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I know that losing any one or any animal that you love is really hard to bear, but is it me or is it really just harder losing a Mastiff?  Are we just different kinds of people that own Mastiffs?  I don't want to sound like I care more about animals that I do about people, but maybe I do.  Just look into a Mastiff's eyes...What do you see?  Innocence, undying love, the utmost trust, understanding, emotion, honesty and the connection they make with us at first glance, lasts a lifetime.  They say that our animals leave a paw print on our hearts, well the Mastiff leaves the biggest one of all.

In 1999 before my husband and I got married, we had bought a home and the next thing was to get a dog.  I always had dogs growing up.  It felt strange not having one.  I never owned a Mastiff before, but I did research on what the best dog for me would be and all signs kept pointing to the English Mastiff.  My husband was nervous.  He wondered why I could not just pick a 'smaller' dog.  All of you with Mastiffs out there know that even though these are huge dogs, they are easier to take care of them alot of the smaller ones.  They need minimal exercise, rarely bark.  Besides the scent and the hair, and tripping over them, you would forget they were there.  We found a couple of local breeders here in NJ, but after speaking to them or visiting with them, we knew they were not our match.  We did find one in our state and I picked out my new baby and gave a deposit to the breeder, but couldn't take her home for a couple more weeks.  We went out and bought her everything.  If you came to my house you would have thought I had a dog living there already.  We picked her name out, have an engraved collar made, found a vet to go to...I called the breeder to find out when we could come pick her up and the breeder told me the puppy DIED!  I cried.  I was so upset.  I had a connection with that little girl just from holding her one time.  I don't know if she really died or if someone else gave the breeder more money for her.  Either way, we were devastated.

I found a breeder named Lucille Metzler in PA, we spoke to her and liked her.  We drove out to see her newest two litters.  The sire was on site, the two dams that were actually sisters and their two litters of puppies.  Her house was kept, the property was nice and where the dogs lived was great as well.  They all looked happy and healthy.  Lucille showed us many photo albums of just about every single dog that was born there and the new owners letters and pictures and Christmas cards, etc.  I knew we had found the perfect situation for us.  We paid Lucille $800 for our pick and she came home with us that day because we were more than prepared for a new puppy.  We named her Chloe.  She was about 11 weeks old, just about 12 weeks old.  Lucille didn't like to let the puppies go too young.  She didn't take deposits either.  She had no worries of her puppies selling.  She was getting out of the breeding business due to her age, so she sold all puppies for about the same price as long as you weren't going to breed them.  She gave us the parents pedigree paperwork and registration for AKC.

Chloe was a perfect English Mastiff.  She grew to about 150 lbs.  We kept her on the slimmer side because we did not want her to grow to quickly or develop joint of bone problems prematurely.  Her frame could have supported another 20 lbs.  She went up and down a flight of stairs every day, we lived in a colonial.  She was the BEST friend I could have EVER had.  My husband was absolutely smitten by her as well.  We couldn't have loved that dog any more.  7 years ago, we had twins (human babies) and Chloe was such a natural momma to them from the second we brought them home.  Right away she showed the concern for them.  She would poke her nose in their bassinets to check on them and if they were making any noises, she would come and tell me, even in the middle of the night.  She came with me into their room for every feeding.  I think she thought they were her babies.  She would lay on the rug and they would crawl all over her, poking her, looking in her ears, picking up her tail, playing with her toes.  She would just lay there and take it, like a momma would with her own pups.  As big and dopey as she was, she was always extra careful around the babies.  The kids loved her and read bedtime stories to her at night.  We had such a perfect family.

