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By edsconst   2006-08-14

On June 23 2006 my husband and I arrived home to find our beautiful, sweet Mason, a 3 1/2 yo Male Black Lab/Golden Ret cross dead by our front porch. He had only been dead a very short time (minutes). I had him examined by our vet, and there were no signs of trauma whatsoever. The only synptom that could be observed was crackles in the lungs. he thought that heart problems or anaphylactic shock from bee stings were two possible causes. Mason had not been ill, but I had noticed a very, very subtle change in his energy level for maybe about the past month. I attributed it to the heat wave, but did watch for other signs. His appetite was great and much of the time he was full of energy. I wonder if cardiomyopathy or subaortic stenosis could be the culprit? Whatever the cause, it has been a horrible loss and we are still grieving and missing our boy, as we will always. I so empathise with anyone who lost a beloved pet in this manner.



By dont_let_the_sun_go_down   2006-08-25

my husband and i were having a day off work as we were having a carpet fitted downstairs. we were outside with our pet miniature poodle called dougal who was 8 yrs old. he was or appeared to be a normal healthy dog, he spotted a frog in the garden and began playing with it and sniffing it, we thought nothing of this as we live in england and it looked like any common garden frog. however about an hour later dougal appeared to lose the use of his back legs and just flopped to the ground and died within minutes. as he seemed so healthy as was so very active prior to sniffing the frog could it be the frog that caused his death. i guess it sounds really silly but as this was the only thing he did different that day i am paranoid it was the frog. can anyone help?



By lfloridarules   2006-08-30

My lab/german shep mix, Dixie weighing just 70lbs. died today within an a few hours after taking her on a walk outside. We only had her for 4 years but I am still numb that a perfectly healthy active young dog could just die so quickly. I gave her some treats outside with Bear, my other dog & then Dixe tried to go to the bathroom. Since I just moved to an new apartment, I was thinking how she was making such a big production when I was trying to discreet with her going to the bathroom & then cleaning up after her. She happily chased a jogger who laughed with her & I took her inside. Within about 15minutes, she vomited all over my rug. Not food, but clear, foamy vomit. I took her outside & she keep vomitting. Within the next half hour, her tongue turned grey, her eyes bugged out, and she began breathing wrong & fast. I raced her to an vet emergency center & they only took referrals. I raced her then to a vet, and they said it was aspir something or other where they believe she swalled her vomit into her lungs. She died within an hour of taking her to the vet. I am in shock still and cannot believe it. How can a healthy active dog go downhill so quickly. I thought she was poisioned, but she was with me the whole time I took her out. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their dog so quickly. It is terrible loss and I don't know how to tell the kids. Kathryn/Jacksonville. Florida



By craigandlisa   2006-09-02

We lost Maggie, our 12 year old Shetland Sheepdog yesterday. Even though she was showing signs of aging we are still in shock. We are having a difficult time just because we do not know what caused her death. The day before she died she had a problem of not being able to walk. She showed difficulty with this until evening & then seemed to come around. She was also vomiting. At one point it looked to be a black substance--maybe blood? She was also being treated for a thyroid problem over the past few years. Not sure if her death could be a result with the thyroid or not? We miss her so.



By rachael_2376   2006-09-22

My heart is broken into a million pieces today. Yesterday, 9/21/26 my 8 year old Doberman, Dante died. Playful and full of life just the day before we awoke Thursday morning to find him gone. His buddy, my Pug Chloe Bea has yet to realize her companion is gone. They were best of friends and I fear for her loss as well. Hip problems did not stop him, he was playing with his buddies, chasing cats and expecting total love and attention from me and my boyfriend just hours before he left us. We drove him to his favorite place in the world, Grandma and Grandpa's house and buried him there. He always got so excited when I asked him if he wanted to go see Grandma and Grandpa. The shock is still preventing me and my boyfriend from totalling realizing our loss. We hardly spoke a word the 2.5 hour drive to and from burying him. How do say goodbye to someone who has been by your side for 8 years and full of love and spunk? Pictures of my baby can be viewed at www.myspace.com/neverhome



By greenlita22@gmail.com   2012-10-25

I also lost my dog recently and I have no clue what happened or what the cause was….. :'(



By ajckrupa   2006-11-11

This afternoon my 9 year old doberman pincher, Jade, was laying on her bed when she began to gag. She tried to get up and couldn't. Less than one minute later she was dead. My family and I are extremely devistated. She was very healthy otherwise.



By jenni4475   2007-04-14

The same thing happened to my Abby grace. she had a heart arrythmia and took meds but was pretty normal . she did suddenly on feb 27 and i mean SUDDENLY.she was 2 years old and weighed 48 pounds. I think her arrythmia turned into dilated cardiomyopathy. Poor girl....I miss my baby.



By jkc9943   2007-05-30

Yes, Toads can be immediately toxic. Here in Arizona they do a warning every summer when people start going to the lakes. The toads release a toxin that can kill a dog with in minutes. You have to remove the toad and immeiately wash their mouths out. Then take them to the vet immediately.



By gefalenmt   2006-09-04

We lost our baby "Casey Boo" yesterday to what we are not sure. We came home and she was dead. At close to ten years old she was still healthy. She was fine in the morning (very playful/ happy) by late afternoon she was dead. She had been dead for several hours when we found her laying under her favorite bush in the backyard. She had vomited a red substance and had loose bowels.We are still in shock. Our boxer is confused searches every room looking for her. And our 2 year old son keeps asking for Casey Boo. My heart goes out to those you suddenly lose a pet...they are like members of the family.



