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By steve78723 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:12:34 PM
I lost my 10-year-old Boston Terrier suddenly this morning.  She had some health issues but seemed generally okay when she went to bed last night.  At four or five this morning she cried out a little bit.  When I woke up about 6 she wasn't moving or breathing.  Very difficult, she was such a fun little dog to be around.  I couldn't wait to get home so she could greet me, usually with a kid's tennis racket in her mouth.

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By ronaldlapaz on Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:59:26 PM
Im ron lapaz from baguio city philippines. My friend red sable husky named Laopan left us for his creator today. I usually woke up 5:am every morning to walk him in a mountain park near my place and release him to his daily activies like play with kids, dogs, cats, but today I woke up and  he is already dead. He is just 6 years old, tried doing cpr since im a nurse but i wasnt able to revive him. He is very special dog he is very kind to people, dogs, cats. He has idiopathic epilepsy since he was 4 year old, but after his seizure he always bounced back and always returned to normal in less than 10 minutes. I dont know if he had a heart attack after his seizure since it happened while we are sleeping. I will terribly miss you just like Odie (died last year) Both of you made me a better man, both of you showed me how to love animals more. Thank you ODIE (2010-2015) and Thank you LAOPAN. I love you both.

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By dalycc on 2012-03-07
To my cotton. Has your vet looked into Addison's disease? My dog was diagnosed having similar symptoms, and is totally treatable. Hope you have figured it all out already.

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By cris3528 on 2012-01-26
So sorry for your loss.  It is like losing a family member:(

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By lilac241 on 2011-12-31
Sorry for all your loss to all on this forum.  Its been 18 days since I had to put my  13.8 year old German Shepherd "Bracco" to sleep.  He was unable to walk for the last year, his hind legs gave way....one vet said it was possible Degenerative Myelopathy....degeneration of the spine.  But I did not want to put him down then....he still had his spirit, playfullness and personality.  He had a great appetite also, even though he was once 90 lbs he now weighed 65.  His back legs were atrophying and wasting away.  I took him out with a towel to make a sling to defacate/urinate outside.  At first he was frustrated that he could not walk himself....his front legs worked, I just was supporting his back legs.  Anyway on Dec. 14th at 9:00 pm I heard him bark or yelp in pain.  I went to check on him and he was frothing some foamy slimy stuff from his mouth, and he looked as if he was choking.  I immediately put him in the car to the ER vet.  There they took x-rays and found it was bloat.  I just never expected that as i always made sure he never excercised before or after eating, soaked his kibble in hot water for 5-10 minutes before feeding him/ with boiled hamburger.  I pampered him!  I made him comfortable as possible.  Anyway...I did not know what to do as the vet said the surgery would cost $4000 plus maybe $700 each day he was at the vet after surgery....so we were looking at $5000+.....not the kind of money i have laying around.  I called my mother and husband quickly to decide what to do....they both said the dog was old, cant walk and the expense was great, plus their was no garantee that he would survive.  He did have surgery at 12 years old and removed an 8 lb tumor and that was sucessful, but now he was not able to walk anymore, getting more frail looking and old.....so I made that painful decision to put him to sleep.  I also have FLASHBACK movies in my mind of how it all played out.  I wish he would have lived to age 15, but in reality I had to keep saying that he was going to die someday!   I had to put another sweet Black and Cream German Shepher down 6 years ago 12/26/2005.  She had seizures since she was 1 years old.....She was on Prednisone but she still continued to have grand mal seizures every two week for 2 days straight....it was a horrible cycle.  So right after Christmas in 2005 she seized 2 days and I looked at her and she was looking so tired and I felt helpless....I did not want her to die in front of me having these seizures.  I did have an MRI done on her and they found no tumors....no explanation of why she had them.  So that was a devasting time for me...my husband thought i went off the deep end...I kept saying I wanted to go back in time and change my decision....that I did not want to put her down.  I had another family dog when I was 22 yrs old that died of hemophilia anemia....my mother put brand new carpeting down not 2 weeks prior and our dog "Buster" was not feeling well....we took him to the vet and he found nothing wrong.  not four days later he bled to death on this brand new carpet.  It is so graphic and I am now 42 yrs old and this image is still in my mind.  I will never get over the way my 3 dogs died!  At least my Bracco lived almost to 14....and he did not suffer too long.

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By olson1141 on 2011-12-31
Our much loved 12 y.o.  dog, Bobbi, died in 2 hours on Memorial Day.  She had been pretty healthy, mainly some arthritis and stiffness.  She had her physical in March and except for the arthritis was in good condition.  Bobbi had a wonderful weekend enjoying time with our family, exploring the yard and eating treats. On Memorial Day, I decided to go to the hospital to see a sick family member in ICU. She was fine when I left.  1/2 hour later, my husband called my cell and said Bobbi was having trouble breathing.  Against my better judgment I went to see my brother in ICU. On my way home, my husband again called and was very upset.  When  got home, Bobbi was in severe respiratory distress.  Due to the holiday, ours and most vets were closed.  The nearest was 1/2 hour away.  We carried Bobbi to the car and she died on the way.  We are devastated by this, she was like our child and the suddenness of this is almost to much to bear.  It has been only 2 days but it feels like she has been gone for months.  She was the most wonderful pet - so loving and she brought us so much joy and happiness.  I don't think I can get another dog and go through this pain again.  I regret not being with her when this terrible stuff started.

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By schabacker on 2011-12-16
Your dog's experience sounds like sudden cardiac failure.  We have continued to research Pearl's death, which was preceded by one vomiting episode and some lethargy.  With heart failure, the body compensates for a few weeks or months until it can't, and then the death is sudden.  They say there is not much that an owner can do on the last day or two.  Even early detection can't save a dog with cardiac failure for more than 6-12 months.  With heart failure, you don't necessarily see diarrhea, swelling, puffiness, dark urine, blood or much beyond some tiredness or panting with exertion, which is easily written off.  In hindsight, our little 6 year old Bichon did slow down in the last 2 months.  The most comforting statement we read was that the sweet dog did its job really well for 6/9/12 years, and then its job was done and it was time for her spirit to go and make another family happy.  Best Wishes.  Sad in San Diego

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By jojagal on 2011-12-12
I found my 11.5 year old German Shepherd on the bathroom floor last week.  She had died in the night.  She had vomited in the family room about 5-6 times and then gone into the small bathroom where I found her lying on her side.  No blood, swelling, feces or any more vomit.  She looked peaceful.  She had really struggled with her arthritis recently and was less eager to move about the house.  She had been eating well, and had normal behavior.  I feel SO guilty for not knowing anything was wrong with her.  I just went to bed that night and never heard a thing.  She went out with me at 10:00 pm for her potty break and seemed perfectly well.  There was nothing around for her to ingest so I know it wasn't poisoning.  I just wish I knew what happened to her and I hope that she did not suffer.  The vet said it could be a multitude of reasons and I can't find much on the internet about vomiting/sudden death.  She had no other health issues and her checkup was normal 6 weeks ago.

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By jihnnyfrederick on 2011-12-04
Hi my name is patty, I am so sorry for all your losses, I myself lost my 2 year old boston terrier pistol. My preecious boy was fine when I let him outsde in our backyard the night before he passed the only thing remotely different about him was that he seemed a little restless and everytime his brother would come lay by him he would get up and move away from him he has 2 brothers named duke and jake, the morning he passed I got up on sunday morning to go to church came home went to the window and 2 of them came up to greet me and pistol didn't. I went out to look for him and he was right behind the house under the bathroom window and he was dead, I am still in shock and my heart is broken over losing him, I feel such guilt that I didn't check on them before leaving for church that maybe I could have done something to save him or at least held him and showed him how much I loved him one last time, my husband and I buried him in our backyard and made a plaque for him that read our beloved pistol with his birthdate oct 10 2009 to his death mov 20 2011 and we spray painted a toy pistol gold amd glued it on top of his memorial plaque,he deserved so much more for all the joy and happimess he brought us everyday of his life that was taken so suddenly or home will never be the same we had 3 babies and now we have 2 we miss him and his brothers do too, my heart aches for him to come back even if it was just for one day to tell and dhow him how much he was loved. His memory will be in my thoughts forever and I believe I will play with him again someday in heaven.

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By Jules0864 on 2011-10-08
Hi, I have also lost a dog who died very suddenly.He died on 25th sept 2011. He was a black lab and was only 8 months old. He went into the garden where my son got his football out of the shed. Within 2 minutes he let out a howl like I had never heard him do, he had collapsed right outside the door. My husband stayed with him while I ran inside to call the vet but he died within seconds, I hadn't even got through. The vet found nothing wrong with him, he said he may have had a bee sting which brought on anaphylactic shock, but he would have yelped if he'd been stung. He had only been in the garden a couple of minutes and my husband was on the drive checking over my son's car. I feel so lost and miss him so much. He was a wonderful dog and went everywhere with us, everyone who met him loved him. Finding this web site today and reading all the other posts has helped me a little, knowing other dogs have died quickly. My heart goes out to everybody here, a dog becomes a member of your family and is missed more than words can say.

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By philip on 2011-09-30

      My dog just died a few days ago. The doctor is blaming it on low platelets.
      Instead of offering to do a blood tranfusion imediately, they held me out for a long drawn out period so as to charge more money for her care. then they said everything could be cured with a cheaper blood transfusion. but it was too late. Karen seized up and the doctors weren't watching her carefully enough in their ICU.  Karen couldn't breath do to her holding her mouth so tight. So she suffocated in a small little cell by her self in their ICU.
      I didn't want to do a creamation, due to not knowing if they actually give you back your dog. So she is getting buried in the yard with two other pets. that had died years earlier.
      I got a huge bill from Forest Lane Animal Hospital in Dallas and and not even a sorry, we killed your dog due to us not watching her while she was in ICU.
      To top it off, they charged me 14 dollars for 1 pill of preg and 13 for a pill of doxicycline. all these drugs are at sams for 30 pills for 4 dollars.
      There should be a law!
    

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By raelenem on 2011-09-26

      hi Lindie, Josh and Bella. i too experienced a huge loss, cause of her death which remains a mystery, and i didn't want to do anything with her beautiful body other than a cremation (of which i remained next to the Kiln most of the time and even looked in half way through so i could see her body before it completely dissipated).
      two things not so sad as yours: she was almost 13 so lived a pretty full life (even though i think she was healthy enough to live several years more),  and she didnt die quite as suddenly, it took a few weeks of moping around and unable to lay down without heavy breathing.
      I wonder if what your dog had was the same as mine: some sort of silent cancer that went to their heart and lungs. and no blood tests or xrays could find it. I do know my furchild had a small tumor found in her lower intestine near her colon, it was found by accident when the vet gave her xrays since he thought her weakness could have been pain from arthritis (which it was NOT i am sure of it).
      It was August 13th, a full moon, 5:35am when she passed, not able to move, open her eyes, or keep her tongue in her mouth for 10 hours. And she had very labored and heavily breathing until around 2am which slowly turned to slow difficult breathing.
      I wonder, did he seem uncomfortable the days before lying down? did it take him a while to lay down after pottying? I noticed this symptom worsen for weeks and it worried me the most. it didnt make any sense to me that she wouldnt want to lay down. she would lay down if forced, then pop up again and act like it hurt her too much. so i watched her symptoms of exhaustion worsen each and every day.
      oh and another thing, she started getting seizures. she was epileptic and so this wasnt new but they were more violent and they occured as dangerous cluster seizures and every time she slept.
      no matter what caused our darlings to perish i know they were very loved and we did the best we could given the circumstances.
      I hope you can heal one day, i know exactly what you are going through and its hard to get up in the morning knowing another day will go by without her beautiful soul by my side, which it was for over 12 years.
    

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By mfrisby on 2011-09-16
Our dog (13 1/2 year old small terrier mix) had some sort of episode last night.  She howled twice, very loudly.  She has never done anything like that before.  We jumped up and she was laying on her side with her eyes wide open.  We tried to stroke her and her eyes would move, but nothing else.  All her legs were stretched straight out, not the way she normally sleeps.  We laid on the floor with her for about 15 minutes, but she wouldn't even respond when we stroked her paws.  She seemed to have some sort of paralysis.  We did believe she was dying, since she has a major heart murmur and almost died 6 weeks ago.  Eventually she got up (with help), but was leaning.  After a couple of moments, that went away and she seemed fine.  Today she seems normal.  Does anyone have any idea of what happened?  Marilyn

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By floydvv on 2011-09-05

      Our rough collie, Precious, went through a similar set of circumstances.  She was 12, healthy as a bull all 9 years we had her, then in mid-June she was "clicking" her rear claws along the ground more frequently (it had been intermittent over the past year).  I gave her a break from walks for a couple days, but she had difficulty sitting and had lost mobility in her hind legs.

      The first vet said she had a slipped disc near her rear legs (only took xrays of that area), while a second vet took more xrays and said she had a slipped disc in two more places along her spine.  Then about five days later, her front legs went out.  Her complete loss of mobility and incontinence caused her to have a urinary tract infection, which raged out of control, leaving her with a 107 degree fever.  After a week of critical care with three vets and with no hope of recovery, we tearfully said goodbye to her.  She died at home surrounded by her family and cradled by her highest love, my daughter.

      The extreme rapidity of her decline is what shocked us most.  The slipped discs explain some of her mobility issues, but the rapid degeneration from rear to front legs leads me to suspect that it was degenerative myelopathy, but I have no way to prove it as it's mostly a diagnosis of preclusion (when everything else is ruled out).
    

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By scouse on 2011-09-03
My terrier lab cross has been through a lot in her 12 years, but on the 25th august the vet put her on dexmethazone for lameness in her front legs, she had had replacement ligament surgery ( tightrope 6 months prior and seemed to be doing well, on the 31st of august she had to go our 3 times to do her business, she appeared fine then started breathing really heavy, tried to stand up several times, threw up twice then sttled a bit then started breathing really hard, by this time it was 4am, she stood up collapsed in my arms and stopped breathing, just like that, i was and am still devastated, I have asked my vet what could have caused it  but he does nor reply to my emails now.

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By vbestassistance on 2011-09-02
I have a 4 1/2 old Standard Poodle that appears to have lost coordination and ability to control her entire hind leg area - or it is very weak.  She has been panting and very noticeable change in the way she drinks. We raised her bowls thinking this would help, but she drinks and drinks, and the bowl doesn't go down and like the water just goes all over the place when she moves her head out of the bowl.  She is a poodle so she never makes a watery mess or slops the water out of her mouth.  Almost like the water is not going down, since it doesn't decrease very fast from the bowl and pours out of her mouth and leaves a slimy foamy mess in the bowl.  One day she was fine and the next she fell down 5 steps, which we thought led to all this.  She started with a limp and then this caused the fall and loss of coordination/strength in the hind leg area. Vet thought the fall caused a concusion gave us, steriod, pain/antiinflammatory meds, also said she could not knocked her jaw out, or possible stroke, Blood work was normal, moving her legs and hips all around showed nothing, mouth/teeth normal to the vet.  ER Vet and regular Vet visits have shown nothing.  One minute she seems like she can walk fine, and then she gets all clumsy and falls.  Wont go down steps or up, and even eats and food just seems to fall everywhere.  She doesn't prance, she appears to just drag her feet along.  Any thoughts suggestions, please help, I don't know what to do and I do not think my vet does either. Thank you, Velma

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By vbestassistance on 2011-09-02
I have a 4 1/2 old Standard Poodle that appears to have lost coordination and ability to control her entire hind leg area - or it is very weak.  My email is vbestassistance@gmail.com for any thoughts suggestions help anything.  Has been going on for approx 4 weeks.  Thank you, Velma

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By lindie.key on 2011-08-26

      Josh and I have two Siberian Huskies. Both of which have been relatively normal. Bella (Female 2 years) acquired glaucoma and cataracts around a year and a half ago. We have spent many hours with our vet, and specialists to try and save her eye. We have spent quite a bit of money seeing the specialist and for her medicine. Each visit cost us around $300.00. Our Vet at Petsmart has been very legit with her condition and mostly doesn't charge us to test her pressures when her check up's come around. She has been on many medications and drops. Her eye used to be blue but has now turned bpostn. She is completely blind but managed to snatch a bird out of mid air at the dog park! She definitley  has such a loving personality. She will kiss you forever. We are no longer keeping her on the meds just testing her pressures which now have been normal for almost 5 months. Now with our precious Bluford (male 3yrs). Yesterday 8/25/11 Josh and I were getting ready for work in our normal routine. Once I leave I make sure they have water and food, and I give both of them a treat and a kiss before I leave. Blu seemed normal, nothing out of the ordinary. He was diagnosed 1 week ago with Valley Fever. We live in Arizona and this disease is common among humans and animals. The spores live in the dust and spread rapidly. A few months ago Blu was limping and I thought that he must of slept wrong. I let it go because like I said he was perfectly normal. He kept limping for a couple more days and that was when I decided to take him to the vet. The vet put him on some anti-inflammatory medicine. It helped 100% and he stopped limping, just a few weeks ago it started again. When I would massage his leg under his shoulder he would yelp in pain. I then again took him back to the vet and he said we will put him on more medicine but I think it could be VF. I said OK what are the next steps. He said Blood work and X-rays. We choose the blood work. It came back and the vet found a small trace of VF in his blood, the next thing he thought it could be was cancer. He had been on his new medicine of Diflucan and Tramadol for about a week and a half and wasn't limping. He was back to 100%. Until I came home for lunch yesterday and saw him laying by our bedroom door (what looked like to me sleeping) I yelled out BLU!!!!!! And Bella came running, she was howling and whining. I went over to him and his eyes were shut and his tongue was hanging out. I was hysterical and ran to the neighbors house.  I was trying to call Josh while I was running over there. He couldn't understand me because I was crying so hard. Our neighbor Scott told Josh Blu has passed man. Josh came rushing home, and walked in the door and laid next to Blu.. I don't mean to tell everyone that my Fiance was crying, but that was his best friend, and our son. He was apart of our family. Everyone who knew Blu had a special bond and he was too young to die. The vet called me this morning and sent his condolences and said that he could of had cancer and it advanced to his lungs and heart and took him. He also said he went peacefully, the vetn said that he hasn't had many cases of diagnosing a dog with VF and then dying a week later. We lost a piece of our hearts yesterday. I want to know if anyone else out there has experienced the same thing. I was going to get a nechropsy and toxicology but it was going to cost $1400.00 which was way out of our budget and Josh said why spend that money to hopefully get an answer when it isn't 100% accurate. It won't bring our puppy back. Please comment or send me an e-mail with your thoughts or if you have heard of anything like this. I appreciate your time in reading this I just need some answers. I need closure, which may happen this weekend or even months from now, or never. I just miss my puppy very much and so does everyone else including his other best friend my Bella girl.

