and had to be kept as calm as possible.

Prince and his 'Dr Ruth' April 2010

Prince and his favourite vet nurses Lana and Tracey

Prince's vet 'Dr Ruth' had gone on a three week holiday so we had been seeing 'Dr Jeff' the last few times we were at the clinic. Dr Ruth was wonderful with Prince and I didn't realise how much I had come to rely on her until she wasn't there. I decided to wait until she returned to make a decision about Prince. She was due to return to work on Monday 3 May. I wanted her to see Prince and confirm what I already knew deep down. The waiting was driving me insane and was very stressful, I then had a phone call to say Dr Ruth was returning early and that she would be available to see me anytime from Thursday afternoon onwards. I almost panicked ~ that seemed way too soon!

On Friday 30 April Prince, myself and my Mom went into the clinic to meet with Dr Ruth. She confirmed my worst fears. She said that because his back end had gone from basically normal (a little bit weak when he was tired) to collapsing, sometimes he even walked on his paws with them curled under in a time frame of a week and a half, she wouldn't be surprised if he was paralised within a week. She felt I really didn't have much time left with Prince. I decided that it was time to end Prince's battle. In the last week I could see he was beginning to struggle and when we began this journey I promised him and myself that I would not let him struggle or suffer. At 5pm Dr Ruth and Tracey came to our home. Approximately half an hour later Prince passed peacefully in my arms.

Team Husky June 2009

Team Husky November 2009

It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but I knew it was the right one. I miss Prince so much, he will always be my main man and I will never ever forget all the wonderful times we had together. Prince was the very best companion I could have ever imagined and I am fortunate enough to have his son Kodiak, to carry on his fathers legacy. If he turns out to be half the dog Prince was I will be very blessed.

Prince and me February 2010

Run free my sweet boy, wear your silver harness proudly. You are now free of pain and can see and run again with all the other fur angels north of the Rainbow Bridge. When my time comes to leave this world it will be very comforting knowing that you will be there waiting for me and we will cross the Bridge together ~ forever. I will never ever forget you for you have left so many memories and paw prints on my heart. I adored you and loved you so very much.



Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

To say we are very sorry for your loss would be an understatement -

As much as it hurt and hurts now, you gave Prince the gift the confirmed how much you will always love him -

You let him go - you helped free him from pain - you have allowed him to see again -

I have no doubt he's watching from The Rainbow Bridge with tail wagging proudly with so much love -

So, it's just bye for now -

Khyra and Phyll

Anonymous said...

We are so sad to hear about Prince. He was a very beautiful boy and you brought each other so much love and joy. Thank you for sharing his story.

WOOOOOO woo rar rar rar,
Kayla, Maebe, and their huMom

Huskee and Hershey said...

We are so very sorry to hear about your loss... Our mom was tearing non-stop as we read your lovely tribute to Prince.
Sending all of you hugs and puppy kisses.. Remember that this isn't 'goodbye', it's 'till we meet again'.

Huskee, Hershey and Mom

Huffle Mawson said...

I'm so very very sorry to hear about Prince. He was a beautiful boy. I know you will see him again one day.

Huffle Mawson and mum Tracey

Victoria, Karen & Paul Cosgriff-Owen said...

We are all so sorry for your loss of prince.

May he wear his silver harness with joy, Over the Rainbow Bridge & Beyond.

Furever he will run in the paths and trails of SSDA(fosbender park)
with the team mates of team husky, His bride his sons and daughters.

May his Siberrific Tail Wag furever & furever!!!

Kisses & Hugz
Mitsi, Kavik, Onyx & Clifford
Karen, Paul & Victoria

Dakota and Georgia said...

We're glad we got to meet you Prince. We'll see you again one day at the rainbow bridge, and we'll be sure to bring our harnesses.

We're sending warm cuddles for your mom.

Princess Dak and Lady G

Mr Koda MD said...

Every stitch on his silver harness is deserved a million to one.

He will always be by AMD, Friend and Idol (and big fluffball goof who hogged my squeaky toys).


Remembered as he was, full of mansqueaks....

I salute you Princey Poos. Mates for life!

Love Koda and Kate

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

It is with very heavy hearts that we paw these words. We were first drawn to your blog with the arrival of the beautiful litter of pups sired by Prince. We were awestruck by their beauty and by the striking and proud Dad. Then our closeness grew when Prince and Phantom both had similar tumor issues. We have been following Prince's valiant fight over the past months with great care and concern. We have so admired Prince's courage in the face of such terrible odds. And the love and devotion you gave to your special boy was so powerful. We are so very sorry to know that it had to come to this. It is always hard to lose a pup but to lose one so young, so loved, so beautiful, so courageous - it saddens us so much.

