After 40 days of enduring the cancerous effects of hemangiosarcoma (HSA), including a Splenectomy, our 10 year old Minature Schnauzer Gretel will be relieved of her pain and discomfort this Christmas afternoon. As I left for work tonight, she looked into my eyes to let me know she was ready. We gained 20 great 'puppy' days with her due to the surgary and medications, but alas this cancer is very aggresive. 10 years of unconditional love from our best friend has been priceless. We have been very blessed to have had her with us for this short time. Her spirit will live on with her brother Hansel, who undoubtedly will be very lonely. Please use this Christmas time to let your pet know how much they mean to you, for you never really know when their time will come.