      Thanks,

      Lindie, Josh and Bella girl
    

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By bascomlynn on 2011-08-25

      Our beloved and wonder american Eskimo Maximus died suddenly tonight. We were eating dinner, as usual Maxey boy was begging, getting a few small nibbles. We never fed him too many table scraps, he had a sensitive stomach, but he was fine! Healthy happy goofy and LOYAL!  Max was like the sun and the moon to me and my daughter. He was just always there, always happy.

      Cleaning up from dinner, he was suddenly different. I had dropped a price of chicken meat on the floor. As usual, call the dog in to "pick it up", and he didn't come in the kitchen.  I knew something was wrong, I figured he was going to thpost up. I took him out, and he laid down almost immediately on the grass.  Totally put of character. I brought him in, he would barely get up, and I watched him. He seemed to start improving, tail wagging when I called his name, but then 20 or so minutes later, he started panting hard and slow. His nose ears and extremities were cold, i immediately then rushed him to the emergency vet clinic. The vet examined him, determined he was BLIND!  He suspected stroke. We were talking about options for TREATMENT, when he took a big breath and died. Right there, in my arms. I  crushed!  My daughter is devastated!  He was a healthy happy silly 8 year old American Eskimo who died suddenly. I have never been so sad over a loss of an animal. He was an irreplaceable member of our family. We are so heart broken...
    

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By sylviamarie09 on 2011-08-23

      I have to say first that I too, keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. The pain of losing a pet is right next to unbearable. The only reason I say next to, is because we somehow are still breathing.
      I am dealing with the rapid deterioration of our youngest boxer, Milly, who is about 41/2.  She has been diagnosed with Ventral Spondalosis. It's a  severe case although at first they didn't think so. But apparently there's something going on with one of her discs.  The neurologist at Auburn has agreed to look at the xrays our vet (who schooled there)is sending up there.
      Just a few weeks ago she was jumping like a gymnist, running, playing trying to get our older one to chase her by nibbling her ankles.  She is unbelievably precious.  Now in a matter of a week, she is barely able to support herself on her hind legs.  My husband broke down this morning after taking her out, Milly was unable to hold herself up while using the bathroom.  To see her walk like this is heartbreaking.  She is healthy for the most part in all the other ways. She's eating.  She started acting strange as if something was wrong almost a month ago. Initially we thought and the vet thought she has a stomach problem. Or had a stomach problem. After taking the xrays, they found this.  The vet has referred us to Auburn Univ small animal hospital. Which is where Milly is known anyway. We adopted her out of the Auburn Humane Society.  The MRI will start at 1700.00 to see what or if surgery will be of help. So now I'm looking online to see if there's any organizations to help with this.  If anyone knows of anywhere that we can go for help, I beg you to please contact me and let me know.  I'll enclose my email address at the end here.  I do not want to give up, I've never had to face a decision like this one and our hearts are breaking to watch her this way. The medication seems to be keeping her comfortable.  She wants to walk and go down the steps on her own.  I  have this constant lump in my throat. And the tears keep coming.
      I am so sorry for all of your losses.  We have two other boxers and I can't even imagine going through something like this or anything again.  We love them so much. They are so much more to us than we could ever describe. I know already I won't be staying here if we lose her.  These girls have been all I've had the last 6 yrs. My husband has a back problem and stays on meds in his room for the most part. He does help alot with them and loves them dearly, but the everyday to day living is pretty much with me. Please say a prayer for Milly as I will keep each of you in mine.
    

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By thestrada on 2011-08-23

      From reading most of these comments I can see that my confusion over the sudden death of our lab/pit mix Jack is not an islolated event. Apparently this happens to a lot of Dog owners of all kinds of breeds.

      Perhaps by adding our experience there might be someone who sees the same warning signs in their dog that will act quickly and be able to buy some more time with their special friend.

      Jack, 11 yrs and 3 months old, and roughly 65 pounds, seemed relatively healthy for an older dog as recently as two weeks ago. Just last week, however, he started to hack and cough occasionally like he had some kind of phlegm build up in the back of his throat. Neither my wife or I are vets but we thought he might have some kind of respitory infection or something that was causing him to cough.
      Because we had a very busy weekend we decided to wait until after the weekend to take him to the vet.

      Last Friday night he had some kind of Event take place where he seemed to lose the ability to support his own weight. It was like he suddenly could not stand up and walk for a few moments and was falling over. Total loss of coordination and balance. But it was only for a few brief moments. Less than five seconds of this and then he was "back to normal"  He seemed ok. He responded to commands. He did not seem dazed or anything like that. He was Jack.  I just assumed he tripped on his own feet or something in his haste to get to us because he was all excited that my little sister was there and he wanted to see her and be with all of us inside the kitchen.

      The very next night he had another episode. He was staggering around and could not stand or walk when I took him outside before we went to bed. I ran into the house then and told my wife that he could not walk. She went outside and collected him and, you guessed it, he was able to walk again and seemed relatively fine. The only thing my wife noticed when he laid down on the bed was that his eyes had a faraway look in them.
      He dutifully did his thing though and laid down on his little bed next ours and went to sleep.

      When we woke up the next morning we tried to wake him up by saying his name and touching his paw. It was obvious then, to our total dismay and shock, that he had died in his sleep at some time during the night. We are still devasted 3 days later. To me it seemed to happen so suddenly, with so little warning, that I am still floored by the swiftness of his demise.

      My heart goes out to all of the people who have the same sort of thing happen to their best buddies with so little warning.
    

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By tinkerbell198789 on 2011-08-18
Iam 24 and I had a dog named tippy I got tippy wen I was ten years old I grew up wih him. Tippy passed away almost two days ago and its sooo painful. He appeared to be ok and then all of a sudden after a family outting tippy began to breath heavy. A day later we took tippy to the vet I thought he ate something like a kids toys but that wasn't the case my lil old man had an enlarged heart and fluid covering his lungs wen we bought tippy home he began to breath more heavy the whole family came to say their goodbyes tippys breathing got really fast that night and I watched him take his last breathe as he passed away. Its so weird because a week ago tippy was running eatting barking jumping and now he's gone. Iam truly devistated because I grew up with tippy and had him for 14 years. I truly feel like I just lost my bestfriend.

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By pnwtennis on 2011-08-13

      For the second night in a post, I've been awakened by my 13 year old English Setter, Alex, at 3:30am.  If he whimpers, I jump out of bed now ... Setters generally have a lifespan of 10-12 years....

      I read with sadness all the posts about sudden death and wanted to share my story about Alex's brother "Baby", who died unexpectedly on July 3, 2010 while we were on vacation in AZ.  At 10, he was healthy, happy, had just eaten his dinner and 10 minutes later, I heard shrill screaming, ran to the living room and found Baby on the floor writhing in pain.  He was screaming and his rear leg was gerking.  For an instant, I thought he had slipped on the tile floor, but realized immediately something else was very, very wrong and if I didn't get help he would die.  He was in so much pain, and was not responsive to my words and comfort.

      I screamed for my husband but by the time he got to us, my beautiful, wonderful Baby died in my arms.  The entire incident took less than 2-3 minutes.  I was devistated. I closed his eyes and sat on the floor petting and rocking him and crying.  I had lost one of my best buddies.

      I struggled to pick up my 65 lb Baby, but his weight was too heavy for me.  I asked my husband to help me carry him to the car, I didn't want Alex to see his brother lying lifeless on the floor.  We got Baby out to the car and drove to the emergency vet where we left his remains for cremation.  We never found out what happened, the vet thought it was a massive heart attack.

      When we got home, Alex was obviously wondering where his brother was.  He seemed confused, like he knew something bad had happened.  The next day, we decided to return home to WA.  I just couldn't look at the spot where I found my Baby on the floor.

      Alex continued to miss his brother and became extremely depressed.  I felt certain he was slipping away from loneliness.  Alex was always the one I thought I would lose first, he had not aged as gracefully as Baby, but there I was with my feeble old boy and now I felt sure he was going to give up and die as well.  I decided he needed some company so I went to my sister who raises English Setters to see if she had a dog I could take home as a companion to Alex.  After looking over 15-20 dogs, I ended up deciding on getting a puppy instead of an older dog.  In fact, I ended up getting two puppies, 13 week old female littermates.

      At first sight, Alex was not real excited about two rambuntious juveniles being in the house, but incredibly, the next day, he seemed to be perking up.  Three weeks later, we drove back to AZ with all three dogs and our two cats.  Things were getting better, the puppies, "Hannah" and "Nicky" brought new life to all of our lives, including both of our feisty old cats.

      And here we are now, 2 years and 1 month after Baby's death and this morning as I write this, I'm trying to come to terms with the decision to put my wonderful Alex to sleep.  I've been struggling with the decision for months, watching him deteriorate.  He now struggles with getting up and walking ... his hind legs don't work too well, I have been having to help him up more and more each day.  He's also had real trouble holding his bowels over the past few months and now I believe his kidneys are starting to shut down.

      I kept telling myself that "he would tell me when he was ready" but he has been an incredible fighter.  One day I would think the next day would be "the day" and that next day he would be up with tail wagging when I came home from work.  He wasn't ready to go.  I still wonder if he's ready ... I don't believe he is, but I am afraid his body is going to be the decision maker this time.  I don't want him to suffer ... but I am having such a hard time letting him go ... I love him so much.  He's been a wonderful friend ... the best pal in the world, never one ounce of trouble.  Both my boys, Baby and Alex, have positively impacted my life in so many ways and now at the ripe old age of 64, I'm finding it harder and harder to accept the void in my heart and the absence in my home, even though I have my two girls, it will never be the same around here again.

      It's not like I have not faced this situation before, I have been forced to make the "ultimate decision" many times .. "Lauren", "Sean", "Buttons", "Poison", "Griffey", "Baby" and now .... all my beloved English Setters ... 40 years of unconditional love and devotion ... sadly, the circle of life.

      I pray this morning for God to give me the strength to make the decision for Alex if/when the time comes.  The sadness, fortunately, will be softened by the wet noses and wiggly tails of my two little girls who will greet me at the door when I return home.

      I understand the pain everyone else has felt over losing their best friend.  I hope you find strength in knowing there are so many who have shared the same sadness and so many who have found new joy by adding a new puppy or dog to the family.  May God give you strength
    

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By nkwltrs on 2011-08-07
Hi my dog died the same way on Aug. 3rd.  She stopped eating, was listless and within 30 hours she was gone.  Would loved to know what caused this too.

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By tagalong.geo on 2011-07-24

      I am so sorry for your loss, as I have recently been expecting it myself, as my very deer miniature poodle is now in a comatose state in the vet's hospital.  I came home from work the other day and she was completely unresponsive to me.  I took her to the vet and he believes she may have been poisoned,  but I will not know for a day or two, which I don't know how I can stand.
      If you have lost your pet, I know it must be a terrible pain for you as I have lost one years ago with no explanation of its death, and that's a terrible thing to go thru. I am at a terrible state at this time, but if I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know.   I think that we can all help each other in times of need.  If you hurt, please call me,   Della     970945432
    

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By sam on 2011-06-20
Saturday June 18th we lost our beloved Jazzy she was a 10 year old miniture schnauzer she loved to play in the yard we made for her and bark at anything that moved. She had eaten her dinner about an hour before then whent out to play with our two younger schnauzers my wife hand been outside with then pulling weeds then went insude and took the puppies with he because Jazz was looking for poty spot my wife was in the house 1-2 min and went out to check on her and found her dead. We can only think that she had a heart attack or stroke. She gave no signs of trouble was playing and looking well. Just gone, I will miss her very much she would walk me out when I went to work and meet me at the gate when I came home, she was always with us! Good bye baby I will see you someday soon. I Love You!!

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By mberastain on 2011-01-07
I am obviously here grieving and in shock from the death of my lab mix J. Lo. I rescued her and had her for only 6 months. She was doing yard sprints (which was normal for her) when she suddenly spun around in circle and collapsed she let out a whimper and then her breathing changed.I gave her CPR and took her to the vet. They intubated her and gave her epi but she didnt make it. Im just so sad . . . holding her lifeless body.She taught me so much about myself.I just miss her. Could have been a neurotoxin(mushroooms maybe), brain bleed, i dont know but Im glad to know there are others who grieve like I do. that care

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By katmama on 2011-01-06

      My two-year-old, medium-sized Lab/Hound mix died about an hour ago on my bed.  She has never been sick nor did she show any signs of not feeling well.  She had been asleep on my bed, sat up and fell over.  She tended to flop around to get comfortable, but this time she almost fell off the bed and her head dropped over the side.  She heaved about ten big breaths and then let out a quiet whine and was dead.  I'm in utter shock.

      No blood.  No vomit.  No diarrhea.  She had been fine.  I'm assuming it was a brain anomaly.  I was going to have a necropsy performed, but instead decided not to.

      I work for a humane society and we manage the local animal shelter and I've never experienced "sudden death" in a pet.  I'm glad to have found this site.
    

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By kim_crnll1965 on 2011-01-05
we just lost one of our dobermans named skye she was only seven years old .we are so heart broken to lose her .we cant figure out what could have happened .she seemed fine when i fed all the dogs had no sign of illness when i went out to call the dogs to come eat the next morning all the dogs came to get there food but skye so my son went to look in the shed and found her in front of the shed door dead .i try to go back and think was there any symptoms of illness .and no there wasnt she seemed fine but know she is gone .i feel so lost with out her.

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By charizagnes16 on 2010-12-30
On the 26th day of Dec. around 6pm I notice that my 4 yr. old dog, "BONA" is very weak, for about 2 weeks ago I noticed that she seldom eat, and vomit each and every time she eats.. I wonder why it's happening to her knowing that I never let her eat bones.. I always clean her stuff... my regret is that I'm ignoring her and don't even bring her to the dr. during her sickly times.. Me and my boyfriend were so worried, so we let her take "biogesic" just like their dogs who used to take this human medicine when they are ill, i put sugar on her water and let her eat her food, but she still not eating even the smallest food i'm giving to her. I know on that night BONA is dying but I'm still hoping she will get well I'm planning to bring her to the dr on the following day.. when I'm calling her on that night she didn't response, not even a glimpse, she change her lying position from time to time.. I woke up 1:30 am and i called her, she stare at me knowing that it was the last time we'll see each other.. i get back to bed  I woke up early around 6 am when I saw her she didn't breathe anymore but i really don't believe that she's dead.. but when i touched her body it's very hard and the blood was all over maybe she vomit before she dies.. i started crying and crying and crying believing that it was me who killed my dog but i'm still wondering what's the real cause of her sudden death i love you BONA hope you will forgive me for being  so relax despite of your condition... I'm so depressed, i want you back, if i can turn back the time... I will...

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By pfb1226 on 2010-12-29
I lost my 13 year old German Shepherd Lab Mix Coty on April 10, 2010. He was declining rapidly since last February, while it was a devastating lost it was an expected one. However, on September 29, 2008 I had 4 dogs Coty, 8 year old Kayla a Black Lab mix, Chelsea a German Shepherd 2 years old and a 2 year old Pug. On that date I went to work as usual but took ill and had to go home. Kayla was my shadow so it was no suprise that when I went to lay down she was at my side. I got up about noon to let her out (the BF took care of the others earlier) and went inside to read the mail. Kayla was chasing after the 2 younger dogs and then I heard her take a drink and lay down under the kitchen table like she always did. About 10 minutes later I felt ill again and decided to lay down again, so I called to Kayle but she did not respond. I went to the kitchen and found her dead. I never knew what happened but the vet said it was probably a stroke (her tung was blue). I almost consider it a gift that I was there, only because if I had not been ill I would have been at work when she died and I don't think I would have been able to accept that. No words can ease that kind of loss since it is never easy to lose a pet and I while miss my old timer Coty I will never be completely healed by the sudden and unexplained loss of my beloved Kayla. My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.

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By tjeannont on 2010-12-14
Yesterday, December 12, 2010, we suddenly and inexplicably lost our 9 year old border collie, Angel.  She was perfectly fine and frisky in the morning, ate breakfast and played outside.  I brought her inside and ten minutes later, she was dead on our living room floor.  We have no idea what happened, there were absolutely no warning signs; and we are devastated.  She will always be our precious Angel-girl.

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By Ssassman on 2010-12-10

      My beautiful standard poodle Cinder...the light in my life after the death of my son and the terminal hospilazation of my husband who is on life support all within the last year..
      I got home from work she was fine...she ran around the yard and I put her in and took my 80 year old Mother shopping...got home and let Cinder out again...noticed bloody diarhea...immediately took her to my vet....she collapsed walking from the car into the office...and totally bled out...blood everywhere...we do not have a clue what happened...but I miss her very much...I would do anything to know what happened...she was 11 years old and I had her since she was 6 weeks old....she was my life.
    