As Chloe aged, she recently developed a slight skin condition.  She would get small skin patches that would turn almost black and be dry, hard and flaky.  The vet gave us special shampoos, rinses, ointments and I would treat them and they would go away.  This past fall, they did not go away, but got worse.  The hair and skin fell off in the areas.  2 turned to 5 turned to 20.  The vet put her on an antibiotic and gave her a medicated bath.  It just kept getting worse.  We had the areas tested and found out that this skin infection we were dealing with was MRSA.  The vet informed me that as bad as MRSA was for humans, less was known for dogs.  Chloe was 11 1/2 and by breed standards, that was old.  We tried super expensive antibiotics and medicated baths, shampoos, creams and whatever else possible.  She had further testing to see if there were any underlying issues, and her blood count was the only thing that was showing out of whack.  Within a few weeks, her condition deteriorated.  She was lethargic (more than the normal Mastiff), she began to not really want to eat.  I started cooking special for her.  She stopped wanted her favorite treat, bananas.  I knew we were losing the battle with MRSA.  One night she took the long trip up the stairs while the kids were showering for bed.  She just didn't want to miss bed time.  She listened to the story and put the kids to bed.  I could not get her to come back down the stairs.  I tried everything.  My husband had to pick her up and carry her all the way down the stairs.  That night I brought her bed downstairs and I slept on the floor with her.  She would not even get up to go to the bathroom.  I hugged her and cried.  I talked to her and told her that Mommy won't be mad at her if she can't fight anymore.  I told her that I did not want to let her go, but she needs to tell me if she needs me to let her go.  That night, she looked me in the eyes and stared straight down into my soul and I heard her.  She did not want to disappoint me because of how much she knew I needed her, but it was her time.  The next morning, she still wouldn't budge.  She was such a good girl that she never even peed or pooped on the the floor the whole time, she just held it.  My husband tried picking her up the help her get up to at least stand up, but she just couldn't support herself.  We brought her to the vet and he said that the MRSA was now affecting her entire body.  There was nothing else we could have done.  That was the ABSOLUTE HARDEST day I have ever had.  I was sick over losing her.  She will always be in my heart FOREVER.
RIP Chloe
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Last Night

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.

I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.


I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,

"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."


I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,

You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.


I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.

I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.


I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.

I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.


I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.

I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."


You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.

I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.


It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.

To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."


You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...

In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.


The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning

and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."


And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,

I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.


I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.



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A birthday wish from me to Chloe...She would have been 12 this Friday, March 25th.

We miss you soooo much my little Angelbug. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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oh Hope.  I am bawling.  I can feel the love and your family had for your girl.  Hugs to you.  It is so very hard when they leave us! 


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oh dear, I am just getting weepy reading that poem. i AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS


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Your family and Chloe were lucky to have had each other.
Sincerest condolences, B.

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Oh Hope, what a poem!
  I know how much Chloe meant to you, and I can imagine how hard this day is for you.
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I am sitting here at my computer with tears falling down from my face and I find it hard to see.  I have had such a bad and stressful week this past week and I could really use my girl right now.  She was so loving and understanding as she always looked me in the eyes and saw straight through me as she spoke to my very soul.  I wish I had here here to comfort me like she always did, but I sit here just wishing and thinking and remembering what it was like.

Her 12th birthday would have been tomorrow and I am finding this harder than I thought, to be strong and just get through it.  It is so amazing how deeply these creatures root themselves into our hearts.  I feel like part of me was lost the day we lost her.

I thought I had a new puppy to look forward to at least.  But now I realize that I have nothing but grief and stress to deal with.
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A tribute to Pallone's Voice of Prophesy (Elijah)!  My Eli was my heart and he will remain there forever!  I knew from the moment I laid eyes on Elijah that he was meant for me!  He was a special boy.  Everyone who met Eli said they had never known a dog like him.  He was nearly human!  He was playful and exuberant, loving and loyal.  He was a "baby" until his final day.  Eli stayed by my side always and always wanted to cuddle or play.  If I had to leave for 5 minutes, he would act as if I'd been gone for weeks upon my return.  He'd whine and rub against me and dance as if it had been forever since he saw me!  I always got a kick out of it as did other...they'd say "I have never seen a dog love someone so much"! I concurred!  Eli learned new things almost instantly.  He was so smart.  Like the baby he was...he sucked on a teddy bear until his final days.  His last teddy was buried with him.  Unless you knew Eli it's hard to imagine his vibrant personality...he was like no other!  He was gorgeous as well...almost the spitten image of his sire, Pallones Here's Lukin Attcha!  He is missed so much!  Not a day goes bye that I don't think of him!  I'd gladly give 20 years of my life to have 10 more years with Eli...I love him that much!  Thank you Deborah Pallone for my Eli.  He brought me more happiness than I have ever known in my life.  I pray that God will bless you for the happiness you brought into the life of someone who had known no joy prior to this marvelous boy!