By mzlorenz   2006-09-25

My deepest sympathy to all whom enter this site. My darling lil Raskal born Sept4,05 passed Sept21, 06. This was a sudden & shocking death. As it was we took his outgoing happy pleasant personality to the vet to have him neutered. All I have ever heard is positve benefits of this operation ever though I personally dont believe in it. But once again, it would calm him a bit, stop some of that spraying about...I still havent gotten an answer to the exact cause of death, but was told basically he was uthenized...I found one site that stated the stats were 1in 400, & I'm saying that is too many. With all this regulation on pets & so on these days, I think we need to push to have their rights better taken care of at the vets. I feel Im not being clear, SO basically the vet that wrote this page of information said that in most cases of death on the operating table was indeed due to oversight of the vet, as the vet is not an anestheologist...so in the course of a hectick day, sometimes pets are just left to come out of it without any monerting. So now we are completly grief sticken as we were that day. No more jumping, walks, ..hes just gone...to top it off it took me about 2 mins to race to the vets, he had already been put into a boxinside the box a black bag. I was getting stories from the vets employes, as one grabs both my arms & pulls me to her telling me to give her a hug. as she says but Im not the vet I really cant say what happend, I left abrubtly with instructions to send the bill, as my 13 year old daughter & BF got rady to take the box t leave..my BF said forget the bill you F%*%$ing killed our dog. SO 24 hours later the police show up to arrest him for using the "F" word & ruining the reputation of their office. This is the worst it can be. Our hearts were shattered as well as our minds, ya just dont take a pet in for a neuter & bring them home in a box.. with compassion for all who have suffered a sudden loss. Please be aware if your pet is going under you have the right to request an anestesthologist to watch over, it will be more pricey, but beats the untimely death without fully being informed to how sensitive our pets can be to this gas!



By sgallivan29   2006-10-19

I lost my yorkie, Buster this week. I was trying to get him to go outside with the other dogs and he wouldn't get out of his bed. When he finally got up, he couldn't use his one paw. Within minutes, he couldn't use his other paw. By the time I got him to the emergency vet... he was paralyzed from the neck down. He quickly deteriorated where his brain was unable to tell him to breathe any longer. It's frustrating because his respiratory system was working perfectly... after trying everything, he was unable to breathe for himself any longer and we had to put him to sleep while they manually breathed for him. I am absolutely devestated. He was only 8 and my special boy. I have no answers and no idea why he died so quickly and tragically when he was perfectly fine and unbelievably healthy. It's frustrating and heart breaking...



By puddinhead1   2006-10-25

I lost my 3 year old rottie/sheperd mix yesterday afternoon. Last week I found out that I am unable to have children, and 4 days later my Arwen was gone. I had just put her in the backyard after I fed her. She gulped her food like always, and we played ball. I was going to ask her in but she caught sight of my landlord next door and sprung happily away to help him do his yardwork next door. Half an hour later I looked out the back window and thought she was napping under a tree. I went to call her in and she didn't move. My landlord is a nurse and I yelled for him and when I got to her I knew she was dead(her eyes were open) I cannot believe this! She was the best dog. My 11 year old cat is looking for her. Up until now all of my pets have lived to be at least 15. I was unaware that this happens so often. Up until last week my husband and I were planning for a baby and introducing Arwen to other people's infants in preparation. When we were taking her to the vets my landlords friend asked if I would get another dog and I was about to say, "After we have a baby I plan to get another dog for Arwen." Of course, I can't have a baby and my precious dog is gone! I am in hell.



By apark   2006-11-27

On November 26, 2006, we lost our beloved family member, Henry. He was a Black lab/mix whom we had adopted almost nine months before at the SPCA. He was at least eight years old at the time of his adoption, maybe older. Yesterday seemed like any other day. Henry acted like himself, politely begging for bacon at breakfast. Later in the afternoon, he wanted to go with my husband and daughter to tag our christmas tree. Instead, he stayed home with me. Not even an hour later, Henry collapsed and went into shock (cause unknown). He was taken to the emergency clinic where he died several hours later. The loss our family feels cannot be described. Both my husband and I could have sworn we heard Henry's bark at different times after his death. We love you Henry. You will be in our hearts and family forever. Thank you for adopting us. Love, your faithful family.



By unclereggie99@hotmail.com   2012-12-01

I am sorry to hear it. It leaves a horrible hole in your life, I know.



By davval   2007-09-02

Hi Last night my 4 year old Lhasa Apso Lucy was sitting on my lap as normal. She let out a howl and just died. She was a strong healthy and intelligent dog and we have no idea what happened to her. We will miss you heaps Lucy-Lou xoxo



By julie_glick   2007-09-07

I am so sorry for you - I am in the same place. It is just awful.



By debpotr   2006-09-04

For those who adore Pomeranians, I lost my best friend today and I guess I need to put it down in words....Scooter would be 9 years old in October, still very vibrant, playful and energetic, however had been dealing with a colasped trachea for some time. He had medicine daily (in the am and pm) and seem to respond to that ok. For the past year he seemed to be having more trouble with it but I was told this was normal by my vet, I also researched quite a bit over the internet and other resources and read that this could be managed - so I'm not sure if this had anything to do with is sudden death. Anyway, he seemed perfectly normal today and this afternoon around 2:45 pm we found him dead in the yard. He was laying there on his side and it was apparent he had bitten his tongue - which tells me he had some kind of seizure and possibly collasped from something like a seizure or maybe a stroke - we are not sure. We are totally bewildered by this and extremely sad to lose an important part of our family. Scooter had such personality, spunk and smarts - I know this may sound biased, but he was such an awesome dog! Scooter, after all these years would pretty much do whatever you told him -he was all about pleasing you. I keep going over and over in my mind what we could have done different...just wish I could have been there to possibly help him if there was that possibility...but I did not get that chance. Anyway, I wrote this because I was looking for comfort from other pet lovers who have lost an important part of their life and thought maybe this could help someone else. Scooter's Mom



By krimiller   2006-10-25

I am so sad to write, that i just lost my 8 1/2yr old chocolate lab about 3 hours ago. He seemed fine when i got home from work, I let he and my black lab out to go to the bathroom. They came back in, ate dinner, ate some of my two year olds cheese sandwich which got tossed on the floor and he went and laid on his dog bed. A few hours later he whined a bit and laid on the kitchen floor. I asked him if he wanted to go out (which normally he jumps at) and he just laid there... I did get a tail thump and half turn on his back for me to rub his belly. When i did get him to go out, he wandered around the yard, squated and sat down. He didn't seem to want to come in, but I had him come in b/c it was raining and i didn't want him out there if he was sick. When we came in, about a 1/2hr. later he vomited all his food and i noticed his tongue hanging out. It was after that that he began to breathe heavy... I thought maybe he was just warm from being sick. It was about a half hour I sat with him, and it seemed to get worse. I didn't want to leave him, got the phone to dial the vet and within minutes I lost him. All i could think was Why? and What happened?... he was fine earlier!?... I kept asking what i did that may have caused it. Reading others comments, gave me some comfort. This does happen to seemingly healthy dogs. My heart goes out to all of you who feel the great loss and grief i have in my heart right now. I Love my Big Boy, Jax and always will.