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By suman_topper on 2010-12-10
I want to share with you people regarding my dogs sudden death. My wife had left out of town and i offered him his dinner on wednesday. He did not eat his dinner and started drinking water only. His movement was slowing down when i took him for a walk. Next morning also he never had his dinner and kept on sleeping and vomitting. I left for office and when i came back from office on thursday night, to my utter shock i found him lying on the floor and he had passed away. What could have been the reason for that, i am not able to figure out. He was extremely vibrant and energetic and i miss him.

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By rita1450 on 2010-12-09

      To the one who lost Gucci,
      I know how you feel.... my beagle was 10-11 years old, I had him for many years He was like a child. One Friday I noticed that he was vomitting.  I gave him water and he drank it. I decided to give it a day because he has vomitted before due to grass.  So i waited, I made him a cozy area and kept giving him water but he would vomit right away. Saturday morning he was totally weak, gums white etc .... rushed him
      to the hospital and he died a few hrs later, I was too late.  This is a very short summery of what happened but what makes it hard is that, had I taken him the minute he vomitted the first time, he would probably be alive!
    

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By miryamb on 2010-12-03
Hi, i just read your post. Obviously because i am reading these blogs it means i have to suffered the same loss. My beautiful little chihuahua agatha passed away 2 weeks ago aged 9. I am devastated. She was fine one day and 24 hours later she was dead. She was at the vets when it happened, her breathing was not too good that day so took her straight to the vets. They said they would keep her in and gave her shots of antibiotics and dieuretics as she had some fluid in her chest. 3 hours later i get a call from them saying she has died. I am heartbroken. The reason i am replying to you is what you described as your little dog crying out and being limp, is one of 2 things. She either had an undiagnosed heart condition that could cause her to have a type of fainting episode or she had an epileptic fit. People always assume that a fit involves dropping to the ground and legs paddling and so forth. But some fits cause the dog to become unconcious, no ridgidness or leg paddling. I know this as my little chihuahua had the same thing happen about 7 weeks ago. She was asleep and made this awful crying out noise. When i went to her she was totally limp as though she was dead. The vet said if it was caused by her heart they come around very quickly, but if it was a fit they are spaced out for up to a couple of hours. She was spaced out for a couple of hours so i know it was a fit. The fact that your poor little dog didn't come out of it but passed away would lead me to believe she had a heart problem that was just not picked up for some reason. My heart goes out to you but you must not blame yourself. She passed away while with you and she wouldn't have felt a thing. Its the ones left behind who suffer and grieve. As for your little friend, just try to imagine her in a beautiful place, where one day you to will also go and you will be reunited once again. Thats how i try to console myself. We must believe there is more to this universe than just what we see.

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By bettyboopbb on 2010-10-26

      On Sunday Oct. 24, 2010 our beloved Pomeranian Gigi passed away. She was ony 1 and a half.  She was fine all day.  We were getting ready to go out to eat.  I let the dogs out and a few minutes later, my husband went to let the dogs in and saw Gigi
      on her back on the ground.  Her foot quivered abit.  I ran out and picked her up, it seemed she was still alive but barely.  I tried giving her cpr and we rushed her to the emergency room, but it was too late.

      I'm glad to see I'm not alone. The death is so unexpected it is devastating.  I've had animals all my life and this is the first time I've experience such an ordeal.  It just doesn't seem fair. I have other dogs but it doesn't compensate for the lost.  She was very tiny and slept with me every nite.  She was my little princess. I still can see her little face looking up at me.

      I did get another puppy, he doesn't take her place, but he helps me cope.  I'm sure some people feel the same.

      It is comforting to read all the blogs.  The pain is unbearable.
      And I guess we all question, what went wrong.  She was only out a few minutes.  But we'll never know.  It helps to talk about it. Thanks everyone for listening.

      Heartbroken

      Betty
    

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By sjbjacky on 2010-10-20

      hi everyone, glad i'm not alone in feeling like this.

      my little boy jack, a jack russel cross died only yesterday :( i'm completely heartbroken. he hadnt been ill, an we had just gone out for our normal walk. he ran off ahead of me an never re-appeared. i found him under a tree an i knew straight away he was gone! he was 3years old...
      the vet said most likely a heart attack, at 3?? :(
      i had 2 carry him all the way home, an leaving him at the vets was awful! i'll never get that imagine out my head. he's still there an i wont 2 fetch him home but he's being put to rest for me...
      he was my first pup an i'm completely lost with out him :(
      sorry to any one who has felt like this...
    

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By pagansanctuary on 2010-10-10

      I need to know what could cause sudden death in a two month old puppies.

      In the past two days i have lost three puppies who were healthy and full of life and then in the morning they were dead.

      Right up to the point of them passing away they ate heartly, had no signs of heart worms and were frisky, i have found they did tear up a sponge foam cushion could this cause them to die?

      If anyone has any idea please email me ASAP at pagansanctuary@aol.com
    

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By shawna1502ob on 2010-10-10
On 10-07-10 I lost my pitt bull "Tucker".  He would have been 2-yrs. old this November.  He was in top fit health and had no signs of being sick.  We went to bed as usual and when I awoke the next morning @ approx. 8:00am he looked like he was sleeping comfortable.  When he didn't move, I touched him and he was stiff and cold. And a very strong odor throughout the house. The last time I remember him getting out of bed was between 2am and 4am.  So his death occurred within 4-6 hours before I found him.  I also have one of his puppies that is 10-months old.  He is perfectly fine.  At first we thought maybe someone had poisoned him.  They spent a few hours a day in their dog run.  But, I am just so heartbroken at this point I don't know what to think??  What would cause a perfectly healthy dog to die suddenly in his sleep.  He wasn't just any dog, he was my baby, my world.  I want my boy and wish I had an answer to explain why he was taken from me.  Completely Heartbroken over his death that makes no sense????

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By cclaussen on 2010-09-24
2 days ago we lost our sweet boston terrier, cody.  he was only 14 months old.  we had adopted him from a rescue group about 10 weeks ago.  i knew he had a grade V heart murmur and we were going to take to to a specialist in gainseville next month.  he was running and playing with our other dog, he went and laid down.  i looked over and he was breathing funny.  i got up to go to him and he stiffened up and  began to make the most awful screaming sounds i have ever heard.  it only lasted about 25 seconds and then he was gone.  i tried mouth to mouth and chest thumps but he was gone.  i am a critical care nurse and always thought i could handle death.  this was the most horrific thing i have ever seen so far.  he was the most gentle, sweet and beautiful dog.  i know he probably had a lethal arrythmia, clot, or aneurysm and he probably did not suffer.  however, i miss him so much.  he was the life of our home.  his best friend the miniature daschund, chester, misses him so much.  he just lays around and doesnt want to eat.  to everyone who has ever lost their pet, there are people out there who understand the pain.  so sorry to everyone on this board.

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By sue979752 on 2010-09-22
On Tuesday, August 31st, our 6 yr old wonderful Labrador Retriever had TPLO surgery (knee surgery).  She was recovering just fine although we knew it was going to be a long recovery, especially keeping her from running or jumping.  Because we could not allow her to jump, we blocked any furniture she might have wanted to get on, so we made a bed on the floor to sleep with her.  Yes, she was spoiled..but I would do it all over again.  On September 11th, she never woke up.  She was fine at 4 am, acting perfectly normal. Everything seemed normal, we actually just thought she had slept in some and did not disturb her.  We had been up for about 2 hours and then after a knock at the door and the fact she did not want to run to the door, we called her.  She was gone.  There was no evidence of any struggle, she appeared to be asleep.  We were shocked..crying...screaming why....what happened. The only thing I could think of was some Waggin Train Pork Twists that I had bought for her only a few days before and she had one that afternoon.  The reason I mention this, is that I have avoided  buying any treats made in China because of the recall a few years ago.  This is the first time I broke that rule of mine...and my dog is now gone.  It may not be because of those treats but I doubt I will ever know for sure. There was no indication of stomach problems, but I will not rule them out.  We took her body to our vet to be held for "Little Friends" to pick up to have her cremated and return the ashes to us, but as the weekend went by, we wanted more and more to know why this happened.  Her surgeon and regular vet told us that Texas A&M could do a necropsy and possibly determine the cause of death, but there was a good chance we would never really know. We picked her up from the vet clinic on Monday morning and drove her to A&M. There are a few more tests being done now, but so far they don't know why this happened.  I was told that blood clots could possible disinegrate and if it was something in the brain, it would be difficult to find.  I was so pleased with how my vet, A&M, and Live Oak crematory handled our situation.  They were all very compassionate and caring and did everything with the utmost care and respect.  We lost a very important member of our family.  I can not prove it was the treats...yet...but I urge everyone to do their best to avoid anything edible or possibly ANYTHING made in China. She is missed more than words can describe.  My husband has not even complained once about the $3000.00 it cost for the surgery and only 11 days later she was gone. Maybe it was a blood clot.  I have read many of your postings and I am so sorry for all of your losses.  I know that than likely I was about a foot from her when she died and I would give anything to have her back, even if for just a short time.

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By buckpinne on 2010-09-15

      We lost our buddy Rex, a pitbull mix, on September 11th. We are still in shock and deeply saddened. He was about 10 years old, but still very fit and active, and in what seemed to be great health. We had a normal day like any other that Saturday, and Rex and I curled up for an afternoon nap together. I was awakened because he had gotten down off the bed, and was breathing heavily almost panting with a sort of croupy sound, and I noticed that he had vomited up some dry dog food that he had eaten earlier along with a few blades of grass in it that he must have consumed. Since he has had upset stomach and eaten grass before I assumed that it would clear up like any other time, and that he was just finishing his bout of vomiting.

      Then, while online researching grass-eating behavior in dogs, I noticed that he stopped the coughing sound. This had been after maybe 10-15 minutes or so. I leaned down to comfort him and pet him, and I thought that everything was going to be just fine. Suddenly, he made a choking type noise and laid on his side, and when I looked I saw that his tongue was discolored and hanging out the side of his mouth.

      I immediately picked up the phone to call the emergency veterinary hospital that was open on weekends about a half hour away. Before I even had time to dial he made the choking noise again (bear in mind his air-pipe was not obstructed), and as I pet him once again to comfort him he let out a last breath, and I knew he was gone, I could just see it in his eyes.

      Our family is still in shock and wondering how this could have happened. Our condolences to all of you who have lost a beloved member of your family.

      We miss and love you Rexxy, our little buddy!
    

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By plederman on 2010-09-13
Yes, this site is helping me also maybe understand ehat happened to our dog.  Yesterday he was no different then any other day....ate his full breakfast and hung out in the back yard with my husband while he washed windows.  My husband when inside for a little bit and when he looked out to the back yard the dog was on the ground flailing/convulsing and by the time my husband made it outside he was twitching and then went limp/died.  It was so sudden and there were no systems we noticed prior.  We are very sad and would love to know what caused this.

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By docnaomilchaney on 2010-09-10

      hi, i found this site very helpful. ironically im an md and when my dog died i was still in shock. her name is samantha and she is a chocolate lab - pit mix. she has addisons disease and requires a shot once a month to live. she recently had her shot and interestingly some booster shots as one of the commentors stated.
      we all went out to san diego and my beautiful dogs stayed with my son. they were taken to the dog beach daily, walked 3 times a day which is more than their ususal. that day, we had gone to the dog beach and samantha was swimming deep in the water looking for her ball. she was so happy. we went home and slept for 4 hours and they were walked again. my son and i went out to dinner and came home and took them to the dog park
      my son threw samantha her ball and she retrieved and brought back the ball as usual. he threw the ball again, and as she was bringing back the ball another dog collided with her. my son said it wasnt hard and that samantha tried to turn her body as to avoid the other dog. dogs running into each other at the park and beach has historically been a normal experience.
      as samantha fell backward - it looked funny like a tree falling. her legs were stiff, and as she landed she didnt move or breath. her eyes were fixed.  she still had her ball clamped in her mouth.
      my son, said "mom shes dying" her tongue was turning blue and then she let out a high pitched, very small sigh. we tried cpr,to no avail. when we got her to the local vet they put in epi and a few other things but said she is dead. she was dead. i was in shock.
      i had her transported back to our home state to have a necropsy done by her local vet. no obvious cause. in my experience with people,lack of findings and the vet we believe it was a lethal heart rhythm. everyone who posted their stories sound so similiar. it makes me feel that the Lord sometimes takes them when we're not ready and that the appearance is rather similiar in the taking. that gives me some peace.
    

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By lauracroft311 on 2010-09-10

      My name is Laura I lost my baby girl bella on Saturday September 9th of this year. She was 10 weeks old and I had only had her for two weeks but I fell head over heels in love with my baby. Saturday everything was fine until about 6:00 p.m when she fell asleep in my lap and suddenly yelping like I have never heard before, then urinated on me and never woke up. That was the worst day of my life Im still greiving, I found out that my niece accidently dropped her on the cement floor in the morning while I was asleep.
      I understand what your all going through I still have anxiety attacks when I realive the last few seconds of her life.
      R.I.P Bella I love you.
      I feel for you all,
      Laura
    

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By dana.green on 2010-09-08

      On Sunday, 6 September 2010, I just got back from the groomers with my 12 yr old Black Standard pooddle, Ollie and 10 yr old White Statndard, Kobe. They ran down stairs out back to take a quick pee and then back up to the porch. Where in a couple of minutes my wife let them in and proceded to give them a snack. However, Kobe, refused the snack, went over to the door, then violently hit the floor. My wife started screaming to me while I was in the other room. I came out and Kobe was on his back with legs up and his tonge out! My wife continued, while crying, to help him.. even attempting mouth-to-mouth and chest massaging him. I called the vet and they said bring him in. However, within seconds Kobe went limp. A neighbor drove me and Kobe to the Vet. At the time I decided not to have him examined.. because the damage had been done. I guess at the time i was so torn up. I did have the vet check to see if he was bit by a snake and concluded that was not the case.
      My wife and I are still devastated and it still hurts alot.
      We miss him so much. We expected 5 more years out of him, because he was so healthy. We speculate a massive heart attack. In reality, hes gone now and we appreciate the 10 years of love and affection that you can't get anywhere else in the world. We hope to start over again and get another White standard. Ollie is doing pretty good but a little lonely.

      Benbrook, TX
    

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By rmyoder on 2010-08-28

      Hello,
      In response to the post by Sandi2Mike below. I completely understand your grief. My 6 year old Chocolate Lab, Joe, suddenly passed away today. We were out with the kids for most of the day and he was happy to see us when we returned, as usual. He brought a tennis ball and wanted to play. After several minutes I went into the back yard and threw the tennis ball, which he lumbered after (as usual). Our other Lab then jumped him and they played hard for a few minutes. The other Lab then returned, with an anxious demeanor. Our daughter then walked behind the bushes and said that Joe was lying in the grass. When she threw the ball and he did not get up, I checked on him. His tongue was blue and out of his mouth, and he took about 2 more breaths. We chose to have him examined, but the necropsy did not reveal anything abnormal. His heart, lungs, intestines, etc. were healthy and showed no problems. At this point we are still in shock, and the only plausible explanation is an aneurysm or other brain dysfunction. I hope no one else has to go through this.
    

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By silva.emilie on 2010-08-26

      I had a lhasa apso female dog. About 2 1/2 years old. She was a  lovable dog. Cuddly, and very playful. Our house helpers will know if theirs strangers near the house. She barks aloud. She barks louder when we are nearing the house. Our house helpers will say Oh! Sir and Mom are coming. And in seconds, they will hear our car honking asking one of the helpers to open the gate while Coco, the lhasa apso dog kept on barking. She will jump on us while entering the door asking to play with her or asking to be carried.
      Anyway, one morning, last August 16, 2010, we just found her laying down, stiff and breathing very slow. our helper said she once vomitted in the morning but that was it.
      We rushed her to our vet. She was given intravenous injection and was revived by pumping on her heart. But when we came back that afternoon, she was again breathing very slow until she died. The doctor said she still don't know what happened. We all cried, my husband, my 2 working children all rushed back from their individual offices to see our Coco.

      Goodbye Coco!!!! Thank you for adding a special cheer in our hearts all those years that you were with us. We will MISS you dearly!!!!
    

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By tessa_59 on 2010-08-24

      We are still in the mourning stage.  On August 20th, at around 2:30 am -  we lost our beloved Flat Coated Retriever, Missy.

      Missy met me at the door as usual the evening.  Bouncing and happy as usual.  Missy was 10 years old this month, but Flat Coats have a bit of a Peter Pan Syndrome and are always puppy-like.  She ate like normal and drank water that evening.

      At about 2:30 am we were awakened by a horrible howling sound.  My husband stirred first so I let him go check it out and see what the dogs were up to.  He found our 4 year old Border Collie standing over Missy - howling in grief.  I heard my husband join her in tears and rushed out to see what had happened.

      Missy was laying beside his chair with her legs flattened out like she does when she sleeps.  No sign of any struggle.  She exhaled a couple breaths, making us think perhaps there was hope - my husband grabbed the phone to call the vet - but she was gone.

      4 days later - we still can't beleive she is gone and that it has only been that amount of time.
    

