We like to be about “happy tales” of people and pets kept together. Sometimes the ending is not what we hope, but part of our mission to bring light and medical clarity so that the decision to let go is not filled with guilt in addition to the grief of losing a family pet. Scrappy here was diagnosed with a spleen tumor that was far along in its growth. It’s a shock of course to the owners who were expecting a treatable diagnosis, but knowing the truth allowed them to focus on saying heart-felt goodbyes with tears filled with love and sorrow instead of tears of pain, guilt and incompetence. Scrappy lived a wonderful 9-years; a remarkable life for a Great Dane mix.