By dheath7   2006-12-05

My family is gone.My dalmatian Lucky was 13 years old and couldn't walk anymore.I kept him on his pillow for a couple months as he still had a few bones left in him! Painful as it was, I had all the arrangements made for the vet to come to the house(just like w/ his mom & dad) and the crematory pick up.Everyone was on call as I kept putting off the worst day of a dog lovers life. I prayed everyday for god to PLEASE just come take him,don't make me do it.Well when I came home from work.... god came,however he took THE WRONG DOG!There was my baby Sparky dead in the hall! sparkys dead and Luckys still here?? She did throw up before I left for work and she didn't annoy me with the ball that day,I just thought she had a tummy ache!I am convinced god makes mistakes.Another week passed as I sat in shock,then came the moment when you just know its time. I had to let Lucky go.Sparky was supposed to be here~no more slobber balls in my bath water,no one licking my toes,no one tripping me in the hall.I miss my little dalmatian family.I don't know what happened.......



By mchugh731   2006-12-17

I just lost my Golden retriever on Thursday afternoon. I came home and she was asleep on the porch. There was no ditress, she died peacefully. I was at the vet 3 weeks prior where the doctor said she had a dime size tumor on her tongue. I had planned to go through surgury during the Holidays to haveit removed. She slobbered a little but showed no change in eating habits or activity. I have been reading about sudden death on the internet and have seen other stories similiar to ours. She was almost 13 and in great condition. I do not know if the place was malignant and I do not believe it attributed to her death. To all those dealing with death, I mourn with you. This is far more painful than I ever imagined.



By marlysrules   2006-12-20

My siberian husky died in a similar way 2 months ago. She was 7 years old. I was driving with her in the car and she let out a howl, by the time I pulled over, she was gone. I was devastated and getting over it has been and will continue to be a hard journey. I loved my dog so much and take comfort in knowing that I gave her the best life that any dog could hope for. My dog taught me how to love, now she continues to teach me how to move on. I hope that you are able to find some peace and I just wanted to let you know that I know exactly what you are feeling.



By friend4him   2006-12-20

I awoke the other day to find my faithful friend dead. He had been through everything with me and he was only 5. I had noticed his eyes changing but my vet said taht it was normal. But I am a vet tech and I knew something wasn't right. I had all intentions to take him in on Monday but he did not make it. I also had my faithful dane die on friday so I don't think it was from greif that quick but could it have been. I mean that he was playing though. He died while he was playing. I am now empty inside because I don't have a family that was my family.



By jeannehom   2007-01-03

We came home New Year's Day to find our beloved pet "Whiskey" dead. He is a large (80lb) mixed breed who was abandoned in a remote area called Whiskey Rock, that is how we came to name him Whiskey. The vet determined that he was about 1 and one half years old when we took him in. I thought we would have many more years together as he was only 8 years old. He was my hiking buddy and my boy, his sudden death is devasting to us. I wish that I had taken him to the vet, when my daughter said that he was acting a little wierd. We watched him and he was more tired that normal, but the following day he seemed normal. I still have an appointment to take him to the vet Jan 5 for his six month check-up. The vet said he was in perfect health at our last check-up. Whiskey is a favorite at the vet's, he was such a special loving dog, we will never find another one like him. My heart goes out to all who have lost their special pet. We will always miss Whiskey and hopefully one day we will think of Whiskey with laughter and smiles instead of tears. Jeanne, Julia, Megan, Olivia and Amelia



By kellyjean624   2006-10-29

I lost my Brandigirl, lab and beagle mix Wednesday night so suddenly, a matter of hours. She didn't eat her food 2 days before, that was the only sign she wasn't feeling well, but the next day she was fine, running around, playing, barking and eating normal. She was my first dog, 8 years old but so young. She was so special to us all and I am having a hard time understanding how a healthy dog could go down so fast! Now I am trying to find ways to blame myself, even though I know that we cared and loved her and spoiled her, she was like a child to us!The doctors said her heart was enlarged and white blood count was very high. I had given her heartworm pills, so I don't think that was it. Not knowing and guessing only makes it worse. I wish I just knew. My chest hurts from crying so much these past 3 days, the house is so quiet without her. I am shocked to see that other people have experienced the same loss...I am not alone.



By swanhilda   2006-12-12

Yesterday my beautiful Siberian Husky Tara passed away suddenly in my arms. She was 8 years old and had slowed down a bit but the last thing I could ever have imagined was her dying suddenly at home. We were lying in the bedroom for an afternoon nap and suddenly she started to struggle as if she were having a seizure of some sort. I tried to calm her down but whatever was happening to her continued to get worse. She howled a long, painful howl and then she was gone. No more than two minutes could have passed. For the past day my husband and I have been trying to understand the entire episode but we are basically devastated. Finding all of the posts here has helped in some way and my heart goes out to all of you who have lost your beloved animals in this way. Connie



By jeanp   2007-01-12

Our 13 year old German Shepard died suddenly last night. Although she was up there in years for a big dog, her health was excellent other than being a little deaf. Last night she followed us around the house as usual, laying in the middle of the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner and sticking her head in the refrigerator every time I opened the door. After our dinner I fixed her dinner and she ate every bite as usual followed by her Milk Bone dessert. She was sitting at the bottom of the couch as my husband and I watched a little TV right with her and suddenly she just fell over. We got down on the floor with her in about 2 seconds but she was already gone...I could tell because her eyes were fixed and cloudy and her tongue was blue and hanging out. I couldn't hear a heartbeat or any effort on her part to breathe. It is such a shock to have a perfectly healthy and content animal just lay down and die. As I struggle with the shock and grief of it all, I can only think that Wrigley wanted it that way...to be with her family when she died with no suffering. My husband and I travel a lot and there are many nights when either one or the other of us isn't home with Wrigley. But last night we were both there. I had begun to dread what might happen in the future as her age caught up with her and we had to watch her suffer with pain or disease. I think she decided that the best thing for her and for us was to just go this way. I don't think she suffered one bit but certainly my husband and I are consumed with grief and loss. She was a big dog and looked scary but she was the worst guard dog in history, she never growled or was aggressive to any person or animal. She was the best companion I could ever have hoped for and I feel blessed that God arranged for us all to be together and in a peaceful setting with her when she died. I hate it but I am grateful as well for the life she shared with us. My hearts go out to all who have lost a best friend in this way. I miss her so terribly. God bless, Wrigley.