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By nancy.lucky on 2010-08-23

      I lost my little Chihuahua, Sami last October 10, 2009 he was only 2 1/2 years old and he was my whole world. I had to retire from my job early due to an illness and I got Sami shortly afterwards when he was only 8 weeks old. I always thought Chi's were little yappy dogs but I feel in love with my friends and when his dogs mother had another litter I got my baby. He helped me so much during my illness as many nights I would lay awake in pain (my legs) and he knew and would lick my legs for hours. I got him registered as my service dog and he went every where with me. I never let him outside except to go to the bathroom or to take walks with me - he was never alone. I never knew I could love an animal like I did him. I took him to the vet every time he sneezed and I just had him to the doctor the week he died because he had a little limp. I had taken him to the ER one night when he was only 10 months for vommiting and after paying over a 1,000 they said he was find. Well one morning we woke up and he vommited so I called the Vet and made an appointment for him at 1 pm. Since this has happened befoe I was not too worried but still wanted to make sure he was okay. I got him in the car and by the time we were at the end of my street he started seizing. My vet was 15 minutes away so I stopped at the nearest vet and ran in abd begged them to save his life. By then his heart rate was 10 and his eyes were fixed and dialalated. They tried but he died. I was in such shock, I went home got into bed and just screamed and cried. I live alone so he was my whole world. I  had to be put on zanex. My daughter and grandkids came and stayed with me. I did not want to live anymore. My sweet daughter was on line and before I knew it she brought me a little 3 month old new chihuahua that I named Abbey-rose. Abbey saved my life because she gave me a reason to go on and I love her to pieces. She will never replace Sami but for anyone who loses a pet suddenly I recommend to get another pet ASAP. Some people did not understand but we all have to do what is right for us. Every day I say my prayers and feel blessed that I got to be Sami's mom even if it was only for a short time. I would not trade one second and would do it again even if I knew what the outcome would be. My problem is now I worry every day that Abbey will die young too. It scares me every day and I do not know how to shake this. thank you for letting me share my story it helps to talk about it. I also do not know why he died, my vet thinks he had some type of congential heart problems but I guess I will never know. So treasure every day you have with your babies and do not be afraid to get another one. It really helped me heal and I adore my new little girl.
      Nancy
    

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By pneuma on 2010-08-07

      Early this morning our little pup, Owen, died suddenly. He was only four months old - a yellow lab mix. He was an unexpected addition to our family - an abandoned dog that our daughter brought home on Mother's Day. We hadn't planned on any more dogs, but this guy was impossible to resist. He was potty trained in just days. He learned quickly how to sit, shake, lay down, speak, and roll over. He loved to play with his squeaky duck as my husband taught him how to point and wait.

      He had been listless this past week. He had some vomiting a few days ago, and the vet told us to take him off food for 24 hours. After that he quit vomiting and coughing, but his energy level wasn't what it had been. Last night, my husband said that he was worried about him, and he told me he planned to take him in to the vet in the morning. My daughter let him out of his kennel at 5:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom. She watched him go, and then called to see if he wanted to come back inside. He loved being outside, and so he didn't respond to her invitation to come back in.

      Just before 8:00 a.m., my husband woke me up to tell me that Owen was dying. He had gone to check on him outside, and he was gasping for breath, lying limp on his side. I tried to get ahold of the vet, while my husband tried to rouse and revive Owen. A stream of liquid had come out of his mouth, and it was tinged with blood. Then, my husband and son drove the 10 minute or so drive to the vet's office. But by the time they got there, Owen was gone.

      We buried him out behind our house with his duck. We didn't have him long, and to be honest, I didn't even want to keep him at first. But he filled our lives with such joy and laughter. We talked about him all the time, and we took so many pictures of him. It really seemed like he was turning out to be a good dog - intelligent, faithful, sweet.

      We are struggling with such guilt and remorse that we didn't bring him in to the vet sooner. How could this have happened? He was full of life - vibrant, happy. And then so quickly, he was gone. His was just a short little life, just a summer with him, and yet the hole he leaves feels enormous. We have been crying all day. I just can't believe it. It doesn't seem real or possible. I read some of these posts from others who have lost a dog to sudden death, and I wept over your pain, but I have to say that I felt better knowing that there may have been nothing we could have done. Hang in there, everyone.
    

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By pneuma on 2010-08-07

      Early this morning our little pup, Owen, died suddenly. He was only four months old - a yellow lab mix. He was an unexpected addition to our family - an abandoned dog that our daughter brought home on Mother's Day. We hadn't planned on any more dogs, but this guy was impossible to resist. He was potty trained in just days. He learned quickly how to sit, shake, lay down, speak, and roll over. He loved to play with his squeaky duck as my husband taught him how to point and wait.

      He had been listless this past week. He had some vomiting a few days ago, and the vet told us to take him off food for 24 hours. After that he quit vomiting and coughing, but his energy level wasn't what it had been. Last night, my husband said that he was worried about him, and he told me he planned to take him in to the vet in the morning. My daughter let him out of his kennel at 5:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom. She watched him go, and then called to see if he wanted to come back inside. He loved being outside, and so he didn't respond to her invitation to come back in.

      Just before 8:00 a.m., my husband woke me up to tell me that Owen was dying. He had gone to check on him outside, and he was gasping for breath, lying limp on his side. I tried to get ahold of the vet, while my husband tried to rouse and revive Owen. A stream of liquid had come out of his mouth, and it was tinged with blood. Then, my husband and son drove the 10 minute or so drive to the vet's office. But by the time they got there, Owen was gone.

      We buried him out behind our house with his duck. We didn't have him long, and to be honest, I didn't even want to keep him at first. But he filled our lives with such joy and laughter. We talked about him all the time, and we took so many pictures of him. It really seemed like he was turning out to be a good dog - intelligent, faithful, sweet.

      We are struggling with such guilt and remorse that we didn't bring him in to the vet sooner. How could this have happened? He was full of life - vibrant, happy. And then so quickly, he was gone. His was just a short little life, just a summer with him, and yet the hole he leaves feels enormous. We have been crying all day. I just can't believe it. It doesn't seem real or possible. I read some of these posts from others who have lost a dog to sudden death, and I wept over your pain, but I have to say that I felt better knowing that there may have been nothing we could have done. Hang in there, everyone.
    

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By corinnal23 on 2010-07-31

      In regards to Daphne below, i symphathize totally, that would be very difficult to deal with i feel for you...all of or most of our plights have been with pets already suddenly dying with no warning and with you, your fear is that this would happen in a year or less, all you can do is make the best of your time...I am grateful that i was with my Ollie when he died over the weekend Memorial Day..i am fortunate in that way...be with her all you can and start to semi prepare yourself.So sorry.

      Corinnal23@aol.com

    

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By ccpetcare on 2010-07-31

      Hi,

      I just lost my boy Sonny to a sudden cardiac event last Saturday July 24th 2010.  He was only going to be 8 next month he had no history of heart disease and was just running around and playing the day before.

      We were out taking a small pee walk when he started to act like he had to vomit so we headed for home after wetting him with some water in case he was too hot.

      We turned to find our cat who had been following us and noticed Sonny wasn't trailing behind like he usually would so when I turned to find him I witnessed him come out of some bushes go completelystiff and fall over sideways.

      We began to carry him down the sidewalk towards home when I noticed he was starting to turn blue.

      By the time we got him to the E vets he had several more "attacks" while they were trying to treat him and his body began to shut down, he had no circulation whatsover and we had to put him down before he died slowly.

      We were devastated to say the least at this completely unexpected and sudden event.
      He had just had his physical and bloodwork last week and all was fine so I am wondering if something in the new 3 year distemper shot reacted with his boy in the wrong way.

      In any event I will be getting titers to check antibody levels instead of vaccinations in any other dogs I may have.
      he was my doggie "soul mate"  a very special guy he went everywhere with me and was by my side most of the time.

      Lori Light
      Rocky Hill CT
    

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By beky87 on 2010-07-30
Hey hearing your stories breaks my heart as my vet says this is something that will happen with my boxer puppy daphne before she reaches her first birthday. I discovered yesterday that she has severe aortic stenosious. As the blood pumps through a narpost valve for the left chamber to the rest of the her body her heart worka harder and harder building the heart muscle up to a point where it will close that valve completely. At barley three months old she has a pressure of already 110 and although she shows no physical signs of a problem that was enough for my vet to say " if I see you in a year I will be very surprised." I feel as though most do not understand how upset I am over this. My first dog being so obedient and sweet won't be in my life for as long as she deserves to show the world how great she is. She is on heart medicine to slow her heart rate down but it is just a waiting a game as to when enough activity will be too much for her little heart to handle. I am trying to spoil her rotten because I'm only blessed with a few months with her but it is difficult to try not to limit her fun and enjoyment in things as I try not to worry watching her run around. I do not know if I can handle seeing her wiggle towards me with excitement returning the ball from fetch and clapsing right before me.  Why can't we fall into the average of 3-4 years of life. Why do we only get a few month together?? Dogs are the most amazing pets with their unconditional companionship and loyalty. Right now daphne is my best friend the person I can't wait to come home to and never get sick of being around. Please pray that she beats the odds and that the love I give her will be enough for her to have a chance at life

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By te_kartika on 2010-06-17

      Thank you for posting all of your stories here. I'm still griefing over our rottweiler, Buffet's death. But at least I know that I'm not alone. My heart goes out to all of you, too.

      We lost Buffet last weekend. We have 4 dogs at home and he's the strongest and healthiest one. We took him to the hospital after he have difficulties breathing and lifting his head after a walk session. The doctor said that his artery has been strictured. At around 11pm, his body temperature went normal and he breath more calmly so we left him and go home. I was deeply hoping that I won't have to receive any phone call from the hospital because that will mean we get to pick him up in the morning, being still healthy and naughty. On 4.15, Aphro, our other rotts, howled so loudly. At the time, I knew something was not right. Buffet passed away at the same time Aphro howled, neither us nor the vet knows exactly the cause of his death.He's always been my brother's best buddy and our lovely big buddy. I still can't believe he's gone and wishes he'd come back every night before I go to sleep. We miss you, buddy. But you're completely unleashed now, so you can run as far as you want and ruin any grass you want.
    

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By thedingo8yrbaby on 2010-04-11

      I just found this site and it's been a bit of a comfort to read the posts.  5 days ago I lost my little 3 pound chihuahua, Choney.  She was almost 10.  Needless to say, I am absolutely heartbroken and lost.  She was laying on my chest lounging with me and watching TV.  My girlfriend came home and she jumped up excited to see her and then suddenly fell to my side. She was yelping and seemed to be having some sort of seizure. She urinated and then just collapsed. All of this lasted about 5 seconds. I was in complete shock. We rushed her to the emergency vet, doing chest compressions on the car ride there, but she was already gone. She did have aortic stenosis but was not symptomatic yet.  The vet believes she had a blood clot and reading some of the posts here, it sounds like that may have been the case.  I'm trying to take solace in the fact that she was happy up until her last moment, but my heart is aching since I had no time to prepare for her death.  I'm driving myself crazy wondering if there was something I could have done to prevent this.  She was the light of my life and I don't know what I'm going to do without her.  Thank you for your stories.  I share your grief.  I picked up a book called "How to Survive the Loss of Love." It's a very simple book about losing someone, although it is not specific to losing a pet.  I would definitely recommend it.

      Pati
    

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By haarle9 on 2010-03-11

      I lost my toby today.  can,t rest and found this site.
      Toby started with the shakes about 7 days ago, then started to be lagargic. wouldnt eat or drink,took him to the vet they blamed it on infection. gave him a pain shot and a antibiotic shot.  seemed to get better for two day then got bad again.
      took him back then they blamed it on his spine.  called them today and they said give it another day. he dies  2 hours after i called them. the day before they gave him a steroid shot.
      and pills. I just feel they didn,t treat him properly.  he just never recovered. he was 12 and very healthy utill 7 days ago. i feel for everyone. never knew it could hurt so much.
      plese let me know if any one lost there dog this way. what could of been the problem. love to all and God Bless.
      Arlene hall
    

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By KALADE on 2010-02-28
I remember it just like it was yesterday but it was in 1958...52 years ago.  I was newly married with one baby, my little Pojo,  He was a two year old rat terrier and I loved him with all my heart.  It was a Sunday morning and I opened the front door and let him out in the fenced yard to go to the bathroom.  In no more than five minutes, I let him back in and he went to the couch and started to jump up on it but fell backwards onto the floor.  He was just lying there.  I called the vet and he said he would meet us at his office.  I got Pojo to him and he started working on him but he passed away right away.  He said that he apparently had been poisoned with strychnine(msp). Later that week it was in the local paper that there was a rash of dogs poisoned that Sunday from strychnine! Back then, it was just a sad story in the newspaper with no action from the polce but if it had happened today, I believe that the person could and would be caught.  I think of Pojo very often and the awful hurt is still there.  I can still feel him in my arms. There was so much love between us.  Claudette

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By cool.allison on 2010-02-26
My name is alley, i had a aussie, weimer, and lab mix one year old named Zoey. Im 21 years of age. my husband and i have no kids. so zoey was our baby girl. we saved her form the shelter on feb. 27th of 2009. she was so happy and outgoing. well on saturday the 20th of February of 2010, my worst nightmare happened. at 8:30 pm i let her and my 5 month old Aussie Shephard out because i was working all day. so i went out into our back at 8:40 and i called her name, and bear my 5 month old came running and whinning. i had no clue what was going on. i walked out on my deck and called her name again. i turned to my left and she wasnt breathing. she had passed away. this was my baby and i couldnt do anything to bring her back. i am so heart broken and just can't stop crying. i took her to the er vet and in virginia they couldnt do an autopsy they could only cremate her. so i have no clue what took my little girl away from me so sudden. my husband was out to sea when this happened. every day i blame myself. i could have saved her!

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By karen.benda on 2010-02-14
Our 12 year old lab mix died 3 weeks ago. My husband came home from work and she was her usual self racing around. Minutes later he went to the yard and she had collapsed with a bowel movement and her gums and tongue were blue. We rushed her to the Vet ER and they discovered fluid around her heart probably caused my a extremely fast gposting heart tumor. They operated on her to remove the fluid but her heart stopped near the end of the procedure. She was my baby and I am so extremely sad. In a matter of 3 hours she was gone and I am glad she hardly had to suffer. It is such a shock and I don't know how to get past her death. The surgeon said even if she had made it through surgery it would not have been a good outcome as she would have had to suffer much more. Apparently this condition can happen in humans too. She had just been to the vet the day before...she showed no clinical signs of any problems. My thoughts are with you in your grief. You will grieve as much as you loved that furangel. I will be grieving forever.

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By janet on 2010-02-14
It's me again, Janet, Annie's mom.  I want to say, again, that I truly understand everyone's loss and the pain that you are feeling.  It was six months on Friday what we lost our girl the same way.  She was about 10 years old (not positive, because she showed up at our back door about nine and a half years ago).  I loved her more than I have ever loved an animal in my life.  She was fine in the morning, barked at the window at the feral cats, barked at the delivery man; I left for 2.5 hours and when I came back I thought she was asleep on the sofa, and went to say hi to her and tried to wake her up, I knew she was gone.  It was horrible and I will never forget that moment.  Please know, however, that it will get better.  I am living proof because I am better.  I still miss her and will always miss her, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and can remember her with smiles now, and not always tears. We often say that she packed 20 years of fun and life into 10 years.  She never had a bad day, only fun days, and she gave so much to us.  Please don't hesitate to email me at janet@claimsurveys.com, and know that my husband and I have been there and we so totally understand.

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By aufsee on 2010-02-13

      This morning my 10+ year old shepherd-husky Emmy and I did our usual routine of meeting our friends to romp around in the park behind our house.  She had never been sick and was always up to date on check ups, shots, etc.  At home this afternoon he suddenly collapsed and started moaning and couldn't stand up.  We raced her to the emergency animal center, but she was gone by the time we got there.  I'm glad that she didn't suffer and that she had a happy, healthy life until now.  But the shock is great and I'm so sad and empty and can't stop crying.  The hospital did not guess as to a cause and I just hope there wasn't anything I could have done.  I wonder about the symptoms--Poison?  Heart? I don't know, but my sadness is overwhelming...
      Thanks for listening; I'd appreciate any comments.
    

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By thebatcave64 on 2010-02-08

      Thanks all for this posting.  Like so many others we thought we were cursed, alone, unique.
      Two weeks ago my hubby commented that our little pug Arnie was too good to be true.  A week ago, he was running around but a little lethargic, had eaten OK as usual but had a wheeze. We checked on him several times during the night, no change, but at 5 am my husband called me to say there was something wrong with him.  He was gasping, not moving any air. I had an ambubag as I am in the medical field, so I tried to bag him but it was like he was completely obstructed. I have seen many humans die, but nothing as quick as this. He was only 18 months old.
      Once again like many others I found this blog by a search engine. What is very curious though, is that very little research seemed to appear on the results page.  Just story after story of broken hearts and years of life wasted.  For those who found this site for all the wrong reasons, perhaps if you really want to make this posting the last one of it's kind, think about making a difference. Ask your vet if there is any research happening, and be willing to take it that step further, even if it means donating your beloved's body. Our little boy had an autopsy, and nothing but pulmonary edema showed up. Heart size normal, no foreign bodies,nothing. In the long run, not having any answers is far more painful than not having that box of ashes sitting in the cupboard.
      I can't accept not having any answers, and I suspect the reason why there aren't any answers is that our love for these animals stops it. Just something to think about.
    

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By atraylor00 on 2010-01-30

      Our sweet dog passed this morning.  Allie was a black lab mix.  We have had her for 9 yrs.  We got Allie when she was just 4 wks old.  Her mom had been killed and the owners were unable to care for all of the pups.
      This morning Allie was doing her usual barking and jumping at the front door when someone knocked or rang the bell.  Around 11:15 am the neighbor kids came over to play with our kids and knocked on the door.  My husband went through the dining rm and let the kids in the garage door.  By the time he came back through the kitchen and the family room he looked in the foyer and Allie was laying there with her tongue blue and hanging out of her mouth and she had already had a bowel movement on the floor.  Our neighbor is a vet and came over right away and she said there is nothing that she could do.
      My son is devestated and is crying off and on.  I told him that Allie went to heaven to live with his grandmother (who passed November 09) and that she is taking care of her now.
      Allie was such a wonderful pet, she was really a fanmily member.  She was my only "child" for a long time. I work from home and she would "go" to work with me everyday and lay next to my desk.  I cannot believe how suddenly she died. I have a headache and my eyes are swollen from crying all day.  I am going to miss my sweet friend!
    

