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Loyal guide dog gets owner home from 120-mile journey before collapsing and dying
Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 04/05/2010 6:14:03 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Loyal guide dog gets owner home from 120-mile journey before collapsing and dying

By Daily Mail Reporter

A loyal guide dog defied an massive tumour to get his owner home safely after a 120-mile trip before collapsing and dying.

Comet the Labrador retriever braved his painful condition so that David Quarmby, 61, could get home safely from his train and bus journeys.

Minutes after they arrived at Mr Quarmby's home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, from Birmingham, Comet collapsed and died while being given anaesthetic by a vet.

Mr Quarmby said: 'He got me off the bus, across the road and up the drive. As soon as we got home, I took his harness off, he took a couple of sniffs and collapsed.

'Comet was a brave and marvellous dog who will be missed enormously, a very kind dog who got on well with everyone, the life and soul of the party.'

Mr Quarmby, who works for West Yorkshire Probation Service and is chairman of the National Disability Network, travels all over the country to attend various events.

He was at a conference in Birmingham on Tuesday when eight-year-old Comet started experiencing problems.

Despite showing signs something was wrong, he helped Mr Quarmby get the trains from Birmingham to Manchester and Manchester to Huddersfield and the bus to his home.

He said: 'When we got into Manchester Comet felt slightly sluggish and I thought he needed to go to the toilet.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: canine; doggieping; dogs; k9; mansbestfriend; napl; uk
Comet the brave guide dog

Brave: Despite suffering a painful tumour on his spleen, Comet managed to get his master safely home after a 120-mile journey

1 posted on 04/05/2010 6:14:03 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

You forgot to add the burry screen alert. I cried buckets over marley and me and that was just a movie.


2 posted on 04/05/2010 6:18:21 PM PDT by momincombatboots (Semper Fi to my Marine in Afghanistan, my friend in Iraq & friend in Korea. Love u all!)
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To: DogByte6RER

That dog is more human than many two leggeds.


3 posted on 04/05/2010 6:21:44 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: DogByte6RER
I think Comet was a better man that Quarmby. Hotshot running his guide dog into the ground so he can prance around the country, following the limelight and drawing attention to himself.
4 posted on 04/05/2010 6:23:13 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: DogByte6RER
"Near this spot Are deposited the Remains of one Who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices."

Epitaph to his Newfoundland dog Boatswain by Lord Byron. Labs are descended from Newfoundlands.

5 posted on 04/05/2010 6:27:30 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: DogByte6RER

To paraphrase the more I see of people, the more I like dogs.


6 posted on 04/05/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

What do you mean running him into the ground? It was all busses and trains. It’s not like the dog ran along side the bus.


7 posted on 04/05/2010 6:28:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping.


8 posted on 04/05/2010 6:30:43 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: DogByte6RER

When the kids are in the yard, our dog stands on guard on the porch, always scanning the area around the kids like a sentry.

When a car drives around the cul-de-sac that he doesn’t know, he stands up and barks at the kids.

Dogs are a gift from God, and I truly do believe all dogs go to Heaven (well, maybe not those nasty taco bell dogs).

BTW, our dog is an American Pit Bull Terrier, the best dog, hands down, we’ve ever had.


9 posted on 04/05/2010 6:34:52 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: hinckley buzzard

From the description, it sounds as if Comet had hemangiosarcoma. It’s very aggressive, comes on quickly and is relatively painless, compared to other forms of cancer. That is, it is until the very late stages, when the spleen can rupture, leading to death. That’s what happened.

There’s not much that can be done for hemangiosarcoma, regardless of how much money you’re willing to spend. I’ve loved and treated my own lab for cancer, and became all too familiar.

Don’t give the man such a hard time, his dog was doing what he loved and what he was literally born to do, right up to his last breath.

He was doing what he loved, and he was loved himself, when he died. We should all be so lucky.


10 posted on 04/05/2010 6:34:53 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: momincombatboots
You forgot to add the burry screen alert

I'm blaming it on the pollen count today.. Yup, that's it....allergies.

11 posted on 04/05/2010 6:36:09 PM PDT by digger48
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To: DogByte6RER

I don’t tear up over dog stories. Heck, I rarely do over people stories.

Exception made...


12 posted on 04/05/2010 6:44:35 PM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: DogByte6RER

I wish we could elect Labrador Retrievers to Congress.


13 posted on 04/05/2010 6:45:06 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: momincombatboots

Did you read the book?
It was a true story and OMG, I cried and cried!

Another doggie tear jerker-
“A Big Little Life” by Dean Koontz.


14 posted on 04/05/2010 6:52:09 PM PDT by a real Sheila (3-21-10 The first shot of the 2nd American Revolution!)
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To: a real Sheila

Trixie, sweet little Golden. Koontz loved her so.


15 posted on 04/05/2010 6:56:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: hinckley buzzard

My thought exactly did he not take the dog in for yearly checkups. Eight years old he was still a young dog.


16 posted on 04/05/2010 6:56:44 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: hellbender

IMO, of all the dog types in the world...labs are the most like humans(in personality). They eat too much. They get fat. They are smart. They hate being alone. They love cars. They love kids. They like being lazy, but they also like to work. They like the water. When required, they can learn just about anything.

Any mutt that is part lab is going to be a pretty good dog.


17 posted on 04/05/2010 7:01:49 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: momincombatboots
You forgot to add the burry screen alert. I cried buckets over marley and me and that was just a movie.