By annpiszker   2007-01-14

Our Bailey (a lab mix) died suddenly last Friday. My daughter was home, doing various things, and noticed Bailey wasn't being her usual nosey self, running from this room to that room, looking out the windows for squirrels and bunnies outside. She found her lying down in our computer room, like she was asleep. She was already gone. She was a healthy, VERY active 8 year old. Most people thought she was still a puppy wherever we took her because she acted so young. She had so many quirky, lovable things about her, as many of your fuzzy babies do also. The vet suspected the heart had a sudden irregularity. She asked to do an autopsy but my heart couldn't bear it. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are also suffering from the loss of their furry loved one. Thank you Bailey for being a great doggie and friend!



By adinawace   2007-01-17

Our hearts are broken and it feels like the world will never be the same for us again. On Sunday morning Jan 14 I went into my daughter's bedroom to wake her up and found that our 9 year old Viszla had died lying beside her during the night. We had taken him and our 3 other dogs out for a walk on Saturday night.He was happy getting his treats and sitting in front of the fireplace so his death has left us in shock and dispair. We miss him so much that our hearts are aching just to hug him one more time. He has hiked so many trails,and given us so much joy for 9 years that it makes it difficult to see past today. We love you so much Mocha and want to say thank you for making us all better people.Thank you for coming to say good bye to me at 3:00 am.I love you mom Forever in our hearts and souls Daddy, Mommy, Dallas, Stephanie, Jack, Caffery, Becky and Max



By notferris   2007-01-20

We lost our beloved Charlie, a 9 year old Miniature Schnauzer, just yesterday. The events were very similar to others I have read here...no outward signs of anthing wrong. We were on our mid-afternoon "walkies" (we both loved to walk and did so 3 times daily). We had stopped to talk to our next door neighbor. Charlie let out a terrible howl, and our neighbor thought her little bichon had stepped on his foot! We walked back to the house (he was a little wobbly), he laid down at the foot of the stairs, and slipped away within minutes. Our vet surmised a stroke, but was not sure. I am OK not knowing, I just did not want my little guy invaded with any type of autopsy. This is still so raw, and we are still so devastated. I feel Charlie everywhere in the house, and know I will see him in the front window, waiting for his Daddy,for a long time to come. Thank you for your site, and allowing me to let these feelings out. Keith (Charlie's Daddy)



By jenthabella   2007-09-28

MY dog died suddenly and he had "noisy" dreams as well. I find that very interesting. I am so sorry for the loss of your pet.



By asoltis887   2006-12-19

Today we were devastated and our hearts are broken by the sudden death of our Pug name Parker. He was nine and a half years old and an energetic bundle in a small body. He woke up this morning, ate, went out, barked, played, and was his usual self - no signs of anything. At around 11:00 we found him dead in the living room, about fifteen minutes since we'd last seen him. His sudden death just crushed us. His vet said with how quickly things happened, there was nothing we could have done. We wish that we had seen some sign, but there was none. Losing Parker has crushed us. His Christmas present is already under the tree. We loved him so much. Thank you for reading our story and whisper a little prayer for us. Fran and Bob



By lmjh611   2006-12-31

we lost our most precious siberian husky nikita dec 27th, 2006. she just turned four and seemed to be the healthiest dog. we are dvestated because it was so sudden and no explanation. one minute she was sitting on the deck...she came in and was playing chase around the dinning room table with me. i turned my back and heard a short whimper. when i turned around she was laying there and her tung was blue. she was gone in seconds. i tried cpr heart massage and it was no use. our home is so empty now. she was so lovable and would kiss you to death. she always followed one of us around the house and hated when we left her. the whole in our hearts is so huge. we have had two other huskys before her and a few other pets. and their lose was painful also, but this baby puppy has really hit us hard. maybe because she was so young and it was so sudden and unexplainable. i found some peace reading the other stories here and my heart goes out to everyone who has loved and lost a beloved pet. we miss you terribly nikita roo wait for us at the rainbow bridge.



By laurelrungolf   2007-01-01

We lost Daisy yesterday, suddenly. She was running around our golf course, as usual and just fell over and died. It was devastating to witness our mixed Brittany Spaniel die like that because she was as energetic as she ever was with no indications of being sick. She did not vomit, there was no blood or anything. She laid on her left side with her eyes wide open and her legs still in a running position. I tried CPR but she was gone. If she had been sick or tired, maybe I could have done something to prevent her death, but it was just so immediate. Daisy ate Natural Balance Dog Food, never ate table food, always had her shots, was given Advantage + on a monthly basis and was given Vet prescribed vitamins. I wanted her with us forever, but she died doing what she loved to do most and where she wanted to do it. I buried her in a part of the golf course that she loved to dig for moles. Daisy was family and we will always love miss her.



By jeanp   2007-01-12

Our 13 year old German Shepard died suddenly last night. Although she was up there in years for a big dog, her health was excellent other than being a little deaf. Last night she followed us around the house as usual, laying in the middle of the kitchen floor as I cooked dinner and sticking her head in the refrigerator every time I opened the door. After our dinner I fixed her dinner and she ate every bite as usual followed by her Milk Bone dessert. She was sitting at the bottom of the couch as my husband and I watched a little TV right with her and suddenly she just fell over. We got down on the floor with her in about 2 seconds but she was already gone...I could tell because her eyes were fixed and cloudy and her tongue was blue and hanging out. I couldn't hear a heartbeat or any effort on her part to breathe. It is such a shock to have a perfectly healthy and content animal just lay down and die. As I struggle with the shock and grief of it all, I can only think that Wrigley wanted it that way...to be with her family when she died with no suffering. My husband and I travel a lot and there are many nights when either one or the other of us isn't home with Wrigley. But last night we were both there. I had begun to dread what might happen in the future as her age caught up with her and we had to watch her suffer with pain or disease. I think she decided that the best thing for her and for us was to just go this way. I don't think she suffered one bit but certainly my husband and I are consumed with grief and loss. She was a big dog and looked scary but she was the worst guard dog in history, she never growled or was aggressive to any person or animal. She was the best companion I could ever have hoped for and I feel blessed that God arranged for us all to be together and in a peaceful setting with her when she died. I hate it but I am grateful as well for the life she shared with us. My hearts go out to all who have lost a best friend in this way. I miss her so terribly. God bless, Wrigley.