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By trainer on 2010-01-27
I am so, so sorry for your loss.  Did she have any history of heart murmurs, shortness of breath after exercising?  I am at a loss as to what could have caused her to go.  Heart problems are all I can think of.  We lost our bullie in his sleep a week ago...same thing was fine all day, put them to bed that night, all was fine and woke to find him gone.  Our Vet said he must have had some type of heart arythmia.  Wish I could be of more help. I truly do understand what you are going through.It hurts so much to go through this.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cathy

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By theinletbum on 2010-01-26
I am so heartbroken right now I can hardly find the words to express what has happened today.  Our precious 15 month old yorkie who was fine one minute is now gone.  This morning began like every other morning and all the dogs seemed fine.  I walked upstairs to walk exercise for 30 minutes and when I came back downstairs she was lying on the kitchen floor not moving.  No visible signs of anything.  No vomit, no accident, no blood, she was just gone.  Could a 15 month old really have just had a heart attack?  This not knowing is driving me crazy.  Is there something I missed?

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By dagmarezy on 2010-01-24

      I am so glad I found this site.  I'm still looking for answers as to how my precisous little westie died.  He was 9.  Reading all these heartbreaking stories is like reading my own diary in how I felt after he died.  IT was just a normal day, went outside to pottie before he went to bed and 20 min. later he began panting.  So i jumped up and he was trying to walk to his bed and was having trouble standing.  I picked him up and laid him downstairs talking to him telling him everything was okay.  I will never forget how he looked at me with his eyes. He looked so scared.  I had no idea he was dying.  he was diagnosed 2 months before with lyme disease, took his meds and he was fine.  I kept thinking, what did this vet miss? There's something terribly wrong.  I picked him up and put him in his bed and carried him to the car to rush him to the vet where he died 15 mins later in the car.  I was devestated, heartbroken. I cried for days and days and still do.  I feel such regret that i did not just hold him in my arms while he was going through this.  I just rushed him to the hospital, I'm so sorry for that.  I am not the only one who misses our little Spike, my whole family misses him, our neighbors are devestated.  He was the funniest little person in my life and he gave me so much love and joy.  I dread coming home from work because he's not there at the door to greet me anymore. THe house seems dead. It's beyond words.  It's been 2 1/2 mos and I still can't get over it.  I had a tiny bit of his ashes put in a tiny vial wrapped in a little angel and wear it on a chain around my neck.  He's with me always.

      Mary
    

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By janet on 2010-01-17
It's me, Janet, again.  It's been over five months since we lost our Annie suddenly of an apparent cardiac event, and even though I posted a couple of times since then, I just wanted to visit here again and let everyone know that I understand and do so sympathize with your loss and sadness.  And for those of you who have recently suffered a sudden loss of your dear pet, please know that it does get better.  I feel as though I am starting to come out of my coma.  It's been a rough five months, and I still have many sad moments, but have hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I loved that wonderful dog more than I can express, but she is with me, I know that for sure.  If anyone wants to email me, please feel free.  And remember, as Dr. Sife says, who is the founder of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, "we are all in this lifeboat together".  My email address is:  janet@claimsurveys.com.  Take care and let yourself heal.  Hugs.

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By a.oha on 2010-01-17
Today I lost my dearly beloved Chinese Sharpei dog, who was only 5 years old.   He was found on the side of our home by my oldest son, who adored him and was the primary caretaker.  We have no clue what could've happened to him other than the possibility of an heart attack.  There were no signs of distress as far as I know of and according to my son he was doing just fine when he let him out in the morning.   Gods knows best and I believe he's resting peacefully up in Dog Heaven.    RIP! Your Momma.

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By bweigly on 2010-01-16
I don't know how I'm going to survive this, but it does help somewhat to know that we're not alone.  My husband and I lost our precious guardian angel, Bailey, on January 14th. I was so blessed to have had her for almost 15 years here on earth and I thank God for that. But the hard part is that she was fine up until she collapsed suddenly on Thursday evening...we rushed her to the emergency vet but it was too late. My husband blames himself because he let her out and she was fine. He turned around to get one of our other pups and when he turned back she was on the ground. At first we thought that maybe she fell and broke something and that put her into shock. But the ER vet told us that she fell because she had a fatal arrythmia...probably due to her age...and that there was  really no way of knowing and  nothing more we could have done. I believe him, but I still have a nagging doubt that maybe he just said that to make us feel better. I mean, how could a dog be fine one moment and dead the next? Reading your stories, I've realized that I'm not alone and that this does happen. I'm so sorry for all of your losses and I truly believe that  our  pups are all together playing happily and waiting for us to join them on the  other  side. We love you with all our hearts Bay and we know you're still here with us and you will never be  forgotten. I hope  we are  all able to find some peace. ~Bridget

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By chaussures105 on 2010-01-03

      WE JUST LOST OUR DOG BUSTER BpostN, TODAY AT 11:45 A.M. I AM SO DESVASTATED BY IT I HAVE NOW A HUGE HEADACHE AND MY EYES ARE RED AND SMALL OF SO MUCH CRYING. I WENT TO THE INTERNET LOOKING FOR THE CAUSES OF SUDDENT DEATH IN DOGS AND GOT TO THIS BLOG. KNOWING THAT SO MANY GREAT PET OWNERS HAVE LOST THEIR BELOVED COMPANION AS SUDDEN AS I LOST MY CUTE BUSTER BpostN TODAY  MAKE ME REALIZE HOW FRAIL IS OUR LOVED ONES LIFE.
      I WENT OUT WITH MY HUSBAND FOR A JOGGING ROUTINE THIS MORNING AFTER I TOOK MY DOG WHO WAS HAPPIER THAN USUAL TO DO HIS NEEDS IN OUR YARD, HE WENT TO THE FRONT AND BACK RUNNING AND HAPPY, HE DID NOT ENJOY RUNNING MORE THAN HE NEEDED AND WAS VERY CLEAR IN MAKING HIS WISHES LISTEN TO AND BEING THE WEATHER IN CHICAGO BELOW ZERO OF COURSE HE WON'T OUT FOR MORE THAN THE NECCESSARY, SO AFTER HE DID HIS NEEDS I WAS HAPPY AND READY TO LEFT HIM FOR AN HOUR OR SO.I GAVE HIM HIS TREAT AND LEFT. WE CAME BACK AT 11:40 HE GAVE ME A SOFT WELCOME AND WENT TO WHERE MY BOOTS WHERE DID A STRANGE MOVE SO I CALL MY HUSBAND IN ALARM. WHEN I SAW HIS TONGUE KIND OF PURPLE AND GOING TO A SIDE I START SCREAMING AS HE PASSED AWAY IN MATTER OF SECONDS . I AM SO DESVASTATED . FOR NINE YEARS HE WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL, SMART AND SENSITIVE DOG I EVER HAD. I LOVED ALL MY DOGS . AND IT IS NEVER EASY TO LET GO BUT SUDDEN DEATH BRINGS YOU THE WORST PAIN. MY HEART ,LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING GOES TO ALL WHO LOST THEIR PET . ANIMALS HAVE THEIR WAY TO BRING PEACE, SERENETY AND HAPPINES INTO OUR LIFES. OF COURSE UNTIL THEY PASSED AWAY AND LEAVE US LOST.
    

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By aemeyer99 on 2009-09-13
I am so glad to have found this site.  We lost our German Shepard, Buster, on Friday morning.   I got up and went to let him and our other 2 dogs out, and I found him dead.  There was urine and feces around him - just a little.   The only symptoms he had were that he had been slowing down on the end of our daily walks in the last month or so   But we thought it was just because it was hot and he was tired - he would spend parts of each day wandering around our farm -chasing mice in the hay field, etc.   The night before he died, he did seem sick.  We thought it was a virus and were going to take him to the vet the next morning.   He just laid on the floor and only got up after much prompting.  We think it must have been his heart.   We miss him so much - he was the sweetest, kindest dog.   He always wanted to kiss and climb on our laps - just like a big lap dog.  It helps to know we are not alone in this.  RIP Buster.

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By carenhnelson on 2009-09-03

      Our Wonderful Chocolate Lab , Tucker passed away Tuesday morning. We are still in such shock and it just make any sense. Tucker took his normal mile walk with my husband to get the newspaper, came back had his normal breakfast, play a little catch with his ball, went swimming, and came into the house laid down .
      I found him not moving when I walked by him, I knew instantly that something was wrong. He had died.
      We had an autopsy done and the Vet said he was very healthy , no problems with his organs. I am just mystified how this big , loveably , healthy dog could die so suddenly and they can't find a cause,\.

      Tucker had been on prednisone  for itching. Could this have caused his heart to fail?? If anyone has this similar experience with this drug , please let me know.

      Tucker was the love of our life and he has left such a big empty space.
    

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By jane-corso on 2009-08-21

      My deepest sympathy to you and all that have lost their pets suddenly.  We are still looking for answers.  Although I've never been to this site before this week; it seeems as though there has an abundant number of posts ina short amount of time (particulary in the past two weeks).  Does anyone else have any thoughts?
      Still heart broken.
    

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By ericacollins1 on 2009-08-21
I just lost my best friend MOJO on August 18. He was a 12 male boxer. He was very healty for his age. He had his yearly exams with everything good. We were playing in the yard at 9:30am and he was running around the yard like usual. He ran up the steps to me and then fell back. I thought he just lost his balance and told him to get up. He started kicking his back legs trying to get up but his front legs were not moving. After he kicked for a minute he just laid still, that was when I realized something was wrong. I ran over to him and he was just laying there breathing normal, but not moving. After about 5 breathes, he just stopped. I was in complete shock, I never dreamed that he had just died. I started yelling his name and holding his head up, but he was gone. I dont know what happen. I am glad that he didnt suffer, because from the time he was running until he took his last breathe wasnt more than a minute, it happened so fast.Does this sound like a heart attack? He wasnt gasping for air, he wasnt whining in pain, and he was running around normal, eating normal. I feel like my heart has been ripped out, I wasnt ready to loose my friend friend and I know he wasnt ready to leave me either he had so much life to live. I have never experienced a sudden death like this and I am very confused. It has helped me so much to read these other stories and to know that I am not alone. It does help to ease the pain.

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By jscarfia on 2009-08-19

      My best friend Sasha died yesterday morning. She was 10 years old a mixed breed. She and I did everything together along with my family. She loved camping.going on walks and just being with us. The vet thinks she had a heart attack, there were no big symptoms except a couple of days before she died she became lethargic and I had a vet appointment in a couple of days. I am so sorry for your loss I feel very much in the dumps right now. My dog was a stray I got from the humane society; she couldn't have been a beter companion.

      jim
    

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By krista.hankins on 2009-08-19

      On Saturday August 15, 2009 I lost my best friend Vern.  He was a Mastiff mix and was the sweetest most loving dog.  Everyone always commented on his wonderful disposition.

      Vern was never sick a day in his life.  I have had him since the very minute that he was born, other dog Brandi gave birth to him and from the very first day of his life I have had him.  He was over 100 pounds and afraid of the dark since day one. When he was a baby he would sit on top of my foot when I would take him outside to go potty because he didn't like touching the concrete.  If he saw his reflection in the oven door he would yelp and then run and hide.  We had to leave a night lite on for him or he would sleep with our boys.

      Vern was perfectly fine on Saturday morning at 5:30 am and then at 8:30 am my son came downstairs and said that "Vern isn't moving mom, I think that he is dead."  I went running to him and he was gone when I got to him.  His body was still warm so he hadn't been dead that long. I called the vet and they said that he was up to date on everything and that their guess was either a heart attack or a blood clot.

      What a devistation to not have him in my life.  I feel a hole in my heart and in our family.
    

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By twgbg on 2009-08-16
when reading all the comments about sudden deaths of dogs you then realize how many people have gone thru this sadness that hits you so hard and so quickly. I took Mandy,who was 15 yr old,for her quarterly grooming.  She was older and certainly slowing down but was overall healthy for her age. I went to pick her up and the groomer,who has been taking care of her for such a long time,stated that she acted funny when she was doing her grooming.  She let out with a loud cry/and then she seemed ok after that.  She watched her but then seemed fine. I went in to get her and she was laying there but seemed a little more lethargic but nothing that unusual initially. We started to walk to the car and she collapsed on the sidewalk and that was it.  I knew right away that she was gone.  Very slight heartbeat but I knew it was the end.  We took her to the nearest animal hospital and they took care of her so well. What happened we will only guess - possibly her heart. We, as everyone else, loved her very much and we will never forget what a great dog she was and as gentle as can be with our grandchildren. I felt that she at least waited for me to come for her before she just gave up.

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By ruby on 2009-08-16

      Your dog's death on August 13 is eerily similar to mine.  I left for work mid-morning on August 14 after playing with my 4 y/o border collie who's in excellent health and came home at 7 pm to find him dead for several hours on the front porch. When I found him I noticed he was bleeding from his rectum indicating some sort of internal bleeding, but no external physical injuries were apparent.   He was fed Science Diet for large dogs with occasional meat or cheese treats but no table scraps.  He had had blood work done 2 weeks prior to screen him for getting his teeth cleaned and nothing was found then.  He was an active, healthy dog by all accounts.

      In the interminable mind-scanning to come up with what I might have done wrong I can think of a couple things.

      1.  He had become somewhat reluctant to eat his dry food in the past month.  I may have been feeding him too much (he has never been a food hound in any respect), but I often wondered if he wasn't having some chronic upset stomach issues.  He always eventually ate.  I also questioned the food brand in light of recent issues with bad dog food.

      2.  When I layed down to cuddle with Buddy after he had been snoozing for awhile in the evening, he would often pant very quickly, noticeably quickly for having been sleeping for over an hour.

      3.  Just prior to the teeth cleaning 2 weeks ago, he had been doing this coughing/gagging/choking thing with a little bit of regurgitation intermittently.  I had meant to have the vet check it out at the cleaning, but he had stopped just prior and I didn't bring it up.  I noticed this because it was very similar to what a friend's older, small dog had been doing recently and she told me it was a symptom of a heart condition that had been diagnosed in her dog.

      I'm calling the vet tomorpost to discuss Buddy's sudden death and would like to have an autopsy if that's still possible.  This broke my heart as well as he was my best friend and had to be one of the best dogs ever.
    

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By drfeliciajohnson on 2009-08-06
My 13y/o Chow Chow, Sheba died suddently last night (Wednesday, August 5, 2009).  She refused her dinner which was highly unusual.  I tried to coax her with the viena sausages that she loved.  She walked around for a while and then layed down.  I kept checking on her to see if she was ready to eat.  About 20 minutes after I had last checked on her I heard barking.  I thought she was letting me know that she was ready to eat.  When I got to her room, my other Chow, Sundae was barking, and Sheba was lying on the floor dead.  Thursday (July 30, 20009) I took her to the vet for her annual physical.  Because of her age, the vet suggested a geriatric battery of test. Although it costed more I agreed.  He called me on the following day and told me that everything was great, her heart, liver, kidneys, etc.  I thought that I had at least  2 or 3 more years with her.  Not just a week and a half.  We are all devastated  here and share your pain.  I'm becoming leery of the immunizations and the heartworm medication.

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By zguy1949 on 2009-08-05
Our dog Goldie died today at 3:05pm. She woke me at 5:30 this morning, when she threw up and then collapsed next to the bed. She seemed better, and I went to work. I came home at noon for lunch and she did not greet me, just layed in her bed and she had thpostn up again and was laying in it. Then she got up and went into the kitchen and collapsed and did not try and get up. I called the vet and rushed her in. I had to carry her. I called the vet at 2:50 and they said she seemed a little better. We were going to go visit her, and then the vet called and said he was going to take blood, and she thew up again, collapsed and went into cardic arrest. I am just in shock. She was the best dog I had, and she had more personality the most 10 dogs put together. She was a constant source of amusment, and the best friend I could every hope for. She will be deeply missed. RIP good friend..

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By jamjen72 on 2009-07-29
I lost my 9 year old German Shepard two days ago, and I am still hysterical. I came home from work and was taking her some fresh water. She didn't come over and jump to greet me and didn't respond when I called. I found her laying dead by the side of her pen. She was fine the night before, running around and had eaten her food. She had shown no signs of being sick or that she may have been ill. We called the vet to ask what he thought could have caused her death, but he said there was no way to tell without an autopsy. We didn't really have $300 to spend for a proceedure that wouldn't bring back our dog, but not knowing what killed her is pure hell. I, too, have spent hours on the internet trying to find answers. I'm so sorry for the loss all of you have experienced, but it is some comfort to know my family and I are not alone in our intense grief over losing our pet. Our Mille was a wonderful dog and will always be in our hearts.

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By fsa_usa on 2009-07-12

      In an effort to eliminate pet food issues I want to offer up what we fed our dog BOOMER:

      Pedigree Canned Chicken and Beef
      Waggin' Train Chicken Jerkeys (2 to 3 per day)

      Can others please let me know if their dogs also ate either of the two types of food?

      Boomer's vet told us that it was a snake bite. But snake bites normally don't kill a dog -- just 2% die. And Boomer had a lump on his belly, not on his neck or face where snakes bite.

      Pet food may have been the cause. But I can't seem to link it to that lump/bruise on his belly that developed in one day before the day he died.

      We all need to try and warn others if pet food is the culprit.

      It hurts too much.
    

