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July 20, 2012

It has been a rough couple of weeks in our local circle of friends. RIP Clark. RIP Hotty. RIP “K.”

All three of these dogs lived nearby and were real-life friends. All three of them were 8 years old (or close to it). All three lost tough fights against scary diseases.

Clark was the inspiration behind our fav local dog treat makers — Four Legger Cookie Factory. A sudden bout with pancreatitis cut short his life.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, four legger cookie factory, clark

Hotty was bred and raised by a local agility friend. She suffered many of the same fear / reactivity issues as Lilly, but she overcame hers and had a successful agility career. Hotty lived longer with what was likely hemangiosarcoma than any dog I know (well over a year). We’ve profiled her dog momma (MACH 5 Chaos) before.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, photo of hotty, a black Labrador retriever

And, of course, we greatly mourn the lost of our friend “K,” from Romping and Rolling in the Rockies, who lost the fight against osteosarcoma despite cutting-edge treatments.

best dog blog, romping and rolling in the rockies, K

So, this weekend, hug ’em … if you’ve got ’em … because dogs leave us too soon.




About the Author Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related.

I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

  1. It is so hard to lose our beloved furry family members. We just hit the 6 months point of losing our Abby to cancer. It sucks to lose them to scary diseases.

    All three were beautiful pups, and I know they will make beautiful angels. They will live on in the hearts of their families.

  2. Thank you, Roxanne. I’m so sorry about Hotty and Clark too. I send their families my heartfelt sympathy for I know, all too clearly, what they are going through right now. I’ll head over to visit them.

    Please give Lilly a hug (or pat, if she likes that better) from me.

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