By bbweinst   2007-03-03

Thank goodness for this site. I lost Cody yesterday, my nine year old lab/shepard mix. The hardest thing for me with it happening so quickly is that I feel like I didn't have the opportunity to say goodbye. It's refreshing to hear all of your experiences in a way that we can all grieve together. My dog, like with all of yours, was one of a kind. I am already missing him dearly and will look forward to someday raising, teaching, and living out everyday with another dog. Be Well. BW



By bbweinst   2007-03-03

Thank goodness for this site. I lost Cody yesterday, my nine year old lab/shepard mix. The hardest thing for me with it happening so quickly is that I feel like I didn't have the opportunity to say goodbye. It's refreshing to hear all of your experiences in a way that we can all grieve together. My dog, like with all of yours, was one of a kind. I am already missing him dearly and will look forward to someday raising, teaching, and living out everyday with another dog. Be Well. BW



By eric   2007-03-07

Saturday evening my son and I were on our way out to join the rest of our family that were waiting for us to meet them for dinner. We noticed our 6 y/o Yellow Lab sleeping as cute as ever, face on his outstreached paws. But he wasn't sleeping. Sunny was in (what we thought) exeptional health...muscular, strong, slender...all around the most loving animal we have ever had. One thing though...he often had what seemed to be noisy dreams. The feeling is that he died of an arrythmia from adrenaline producing dream activity. We are devistated. Thank you all for your stories. They are helping us cope. Eric and Family eric@familydoc.com Long Island, NY



By arthistjsr   2008-05-27

Did you find out the results of the autopsy on Brinkly? My golden died suddenly as well.



By espinoza   2007-01-03

I lost my Siberian Husky, Isaac, on New Year's eve, three days ago. He was only 8 years old. He was very energetic and healthy. I noticed he was lethargic in the morning, I checked on him several times throughout the day, the third time he was dead. He had the same symptoms last summer, but was fine and normal by the time I got him to the emergency vet. So, when he displayed the same symptoms Sunday, I thought it would pass. We were devastated. We have another Dog, she is quite upset and worried as well.



By jmazarva   2007-02-05

My almost 11 1/2 yr. old sheltie, Ralph, died suddenly on Saturday night. He was definitely slowing down - not running anymore - and he had arthritis, for which he was taking Glucosamine, and his hearing was going. I also noticed that lately he was falling into deeper sleeps, but maybe that was b/c he couldn't hear as well - everything used to wake him up. He also had a little dementia - he used to love going to the dog sitter's when we went away, and when he was there in December, he didn't seem to know where he was. I feel terribly guilty because for the past few years I hadn't give him Heartworm pills - believe it or not, he always hated going for walks and disliked the heat. So he was only out in the summer to "do his thing" on the deck, and he came back in. He did love winter and playing in the snow, but there are no mosquitoes in winter. The vet said I'm trying to blame myself and doesn't think I'm at fault. My husband and I left Philly for NYC at 2:30 PM, after having fed Ralphie. He ate a normal meal and had a normal bowel movement. I said "see you later" in the kitchen where he was looking at me. We got home at 1 AM (late, I know, and I feel guilty about that too) and Ralph didn't meet us at the door. But lately, that wasn't unusual - sometimes we'd find him sound asleep on the couch and have to nudge him awake to let him know we were home. This time we found him on the couch in a peaceful sleeping position, but his eyes were rolled back... and his limbs were stiff. I got hysterical - I NEVER imagined it would end this way.My 22 year old son in DC is distraught - he and I were the most attached. We feel as if we lost a dear friend and have such an empty feeling. It is comforting to read the same kinds of stories here. I guess canine sudden death isn't as rare as we think. I do get comfort from the fact that Ralphie didn't suffer. He was somewhat of a lazy dog (ever hear of a dog that doesn't like to take walks??), so we used to joke that he should get a job. My son and I decided he really did work - his job was making us all happy with is unconditional love and affection. God Bless you Ralphie - we still see your paw prints in the snow on the deck, and our hearts are broken. You were the best sheltie we could have ever hoped for - rest in peace, little guy. We loved you DEARLY Mommy, Daddy, Jeff and Matt



By iain   2007-02-21

last night our 7 1/2 yo 96lb black lab(mix), Eiggie, just dropped dead. It was devastating. She had been perfectly normal and happy when I put her in her run along with her sister, Rhum. When I returned from work Rhum was happy as ever but Eiggie was subdued and walked slowly into the house, with a "hang-dog" look. She climbed into her bed and went to sleep. I thought she must have been playing like crazy all day and was exhausted. When she still hadn't stirred a couple of hours later, I went to see her - she was responsive, but still subdued. I tried to give her a treat, but she refused it. A little later, she got up and ate some food and water, but 15 minutes later she vomited it back up. I cleaned up the mess and comforted her and she seemed OK, if still quite subdued. About 30 minutes later I heard gagging sounds - she had vomited mostly fluid with some food remnants in it. She was breathing heavily and looking very sad. It was late at night but I decided I had better try to get her to an emergency vet (regrettably the nearest to my home in rural SE ohio is 90 miles away) The next bit happened so suddenly it left me stunned. I sat down beside her to try to coax her to get up to go to the car. She tried to get up,looked at me sadly, gave two big gasps and lurches of her back, her eyes glazed and clouded over, and she sank back into her bed exhaling her last breath. A dog that was perfectly healthy and happy in the morning was now inexplicably dead. I'm shocked that so many others have suffered a loss like this. I'm beginning to understand something that had never crossed my radar screen before - dogs, like humans, can suffer massive heart attacks and drop dead; that one was never printed in my petcare manual.