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By issiebelle on 2009-07-10

      On July 4th, my daughter lost her much loved sharpei the same way.  We all had been at her house all day with him and he was happy and loving every minute.  He had no fear of the firework sounds and all the people around the neighborhood.  He was out with us and ate and drank and played just like normal.  We went up the hill for 30 minutes for the nighttime fireworks and left him and all her pets in her home.  When we returned he was asleep in his usual spot and position.  Only he didn't wake up.  We tried cpr and everything as only 30 minutes had gone by.  We were all baffled.  But he was gone.  Seemed peacefully.
      He was almost 7 and she rescued him from owners who were no longer able to care for him around 7 months ago.  at that time he was emaciated and had bad skin conditions but she had him back to perfect condition in only a month or two.  He had been vet checked and neutered in her care as soon as she took him in. A huge hole has been left in our hearts as we loved him so much and never ever expected him not to be part of the family for several more years.  We can only explain it as a heart attack.  So I share in all your shocks of losing a beloved member of your family out of the blue.  The pain is trememdous.
      It's the last thing anyone expected.  We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be so very missed.  I love you, Owen.  See you again!
    

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By lalexanderbluiz on 2009-04-15

      stephaniesylvester, lease feel free to email me directly at lalexanderbluiz@yahoo.com It has been so difficult for me to deal with this sudden loss. Bella was like a child to me.

      Lisa
    

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By sallyjbailey on 2009-03-07
My neighbors dog, a Sheltie died very suddenly, she was fine on Tuesday, on Wednesday she could not even keep water down, and was vomiting water, she died suddenly,  he did taken her to the vet, he is older, I feel so sorry, it was very sad for him, I was wondering if the animal was poisoned?

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By sumisubeth on 2009-02-04

      Thank you Kit. It's amazing to me that so many people have experienced this. I wanted to be sure that there was nothing we could have done differently to prevent this, and also to rule out any chance of poisoning of any kind. Especially because she was so young. So we had the vet do a necropsy and send samples for further testing. In the most basic terms, it was a heart attack. Like your vet told you, there was nothing that could've been done, even if we had known there was a problem, which we wouldn't have without extensive testing. And even if she could have been saved, her quality of life would have been greatly diminished.

      Like you, I miss my friend so much, and even with all our other animals, the house seems very quiet and empty without her. I guess it is true that the light that burns most brightly also goes out most quickly. But if I had it to do all over again, I would be even more sure of choosing her to bring home.
    

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By sumisubeth on 2009-02-04
Deand710, it is so true that it is not wrong, or disloyal to think about getting another pet. I heard someone say once, that it is actually the greatest of compliments because you valued the relationship you lost so much, you want to find the same kind of joy again. And there are so many animals out there that need to be adopted into a kind and loving home.

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By biggwaterscapes on 2009-02-03

      I lost my best friend the other day, unexpectedly.  Bandit seemed 100% when I fed him dinner.  I come back an hour and a half later to find him laying down and didn't want to move.  He got up for me, stared straight ahead, then back down.  His breath, paws, and nose were cold.  He didn't want treats or anything.  I stood him up to go out.  He ran out like a good boy and urinated, then did a small poop.  He then stared off into the darkness.  We called emergency vet after I carried him back inside.  He just laid down, then kept getting up and moving, to lay somewhere else.  His breathing was irregular, his mouth was clamped shut.  He passed on in the car on the way to emergency...
      I am a wreck.  However, at least it was quick and I didn't have to put him down.  That is what I wanted for him. I miss him dearly...
    

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By mkennedy001 on 2009-02-02
Steiff's mom back again.  The holidays have passed and I decided to leave the manger down and not remind myself of Steiff as he was in my thoughts more than normal anyway.  I decided to be thankful for my new healthy grandson and for the dog I had rescued, Juno, who is a wonderful companion and has taken a special place in the family keeping Teddy, my other silky company on our long walks. Teddy is still head of the pack after me, although he is smaller than Juno.  I am still missing my Steiff and will still feel guilty that I do not know why or how I missed him not being his usual self.  I know that I did not replace him as he is still in my heart everyday, and I still cry when I need to but I also know that rescuing Juno was the best thing I could have done as there are so many animals in need.  So many pure bred dogs end up on Petfinder.com because of all the rescue work dedicated people are doing.  For the person who was unsure as to if she should get another dog, I encourage you to go on that site or any shelter near you.  Take your time as everyone needs the time they need to grieve but your journey in healing will also be better knowing that you have taken the suffering from another animal in need, where you could do nothing for the pet you lost, helping another will be good for both of you. They are not substitutes they are as another post said angels sent to help.  Good luck on your journey. Steiff's Mom

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By Sumisubeth on 2009-01-27
This Sunday, our German Shepherd died. She was only three and a half years old. We got her as a pup, after we had lost our previous German Shepherd of 13 years. She seemed in perfect health, strong, energetic and beautiful. There were no symptoms, no signs of any kind. She passed her vet visits with flying colors, other than once, when she had some sort of bacterial infection (I forget the name) that birds carry, but she was treated for that. She had been outside with our other dog for a while, as usual, I let them inside, and she was bounding around, happy to see me. I stepped back outside for less than a minute, and came back in to find her lying there, already gone. We are devastated. They did a necropsy, but found nothing that could be considered a cause. We're having samples analyzed, but I'm afraid we might have to live with the mystery. But if I can, I want to know. If there's something I could have done to prevent it, at least I'll know next time, and I can try to let other people know, as well. I've read about some heart issues that can cause sudden death, but it seems that it is usually picked up on at the vet. I thought about an aneurysm, but apparently that's very rare in dogs. If anyone has any insight, I'd love to hear it. And for those of you who have suffered a similar loss, I share your grief. I love all my animals, and both my dogs—now only one, very, very much. But this one was special. She was, without a doubt, my very best friend.

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By kitb08 on 2009-01-27

      sumisubeth,
      I'm so sorry about your dog. We lost ours the same day and almost the same way. We actually saw her die. I looked up aortic stenosis in dogs and it sounds alot like what they both could have died from. From talking to my vet and reading the articles, there was nothing that could have been done either before or during. Belle had just had a full check up just after Christmas and nothing was detected. I had a 15yo nephew that the same sort of thing happened to him. There is just no rhyme or reason why this happens. We just have to remember our loved ones and be happy for the little time that we got to have them with us. Belle was a very happy dog and I take comfort that she didn't suffer as my old 18yo dog did before we finally had to have her put down. Try to remember the happy times. I know it will hurt for awhile. I'm crying as I type this because I miss her so bad. I know it will get better. I hope this help you in some way.
      Kit
    

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By kitb08 on 2009-01-26
We just lost our beautiful Belle yesterday. She was happy and active, playing outside with her "sister" Bailey. I called them in and she went over to my husband and collapsed, then died. I tried to do cpr on her but it didn't do any good. She had an earlier fainting experience on Friday and I was going to take her to the vet today. She had these fainting episodes when she was very active. After looking online, I'm pretty sure she died of aortic stenosis. She was only 2 years old. She was a crazy dog but I loved her very much. She was a mixed breed. I had done a DNA test on here and 3 of the breeds she was mixed with has aortic stenosis as a problem in them. I felt very alone in this sudden death until I ran across this site. My heart goes out to each and all of you that has had to go through this. I will never forget her.

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By bhargava on 2009-01-24

      I just lost my Katie , poodle of 9 years. she was outside for 4 hrs early morning. when i found her she was breathing fast and feet cold. the vet told me to put warm blankets. within the hour she died in front of our eyes in our arms. We did an autopsy. the vet says one of her lung s was completely consolidated.. could 4 hrs of cold [30 degrees]
      have brought this on. the vet says this is not hypothermia since she was warm and no other changes, Any thoughts any one. i need some answers asap
    

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By deand710 on 2009-01-24

      To the ones that lost their pet like my German shepherd that died after 18 months. It has been almost 3 weeks now. It is very hard for me as I loved that dog even though I have 3 other dogs. I will never know what happen. I have put up photos of him to see each day go to his grave to talk to him and write many  poems to him. I had decided to get another german shepherd and am getting it next Sat. I searched the pets on line for days and I was lead to one dog in which the one I am getting. I have lost many pets before but this one makes me feel so empty. My new puppy will be called Shiloh which means (he who has been sent) This puppy will never take over his ledgency but will give me great comfort in all it can be. I will never get my dog back so everytime I hug my new puppy tight I will feel a presence of my other dog for the nite. My new puppy will be a special dog and will be like a angel from heaven that has come to look over me.
      Animals are a joy and comfort. It is not wrong to get another pet. If you get another pet it does not mean that you will forget the one that died. Their are many pets out their that need a loving home and they will give you the love you so much need. Just think of any pet you get will be a angel from heaven to look over you. My husband lost his german shepherd 6 years ago and he said he did not want another dog. I got him another any way and to this day he thanks me for getting him that dog. The dog is the sweetest thing their is. We still have great memories of the other dog but the hurt is not their just the moments we remember.
    

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By bhargava on 2009-01-24

      I just lost my Katie , poodle of 9 years. she was outside for 4 hrs early morning. when i found her she was breathing fast and feet cold. the vet told me to put warm blankets. within the hour she died in front of our eyes in our arms. We did an autopsy. the vet says one of her lung s was completely consolidated.. could 4 hrs of cold [30 degrees]
      have brought this on. the vet says this is not hypothermia since she was warm and no other changes, Any thoughts any one. i need some answers asap
    

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By christylugi on 2009-01-21
I am so sorry for the loss of your little yorkie Mandy.  I can so relate to how you are feeling as I lost my precious yorkie Jag on Monday night.   Jag was 9 years old and seemed to be perfectly healthy.  In December he had his yearly check up and everything seemed to be fine.  Monday was a great day.  It was snowing where we live and my husband and I were off from work. We had a great day with Jag.  He walked in the snow and napped with us... a perfect snow day!  Monday night Jag was sitting on the couch with me.  I was on one end of the couch he was on his blanket on the other end of the couch. My husband walked over to Jag and was petting him when our cat walked down the hall way.  My husband simply spoke to the cat and Jag turned on the arm of the couch and simply fell to the ground. At first , we thought he had lost his balance and fell.  He did not try to brace the fall or land on his legs at all.  I did not see this happen but heard the loud thump.  Jag only weighed 3.8 pounds.  I ran over to him and picked him up and he was stiff. My husband and I thought that he had broken his neck and was paralyzed.  We have since, spoke to our vet and he seems to think that something catostrophic happened to Jag before he hit the ground.  He said it is not normal for an animal not to  try to catch themselves when falling.  He told us that even if he had broken his neck when he fell that he would have lived longer than 5 minutes. Jag only lived 5 minutes, that's it.  He looked over at my husband and then looked at me with his soft bpostn eyes, and with one last breath... my best friend was gone.  I know exactly how you feel, not really knowing what went wrong. I do know that the past 48 hours without Jag have been empty and I'm heartbroken.  I'm not sure how you are supposed to get over losing a huge part of your life.  I have been clinging to all the pictures I have of Jag and plan on making a memory book.  I am lost without him.  My husband and I do not have any children, so Jag was my baby!  Please know that I am going through the same thing that you are and that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.  Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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By caseyjanegreen on 2009-01-20
My dog died very suddenly after 2-3 weeks of trying to battle a severe lung infection.  He walked into the bedroom where we were, collapsed, spit up a large amount of blood and was clearly unable to breath.  He died very quickly.  I am confused about what may have caused this.  It was a very traumatic experience for all of us.  Although he was quite ill neither of the vets treating him even mentioned the possibility of this sort of death.  If anyone can give me information about what could have been the actual cause of death I would appreciate the knowledge.  He was my best buddy.  My vets don't seem interested in helping to explain this sort of death.  He was a large lab/hound mix and 9.5 years old.  He is greatly missed.

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By deand710 on 2009-01-17
I had a german shepard who was 18months old die jan 5 for no reason. I went out to get the paper and he went outside and watched me I came in he was playing with my other dogs I give them all treats. Him and the other 3 dogs were in their sunroom sleeping. I left  to do somethings and when my husband come home and give them treats as he does everyday he would not get off the couch. My husband called and called and then when he went to see the dog was dead. He was up on the couch looked as if he was just taking a nap with his head on his paw. Their was not saliva on his mouth nothing. His eyes were just rolled back. It had been 3 hours from when I left and my husband come home. My son was in the other room and did not even know. It is such a heart break to me as he was always so full of himself playing all the time etc. I am beyond myself thinking of the loss. Even though I have 3 more dogs he was my baby. He was the greatest dog he loved us so much and slept with my husband everynite. I am so comfused. If anyone knows of any reason please reply. I am getting a new puppy at the end of the month. I feel like he steered me to find this puppy that  everytime I kiss and hug it my other dog will be always with me. I have been heartbroken over this.

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By sdesousa15 on 2009-01-13
I'm glad I'm reading this story...my 9 year old German Shepherd died last night as well. I let him outside in the morning he ate his treats, and seemed himself. Later that afternoon I found him thposting up acting very strange and lethargic. We took him into the vet thinking it was a cold or something, but we had the bad news of internal bleeding, they weren't even sure what it was but they were leading to a hemoabdomen, and the hemangiosarcoma. We ended up taking him to another vet an hour away to see if he could go in for some sort of surgery, but they weren't even sure of the prognosis. You could tell that the vet knew the outcome, but was scared to tell me. We made the decision to put him to sleep, something just told me that was the right thing to do, I didn't want to put him through surgery after surgery. I just wish he knew that was the best for him, he was a great dog, and I'll miss him forever.

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By loriahutchinson on 2009-01-05

      I just lost my beloved yorkie Mandy on January 2, 2009.
      She was fine my husband let her out a t 8:30 a.m and when I came downstairs at 9:30 a.m she was gone. She had vomited and her other functions let go as well. She was 11 years old but in great health. I feel so guilty because I did not see what happened but her tongue was hanging to the side. I just held and cried till my husband got home from work. How do yo begin to heal from this she was such a big part of our family she was so loved. Our other dog who is a maltese seems actually depressed she won't wag her tail or even play and she is only 2 years old. They were best friends. Peolpe keep telling us to get another dog for our maltese Molly but that just seems wrong to me. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.
    

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By afrances2004 on 2009-01-05
My dog Dolly, an 8 year old german shepherd died yesterday.  She seemed fine in the morning but by the afternoon had become sluggish and lethargic, more by the minute.  I came home and her nose and mouth were ice cold and so was her breath.  I took her immediately to the vet, only to have her leave before they could even finish evaluating her.  They said she was in shock, probably from internal bleeding, infection or heart problems.  I'll never know but I do know that she was a really good dog and I loved her so much and my heart is just broken.  My other dog won't leave my side now.  Thank god I have him.  I miss Dolly so much.  As I look back, I wonder if there was something I should have seen.  I can't believe I've lost her.

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By nick.taymour on 2009-01-04

      My dog Benny, a two year old bejon died last night at 3:15 (1/4/09). He was very healthy dog and very active. He cried load in sleep, like  he suffered a sharp pain and just died. I tried everything, but in less than few minutes he was gone. I tried to revive him but failed.
      It has been a very hard night and day for me and my family and it is very hard to cope with his death.
    

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By littlenell on 2008-12-25
Can't sleep all I can think is my Nell is gone buried in a pet cemetery,  that does not help me cope with my loss.  She was beautiful. Can't figure out why the regular Vet. didn't discover that she had Lymphoma when sub. Vet. discovered it the cancer was advanced.  My, heart is   filled with grief almost two months and I still feel like I am dying from the loss.   God gave me a beautiful gift only to take it away.

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By sweetharden1 on 2008-12-19
The holidays are much harder to face this year without Nala.  We all miss her dearly.  I bought an ornament that resembled her and placed angel wings behind it.  I know she is in a better place, but still miss her here dearly.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who might be missing a member of their families this season.

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By mae on 2008-12-06
I, keep saying God why did you let this happen.  Nell and Ginger was my family Nell is gone as of Nov 8 08  have cried every day.  I loved them both all my human family is gone most of them in tragic ways.  I, always prayed that God would help the hurting people and animals and  protect mine. I,am numb with grief.

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By theguzmans2 on 2008-12-05
I grieve and feel your pain, unfortunately. I too have just lost a wonderful pet. This morning I went to let the dogs out and my Bella did not move. I let her stay there and sleep for a while longer while I drank my cofee and watched the early morning news. Then I thought it was time for her to go out so that the parrot could come out of the cage. She still would not respond to me over her. I bent down to maybe wake her (I guess)and the thought of our 1 1/2 year old Cane Corso (thought to be in perfect health) being "dead" was not on my mind. It only took a light touch to her front leg and I took off running crying out for my husband. I told him to check to see if what I thought happened actually did. Yes, she had passed away in her sleep. Appears that way. I just wish I knew what from. I called the vet, but don't want her to be "cut open". That just sounds so awful. No. Instead my son and brother-in-law buried her on her bead with her little stuffed "Bart Simpson" toy. She will always be here on our land and in our hearts. We are taking the other dogs to the vet to be fully checked out. They all were at the vet in September. I do not understand how this happened. My entire family grieves with you and feels your pain. Thank you for reading our story. We love you and miss you Bellazul aka "Bella"!!!!

