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Goodbye, Magellan. Perpetually in our hearts.

Goodbye, Magellan. Forever in our hearts.

We said goodbye to Magellan this afternoon and wished him well as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

This is not a post I ever wanted to write, and it is definitely not the post I was expecting today or anytime soon. Magellan was just as fine as he – wobbled and wanted to play yesterday – even until 3am, but he couldn’t get up at 7am (we thought he was paralyzed). We took him to the emergency room and an ultrasound suggested he was bleeding in his stomach. A CT scan confirmed this and he had multiple masses in his liver and spleen diagnosed as likely metastatic cancer and not considered operable due to the amount and spread of the masses.

If you’re not familiar with Magellan, he’s a Labrador that my husband and I (boyfriend at the time) added to our small family shortly after moving in together, and he was eight weeks old when we got him. Magellan’s 13th birthday last Christmas Eve, so he’s only a year younger than the blog. Despite a long list of illnesses and problems, he was the most optimistic, happiest dog who stood up to adversity and had a longer than average lifespan for a laboratory. It is real proof of how successful modern medicine can be!

We are so happy and grateful that we could say goodbye to him and be with him until the end. He was vigilant and realized when we told him what a good dog he was, and we swear he was still looking around the room for treats. We’re devastated to lose our little boy and it’s hard to imagine everyday life without him as my husband and I have been home most of his life. That is why it was so deeply integrated into our lives.

Thank you for the infinite love and source of optimism, Magellan. Mellan. Spaghetti. Sketti. Shovels. Conscientious. Pasta. Detective Sniff. The paw prints you left in our hearts will live on forever. May you just rest now ❤

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