By missyweets   2007-04-08T18:21:05.873-07:00

yesterday on 4/7/07 our boxer was outside playing, when we went to let her inside we found her laying in the yard dead,,,, no explanation at all,,, she was only a year old and had no previous health problems,,, she had no wounds and no signs of any trama,,,, we are confused and heart broken,, the one thing we are curious about,, she only weighed about 40 -45 pounds,, that didnt seem normal for a boxer her age,, im wondering if she had a heart condition that made her so small.



By mtrotter   2007-05-12

I lost my loving cocker spaniel last night with no warning,he was 12 years old.He was a wonderful loving dog and I well never forget him.I don't have a clue why he died. My wife is heart broken over this.I'am going to get another cocker spaniel.Can someone tell me where I can get another wonderful cocker spaniel. Thank you I feel sorry for anyone who well half to deal with their pet when they pass on. Mike Trotter



By writernd   2009-02-24T13:27:28.707-08:00

We lost Czar Nicholas ("Niko") Saturday morning (the 21st of Feb., 2009), just 11.7 years after his birth. He was perfectly fine. Did his two most favorite things that morning, including a long walk and went outside as he always does after his walks. Later when checked on, he was already dead. :(



By janet   2009-09-25

RonJohn, I am so sorry for your loss. My email address is janet@claimsurveys.com. We also lost our 10 year old mixed breed suddenly six weeks go. Please email me if you would like. There is a support group that has a chat room that has been very helpful to me. Please take care, you are not alone. Janet



By ajtemple   2010-03-12

My last post was in reference to "Cool-Allison"s post about her 1yr old puppy she lost.



By sylvie   2010-12-01

i'm sorry for Gucci not being here, and you having no idea he would be there one hour and not the next. i posted right below you. it is unbelievable, isn't it - that they are right there, and then not.



By jimbo545   2007-02-13

My faithful dog Jake just died in about 20 minutes time. I can't believe this would be normal . He was a St. Bernard/collie/shepard mix about 85lbs and beautiful. He went outside for about half an hour and my husband found him on our deck just laying there. He got up and walked wobly into our door and layed down once inside. Twenty minutes later he just quit breathing. Why? What could of happened? He was only 3 years old and in perfevt health. I noticed sometime last month he wasn't as agressive when visitors came he actually would almost cower. Has someone done something to him. I know someone was in our home but found nothing missing at the time. I am now wondering if someone fed him something or heart attack. I don't know. His head as he was laying on his side looked like he was nodding yes about 6 times, seizure? There was a minute blood drop around his nose and nothing else. I just layed there with him on the floor petting him and telling him what a good boy he has been for me and how sorry I was that what ever was happening was happening. I thanked him for being so loyal and told him he was my very best friend that I ever had as I never really had a best friend before. I pray it was a heart attack as I just couldn't deal with the thought of some sicko cruelly and intentionally doing this to my fine and faithfull friend whom I will miss dearly. May you rest in peace Jake, I loved you with all my heart and soul. and right now am having a hard time believing how I am going to get along without you by my side everyday like you always have been since you came to live with us. We will you!



By lindalucchese   2007-03-02

On Saturday, February 24th, 2007, my fourteen year old Pomeranian named Pepper died. A change occured when his skin last September became very itchy. He was scratching and scratching but there were no fleas or ticks. I shaved his fur so the skin could breath but that didn't help much. I read that dogs become allergic to chicken (he often had roasted chicken for dinner) and that bad skin is a sign of a more serious underlying problem. In short, I changed is diet to Lamb and Venison, then took him to a rather goofy doctor that prescribed CEFA-drops. I believe the combination of a change in diet and the drops helped tremendously but the end came shortly thereafter. He went out on the deck, a snowy/wet evening, to do his business. I was watching like I always do in cold weather so my dogs aren't out longer than they should be. As Pepper was coming back to the door he went down, spread eagle, on his stomach and gave a very unusual bark. I ran out, picked him up and brought him in. His heart was racing, his was panting and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth to one side. I tried to relax his leg muscles, relieve any tension, I gave him a baby aspirin which helped a little with the heartbeat but nothing slowed his heartbeat down enough. His tongue was cold and his body was losing heat. I knew the end was near. Finally, I told him to say "Hello" to Prince (his brother died last year), Paris (another Pom whose original owner we found after 10 months) and Priscilla Pearl Girl (a large white rabbit we found in the woods and had for three years), he then gave six unually barks and collasped in my arms. I'm so sad to lose him but happy I was with him at the end of the road. He wasn't alone.



By lilstars   2007-03-23

I lost my special "Sammie" today. She was a "healthy" happy shetland sheepdog only seven years old. She was my family's first dog, and what a great dog she was. Just last night we called our dogs in from going "potty" and she wasn't the first one in this time; in fact she didn't come in at all. I reopened the door and called her and she came slowly in with her tail down. My daughter (18) and I looked at each other and wondered what could be wrong with her. She came in and laid down next to my chair and didn't seem to be labored in her breathing or throwing up or experiencing any discomfort. When we went to bed about a half hour later she didn't follow me up the stairs. Later when I let one of our cats out of my room she was at my door. I let her in and she evidently went to sleep. The next morning when I woke up, the other dogs (two pomeranians) were excited to go out as usual, but Sammie didn't come and I called out to her. She came very slowly, her eyes unfocused and her mouth salivating. She stumbled as she walked and barely made it down the stairs. I realized at the bottom of the stairs that she was deathly ill. I called to my daughter to wake her for help and to let her know we were leaving for the vet. It was 6:15 am when I came down the stairs, and by 6:30 we were in the car on the way to the vet. She die less than 15 minutes later. Our wonderful, faithful, sweet, perfect Sammie was dead laying next to my sobbing 18 year old daughter who had been talking to her and holding her head. We will miss her. It was over too fast...



By adele   2007-05-26

I didn't know what else to do - its after midnight in England and this morning our beautiful golden retriever called Max 8 years collapsed suddenly and died while out walking with me. I have no idea why? and keep thinking i should have done something, that i let him down. I thought perhaps i could find some answers on the web. I am so grateful to all of you for posting your commments. It has helped me to reason a little and to feel as if i am not the only one suffering this experience. My thoughts are with all of you for your losses. I feel a little stronger now to face tomorrow and to think how best we might celebrate Max's time with us.We have buried him in the garden today so i know he is home and safe. He was a very special member of our family who we loved very much. Goodnight Max sleep tight!



