say a prayer for Toma the Goldie

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Our dear friend Toma tore her Acl badly while playing on a beach here in south California. When they tested her for pre-surgery, they found a mass tumor very near her spleen. My friend the owner is going to take care of the tumor 1st. 

Toma is our friend and has helped so many people through her work as a certified therapy dog. Her owner is an occupational therapist who works with brain injury patients and autistic children among others. Toma is professionally trained to assist her in this work and will continue even if the leg surgery has to be put off for now due to finances. Toma is 10.

Please send your prayers for Bellas girlfriend Toma and her owner who is our best friend during this difficult time.

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Dear toma! Our strongest vibes coming from MN!!! 

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Prayers from Texas too!

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Oh dear.. I"m so sad to read this.. \

muchos muchos jugadores de México

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Stay Strong Toma!  Prayers from NC.

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oh no I recall having seen some pics of this dog before so sorry to hear of course you can count on me to send healing and prayers!!!

keep us posted

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Our friend came over with Toma last night. We thought by now some action would have been taken, but she has decided to wait or not do both surgeries..... I think due to costs and that Toma seems asymtomatic with the cyst and her leg is improving by itself. I don't want to judge her, but I think I would probably do something. But we have canine health insurance and she does not. The vets will only do the spleen cyst surgery 1st.

Toma has good quality of life and is with her owner almost constantly. Toma and Bella are best friends and B is the only dog that Toma really plays with. B was right on her level last night and playing gently ' necking' has any body seen this type of play/? Bella gets major contact with her under side of her throat, in and out and very wiggly.

 

She is such a sweetie.

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positive thoughts sent toma's way for a full recovery !!!  and bella just knows that toma is in need of gentle play , such a smart and intuitive young lady she is good girl bella !!!!!

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Thanks for the update, glad she is improving and I know what you mean about doing something I always do something even I have to cheat on our groceries etc.  I can't stand to see my babies suffer at all.

I hope to continue to hear good news on Toma....

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New update on Toma.

 She is barely lame at all, only wiggly a little funny with her hind legs. She is very active, bright-eyed and playful.

Her tumor is likely still there, and her quality of life is good.

God bless her

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Well now it is 2 years since Toma's diagnosis of the spleen tumor and acl tear. She hikes, walks, swims and travels very well and is now 12 years old. No limp. Her tummy area is a little bit distended and hard, however the vet and the examiner on her way to and from our visit to her grandma in Baja California gave her a good bill of health. She is quite bright eyed and could have swam all day, everyday in the warm shallow waters of Loreto Bay.

She doesn't play much with Bella, the age and energy difference it fairly big.

Cheers, 

 Julia

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I am very sad to report that Toma passed yesterday with the assistance of a vet and in her Mommies arms. She had been showing signs of weakness in the last several weeks and then yesterday suddenly barely moved.

Its 2.5 years almost since her diagnosis, and we will never know if she may have lived longer ( past 12 1/2) with the spleen surgery. However as you can see in the posts above she had a love and action filled retirement.

 

xxxx Toma

 dear sweet one, I will see you at Rb.

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RIP Toma.   Sounds like she had a very full and special life, with much love.  She will be waiting on you all.