Bergleerson Leonbergers Leonberger Breeders Sheffield South Yorkshire England    
 
 
 
 
28th July 2020
Today we are Heart Broken

Bruin We are so very sad to announce that earlier today we had to take the (unfortunately not so difficult) decision to let our beautiful, wonderfully crazy, loving and oh so special boy Bruin (Plateau du Bavarois Machk Bruin) pass across that damn Rainbow Bridge. He was diagnosed on the 31st December 2019 as having Osteosarcoma which first appeared on his front right paw - this proved, ultimately, to be inoperable... this time last week we were taking him to the vets to have his lower front leg amputated but the x-ray showed that the cancer had spread to his lungs and the vet advised that he would not survive the operation and so we brought him back home to see out his remaining days with us. We hoped to have at least a few more weeks with him but this turned out to be, because of the rapid deterioration in his health, barely 7 days. Between then and now, Bruin has not suffered and, for that at least, we are very grateful. We are very appreciative of the way Eva (and other involved staff) at Greens Veterinary Practice, Sheffield have supported us and the compassion (along with tears from some of the supporting staff) they have displayed throughout - we are also so thankful to them for letting us (given the current circumstances re Covid-19) be with Bruin as he took his final journey. Almost the worst part of this (from a purely selfish point of view) has been the fact that we had taken him for his last proper walk - and we obviously didn’t know this then... We are so grateful that Bruin came into our lives from Brussels as a 15 Week old puppy and we cannot thank Nancy Spinnael enough for letting this most beautiful natured boy share his life with us these, almost to the day, past 7 Years. We'll never forget you Bruin and we miss you so much already. Rest easy over that Rainbow Bridge (not so) old lad and be gentle with our girl Gracie when you get there. R.I.P. Bruin 23rd February 2013 - 28th July 2020
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21st July 2020
Such sad news today

Ann Dutton and I have just got back home from taking our oh so special boy Bruin to the vet. We went initially with the intention of him, subject to having the necessary pre-op checks being okay, having his front right paw amputated just above the elbow. Unfortunately the chest x-rays have shown that the (expletive deleted) cancer has now spread on to his lungs and the vet advised that our old lad would not survive the surgery so we’re going to fetch him back home in a couple of hours once the pre-meds have worn off. He was diagnosed on 31st January with Osteosarcoma and it was thought (at that time) that he had around 19 Weeks left... thankfully he has reached 28 Weeks thus far and we’ll hopefully have a few more weeks with him. He is absolutely fine in himself - still bright eyed and bushy tailed, still has his appetite and is still trying to hump our Mishka(!) ... we think that, at the moment, the big lump doesn’t know quite how poorly he is - here’s hoping that that continues for a while yet. Either way we’re going to wait for him to tell us when it’s time and I honestly think there’s more chance of us killing him with kindness than the effing cancer getting him! I‘ve never met a mutt like him before - he’s touched everyone that he’s ever met and I just cannot believe how he is with his Granddaughter Noodles ... so patient and gentle - as he has been with all the puppies that we’ve had since we first brought him home from Nancy Spinnael in Brussels. We’ll keep you informed as things progress/regress. Take care all.
 
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