My screen is all blurry too. I couldn't watch Marley and Me for just that reason. Comet looks a little like Our Dog Tilly. They would have gotten along splendidly, even though Tilly wasn't exactly as well trained.

[potential blurry screen alert on above link]
18 posted on 04/05/2010 7:08:33 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson

"Be comforted, little dog, thou too in the Resurrection shall have a tail of gold." Martin Luther

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." James Herriot

"If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people." James Thurber

19 posted on 04/05/2010 7:14:04 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: 43north
I wish we could elect Labrador Retrievers to Congress.

I loved your comment. We certainly would be better off than the demons in charge now.

I'll take a dog over a congresscritter anyday.

20 posted on 04/05/2010 8:07:40 PM PDT by mplsconservative (0bama = Epic Fail)
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To: Jet Jaguar; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Rest in peace, loyal friend.


21 posted on 04/05/2010 8:21:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: digger48

I’m blaming it on the pollen count today.. Yup, that’s it....allergies.


Yep, my allergies are really getting to me right now, too.


22 posted on 04/05/2010 8:33:39 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Slings and Arrows

Stalwart boy. Amazing. Makes me ashamed that I get so cranky when I’m in pain.


23 posted on 04/05/2010 8:59:06 PM PDT by TheOldLady (CLKD: Commie Loon Kenyan Dictator)
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To: momincombatboots

I cried over “Marley and Me”, too. Then watched “My Dog Skip” with the same result the other day. RIP faithful and good pets.


24 posted on 04/05/2010 9:09:12 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: a real Sheila; holdonnow

Don’t forget Mark Levin’s book “Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish”.. I cried my way through it one night.. A must read for every dog owner!


25 posted on 04/05/2010 9:44:46 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: digger48

I think I’m gonna shut off the puter, make a treat for my Lab & spend the rest of the night watching TV with her...


26 posted on 04/05/2010 11:02:31 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (Defend America peacefully, vigorously, and swiftly against all enemies before she becomes a memory)
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To: DogByte6RER

A dog owners paryer

LOrd, help to be the man my dog thinks I am....


27 posted on 04/05/2010 11:03:03 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Good dog Comet. Good, Good dog.


28 posted on 04/05/2010 11:20:36 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

I meant to read that one also.
Thanks for the reminder.

Then again, do I really want to cry my eyes out again?
All dog stories end the same way :-(


29 posted on 04/06/2010 4:47:02 AM PDT by a real Sheila (3-21-10 The first shot of the 2nd American Revolution!)
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To: 43north

“I wish we could elect Labrador Retrievers to Congress.”

Wouldn’t THAT just be AWESOME!
We would have fun, lovable, loyal members of congress who would do us no harm! All they would want in return is a belly rub from their constituents and a milk bone.

Tennis balls for everyone!


30 posted on 04/06/2010 4:49:49 AM PDT by a real Sheila (3-21-10 The first shot of the 2nd American Revolution!)
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To: 4woodenboats

an evening well spent...


31 posted on 04/06/2010 4:52:57 AM PDT by a real Sheila (3-21-10 The first shot of the 2nd American Revolution!)
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To: a real Sheila

There were a lot of good tears in there..


32 posted on 04/06/2010 5:31:42 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Zoe, my dog, sent Trixie a letter and received a “paw-written” reply within about a week...

I still have it...


33 posted on 04/06/2010 7:08:06 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: RedHeeler
Does your "friend" look something like this?


34 posted on 04/06/2010 7:28:24 AM PDT by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: Eaker

Thanks for asking. Yes. Jack the Dog is my youngest, at 4yrs old. Yet, he is the unquestioned leader of my two older yeller labs- Horse and Beau. He is a benevolent 1Sgt to them and a great #2 to me. Great photograph. Is PitStop a friend of yours?


35 posted on 04/07/2010 12:52:09 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: RedHeeler

Pitstop is two now and pretty much runs the other five dogs. He is by far the smartest dog I have ever had and was a great addition to the family.

I didn’t know what his disposition would be as he is 1/2 pit, but he is an absolute sweetheart and great with my 6mo grandson.

Take care,
Eaker


36 posted on 04/08/2010 6:36:45 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Eaker
Pitstop is two now and pretty much runs the other five dogs. He is by far the smartest dog I have ever had and was a great addition to the family.

That Pitstop gooses me every time I come over to y'all's house. ;-)

I love Pitstop - he's an awesome dog!

37 posted on 04/08/2010 9:53:26 AM PDT by Allegra
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To: Allegra; RedHeeler
Imagine how much fun this many PitStops would be!



38 posted on 04/08/2010 11:05:56 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: DogByte6RER

BTTT


39 posted on 04/08/2010 2:07:03 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Eaker

Great shot. My girlfriend saw this and immediately said, “Don’t even think about it!” Thanks to you, I now have a new bargaining position. That new fishing boat, may yet be mine. Beautiful grandson, Mr. Eaker. Well done. Thanks.


40 posted on 04/08/2010 7:00:38 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: JouleZ

JouleZ, I’ve warned my kids that ALL dog movies are four-hankie jobs, including the “happy” ones like “My Dog Skip,” so if they’re going to watch them, they’d better be prepared for some tears.

Second place? Horse movies.

BTW...the dog in the story is a winner all the way. Good boy, Comet!

Regards,


41 posted on 04/08/2010 7:05:31 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: VermiciousKnid

“Second place? Horse movies.”
______________________________

I know!!! I have 4 horses right now and one mare and her colt are rescues with a sad story. Life is real harsh sometimes. Thanks for your comments, Vermi.


42 posted on 04/08/2010 8:24:11 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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