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    Posted November 27, 2012 by
    Warren, Pennsylvania
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    Loving and losing a dog: Your tributes

    Gyro the Studio Dog

    Gyro was the best puppy ever and it is still hurts so much losing him to canine cancer September 8, 2012. Gyro came into my husband's and my life the year I went from working in corporate America to leaving it as so many have not by choice but by "restructuring", to starting my own photography studio thats how he became the studio dog. As the studio dog he spent hours there helping me set up lights, edit photos and greet clients he was with me all the time and as a friend he was second to none.

    Gyro was a cocker spaniel/dachshund mix that we adopted from the local shelter, we were his third home but his final home. We don't know for sure how old he was when he left us because like so many shelter pets you can't be sure how old they are but we believe he was somewhere around 9 to 12 and had been with us for just under 7 years. Canine cancer is a horrible diease just as any cancer is, in August we took him to the vet as something just wasn't right, they asked us to leave him and would call after they'd examined him. I'll never forget that horrible call from our vet Dr. B she had come in on her day off to see him and now had to tell us that he had cancer of the spleen, the only thing to do was operate and see if it had spread. Looking back now I wonder if we did the best thing for him as we only bought him 37 days and was it for him or us. So 37 days later we got up to a dog in pain trying to please us but obviously hurting we immediately called the vet and they got us in, taking him to the back to examine. When they realized what was going on Dr. Adam had the chore of telling us that our friend was dying he was in tears with us and the staff that knew Gyro came to say good bye. It is a horrible feeling to hold your best friend as he leaves you but its also the only thing you can do just because he is your best friend. The only regret we have is that as a photographer I had taken many portraits of Gyro but none with him, my husband and I we were going to do that on Sunday the 9th at a fellow photographers studio.

    Not a day go by that we don't think of him or talk about him and miss him. Gyro's legacy is that because he was such a great dog that we've again adopted a studio dog, a rat terrier named Diva, to follow in his footsteps never fill them but to follow and later to branch out onto her own path.

    Rest in Peace Gyro the best puppy ever.
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