As many have said, you did the only thing you could - you freed Prince so he could live without pain. We are sure he was met at the bridge by our Dakota and many other wonderful furiends. The hurt is tremendous now but time does heal. Cherish the memories.

Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Mom Kathie

H.A. Turbofire, Sibertarian said...

I am very sorry for your loss.

Cyber-sibes said...

Oh no! We've been moving and were without internet for a few days - we're sorry we missed this till today. We knew it was coming, but one can never quite prepare for the news.
Mom is leaking all over the keyboard - she loved your Princey sooooo much! Bless you for making that hardest of all decisions, the one our bipeds dread the most. Prince will never be more than a thought away, and always in your heart. We like to think he & Star finally got to meet snooter to snooter. Now he & Sherman both have their sight restored, so they can watch for us from North of the Rainbow Bridge.

((((hugs))) for all of woo,
your friends,
pat, jack a-roo & miss moo too

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh we are so so sorry for your loss. We know it is so difficult when someone you love so much has to leave, but remember at the bridge he is healthy, and happy and zooming all over. We are sending over lots of comforting thoughts and purrs.

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so, so sorry for your loss. Prince will always be alive in your heart.
Run with the wind, Prince.
Love Ruby & Penny

Ginger Jasper said...

I came over from my woofie friends the OP pack and wanted to say how sorry I am you lost your beloved friend.. I didn,t know Prince but reading todays post I had tears in my eyes.. You have though some beautiful memories. Prince sounded one heck of a dog.. Hugs GJ and Carol x

Nellie and Calvert said...

We heard of your loss via The Chronicle of Woos and wanted to stop by and send you our deepest condolences.

Words always fail me at times like these... Most of us here know the pain you are feeling and no matter what we say it will hurt and the only thing that will heal this is time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nellie & Calvert

JD and Max said...

We heard about the sad news from the OP Pack and had to come over to offer sympathies.

Our human leaked a lot reading this post - Prince was such a fighter and to have an extra 6 months with your special boy was a great gift.

Knowing when the time is right to help our beloved pets move onto the Rainbow Bridge is never easy and takes a tremendous amount of courage and love.

We are thinking of you at this difficult time and hope that the wonderful memories of your boy will help you through. Much love - JD, Max and their humans.

Martha and Bailey said...

Our friends over at The Op Pack told us about Prince.
We are sorry for your loss. As you say in your lovely tribute Prince will always be in your heart.
It is such a painful loss - we so understand that.
Prince died with you there, he knew you loved him so he had nothing to fear.
He trusted you to look after him and you did...........
Take care xxxx

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We are so very sorry about your loss of dear Prince. We found out from The Op Pack. We know he is at The Rainbow Bridge and running free. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos fur Prince! Woo gave him the final gift of true love. He will be missed by all of us too!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We are so sorry to hear about Prince. He was so beautiful and it sounds like he was a wonderful dog. We know you will miss him terribly.

Steve and Kat

Lacy said...
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Lacy said...

sad woofs, sorry i messed up the other comment..soo sorry for ur loss..lossing a friend is very hard indeed..ur in our thoughts and prayers...RIP Prince, run with the wind..

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama

The Army of Four said...

We are so very deeply sorry for your loss!
You will meet up with your handsome boy again one day.
Tail wags,

Anonymous said...

we are very very sorry to hear about Pinc.though it sounds very cliche, w cannot find the right words to say what we want to say.

Prince will forever be with you, in your heart, foreve lovd and cherished.
it was very brave of u to decide to let go.
we are sure Prince is now in a beautiful place,at peace and happy

with deep sympathies and love,
Ginger, Buddy n family

Samantha said...

Run free sweet Prince. We didn't know him, but through reading your beautiful and moving tribute we understook how wonderful he was. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Hugs xoxoxo,
Sammie, Miche and Bill

Maggie and Mitch said...

We just came for the OP Pack's blog. Our mom is in tears and our hearts are breaking for you. We are so sorry that we never got to know Prince. He was one handsome boy.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hello, we just came from Thunder's and Phantom's and we wanted to convey our deepest condolences.
We never knew Prince but nevertheless we felt like we've lost one of our own..

Thoughts and prayers for you and lovely Prince

Maxx and Mommy

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We heard about Prince at the Op Pack and came by to say how sorry we are for your loss. Prince was evidently quite a dog and will be very missed. Purrs and tail wags.

ra_husky said...

soft husky woooos,


Dennis the Vizsla said...