By menglish432@yahoo.com   2013-02-09

Hello this morning 2/9/2013 my 2yr old shitzo died of heart failure I am so devastated I keep blaming myself how could this happen







By adcleaningkd@gmail.com   2013-02-19

Never ever blame yourself for the death of a beloved pet.



By mlethomley   2007-02-14

I lost the best dog I ever had on Thursday 2/8/07. My mother woke up to go to work and Max (my beloved German Shepard) got up to get a drink of water as normal. She then noticed that his back legs were very wobbly. My father thought it was because he had just woken up. He then fell onto the floor. They got him up and moved him on the carpet where he quit breathing. My father performed CPR and massaged his heart. He began breathing again. They walked him into the living room trying to get him into the car to take him to the vet. He fell over again. My dad picked him up and he stopped breathing again. They rushed him to the emergency vet and they used the paddles and everything. It was too late. The vet said it sounds like a stroke of some sort or a seizure. Like some of you others, we did not want an autopsy. Max was 11 years old and in wonderful health. Just the day before he was running around with my dad outside playing. He was so smart and loving and he would not hurt a fly. No one knows what happened. I am so distrought over this. I have not lived at home now for about 2 years but Max was still my baby and I miss him terribly. I am not sure how to deal with this because he was not sick at all. I lost a cat a few years ago but he was 18 and getting really sick. This was so unexpected. I would still love to know what happened to my dog but I dont want anyone having to cut him to find out. They are cremating him and sending him back home to be with his family. I am just very happy to know that he never suffered. We will always love you poopsie bear. You where the best dog anyone could ever ask for. You are always in my thought. I LOVE YOU



By jnecmm   2007-02-24

It has been 2 hours since my sweet mini schnauzer, Zoey, died in my arms. She had never given any indication that she was sick; in fact, she was at the vet for her annual exam less than a month ago and was given a clean bill of health. A week ago, I noticed that she was getting alittle short of breath-no symptoms up till that point. I took her to the vet & was told that she had end stage cardiomyopathy and a poor prognosis. The vet could give no explanation for the cause and admitted that she herself felt helpless because there was nothing much that she could do for her. I was supposed to take her to a cardiologist on Monday as a last ditch effort to see if something could be done, but she didn't have the energy to fight anymore. I am still in shock and am having a terrible time dealing with the death of a dog that was like a child to me. I will never forget her.



By juneangelus   2007-06-02

We lost out 8.5 year old Golden Retriever Misty on May 30st 2007. She was a healthy dog... never been sick, sprained her front paw monday, by Wednesday she was walking good, Wednesday night she started to vomit around 7 PM, we spoke to the vet on the phone at 9Pm told us what to give to her, said that if she wasn't better by morning to bring her in. All night lone she vomited, it was really more of a gagging up muchus. Then at 6 am she had a bout of diarreaha. We were at the vets at 9 am they took blood, sent it out, and xrays they suspected that she had a viral infection. We left her at 9:40 am, she was put on IV fluikds and we expected to bring her home the next day or 2. She was fine at 3 PM actually was feeling better from the IVs than she had been in the morning. We received a call at 6 Pm saying that she passed. At 5:15 she became to coughing up blood, within minutes she was gone.The blood work came back indicating there was something wrong with her heart. so what we took her in to the vets is not actually ended up taking her. We are told that the vomiting and diaheara was from a viral infection but she actually died of a sudden heart failure. This is the most horrible thing that we have ever eXrerienced. She showed no signs or indications of having anything wrong with her prior to Wednesday night.



By ddks12   2007-06-15

On June 12,2007 our 2 year old golden ret. died. He was in great health and was just at the vets on May 26, 2007 for a check up. Since we had him he was NEVER sick once. He was active every minute till he died. My wife was lying on the couch with Bailey at her feet, like he always was. She awoke to him grasping a breath and that was it. You call a vet and they can't tell you nothing. You put all your time and love into a pet and something like this happens and WE are supposed to just let it go. Explain that to my wife and 6 year old daughter. I hope one day we can find a ANSWER!!! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BAILEY, MY BUDDY DAN SUE KAYLA AND DANNY



By mepal   2007-06-17

My dog died today. It was so sudden. He was never sick a day in his 10 years. We don't know what happened. He seemed to have some hind leg stiffness last night, and was acting lethargic. We made plans to take him to the emergency hospital the next day as it was Sunday. He died while I was waiting for help to get him in the car. He let out a horrible howl and died. I am too sad for words or even thoughts. I didn't know a dog could die like this. All of our other dogs got sick, treatment and put down in old age. this was a horrible shock and I am left with guilt and have decided to try and find out why he died. I took him to the animal hospital to find out why he died and they said I had to take him to a lab an hour away in the morning. This is too awful. I don't think I will get over this. It is so comforting to see that other people have had similar experiences. I just hope I get over this sudden death from unknown cause.



By alandria_pennix   2007-06-19

On June 18, 2007 my dog was sick and I noticed because she wasn't running and barking as she normally does. We tried to take her to the Humane Socity but they would not take her. We brought her home and placed her in the basement where it was cool. I was going down every 5 minutes to check on her, then I went to the computer room to look up how I can help her because she couldn't move it was like she was paralyzed every time she tried to move her head she would shake and struggle. I looked up heatstroke for pets and all the symtoms that was posted was the same symptoms she had when I look up how I can help her it said with cool tiles and frozen ice when I went to go do it, it was to late she had already passed away. R.I.P. Issac January 7, 2007 - June 18,2007 She was only five months old.



