sadder but wiser girl
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dog Canyon
Dogs Name: Odie & Reyna; RIP precious Annie; RIP beloved Alex & Melody, Rocky baby & darling Willie
Titles: Annie - honorary terrier; Odie - golden boy; Reyna - fruit bat
Dogs Age: b 1/13/13; b 3/13/14; b 7/10/09 - d 1/4/16
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Alex, age 6, diagnosed on 4/29/08, died 4/29/08 - no warning - was at vet's office for testing of new onset of cough - DCM/ventricular tachycardia.
Melody, age 6, developed rapid heart rate/pulse on New Year's Eve 2008, laid down and died. Totally asymptomatic, happy-go-lucky and active crazy girl until about an hour before she died at the foot of our bed.
Rocky, age 6, died the day after Thanksgiving '09 - he was lively and active, but then came over, panting and with very rapid carotid pulse. Took him immediately to vet, who said he had a matter of hours, max 2-3 days, to live, and said he did not believe he would survive the ride home. We trust this vet, and he recommended that we have Rocky PTS, which he did, in my arms. A truly terrible decision to have to make, as my DH never got to say goodbye, was his heart dog, and he still feels guilty and miserable.
Never had any dog with cardiac issues until then.
Have never had a dog that died younger than 9 years old, and that one was PTS for an incurable medical issue that we fought for many years - but he was a shelter mutt, my beloved Spanky was. All our other dogs, Dobe, GSD, Boxer, GSP... all were 11.5 - 13.5, and even that didn't seem long enough!
their pawprints in our hearts never fade