Briarwood Arikik v Exacta (AKC Baron), CD, CDX, RN, RA, RE, CGC went to the Bridge Monday, January 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. I am shattered and heartbroken beyond words.
He battled DCM for 8 long years and was doing so good. We had our appointment Monday with Dr. Goodwin, his cardiologist, for his checkup. This was the first time his echo was not good. It was over 25% worse and his heart was showing signs of enlargement. He was throwing PVC's during the echo which he never did before. Dr. G. added two more meds and upped his Pimobendan another 10 mg. So we holtered him and came home. He had a cheesburger on the way home. He was fine. He jumped out of car, peed, ran around a bit, came in and drank water and ate his afternoon meal, played with his toy. He laid down under hubby's legs which was one of his favorite places. He loved having hubby lift his legs up so he could crawl and position himself so hubby's legs draped over him. I was sitting next to them on the computer. He slept there for about 45 minutes and at 6:30 he let out a little cry and I went over to him and asked "what's wrong buddy" and he left out another cry, voided, and was gone. I tried CPR but he was already gone. Sudden death sent him to the Bridge.
We have sent the holter back to Dr. G. and his tech Kristi who have both been with us on this journey for 8 years. Hoping they will gain some knowledge of what event occurred at that moment and before because I am sure it is rare to have a dog holtered when they have an event like this.
Baron came into our lives as a rehome at 13 months from a woman that was going to show him but ran into financial problems. He was the easiest dog to train and had the easiest, laid back personality of any dog I know. He loved everyone and felt everyone in the world should always come and pet him. We had him for 11 short years on December 29, 2018 and I also have been on DT for 11 years. Because of DT, I gained some much knowledge about health testing and DCM and had him tested early enough that we were able to start meds to help keep the disease in check.
The journey was amazing. He is the first dog I ever did any competition with and we had so much fun and met so many nice people along the way. He loved to eat up until the very end. They always say when they are not feeling well they won't eat. Not Baron. Eating was his thing! Another favorite past time of his was watching at the windows of the sunroom. He could see everywhere on our property and spent hours watching out his windows. He had quite a FB following because of his collar and coat collection and the photos we posted. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences and messages from his fans. The grief right now is unbearable but I have so many wonderful memories, photos, and videos of him that I will cherish forever that will help. I miss him following me into the bathroom, sitting in the kitchen waiting for some kind of snack, our walks, playing with your Go Dog balls, your wonderful singing to the Big Bang's soft kitty song among others, your regal look but then you had your silly moments, and I could go on and on for there are so many things I will miss forever. Sleep softly my sweet boy and know how much your mom loved you!