By michaelgrefe@yahoo.com   2012-10-17

I am sorry for your loss. Please don't blame yourself as I am going through that right now. I lost my beloved Tinkie who was approximately 14 years old a few days ago. She had been struggling with walking and I knew that she was having issues with her heart as she had a heart murmur. It was very hard for her to take a long walk anymore or walk more than a few blocks. She had a lot of pain in her back leg and had trouble walking. I encourage her to get more exercise and placed her on a strict diet. I added additional vitamins and she seemed to be doing better and then she started to throw up but she always had tummy issues so I was not worried and I was more worried about the carpets. I took her to be groomed and she seemed to be OK and when she came home that night but she was very disengaged and did not want to eat. I thought that since she was a little overweight that would be OK so I didn't force her as long as she drank some water. About 10:00 that night she threw up very heavily and I put her outside because I did not want her throwing up on the carpets anymore and then brought her back in and she could not stand up. The last time I took her to the vet it cost me $500 and they ran a bunch of tests that basically could not tell me anything. I thought that maybe she was just feeling really badly and that she would be better in the morning and I wasn't sure if running her to the vet in the middle of the night was the best thing to do. I'd tried to get her to sleep as she was trying to get up but kept falling over and I did not want her to hurt herself. I had no idea she was having a stroke otherwise I would have rushed her to the vet immediately. I was exhausted that day from work and taking Tinkie to the groomers as I have my own health issues. I suffer from chronic fatigue and cerebal palsey. I had to take a nap right by her bed and thought I would wake up and check on her, I ended up sleeping for 2 hours and woke up and she was gone. I feel guilty that if I wasn't so tired that day or if I did not have to work as hard as I do to keep my job to keep a roof over my head for me in Tinkie that I might have seen signs and help her but maybe it was just her time.



By freshstart06@gmail.com   2012-10-20

Hello, I came upon your post in search of finding other Boston owners who lost their beloved family members suddenly. My Gus, 5 1/2 years young and full of life and endless energy died suddenly Monday afternoon. He was fine Monday morning, before I left for work, and my boyfriend saw him at lunch time, and he was fine then. However, when he got home from work Gus was lethargic, and not acting like his usual self, but in about an hour he simply stopped breathing. The pain is not like anything I have ever felt before, even for a human. I liked reading what you did to honor your pooch Pistol. I have a 12 y/o Boston, and she was my motivation for getting Gus, as Rosalie went blind suddenly around 5 years ago. Gus was so amazing for Rosalie, bringing new life to her. They played together, they laid together many times. I look forward to hearing back from you with any suggestions you may have to help me cope with this huge loss. Karen



By freshstart06@gmail.com   2012-10-20

Hello, I came upon your post in search of finding other Boston owners who lost their beloved family members suddenly. My Gus, 5 1/2 years young and full of life and endless energy died suddenly Monday afternoon. He was fine Monday morning, before I left for work, and my boyfriend saw him at lunch time, and he was fine then. However, when he got home from work Gus was lethargic, and not acting like his usual self, but in about an hour he simply stopped breathing. The pain is not like anything I have ever felt before, even for a human. I liked reading what you did to honor your pooch Pistol. I have a 12 y/o Boston, and she was my motivation for getting Gus, as Rosalie went blind suddenly around 5 years ago. Gus was so amazing for Rosalie, bringing new life to her. They played together, they laid together many times. I look forward to hearing back from you with any suggestions you may have to help me cope with this huge loss. Karen







By helenleona2000@yahoo.com   2012-12-03

we had 7 shih tzus in our home. my husband went out of town for heart surgery and I left my dogs with my sister-in- law on Sunday. I came back and got them on Tuesday and took them back to her house on Wednesday. On Friday night I was on my way to get them and about 15 minutes before I got there the youngest which was 4 years old passed away suddenly. My husband and i are both devastated over our loss. I am having an autopsy done on her to find out the cause. This not knowing is tearing us both up



By heitmeyer@earthlink.net   2013-01-02

My beloved 14 year old Terrier/Shephard mix was doing fine. I had finally found a food combination she would regularly eat, her back and hindleg were getting weaker, but we could still take walks in her favorite areas. Before Christmas I went into a store, she was in the car as usual, I came back after 10 minutes, she had gone into a coma. I drove to the vet, they tried various things, but in the end I decided to let her go to her eternal sleep. My heart was ripped out. I came onto this site to look for a way to explain her sudden death to the many people who were so fond of her without going into too much detail. I did not perform a necropsy, so we are not sure why. I feel as if I am among friends who understand. Thank you for sharing your sad stories, we all feel for each others losses. My faith is tested, but in the end I am just so grateful for 14 wonderful years together.



By heitmeyer@earthlink.net   2013-01-02

My beloved 14 year old Terrier/Shephard mix was doing fine. I had finally found a food combination she would regularly eat, her back and hindleg were getting weaker, but we could still take walks in her favorite areas. Before Christmas I went into a store, she was in the car as usual, I came back after 10 minutes, she had gone into a coma. I drove to the vet, they tried various things, but in the end I decided to let her go to her eternal sleep. My heart was ripped out. I came onto this site to look for a way to explain her sudden death to the many people who were so fond of her without going into too much detail. I did not perform a necropsy, so we are not sure why. I feel as if I am among friends who understand. Thank you for sharing your sad stories, we all feel for each others losses. My faith is tested, but in the end I am just so grateful for 14 wonderful years together.



By bapatterson@atlanticbb.net   2013-03-12

i am so sorry for your loss, i too am going through a horrible sudden loss of my 4 yr old black lab, last week she started getting sick, a little throw up here and there, then last weds i came home from work and she had thrown up 30 plus coins, i panicked ran her to the vet, they did an xray showing only a few more coins in her stomach, i was told to induce vomiting with hydorgen peroxide, and in 48 hrs return , well i did and she never threw up the remaining coins, i ran her back to the vet sat march 9th, she started becoming really ill, the xray was taken again the coins were still there, we got referred to a surgery center 2 hrs away in another state, i rushed out of there taking her there, she had surgery but she died over nite, the vet told me that her pre lab work was bad, she was severly anemic, her WBC's were elevated and her kidney function was only 16 should of been in the 30's. but she did the surgery anyway thinking she would bounce back, she was only 4, i am devastated, my husband and young child is devastated, but i am having a particularly hard time with this, i sob all the time, i cant sleep ,i cant eat, she gave more to me than i ever could give her, we think she ate the coins while we were at work, we never thought to check my childs change jar that he had under his tv stand, i keep having feelings of the why didnt i know sooner, and all the what ifs . i have tremendous sadness, she was an amazing 90 lb black lab so beautiful. i felt safe with her. i am taking this so hard, the grief is overwhelming, i have a great support system of people who are fellow animal lovers but it doesnt make it any easier.



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