Tuesday, March 24, 2009


My beloved dog Westin died early this morning a few months shy of her thirteenth birthday from complications related to her chemotherapy treatment. She had battled lymphoma for eighteen months and melanoma for eleven months. She had been diagnosed this month with an aggressive type of cancer in her liver called hemangiosarcoma. She had done so well with the treatments for her first two cancers I think she just couldn't fight anymore.

Westin was truly my best friend and constant companion, with her death I feel as if a part of me is missing. I know we had a wonderful life together and that I was fortunate to be able to provide her with the best veterinary care available. I want to thank everyone at Friendship not just for the loving care they gave her during her last few days in the hospital but over the past three years as well. A special thanks to the oncology team who were always available for guidance and support. If anyone is not familiar with the Rainbow Bridge please take a moment to read it as I know I will see Westin again.

Things have been a little sad at Friendship Tails lately and I apologize for that. I will be taking a brief break this week but please check back next Tuesday for a great story about a tenacious cat named Spooky.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog Westin. It is tough when you loose a friend after that many years. Enjoy your break and I look forward to reading your "tails" when you return.

  2. Ashley,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog's passing. My pets are such a big part of my life I totally understand what you mean when it feels like a part of you is missing. I really enjoy your blog-- and thank you for everything you do to take the best care of animals possible.

  3. Ashley - I am so sorry about Westin. She was a wonderful dog...always happy and full of energy. She will be missed. Thinking of you. Emily

  4. Ashley, Westin was a wonderful dog and I know she will be missed. I always looked forward to seeing her and remember when you got her. I am so sorry for your loss, I know how painful it is. Thinking of you. much love, Laura

  5. Ashley, I remember when Westin was a wiggly puppy and know that she had a lovely life with you the whole way through. She's hanging out on a cloud-bed with Tubby keeping an eye on us the way they always did. love to you. ooxx Karen