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By mkennedy001 on 2008-12-05
I just got on this site again after several months since Steiff's Passing in June and lots of life changes going on, my marriage, a new grandson, and retirement, but now that the holidays are coming up I dread part of them.  I adopted a resue mostly Silky Terrier from Petfinder and Juno is wonderful.  Bouncy and loves our 3 mile walks along with my Silky Teddy who I knew missed Steiff so much.  I have a hand made manger with all my animals that I have sculpted over the years from clay, my horses, dogs, cats, birds etc.  I dread bringing it out this year as Steiff's image will now be there as a reminder all over again of how much I still miss him. He will be moved to the animal heaven section of my manger which is now getting  more and more full. I love having animals around me and regardless of the pain that we all feel in losing them, especially so unexpectedly, I will continue to hope that I will see them all again.  My 19 year old cat Emma passed after a long problem on Oct 15th.  She had more than her alotted 9 lives and had more vet visits and treatments that gave her 20 lives and I love and miss her desperately too, but I knew it was coming and it is a whole differnt thing when they leave us so suddenly.  I wish you all well on your journey during this difficult season when their absence is truly felt.  Steiff's Mom

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By julie on 2008-12-04
I'm very sorry for your loss of Dixie. Our 7-year old, healthy cocker spaniel Bpostnie died last night, at the side of our bed, without making a noise. This morning she was curled up in her usual sleeping position. We're left wondering what happened, and of course, what we're going to tell our son (we told him before he left for school that Bpostnie didn't feel good in the night and I took her to the vet). My thoughts go out to you--and us--at this time.

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By ematacotta on 2008-12-01
My 7 year old yellow lab, Dixie, just died this afternoon. She just laid down and died. I had just turned my back to her to look out the window as my wife drove home from school. This morning she was just fine. She was in shape and cared for and  so loved. She laid down and that was it. No sound, no whimper nothing. I looked back to see why she wasn't coming to the door with me to greet my wife. My heart is broken. I have never had a dog like her. I picked her up when she was seven weeks old and trained her myself. I worked with her almost everyday for a year. I made flash cards for my kids and wife to follow when I was gone. She was brilliant. My daughter called her her sister. My 18 year  old son would cuddle with Dixie on his bed. My daughter, 12, called her to go to bed with her everynight. My dog would look back at us as she went up the steps , as if to grin and say here I go again. She wouldn't leave her room until morning. My dog would hunt with me and was a good dog in the field. I was so proud of her. Everybody that knew her thought she was an amazing dog. She taught herself to retrieve under water. I have pictures of her underwater. I can't stop crying like a little baby right now.

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By mae on 2008-11-28
How, can one know the pain of losing a beloved pet unless they are going through the same pain of loss.  Nell, my Sheltie was breathing hard so called the vet. (special appointment) found out she had advanced lymphoma and an enlarged spleen. X-rays showed a grave condition she had to be euthanized.  That, was Nov. 8 08. I, am devestated. God in heaven she was so beautifiul trusting and sweet.  Can't understand why she had to be sick and not come back with me. Nell I will love you forever.

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By tarantaise on 2008-11-20

      My heart cries out for you. My beloved Rotti, Dilli died on 22
      October at 12-36pm. She came up to see me and I heard her play with my daughter on the landing and when I came down she was gone. I screamed and screamed for her to not die but it was too late. My neighbours must have called the police who sent out their helicopter because it hovered over us and I could feel the downdraft. I screamed up to them to either get me a vet or buzz off but not so politely and they eventually left when my husband and vet nurse daughter arrived. I tried CPR for 40 minutes before they arrived but deep down I knew it was useless. She had left us and I feel she is so lost where she is because she didn't know what hit her. She was my soul mate. I loved her so much and there is a huge void where she once was. The other animals miss her as she was 1st foremost and last. She didn't walk into a room she exploded in and everyone loved her it was just the right thing. Even my daughters partner loved her deeply. He was terrified of Rotties till her. We have another little girl now and I feel guilty to hold her and tell her I love her for fear of upsetting Dilli but I will have to get over that bacause she is no longer with us and this little one is a sweety and I will love and cherish her but she isn't Dilli and I will take a long time to get over her loss. Even now as I write this I am crying. Not a day goes by when she isn't the first I think of in the morning and last at night. It's just the shock of it all. I feel so cheated. She was only 3.
    

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By clair on 2008-11-11
Forgive yourself.  Some dogs are easier to love than others, some are just more special.  Love him for who he is and he will respond to that love.  Both of you can heal.

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By rmackenzie on 2008-11-11
My beautiful Flygirl died just after midnight on saturday morning.  She had been to the vet that day and got her shots and wellness testing.  The vet marvelled at how healthy and youthful she was for a dog of 9 years.  We sat down for dinner that night and my husband recounted the vet's comments to us and I recall thinking that we would have her with us for a long time to come and the thought made me happy.  In retrospect my husband told me he was thinking the same thing.  She was so affectionate, emotional, communicative.  She talked, yelled, cried and smiled all the time.  I have never known a dog like Fly.  We went to bed and she took her place lying down beside my husband's side of the bed.  We had just turned out the light and she broke into a long, painful howl.  We jumped out of bed to see what was wrong.  Her back began to arch and her arms and legs went rigid.  We knew something horrible was happening to her.  Then she went limp.  Our eyes searched her body to try to understand what happened and my husband said; I think she's dead.  I just started screaming NO!NO!NO! but she was gone.  In an instant she was gone.  A few seconds later her head moved and she seemed to gasp twice.  We thought maybe she was coming out of it and called the emergency clinic.  The nurse on the phone was patient and kind and she told us to check a few things and then told us that she had passed.  Our family is heartbroken.  She was one of us.  The tests came back negetive, no illness, no heartworm, she was in excellent health.  The only thing that was different that day was the vaccination.  I know if she did not get that shot she would be alive now.  There is nothing I can do now but love the memory of my beautiful Flygirl and tell our story so others can consider it for themselves.

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By jeeph2ofun on 2008-11-09
This afternoon we lost a very important and deeply, deeply loved member of our family. Foster our 8 year old rescued Rottweiler. I remember the day I found him, all 37 pounds of him, some 7 years ago. Our vet did not expect him to survive, he proved them wrong and maintained a healthy and solid 80lbs until today. I returned home from errands and was greeted as usual by the gang, all happy as can be. While addressing laundry in the basement I heard a loud "thud" and my wife screaming, I assumed it was her or one of the children and ran upstairs to find in horror my wife clutching a lifeless Foster. He had collapsed while sitting on the floor in front of my wife. My attempts to revive him were in vain. My only reassurance is that I know that he did not suffer. My angel is gone, he is and will continue to be sorely missed. There is an unfillable void on my sofa and in my heart. We miss him.

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By raytock on 2008-11-07T08:09:01.47-08:00
From my experience with Golden Retrievers, I advise you to take care of the problem while the clumps of "dreadlocks" are small. It will only escalate the more active the dog, and the more shedding they have to do. Don't try to cut them out until you are absolutely sure you clear the skin which will pull outwards with the clumps of matted hair. We have tried detanglers when the clumps were small, but have had better luck with just spending time seperating them by hand with our fingers. I say let the professionals deal with the problem if it gets out of hand. Good luck to you.

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By raytock on 2008-11-07

      We are devastated with the passing of our beautiful six year old Golden Retriever, Sierra on Nov. 2, 2008.
      The morning was absolutely normal. At 6 a.m. I went outside to let my Rocky, an eight year old male, and Sierra out of their kennel/ dog run. They both RAN to the back porch, anxiously awaiting their morning biscuits. I turned to do a small task, and when I got to the backdoor, I stood in horror, shock and disbelief that Sierra lay taking her last breath.
      I was numb. In a matter of seconds she was gone.
      I awoke my husband to bury our faithful friend in the garden she loved so much to venture into. Rocky sat and watched my husband lay her to rest and cover her with earth. All I could tell myself is that she went quickly...she did not know what happened.
      The first twenty four hours found me in denial. Because her body was soft and warm when she was laid to rest, I invisioned her still alive underground....I thought I may need some professional help with grieving. I called the breeder to see if anyone had something go wrong with their puppies, and she said "no". I called my vet to see if something went unnoticed or undetected. I was trying to justify this nightmare.
      Sierra had been so active the day before. She would sit down, lift her face to you, close her eys, and lick your words out of the air when given attention. I will miss her forever.
      I was much informed when I came to find this site on the computer. I have learned that sudden death occurs in all breeds so it seems.
      My heart goes out to all who have gone through this.
      Love the animals that God has intrusted you with....spend as much quality time with them as you can....never take it for granted that they will reach life expectancy...you never know what tomorpost brings.
      Dan, Denise, Dana and....Rocky Mountain's Shadow
    

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By tina_chad_sheppard on 2008-11-07
We are devastated, we just lost our beautiful 9 year old golden retriever Buddy suddenly with no warning on November 4, 2008.  He was fine, outdoors playing with my husband, he got up to chase some birds, when he just collapsed, he died instantly.  My husband was there with him, but we didn't get to say goodbye, it happened to fast.  We thought he had at least a few more years with us.  He is greatly missed now and will be forever.

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By klsrains on 2008-10-12
Dusty my golden retriever and i were playing in the front yard at 6 . twenty minutes after we came inside my son said something was wrong with dusty. Suddenly he could not stand and his breathing was labored. i stayed up with him until 3 when he died. there was nothing peaceful about it he seemed scared and i could not help him .we have no emergency services available after hours so i could do nothing i will miss him dearly he was such a loving well behaved best friend

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By sweetharden1 on 2008-10-10

      My heart is broken.  I got Simba and Nala a little over four years ago.  I went to the breeder to get Nala - a 10 week old sable pomeranian.  She was beautiful!  We had looked at so many other dogs...she was ours!  My 4-year-old daughter was upset that Nala was so bouncy and playful, she couldn't hold her as she wanted while were finalizing the details of Nala's purchase, so the breeder asked if I would allow her to hold a different puppy.  She brought out Simba.  He was so mild mannered and sweet.  He sat in my daughter's lap motionless allowing her to pet him.  He was so still in her arms, it almost scared me...what puppy just sits in the lap of a child?  Simba did.  So...we had to get them both.  Simba and Nala - litter mates - brother and sister - new additions to our family!

      They had never spent a moment apart.  If one needed the vet, they both went.  If one needed groomed, they both went.  The service providers (although it might have been against policy) knew it would be a mistake to separate them even for a few hours, so they boarded together for grooming, "fixing", etc...  They were never apart...until yesterday.

      My dear, sweet, loving, Nala didn't come in from the yard when I called her on the way out to get my (now 8 year old) daughter from school.  My 2 year old daughter was waiting in the kitchen next to the crate door while Simba came inside, without Nala.  this wasn't too unusual, as there were times one was digging for pig ears while the other was sun bathing, so I continued to call for Nala, almost irritated that she wasn't responding when I was running behind.  Then I saw her beautiful tail blowing in the wind...

      I continued to call her as I walked toward where she was.  The closer I got, the faster I went, knowing something was wrong when she didn't respond.  She ALWAYS came to me when I called for her.  She was my baby...my Nala...my puppy.  There I found her...lying on a small pile of sand and grass.  I was panicked, but I was afraid something had bitten her, or attacked her and I almost didn't want to touch her for fear of what I would find...but I couldn't leave her there.  I carefully went to retrieve her from the ground and I knew immediately she was gone.  Her whole body was limp.  Her head just fell to the side when I picked up her body...I screamed "NO!!!  NALA...THIS ISN'T HAPPENING...NO, GOD!!!!!!!!"

      I ran inside with her limp body in my arms...she was alway so heavy...but she was light this time.  Lighter than she'd ever been that I could remember...and so limp.  Her eyes were open and her tongue was still a shade of pink...but she was gone.  She was still warm, but I knew she was gone.  I paced the kitchen while Simba and my 2 year old watched in disbelief.  I didn't know what to do, so I called my mother at work screaming for help..."Nala's dead, Mom.  What do I do?  Nala's dead.  She is dead!!!  She went out to the bathroom with Simba and I found her dead...What do I do????  What do I do with her???"  I remember telling her I had to get my daughter from school but I couldn't leave Nala.  She told me to wrap her in a blanket and she would come home to her or get my daughter.  I had to go...I wrapped her body up, leaving her head and neck exposed, and laid her beside her brother Simba.  I left to get my daughter.

      Somehow on the way I thought I would wake up.  I thought that somehow, miraculously I would come back to find her roaming the house getting into things.  I thought perhaps I was just overreacting, and she had just choked on a pig ear, and she would start breathing again.  I thought Simba would wake her while I was gone and they'd be together again...fine.  I thought all wrong.  I returned home to take her body to the vet.

      She was perfect.  No bites, no swelling, no sign of struggle, no broken bones, no warning.  She had been jumping in her crate begging to go outside with her brother when I began getting my 2 year old ready to pick up her sissy.  The dogs were postdy, so I had crated them while we got dressed.  It had been less than an hour since they'd been out, but they were jumping (like usual when they were crated and we were home!) to go outside again.  I let them go...even though I considered not letting them for a moment.  She was perfect...then she was gone.

      The vet assumes it was an anurism or a heart problem.  She couldn't find anything unusual externally.  She was beautiful and perfect...even in death.  It was hard to say goodbye because she still looked as though she might get up and walk out of there.  She didn't.  She hasn't.  She won't.  Her ashes are supposed to be ready on Monday.  I still can't believe she's gone.  Simba is distraught.  He keeps looking for her.  He doesn't want to let you put him down.  He won't go outside without force, as he has never been out without her.  I keep filtering my talking to/about them.  I keep wanting to call for THEM, not just him.  I keep thinking THEY need to be fed, not just him.  I
    

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By sweetharden1 on 2008-10-10

      I shouldn't have let them outside again.  I shouldn't have let her die alone.  She was all alone.  I don't know if she cried, or yelped...she was all alone.  I didn't even get to say goodbye.  She was gone when I got to her.  My daughter (the oldest) is crushed.  I am a wreck.  I haven't stopped crying for more than an hour since she passed.  I keep asking God why/how he could do this.  I keep asking myself what I have done to do this to Nala?!?!?!  What did we do wrong?  Why would this happen to her...to my sweet Nala?  She was the best companion ever!  She never bit a human...never...she was playful, and smart, and sweet...she was perfect in every way...except apparently on the inside that I couldn't see.  I miss her.  I will miss her forever.

      I hate myself for wishing it was Simba.  He is a good boy too.  He is loving and gentle.  He is just not Nala.  And he is here.  She isn't.  Perhaps I would feel differently if it had been him, but I feel ashamed that I would even contemplate losing one over the other.  But I can't help it.  Has anyone else had these feelings, or am I just heartless toward the only part of Nala I have left...her brother, Simba?  I haven't treated him poorly, I have held and loved him as never before...I just hope he can't sense it.  I do love him...I just miss her!
    

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By scootxl1 on 2008-09-21
I weep today for everyone who has lost a dear trusted friend suddenly.  I just lost my friend this past Wednesday.  I had just come home from the hospital with my hubby who had been in for 2 days with chest pain.  I have a whole house full of dogs. Seven chihauhaus (now 6).  Sparky was 4 years old.  He was always small (though not my smallest) and was always thin.  i always paid him more attention than the others I guess because I sensed he needed more than the others.  He was always healthy and could jump like you wouldn't believe.  he was the only one who could jump up on the bed (flat footed at that) and when he would get after something he would come off the bed or couch and jump as far as 6 feet.  He was awesome.  He was my baby more than all the rest.  Anyway he was fine we we came home.  Jumping around and so excited that I was there.  We sat down in the living room and he ran around all excited.  He went down the hall I assume to use the bathroom because that's where their pads are at.  we decided to go take a nap cause we hadn't had any sleep and I saw him lying at the end of the hall at the living room.  It looked like he was asleep.  My husband spoke to him and he didn't move.  When he bent down to pick Sparky up he was already gone.  He had a pool of blood under his head but not a mark on him.  I fell to pieces and cry everyday.  The only thing I can figure is he had a massive bleed from the brain.  He made no sounds before this happened and he didn't fall down, you could tell he had just stretched out and died.  The blood was coming out of his right ear.  There was nothing he could have hit his head on or anything.  I can only guess it must have been an aneurysm.  I feel as if my heart has been jerked out of my chest.  I don't know when the grief will subside, but God Bless you all.

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By sloanc on 2008-09-20

      I lost my 8 year old dog on Tuesday. We had boarded him in a reliable place. I left him because I need to go and see my elderly parents across country. I feel guilty because he died alone in a strange place. He's been with me since he as 10 weeks old. He was my best friend, my constant companion, and I am devastated. His death was so unexpected. He had a newly diagnosed, slight, level 1 heart murmur. He had his annual exam in July, saw the vet again in August and then had knee pad problems the week before we left. The vet said it wouldn't be an issue with our plans to leave him for 5 days. If I had had a crystal ball, I wouldn't have left him. I don't know what I would have done. But I wouldn't have left him. I miss him so much.

