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Kodak came to work with me from the time he was eight weeks old until the day before he was euthanized.  He was my office buddy, my heart and my soul. He was hit by a car when he was 10 months old and broke the growth plate in his right foreleg.
At around eight years the anterior cruiciate ligament broke in his right rear leg. There was a three month recuperation period. The day that it was O.K. to start running again, the ligament in his left rear leg broke. So, it was back to surgery and another three months of laying low. He never complained. He recovered well and in no time was back retrieving pheasant, quail, and other game birds with his best friend, Tracy who had trained him. Later he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and I was told that the leg would have to be amputated. He then went into Chemotherapy. After the chemo was done he went on to swim strongly again (I was told he would not be able to swim with one foreleg missing), run, retrieve. He went upland bird hunting. He retrieved quail. He retrieved a pheasant. Then, at about eleven, he started to pant heavily and slow down considerably. It was obvious that he was having some problems.  I had him tested again for any other problems and was informed that they had discovered pelvic cancer. He was euthanized at home. I miss him so much, I still don't know what I will do without him.



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