Our hearts broke on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as we had to say goodbye to our sweet, beloved boy, Joey and it’s with huge holes in our hearts that we send this email notifying RAGOM of the GReat loss of the most amazing, gentle, lovable, and sweet boy that we have ever known.
Back in September 2, 2017, Joey had a very small growth appear on one of his front toes and it was surgically removed. The pathology report came back indicating it was dermal hemangiosarcoma. We had never heard of “dermal” hemangio before and happy that the surgeon was able to remove the growth and get clean/clear margins; however, the fact remained that it was still a sarcoma and odds were high that it would return some day, somewhere and heartbreakingly, it did. It showed up again about a year and a half later, on January 21, 2019 when an oral growth showed up on Joey’s hard pallet and further evaluation determined it is was inoperable cancer (probably some type of sarcoma) and it had spread beyond what we could see.
We were so surprised because we regularly checked him for lumps, bumps, growths, etc. and he seemed fine otherwise – eating and drinking normally, enjoying daily walks, playing with the other pups, etc. even up until the day he passed away. That day he experienced a massive seizure due to cancer spreading in his body and probably hitting his brain stem. He was home lying on his bed when it happened. We were both home at the time and rushed him to the vet. They gave him some medications to try and stop the seizures but they kept coming with little, if any, relief between.
We will never forget that gut wrenching moment knowing that we were out of options and there was nothing more that could be done to help our sweet boy stay on this earth any longer and continue to be happy and healthy. We looked into his gentle, sweet eyes, kissed him, told him one last time that we will love him forever, and said our heartbreaking goodbyes. We are beyond GRateful and blessed to have had Joey as such a big part of our family and our lives for eleven years. He left a huge hole in our hearts, and a huge hole and lonely feeling in our everyday lives. If our love could have saved him, he would have lived forever.
We were first introduced to Joey through RAGOM’s adoption website and we knew immediately that we wanted to meet Joey in person. We arranged a meet and greet at Linda M.’s and everything went fabulously. Joey immediately ran to us and sat in our laps. It was love at first sight.
We were so honored and fortunate to be able to provide a GReat fur-ever home for Joey. Originally, RAGOM thought Joey was 2 ½ years old and then later discovered that he was actually 1 ½ years old. How fortunate for us that he was actually younger than we originally thought which normally translates to more time together so we were so happy to hear that wonderful news. He was perfect - part Golden Retriever and part Gordon Setter. He was a beautiful mix and such a regal looking boy. Everywhere we took him, people would comment on what a gorgeous dog he was.
And what a great disposition Joey had. He was such a gentle and loving guy. He was the first to come running up to us and walk right beside us so we would pet him. He loved attention and would paw at us in a loving way and “pester” us just a bit if he thought he needed more. He also loved sitting on our laps. He was always by our sides. He was so human like – he understood us and we understood him.
He was always happy. His tail always seemed to be wagging and he would talk to us often with his “Boo-Woo-Woo”s. He loved sleeping on our bed, upside-down, and with his RAGOM stuffed dog – his “Dolly” as we called it. His morning routine included doing his “monkey” noises – Ohh-Ohh-Ahh-Ahh and his “Crazy Legs”. He had such soft, silky flowing fur and was so regal looking. He was “Go with the flow, Joe” because he was so mellow and such the gentleman. He loved playing with his fur Sisters Emily, Lily, and Bella, and with his fur Brother Jake.
He was spoiled and knew he was the “Top Dog” of the pack. He had an amazing life filled with lots of unconditional love and GReat care. Everyone that knew him said that he was such a lucky boy, that he hit the lottery, etc. and I really think he knew it too.
He loved being the “King” of his Kingdom – our 18 acre property that he oversaw and explored almost daily. He loved all those days spending time outside with his human and fur-family. He also enjoyed boating on metro lakes, walking/running in various metro parks, attending doggie daycare at Woof Dah!, traveling with his family, going to Goldzilla, and de-stuffing all his stuffed animals – his “babies”.
He was preceded in passing by his human Grandma Sandy, and his fur Sister Emily.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his human Dad Scott, Mom Stefanie, and Sister Nicole, four fur siblings, Jake, Bella, Lily, and cat, Henry, and many other family members, friends, and admirers.
We are beyond GRateful to RAGOM and his Foster Mom Linda M., for trusting us and giving us the opportunity to provide him a GReat life filled with unending love, care, adventure, and attention, and for us to experience Joey’s unconditional love, joyful and gentle personality, and GReat soul. He was truly one-of-a-kind and one of the best dogs ever! He will stay in our hearts forever and we will see him again someday.
The K. Family