RIP Loki

Some sad news this morning, as my sister Anne’s dog Loki passed away. If you remember, her other dog Kuma died several months ago, so she has been hit very hard recently in the dog loss category:

Cancer sucks.

46 replies
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    Mary G says:

    Big dogs die way too young. My condolences to your sister and her family.

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    Genine says:

    That sucks. I’m so sorry for her loss.

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    rikyrah says:

    Sorry for the loss 😧😧😧

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    I’m sorry to hear this.

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    I’m sorry. My heart goes out to her and her family.

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    Teddys Person says:

    Condolences to all of Loki’s people.

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    Lyrebird says:

    Ouch. I hope your sister finds herself surrounded by support during this sad time!

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    Juju says:

    I’m sorry and yes, cancer sucks.

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    Ruckus says:

    Sorry about Loki
    The good do die young.

    And of course.
    Fuck Fucking Cancer.
    I’ll wish a lot of bad things on my worst enemies, cancer isn’t one of them.

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    WaterGirl says:

    It’s so hard to lose even one. The year I lost multiple beloved pets was beyond hard. I’m so sorry.

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    JaneE says:

    So sorry.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Loki: A Good Dog. I’m so sorry for Anne’s loss (both recent dog losses, actually). Fuck fucking cancer in dogs, cats, humans, and any other susceptible creature.

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    The Ancient Randonneur says:

    RIP Loki

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    Elmo says:

    Fuck fucking cancer. In all creatures great and small.

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    Drunkenhausfrau says:

    So sad… the love they give us breaks our hearts.

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    Shell says:

    Oh God, Im so sorry. The poor thing.

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    ant says:

    I lost my boxer a year and a half ago. She lived to 13 years old.

    I now have a new puppy boxer, that is peeing all over the place. sigh. She is 11 weeks old.

    My vet detected a heart murmur at 9 weeks. Hoping she’ll grow out of it.

    Boxers sure do have a lot of health problems. Genetic health problems.

    Looking into it, I believe pretty much all “purebred” dogs are suffering from inbreeding depression issues.

    My understanding is that dobermans will go extinct over the next few decades. There just isn’t enough genetic diversity left to save them.

    The practice of line breeding for dog shows, popular sires, and breeding one stud to multiple females, the founder effect, and so on, means that dog breeds are all getting sicker as time goes on.

    But like so many things, we humans are incapable of thinking things through long term, and changing our culture.

    On the boxer forums, they are very tightly focused on health testing. But the recessive genetic problems are out-pacing the genetic tests.

    The “responsible breeders” talk about how their dogs can not breed without supervision/intervention, single puppy litters, females that fail to raise/ween their pups, and so on. All these things are considered normal and expected.
    But anyone that would outcross to a different breed, or not register their puppies with the AKC are branded “back yard breeders” and are not responsible.

    As someone who likes the breed, and just wants a healthy dog with a relaxed temperament, I am at a loss on what is the right thing to do.

    The breeder I am looking for does not exist.

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    ruemara says:

    Rest in peace, Loki.

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    Dammit. I am so sorry for her loss. [[hugs]] from the big crew here.

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    geg6 says:

    My deepest sympathies to Anne. Loki and Kuma look like big sweethearts.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    Condolences to all who loved Loki.

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    MomSense says:

    So sorry about Loki.

    Fuck fucking cancer.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Deepest condolences to Anne. Loki didn’t look much like Tom Hiddleston, but I’m sure he made up for it in other ways.

    Hey! I’ve got an idea! Adopt a Thurston!

    OT: Stupid nym and email not being saved again.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @ant: This is alarming, but not surprising.

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    Marjorie Feiner says:

    Big dogs don’t live long enough. Boxers are cancer factories. Sad but true.

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    geg6 says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Me too. This is irritating.

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    SFAW says:

    So sorry to read the bad news. Best wishes for your sister.

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    efgoldman says:

    Enough already with the fucking nyms disappearing

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    TenguPhule says:


    Enough already with the fucking nyms disappearing

    WordPress will continue until morale improves.

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    cmorenc says:

    The Curtis Salgado song: “I want my Dog to Live Longer” is apropos of this sad moment of Annie’s dog Loki passing.

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    So sorry to hear. Hugs to all. Fuck cancer.

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    YetAnotherJay formerly (Jay S) says:

    Ok, I am seeing a failure to update until I click on the last link and explicitly refresh (or perhaps just refresh) or make a comment. This post had thirteen comments when I left for a while. I come back and re-enter BJ and it still has 13 until I go to the bottom click on the last comment time and refresh the page. Then there are 29 comments. I had been seeing this earlier but wasn’t positive it was happening. Now I am sure. Chromebook Chrome. And the nym gone as well.
    ETA RIP Loki

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    What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us? says:

    My sympathies to Anne. Dogs are the best.

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    seefleur says:

    Well, fuck. This is very sad news (said the lurker who stays sane by reading all the comments from the JOB – Jackals-of-BalloonJuice). Condolences and hugs from the owned person who is ruled by Scout (dog), Mayhem and Gizmo (cats). Cancer sucks enormously.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    I am so sorry…..

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    Joy in FL says:

    I’m so sorry for your sister, John. A dog is a best friend. Losing a best friend is so hard.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Comment info (nym, email address) again vanishes upon refresh.

    C’est la guerre, I suppose.

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    TriassicSands says:

    This has to be my least favorite part of Balloon-Juice. The rescues are wonderful, but the deaths are sad.

    My condolences to all who loved and cared for Loki.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    So sorry. RIP Loki.

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    J R in WV says:

    Sorry to hear this bad news!

    Condolences to all of Loki’s family. Cancer does suck, hard. Stay close to her…

    Nym gone.

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    satby says:

    Deepest condolences to Anne on the loss of both her beautiful fire kids.They knew they were loved, and that’s all they really ask for.

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    satby says:

    @satby: no edit? I wrote “fur kids”.

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    seaboogie says:

    So sorry for Anne’s losses – condolences and a big hug!

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    Nicole says:

    Terrible news. I’m so sorry.

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    sfinny says:

    Oh geez, this is just awful. I’m so sorry Anne for your losses, especially in such a short time. I had to put my cat down in early May because of cancer, and even though I knew it was the right decision, it hurt.

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    Delia says:

    I’m so sorry for Loki’s death. It’s so hard when they die before their time. It’s hard enough when they die at a full age but it feels so unfair when they die young.

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