The OP Pack told us about Prince. Sorry to hear he had to go away, he was a beautiful boy.

TwoSpecialWires said...

Khyra told us about Prince. We didn't know him before tonight, and we wish we had. Your tribute to him made it obvious he was a very very special member of your family. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that pleasant memories will soon begin to fill the huge gaping hole we know you must be feeling in your heart. We're feeling it, based simply on the beautiful description you shared.

With loving thoughts,
Jake and Fergi and Family

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am a friend of Khyra and the OP Pack. I have come to put my paws around you because I know how heart broken you are. It is so sad to see your best friend loose a battle with life that he is so hard struggling to win. There is never a good time to say goodbye.
But when you did- it was the most love for Prince and the most pain for you.
My heart is breaking for you and I needed to let you know
I am so sorry this terribleness happened. Prince sounded like such a champion.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your many memories will help you heal.

Holly and Khady said...

Oh no! I'm so, so sorry!!! My heart is breaking for you. I know he had a wonderful life with you and will be keeping watch over all of you.

Run fast and free sweet Prince. Wear your silver harness with great pride.

Holly and Khady

sunshinehuskies said...

We are very sad for our Husky friend and he is still the Prince to us.
We will remember that good looking boy.
Lots of Husky kisses and hugs for you
from Nikki and Bella husky
and husky mum Jenice

sunshinehuskies said...
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Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our hugs of sympathy to you,
Sierra-dog and her peeps

Asta said...

Mommi and I send ouw love thwough ouw teaws fow you to help heal youw heawt aftew losing youw special bootiful boy. His pawpwints will stay on youw heawt fuwwevew..that much we know fwom expewience. He was loved and tweasoowed and I know he'll be waiting fow you someday to be weunited fuwwevew
smoochie sad kisses

Teddy Bear said...

We are so so sorry to hear about your Baby. Prince sure was a handsome boy. We're sending lots of love your way.

Teddy Bear and his Mommy

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a beautiful post for a very brave boy. We are so sorry that Prince hadta go to the Bridge ~ but at least he was loved beyond measure while on earth. No dog could ask for more than that.

"Good night, sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!" (Shakespeare's Hamlet)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

This is our first visit to your blog and we are sorry it is for a sad occasion. Khyra sent us over and we would like to express our deepest condolences over your terrible loss. Yo had a wonderful friend in Prince and he had the good fortune to be loved every moment, all the way to the end. It is so easy to forget that that is the greatest gift of all.

The Poupounette Gang
in France

Parsley said...

My heart just breaks for you. It's been a week and the story is so familiar to me.

My Henry is visiting Prince right now. Prince arrived at the Rainbow Bridge just 4 days after Henry. I'm sure they are playing right now.

Ina in Alaska said...

Visiting from Khyra's blog to send our most sincere condolences to you and your surviving Pack.

Prince was indeed a magnificent Siberian Husky! We know how much it hurts when they leave us but so glad he had a loving and caring home. Hugs to you all from the great state of Alaska. Sending peace and comfort your way. xoxo

The Furry Kids said...

We heard about Prince from Khyra. We are so so sorry for your loss. Hugs and soft purrs for you.

missbreezysbox said...

Hi-I came over from Khyra. I'm sorry to hear of your loss of Prince. I had a Siberian Husky named Titan. We had to make that awful decision at the vets office. He was almost 14 & I think started to shut down or was having a stroke in the early morning. Instead of putting him through more suffering, we let him go.
Breeze, Ozzbourne and Harley

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We heard about your loss of Prince from Khyra, and we are so sorry. We are sending over lots of purrs and hugs from all of us at this sad time.
--JB, Chester, CocoBean, Armani, Gaia and Charli Marli

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

We heard about your loss from Khyra and The OP Pack. We are so sorry for your loss. Prince was a handsome boy.
RIP Prince...

Samantha & June & Mom

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

I recently had to give this very same gift to my sweet Chocolate Lab, Java. And now it feels like he was a wonderful dream. Life does go on, but the intense pain you feel at first is the worst feeling in the world. But know you did the most loving thing you could for your sweet Prince - he is no longer in any pain and is running and playing with my Java Bean at the Rainbow Bridge. We will see them again one day, I'm sure of it.


Anonymous said...

We heard of Prince going to The Bridge from Khyra and came by to say we are so sorry for your loss. It is so hard saying goodbye to your furbaby. We know, we had to let of sisfur go last April. Just take peace in knowing the he left you knowing the TRUE meaning of love and a furever home. Also, know he is no longer suffering and is waiting for the time you shall meet again.