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A tribute to Pallone's Voice of Prophesy (Elijah)!  My Eli was my heart and he will remain there forever!  I knew from the moment I laid eyes on Elijah that he was meant for me!  He was a special boy.  Everyone who met Eli said they had never known a dog like him.  He was nearly human!  He was playful and exuberant, loving and loyal.  He was a "baby" until his final day.  Eli stayed by my side always and always wanted to cuddle or play.  If I had to leave for 5 minutes, he would act as if I'd been gone for weeks upon my return.  He'd whine and rub against me and dance as if it had been forever since he saw me!  I always got a kick out of it as did other...they'd say "I have never seen a dog love someone so much"! I concurred!  Eli learned new things almost instantly.  He was so smart.  Like the baby he was...he sucked on a teddy bear until his final days.  His last teddy was buried with him.  Unless you knew Eli it's hard to imagine his vibrant personality...he was like no other!  He was gorgeous as well...almost the spitten image of his sire, Pallones Here's Lukin Attcha!  He is missed so much!  Not a day goes bye that I don't think of him!  I'd gladly give 20 years of my life to have 10 more years with Eli...I love him that much!  Thank you Deborah Pallone for my Eli.  He brought me more happiness than I have ever known in my life.  I pray that God will bless you for the happiness you brought into the life of someone who had known no joy prior to this marvelous boy!

I'm so sorry for your loss.  He sounds like he was such a magnificent boy. 
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Thank you Dawn!  He has been gone a couple months now but I still cry every day and wish I could bring him back!  Eli was beyond words! He will live in the hearts of all who met him because Eli left an impression on everyone he met!  He was truly incredible!

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I definitely know how you feel.  I lost my Shadow last summer and had him for 10 years. 

Plus, a few days before Easter of last year, I made the difficult decision to euthanize my old mare; I've owned her since she was 3 and she was turning 29 a few weeks later.

It's amazing the joy we get from out animals and pets.  They definitely have a firm hold on our hearts and when we lose them it leaves a very big hole.  Just remember the joy he gave you and it will get easier with time.  Trust me on this one.
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At 10:14 this morning (May 2nd), a heart that was as big as his breed simply couldn’t do its job anymore and we had to say goodbye to our beloved big baby, Bentley.  For four years and a little more, his huge heart poured out love and caring and joy for Rick and I … and his girlfriends, Boadie and Nala, the occasional kitty, his Aunt Karen and Uncle Phil, all our neighbors, and everyone who met him.  He even spent time in the drive thru window of Chase Bank at the Biltmore, delighting all who saw him.  His size and his gentle spirit touched and mended hearts everywhere he went.  He helped Alzheimer’s patients to smile, he guarded babies and his mommy, and he loved police officers who visited him.  He captured the hearts of the entire staff of Arcadia Animal Clinic and brought blessings to our home from all over the world.  He loved his dad like no other and spent every moment he could at Rick’s side, swimming, playing ball, cuddling on the bed, watching tv and playing “tag-you’re-it”. 

 

There is something about losing a dog that can’t be measured or expressed in mere words.  Dogs only love you, and this one did it very, very well.  They won’t sass, get mad at you, take your car keys, or hold a grudge.  They forgive you if you make a mistake and accept you unconditionally. 

 

We’ll miss having our 200 pound baby in our bed every night with his heavy head on my chest and warm breath on my face.  We’ll miss him singing when we come home.  We’ll miss him for the rest of our lives and we know he’s over the Rainbow Bridge, playing with Boadie and Tank and will be there wagging his big baseball bat of a tail when we get there. 

 

Rest in Peace, Bentley Sunstar Downunder.

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Pls accept my condolences for your loss - it's never easy!


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Ch Pinewood My Lady Roweana, Abby.
June 22, 2001 - July 15, 2011

On July 15th I said goodbye to my heart dog.  Just after celebrating her 10th Birthday she was diagnosed with ostersarcoma in her shoulder which had already begun to spread to her chest.  My heart is broken, I miss my girl so much......but I take comfort in the knowledge that Carolyn was there waiting for her with open arms.

Mommy misses you baby girl!
Until we meet again....

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Big hug from Holland.....I am sorry for your loss.
I definitely know how you feel.

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Thank you and {{{hugs}}} right back from us to Holland.  It was a rough week, 2 other friends also said goodbye to their old girls.....young or old it never gets easier, but to have known them makes our lives that much richer.

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Christie,

I am very sorry for your loss.

She was a beautiful girl.

Hang in there.

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christy I am so very sorry for your loss


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Oh dear, I'm so sorry for your loss.  It's never easy...

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On Sunday January 22nd we said goodbye to our little angel Oakland.  He was only 4 1/2 years old when he lost his sudden and fierce battle with pancreatic cancer.  There is a huge void in our home and our hearts.  The world has definitely lost a gentle, caring and generous soul.  I can only hope and pray that he is somewhere putting a smile on someone's face like he did every single day he was with us.  He is survived by our 3 week old human baby Hunter and his older canine sister Bronx who is taking the loss with great grief. 

Please enjoy every minute you have with these gentle giants.  Smile every time they pull on their leashes, eat something they are not supposed to or hog the entire bed.  They love unconditionally and we should never ever take that for granted. 

