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Jaicee, formally spelled Jaycee (she didn’t mind the spelling change!), joined our family on May 4, 2014. The first picture is the day we brought her home. She was a wild girl, and we knew things were going to be “exciting” for awhile. With training, and lots of love, she developed into a great dog. She loved people, and going for walks. In fact, she with us, walked over 4 thousand miles for WolfTrax, and will continue to contribute until we get another GSD. When we lived in Frederick, our daily walk was along Carroll Creek Linear Park, and Market St. She made friends with the homeless, shop owners, and parking meter enforcers. We moved to Florida in December, and resided in a hotel for 74 days. She acclimated to the new environment immediately. We moved into our new home the end of February. We continued our long walks along the Gulf of Mexico. It was important for us to secure a home with a yard for our enjoyment, as well, as hers. Unfortunately, she would only utilize it for 2 weeks. We noticed a change in behavior , and made an appointment with a recommended veterinarian on March 9th. Blood tests showed anemia. Her abdomen was tender, and an x-ray showed an enlarged spleen. Symptoms highly suggestive of hemangioma sarcoma of the spleen. Surgery was done the same day. The largest tumor had ruptured. Her abdomen was full of blood. “Not survivable”. Fortunately, we were able to say good bye to her while she was still alive, but under anesthesia We are heartbroken. We intend to adopt another GSD from MAGSR when in Maryland in June. Please advise Trish that we’ll be in touch. Having lost our previous beloved GSD to the same deadly diagnosis, we plan on close monitoring of labs, and abdominal tenderness in the future. Hemangio sarcoma “the silent killer”, doesn’t exhibit symptoms, typically, until it’s too late. Early detection may have extended the lives of 2 precious family members.