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Abby Hamman

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 9, 2012

Abby Sunshine Hamman

(by Miss Alexandra Hamman) Abby Hamman was adopted into my life four years ago. She came to me when her owner was very ill.

When I came in Abby’s life I was going through a rough patch of my own. She made me feel better about a lot of things that were going on in my life.

In the fall of 2011 Abby’s leg started to show a lump and I took her into a vet. They told me it was a fatty pocket and not to worry about it.

In February of 2012 the lump on Abby’s leg burst open. Fearing this was going to be the end of my best friend, I took her into the Green River Veterinary Clinic were Dr. Edwards did surgery to save Abby’s leg. After surgery came months of waiting for it to heal and for her to be able to have only a scar left.

In the beginning of August 2012 she started to not be herself. Something was wrong but she seemed fine ‒ just a little grumpy (which was a little out of character for Abby).

August 20th she became very ill. She barely moved and would not get up. After a long week of carrying her inside and trying to feed her and laying by her side, I took her back in to the Doctor. He told me this could be the end of such a sweet dog. So after four days of meds and trying and begging her to hang on, I had to face the hardest thing ever alone — taking her in to be put to sleep, to end her suffering and let her be free from all of the shots and the cone of shame. The last few moment Dr. Edwards went over the last minute details and gave her the sleepy meds. She looked into my eyes and took her last breath. I held her paw and kissed her good-bye, telling her one day we will meet again someday, and not to worry.

A week after saying good-bye I got a call from Dr. Edward telling me that he had her ashes. I looked at my mom in shock that he gave me back a piece of my best friend that I can keep with me throughout my life.

She passed away at the age of 10. She was the most amazing four-legged friend I could ever ask for. She is forever missed, and this is Abby Sunshine Hamman’s story.

Her middle name is Sunshine because Abby was my sunshine on the dark and rainy days.

To view a beautiful tribute to Abby made by Alex, please click here.


UPDATE: Abby has her own tribute page on Facebook. Please visit it here.

7 Responses to “Abby Hamman”

  1. Carla neet said

    Alexandra, My heart breaks for the loss of your sweet Abby Sunshine. What a blessing both of you had when you found each other. Thank you for taking her into your life, heart and home. I believe you will indeed see her again.<3

  2. I know exactly how you feel! We lost our sweet Luna on August 21, 2011. She was diagnosed with Lymphoma in April 2011 went through chemo treatment and was doing so well. She went into remission twice. When she came out of remission the first time, her vet didn’t think the chemo would help her a second time. It spread to her skin with ulcers all over her body including the bottom of her paws. She had to be carried outside and upstairs to bed. But with the special compassion and love from our vet and all the prayers from our family and friends our Luna went into remission a second time. We really believed she would beat the statistics, she acted like she didn’t have any cancer, her vet was even amazed. She had her last chemo session on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and as usual was doing great .On Sunday morning the 21st, she started vomiting, so we took her to the vet, he did blood workup but found no signs of cancer. We took her home feeding her chicken/rice mixture to help with the vomiting. Later that afternoon, she became lethargic and we went back to the vet. We knew it was the cancer. Luna looked into her mommy’s eyes, knowing how much it would hurt her mommy to lose her precious Luna, Mommy told her Luna it was okay to “let go” and Luna died in her arms. We have Luna’s ashes too! The vet also did an ink imprint of Luna’s paw. On Saturday, August 18, 2012, we celebrated Luna’s life and took her paw ink imprint and 4 of us had it tattooed on our leg with her name and our special nickname for her.
    They are waiting for us at Rainbow’s Bridge and when we die they will be there to meet us and go to heaven with us. I truly believe in the meantime they are our very special guardian angels.

  3. Jeanine said

    Alexandra, I am so sorry for your loss of Abby Sunshine. She was blessed to have a caring owner like you to love her and care for her needs. Your life and her life were enriched because you allowed her to come into your life. Many blessings to you as your heart slowly heals. It takes time and you will have good days and bad days. Here is hoping today is a good day.

  4. alex said

    Thank you all for the support in this very tough time in my life, This is also a video I did in memory of her

  5. blogapaw said

    I know what it is like to loose a little four-legged baby (well to me they are).Sadly, I know there is nothing anyone can really say to lessen the pain. You just have to remember, you gave her a good life, one many dogs don’t get the opportunity to have, and you loved her and she loved you, which in the end I think is the most important thing. My thoughts go out to you, she was a very pretty dog, she reminds me of my childhood dog Smitty, they are almost identical.

  6. Jaime King said

    My Black Lab, Harley, and I just got home from our weekly chemo treatment – she’s been going since December when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, and looked at this site at the recommendation of our cancer vet. I am so sorry for your loss & your story brings back so many memories of our past Labs. They are great dogs and add so much to our lives. I hope you’re doing well and keep remembering your sweet girl!

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