Fly Free Prince, Fly Free~

Sheila and Bob said...

We found your blog thru Kyra. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your boy Prince.
What a beautiful boy he was and we wish we could have met him and you sooner.
We are lovers of Golden Retrievers and have now our 5th & 6th in the past 35 years.
We know the pain you are feeling as we have traveled that path more often they we care to remember.
Thou the pain is great when they journey to the Bridge, the love and companionship that these beautiful animals give, during their short lives here on earth is such that we would not trade it for anything.
Please know that your feelings are shared by so many and that the action you took shows the amount of love you had for Prince and that will live with you in his memories with you forever.

Parable of Immortality
by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!'
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes!' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
'Here she comes!'

Sheila & Bob
Mom & Dad to
Hamish & Rescue Sophie

Junior and Orion said...

Khyra sent us over. We are so very sorry for your loss. You gave Prince tons of love and a wonderful life, and he knew it. Then you gave him the best gift of all.....the gift of no more suffering. We believe you will be with him again.

Biloxi and Siber-sibs said...

Maw was so saddened when Prince had to leave his Maw. She knows how heartbreaking it is when one of us crosses to da Rainbow Bridge.

Prince fought a hard battle but woo have given him a bee-wootiful life and lots of love to help him.
His paws will be furever upon your heart and he will be waitin' fur you at da Rainbow Bridge so woo may continue your journey together.
Kodiak must now carry on his paw's legacy.

With tears in Maw's eyes,
Husky kisses,

Sunny,Scooter(sometimes Jamie) said...

We came by way of Khyra's blog.
We are sooo sorry for your loss and making that final decision nearly breaks one apart, but knowing you did the right thing and setting him free to run at the bridge is something we admire. It takes courage, but we have always felt we owe it to our wonderful dogs.
We will howl to the heavens tonight for the latest star.(We had one go just April 12...we understand)
Sunny, Scooter & Jamie
The Texas Sundogs

the booker man said...

miss khyra and her mama love ya'll so very much, and they asked us doggies to come visit you.
me and my big sis asa and my mama are so sorry about prince. we know it hurts so very much inside, but you did the right thingie for him. he is not suffering any more, and we know he is watchin' over you from the bridge until you join him.
we are here to support you as you grieve. rest in peace, handsome prince! we know you were so so so loved by your mama!

the booker man, asa, and their mama

Maggie Mae said...

Khyra told us the sad news about Prince. Me and my mom are sending puppy prayers to you.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

houndstooth said...

I am so very sorry! I lost a greyhound, my heart dog, to a spinal tumor three years ago tomorrow. A lot of what Prince went through sounded very familiar. I didn't get nearly as much time as you did, though. There just never seems to be enough time together!

K9friend said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Prince. It sounds as though he had a wonderful life with you. Take care.


Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our friends at the OP Pack and Khyra told us of the sad news. The pictures of your sweet Prince show what a terrific pooch he was and we know you'll be missing him. Our Sympathy,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie
& the hooman, Cassie

irene said...

I am so sorry to hear about Prince's death. It was a very fitting name for him as he looks very stately and fought bravely despite the disease. My own Charlie passed away the same day as Prince. I hope they would meet and keep each other company in the Rainbow Bridge.

Please find comfort in the thought that Prince is whole again and watching over you.

Hugs for you,

The Thundering Herd said...

We are so incredibly sorry for the loss of beautiful Prince, but know that you gave him the kindest, most unselfish gift possible. He is thankful for that gift and for all of the years of love.

Ruby's Raiser said...

We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious boy and we send our deepest condolences.

Simcha said...

My human is crying reading Prince's story. So evident in your words how much he was loved.

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

Khyra sent us over. We know that there are not words to soothe your aching heart. We have been where you are now and know we will be there again. Please know that we send our most sincere and deep condolences on your loss.

Cocorue said...

Our friends Khyra & Thunder,Phantom& Ciara told us about your Prince.

We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful boy. We know you will be fine in time as Prince will be watching over you.

Take care and he was so lucky to have found you
Coco, Tiffy & Lilian

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry! I had to take little breaks while reading this post for a tissue! Thank you for sharing Prince with us. I can tell by your words how much you love him. Dogs are a very special gift and the best friends. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sage (&Erin)

MAXMOM said...

I am so sorry that I have only just found out about your terrible loss. Your 'Prince' was incredibly special in the way he fought this devastating disease! Thank you for sharing his story in this beautiful tribute. I can only imagine your is something we'll probably experience too in the near future.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you battle with this loss.

Sending our sincere condolences

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