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christy-I am so very sorry.Abbey will always be in your heart.
Mark-You are right, we need to appreciate the day to day more-even if they live their full life expectancy, it is never long enough. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Aug. 2, we said our good-bye  to my baby Ch. Lacelle's Remember Romeo.  Still hurts big time, just 1 month shy of his 10th birthday.
He was a single pup who lived in my pocket and heart for almost 10 years, my baby.  The girls have been howling a lot since then think they are trying to call him home.
 

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I still cannot ut a tribute here for Duece, I still et weepy thinking BOUT HIM.
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We lost Beau 2 months ago, I have never nor do I expect to ever meet an animal that touched my whole family and everyone he met the way that he did. Beau was a rescue, he had an extremely horrible past ( we adopted him in 2006) and in 2008 he was given a year to live, well he was one stubborn boy every time we thought it was close he would be acting like a pup again. When we lost him we knew it was time for him to go but I still cry when I look at his beautiful face in pictures and reflect on the memories our family had. Everyday I am thankful for him coming into my family. RIP Beau (2000?-2012)
We love you and miss you our grey faced old man.

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Our 11 month old Mastiff, Xena died last week. She died suddenly with now warning. The vet thought either a stroke or cancer; we didn't feel the need to have an autopsy done. She was the best family dog we have ever had. My wife and son our Autistic and need a big dog around to hug, squeeze and pet. Xena was happy cuddling and being repetitively pet for hours; most dogs have too short of attention span but not her. This followed our not quite 2 year old American Bulldog, Paddy's death a few months before and leave us big dogless for a bit. We are in dire need of a big, squishable dog. We have a little mixed breed puppy but it will be a while before he grows up.. plus he is a little ball of energy.  
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And I know Paddy was a Bulldog but I think he was a Mastiff at heart. This big guy was an amazing family dog and we thought he would be my daughter's sidekick for her whole childhood, unfortunately a very aggressive Lymphoma killed him before his second birthday.

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I saw my first English Mastiff @ the age of 8.  From that moment on the English Mastiff was my heart.
When I was 18 I purchased my first Mastiff: Gabriellas Lucky Day!! She was my heart and soul..she was my soul mate! A year later I found my male Mastiff: Sir Samson of Walton a.k.a Cooter. Both of my beloved babies stole every moment I had!! I used to take them to work with me everyday ( I worked for a groomer in my younger years).

Gabby came into my life when I needed her the most! I was dealing with a traumatic event, and she took all that away. She was my dog, and my dog only!! She would hide in my bedroom til I would get home...Cooter on the other hand loved everyone, and especially his treats!! He would go out one door, and come back in another to get a treat:):) I cant put into words the bond I had with them, and the bond they shared together!!

In January 2010 Gabby was 12 years old ( 2 months from 13!). I could see she was starting to go downhill, and I had recently given birth to my son ( he was 3 months old). I knew one night that I needed to help her to the rainbow bridge, and it was killing me. This is the strange part on the night that I had decided the next morning I would have the vet come to my home...She and I spent most of the night together, and I cried, and cried! The next morning I awoke, and she had passed in her sleep sleeping beside my bed as she always did. My heart is still empty, and there have been so many times I wish she was here to comfort me when I need her...she was always there for me and knew when I was upset!!! She knew that by me having to call the vet...it would kill me!! She made that decision for me, and went to sleep beside me. It was almost as if she had been brought into me life to bring me full circle. She was there for me in the beginning when I needed her the most, and after I had my son it was alsmost as if she knew she had fulfilled her job, and I would be okay.

The Bond her and Cooter shared was so strong that within 3 months he joined her in Heaven. Gabby passed away on Jauary 21,2010 ( 12 years to the day that I brought her home). Cooter passed away on april 13th 2010 ( just one month before he turned 11). I will never love another dog the way that I loved them!!!!! Never!!!

II had them both cremated, and when I had it done (the company seemed bothered by me). I was so anal that when I had them cremated I MADE DAMN sure each of them where the only ones in the crematory when it was done!! I had to go back to the room where they placed both of them each time, and watched the door close. I wanted my dogs, and my dogs only!! Needless to say they are both sitting proudly in my bedroom ( which was their sanctuary).

I can still feel them around me, and that feeling is sometimes enough to make it seem like they are here with me!!
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I am so very sorry for your loss of both your babies. I have lost three in just about a years time, and can still not type a tribute to them here without crying.
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I bawl every time I read this - I lost four of my guys last year and still can not even bring myself to writ about it. Maybe next year..
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