      Nancy
    

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By mkennedy001 on 2008-09-05
Summer has ended and I still miss Steiff and still have guilt that I did not see he was in trouble the night he died.  Later when I returned from Africa I decided that the only way I would be able to deal with the pain was to offer a home to another dog.  I rescued a mostly silky from a shelter down south through Petfinder.com  and he arrived 2 weeks ago.  Although my surviving silky is happy he is here we both know he is not Steiff, but this guy is taking the pain and remorse I feel and putting it to positive use as this year and a half old dog is wonderful, generous of spirit and a bouncy happy soul.  He had parasites and was very underweight, I found him eager to please  but very skiddish when  he made a mistake.  (No more mistakes since his parasites are gone.) I think that perhaps he may have been abused as he would cringe and blink his eyes when he thought you were coming to get him.  He knows he is safe now and although I still beat myself up everytime I think about coming home that last awful day of school and not realizing Steiff was thposting up more than from an upset stomach from grass.  When I read the last two entries on Caymee and the losses of the couple from Mass. my heart ached all over again knowing that feeling of the hole in the heart all too well from the loss of my husband at 34 and then Steiff.  My parents had long good lives and I did not feel that same pain, I think when there is a loss and we think that somehow we could have prevented it it just keeps haunting us.  Time doesn't heal the hole but it does soften the edges so that it can fill with light and the good memories of those lost...not just the pain you feel now. There is such pain in the world and if we just move toward acting in some positive way you will honor the memory of your lost loves and it will keep you busy enough so you don't dwell on what you were not able to do.  That moment is gone and our regrets can keep us from seeing the moment we are in. There are no substitutes for our losses only ways to cope.  Love I know for sure does not die and I know that those bonds always remain.  Greif cannot be ignored, you can't walk over it or around it only through it, all in your own way and own time. Adopting this new dog worked for me in helping to rebalance my life as I felt myself slipping down a very serious and slippery slope into depression which is what happened after my young husband died so suddenly.  I saw what was going on this time and I took a chance on life and it helped.  I wish you peace on your journey it is not an easy or understandable one.  Steiff's Mom

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By cimaru on 2008-08-29

      As I write my heart is so broken. On August 23 at 3:12 a.m. my sweet precious Caymee, who was only 7 or 8 woke me with four long agonizing screams, it sounded almost human. I'll never stop hearing it. Since I was sound asleep took a second to listen, then jumped up and turned the light on realizing it was Caymee under my bed. She loved to sleep under the bed. I turned the light on and looked under and called her expecting her head to move but it didn't so I pulled her hind paw. When she didn't move I knew, I just knew she was gone. I pulled her out and her tongue was on the side her eyes glazed. I thought is this a dream? This can't be this just can't be. After hugging her & crying, I told myself not to panic and try CPR. After about 30 seconds she started to moan when I breathed air into her. I listened and got a faint heart beat. I thought she was back so I called the emergency hospital and got her there in 15 minutes, but she was gone when we arrived. Oh how I wish I would have just kept giving her CPR, I feel so much guilt & loss. Nothing will ever heal the hole in my heart. I keep asking myself why didn't I just keep giving her CPR -- she might have lived.

      Because I have other dogs, they did an autopsy. Basically it showed bleeding from the stuff the doctor did, and nothing else. He thought maybe heart attack or aneurysm but I will never know what caused her to scream out like that and it's killing me. I can't go to bed without reliving every step over & over. She was on Temaril P ( a small dosage of prednisone & antihistamine) for itching off & on over the years. She hadn't had any for months and I gave her some that night because she was licking herself a lot, but that's all.

      I live in California and adopted Caymee off an internet ad from a shelter in Kansas City in Dec 2000. Her ad said "urgent to be euthed soon". She was literally on the euth table when I called saying I wanted her and to save her. I flew out to get her, it was love at first sight.

      I have other dogs but she was my baby, the most special dog ever. I had just thanked God the night before for giving me her, that she never did anything wrong and how mellow and perfect she was -- even after 7 years I couldn't believe she was mine, and so perfect. She was gorgeous -- Spaniel-samoyed mix, all white with a carmel ear, and dark pigment around most of her eyes, with the curled samoyed tail. She was so gentle, so easy & mellow, nothing phased this dog. She loved to be held, and pranced like a deer but was very agile, and could sail over doggie gates with ease. She would go limp like jello if you picked her up. I have footage of her playing with my kitten and she would kinda of nuzzle the kitten with her nose then jump up then plop down again right next to it in fun. She would take food from your hands ever so slowly and never even touch your fingers.

      I can't seemed to go on and can't eat or sleep. I miss her so much I will never get over how or why this happened to her and not one of my already ill dogs. Especially right after I prayed to God to thank Him for her. I thought Caymee would live the longest of all my dogs and someday it would be just me & her. And now I must live with this pain the rest of my life.
    

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By mc15jewels on 2008-08-21

      on 8/13/08 we had just returned from a wake of a dear friend stephen who loved our 5 1/2yr old female siberian husky named bellamia. an hour after eating dinner we heard our baby screech the loudest howl we have ever heard, we ran to our deck to see what was wrong and i found my baby had just taking her last breath and her head collapsed down, it was over in 15 seconds, i screamed in fright held her in my arms and said no this can't be happening not tonight we just lost stephen only 23yrs old

      we thought we would of had another 10yrs with her never ever crossed out minds we would lose her so suddenly and so young
      the only thing about this death is there has got to be a reason she was taken on this night, god must need her for some puppies, or little child or something, that is what i believe
      everything happens for a reason, it damn better be a good one

      maureen & rich
      massachusetts
    

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By rmackenzie on 2008-08-01
I just returned this afternoon from a wonderful 10 days in Botswanna,Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa watching elephants swim and lions, hippos, etc. in the wild and through it all I knew that I would not be coming home to my Steiff who died on June 28th.  I thought that being on the other side and other end of the world would give me relief from the nightmares but I think that the guilt follows no matter what decisions we make and where we run to, and after reading the last three comments, I am even more sure, as if I had only known how ill Steiff was feeling or if he appeared in pain I would have taken him to the all night vet but then he may have died alone with tubes and sitting on wires in a cage. The grieving and beating up on myslef continues. I selfishly wanted him to be here forever because he did save me over and over again as all our pets do in little ways and in big ways.  I visited a school in Namibia where we, as group of teachers on tour brought school supplies, note books and pencils and pens, crayons, frisbees, etc. to a small island where students walk 7 miles to come to school.  Children with shoes tied on with string to hold the soles on, and who have one corn meal  mush  lunch a day, yet they still had their pets with them and when school was released they were happy to see their dogs, all mangy, and skinny outside waiting to walk them home and protect them from the crocs and hippos.  They had nothing, yet they had everything because they too had the love of their dogs. It is such a universal thing this bond between people and their pets.  When they are in our lives they make it better and when they leave us so unexpectedly we hurt as we do when we lose someone we love and sometimes more because the love they give us is in a form I wish we all could give as humans, to each other as well as our beloved pets.  Perhaps then there would be less war and starvation etc.  I guess as human we are slow learners.  Steiff had it right, as did all the dogs we have lost.  They loved hard, and true.  And I truly hope I will see him again. My other silky Teddy was so happy to see me return.  He spent the week with my daughter who would not let him get lonely, but it still too quiet here. If I could turn back time I would but I cannot so now I have to deal with my nightmares and crying and get down to business and find another silky who needs a loving home to continue the legacy of love that our pets leave us with.  My vet told me to stay off the internet trying to find out answers -for each answer I found I would find 10 questions, I did tell her about this blog and how it helps to hear other peoples stories so we don't feel so alone and awful in this kind of grief.  Thank you to all who shared your loss. You know we all know exactly how it feels.  Blessing.  Steiff's Mom

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By mmoerschell on 2008-07-29
It has been exactly a month since I lost my precious Segal, and I still can't believe he's gone. I have learned over the past month that time does heal the pain, but it takes a long time to get over losing a furry child that you love. I wrote my story in hopes that it would help someone else, and in the process help me grieve for my loss. I know now that I am not alone and that is a big comfort. I have also learned that you can't stop loving those special little furry children because there are so many that desperately need us to love them. They are only put on this earth for a short time and we must cherish every minute we have with them. At some point in the future, I will honor my little boy by getting another baby to love and giving that one the same care and attention that he enjoyed during his 10 years here with me. Most of all, I have come to realize that God really does do everything for a reason. I truly believe that He took my little Sig in order to save me and him from something much worste in the future. I worked in a Vet's office for several years and I have held many furry children in my arms at the end of their lives. I can honestly say now that I would rather my baby have gone quickly than to have ever suffered like so many do every day. To all of you who have written in this blog, take comfort in knowing that you gave all the love and care to that little life that you could, and that in the end they ultimatley knew that you did. Now they sit with Him at his side waiting for you to come home too. They truly are the representation of "unconditional love". May God be with each and every one of you.

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By djpoints on 2008-07-27
Two weeks ago while on vacation for the first time in almost 10 years I received a call from the kennel where I boarded my beloved 8 year-old extremely active dog, Dooley that he had all of a sudden died for no apparent reason.  He was supposedly acting normal up until the moment he suddenly collapsed.  I share in all of your devasting and sudden losses, and hope that the simply wonderful, happy, hysterical memories of our dogs will eventually erase a lot, if not most of the excruciating pain that persists today.  For the past 8 years, Dooley was my best friend and my most loyal companion during a terribly difficult time in my life - and we went everywhere together.  I really cannot put into words what the short handsome little guy with the giant head meant to me - just wish I could hug him one last time.

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By minahuf on 2008-07-27
I lost my Yorkie Poo a week ago. He was 3 years old. The whole family was playing with him outside. He went up under a chair to rest and shortly after let out a yelp. I thought maybe he was stung by a bee. He was limping a little. I asked him what was wrong and he came down to where I was. I pet him and kissed him and he went back up under the chair.  He yelped again so I decided to take him inside. I tried to give him water but he didn't want it. I took him out on the porch to sit together and noticed he was slobbering. I also noticed his tongue was gray. I took him inside and noticed some poop on the floor. He was panting and still slobbering so I told my husband something was not right and I was going to change because I wanted to take him to the emergency room. My dog tried to follow me upstairs and stumbled. I picked him up and took him upstairs with me. When I set him down in the bathroom he fell over and could not get up. I screamed for my husband and we left with him within 2 minutes. We were rushing to the emergency room when my dog started having convulsions. I was panicking, crying and screaming his name....we kept talking to him telling him to hold on. He had 3 convulsions on the way to the emergency and was focusing on us and then losing focus repeatedly. As soon as we ran in the doctor took him. He died minutes later. They told us within seconds of handing him to the doctor he stopped breathing. He was my best friend. He was constantly with me. We took walks and played every day. Just 6 days before I took him to the vet for his annual booster. They also wanted to check him for heart worms. They gave him his shot then attempted to get blood 3 times before they were successful. He was going crazy. One woman held him down while the doctor stuck him in the front foot, chest, and back foot....twisting the needle around trying to get blood. A few days after that he thought I was dpostning in the pool because my son was dunking me. He jumped in to try to save me which was funny because he was afraid of water. The night that he jumped in the water, I thanked him for trying to save my life. I told him that he had already saved my life in more ways than one. I often talked to him. I can't help but wonder if I had not taken him to the vet if he would not be here today for many more years. I have never experienced such a painful loss in my life. I have had nightmares all week....one even had him falling and when I picked him up it said Renal Failure on his chest. I thought that was strange because the doctor said it was probably a blood clot or anurism in the brain. We buried him in my flower garden. I got a statue from Toscano called the Grieving Angel and put it on his grave. This site has helped me to know that I'm not alone. I just wish I knew why he died so suddenly. I love him so much and will miss him forever.

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By jena7483 on 2008-07-21

      my Husky who was seven years of age died suddenly yesterday. He was fine all day and was sitting normal. All of a sudden he started yelping loud and kicking his hind legs. They quickly collapsed and he fell to the floor twitching and crying. I thought it was a seizure but he stopped breathing and his tongue collapsed to the floor. All of this took place in 30 seconds.We tok him to the vet knwing he was dead but i was still in denial. The doc confirmed he was dead. I asked what sh thought had happend and she said it sounded like a blood clot in the brain. She said she would not know for sure since she did not know his medical history. He never had any problems other than weezing from allergies. i feel so bad, what if i had taken him to the vet for a checkup and they could have saved him. I miss him terribly. Im not ready to say goodbye. Everytime I like at his empty bed i loose it. I just wish i knew why??? I feel like its my fault.

      Jen
    

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By sweetpie3734d on 2008-07-13
It`s never easy to deal with the death of a pet.I`m very sorry for your loss.My 1 1/2 year old Black Lab mix Moose died Sat.morn July 12 2008 sometime during the night.He was at the vets because on Thurs.of that week I knew something was bad wrong with him so I took him in. The evening before he was very lethargic and wouldn`t eat and was barely drinking. I just thought he had eatin something that didn`t agree with him because Labs have a bad habit of chewing on misc. things. But the next day when he wasn`t showing any improvement I knew it was more serious. They took x-rays and did an ultrasound to rule out a blockage, but found his intestines were very distended and he has blood in his stool.The vet said he had a very bad infection in his intestines and he was dehydrated from having severe diarrhea. I didn`t dream it was that bad or I would have brought him in sooner. I guess I`ll always blame myself.He immediatley put him on an iv with antibiotics and said he`d have to stay 3 to 5 days. I really believed he was going to be O.K. I have 3 boys and my youngest who is 7 had to go with me to take him to the vet.They were also very attached to him of course so my little was was upset and I reassured him Moose was going to be alright. That call early Sat. morning was not what I was expecting at all. My boys were at my Mom`s house for the weekend because they love going to Grandma`s. I dreaded having to call them to tell them that Moose didn`t make it. My husband actually had to call because I was just too upset. I debated on telling them over the phone but my husband said we should tell them because they weren`t coming home until Sunday.(my Mom lives about 30 min. away from me.)I`m going to pick them up in a little and I know I`m going to lose it when I see them. My oldest is 15 and my middle boy is 14, so I bet they try to be brave and not cry. I`m gonna try and hold it together. I just miss him so much. He was such a sweet,loving,good minding dog. My oldest was just teaching him to hold a treat on his nose and catch it. We also have a little female fox terrier that will miss him. It was so hilarious to see them play together because he was so big and she`s so little. I can tell she` misses him, she`ll just walk around and look out in the field waiting for him to come and poumce on her. R.I.P Moose April 16,2007-July 12,2008

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By mkennedy001 on 2008-07-09
Your tree planting idea was a very nice tribute to Dutchess as you will always think of her when you see that tree.  I still have bad days thinking about the whys and if onlys but the past two days have been better thinking about Steiff. The more research I did the more I found that I will never truly have an answter.  I feel too that my animals come to me.  I went into a feed store for a bag of bird seed and had no plans for a dog as My Wheaten terrier had been gone after 14 wonderful years for several years and I was traveling a lot.  I went in for seed and walked out with a puppy, but  tried hard not to be impulsive.  I did go home and research the beed and then went back to get him.  I know that even after going on all the rescue sites that what is suppose to happen will happen.  My other silky Teddy is getting lots of attention but he is still down in the dumps and I know that he needs companionship of the doggy variety as the cats just aren't doing it for him.  Even on long walks he just wants to come back home which is not the way it used to be as he would have trekked us on endlessly and it was Steiff's difficultly with walks over two miles that made us stick to our routine.  I bet Dutchess is still  wizzing around the yard and probably happy that you honored her memory with a tree. I have always believed things happen for a reason no matter how awful they appear at the time.  I just hope Steiff left me because it was going to prevent him for suffering more in the future if he did have Cushings disease or cancer or some other underlying condition.  There is no good way to lose a pet you love.  Hoping things will get better for everyone.  Hope your children will be ok as I know from losing my husband suddenly at 34, my kids grieved in a totally different way.  They grieve in comparentalized segments.  I also know that my younger daughter didn't stop missing him but when she went off to college she had it hit her all over again.  She still starts crying over her horse that we had to have put down after a knee disintergration that had the pain meds being as difficult as the injury for the horse. This was 8 years ago and this horse was like a family member too. Things will get better, I hope.  Steiff's Mom

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By gnbrulle on 2008-07-02

      I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I too lost my dog on June 28th (this past Saturday) and am having a difficult time with her death. I came home from work and found her lying at the bottom of the stairs. She had only been alone for 5 hours. She had been fine the day before so imagine my shock. It was especially difficult becuase she hadn't been ill and was playing tug of war the day before. Duchess was a 13 1/2 year old border collie/ husky mix. Still am going over everything in my head trying to figure out if I had missed some sign. I just hope that in the end she didn't suffer but I still regret that she died alone.
      Nancy
    

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By kellyk216 on 2008-07-02

      Steiff's Mom, thank you so much for your supporting words.

      You and Steiff, and the others grieving over their lost ones, are in my thoughts.
    

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By mmoerschell on 2008-07-02
After reading many of these comments I felt that I should post my own story in hopes that mine will help comfort someone else and maybe bring me some closure as well. I lost one of the loves of my life on Saturday, June 28th. His name was Sig (Segal) and he was a 10 year old Pomeranian. He loved everyone, and made you smile even when you thought there was nothing to smile about. I always say that he picked me instead of the other way around. On the day before he died, my husband and I took all three of our dogs to the lake for some fun and relaxation. Sig loved to go to the lake, and always had a great time. We have a camper at the lake and are right on the water. It is really beautiful and peaceful there. On the morning of Sig's death, we were doing all the things we had done so many times before and he seemed to be feeling good. We played, loved on eachother, and most of all relaxed. As always, the routine that morning was to let all three out to go potty and stretch their legs. Then I would bring them back inside, give them water, and let them relax in the camper for a few hours while I went to the store. About 2:00 that afternoon I came back to the camper to let them out again so they could go potty and have some fun. By then, there were several people on the shoreline fishing or playing. All three dogs were anxious to get out and have a good time. Sig was so ready that he bounded out of the camper before I even called his name. I put the dogs on their leads which allow them plenty of room to do their business and run around. The leads are staked in the ground and have about a 25 ft lead that allows them to do a complete 360 around it. As always, they were barking and playing. Two young girls even came up and were playing with Sig. I went back inside the camper to do some work and about 20 minutes later I heard a scream from outside. My friend Matt who was staying with us said he had just looked out the window 45 seconds ago and Sig was fine, but now he was lying on his side. I ran outside and scooped him up, and made it to the store within seconds. My father-in-law had been a medic in the army and had always treated his own pets, so I knew he would be able to help me. We immediately administered CPR to Sig, but I realize now that he was already gone. I was absolutley devestated and shocked that my baby was fine one minute and dead the next. Like many of the other comments I wonder if I did something wrong or maybe if I had done something different then Sig would still be here. Looking back, there were things that I noticed but didn't seem to be major issues at the time. He was starting to show signs that he was getting older. He had started getting some hip dysplasia, which is common for the breed. He ate his food a little slower, and seemed to get tired a little more easily. He was still able to keep up with the other two younger dogs though. Several months before he had vomiting spells. I thought he had eaten something he shouldn't have. The vet had me give him some meds and he recovered. Sig had always had the "honking cough" (they call it tracheal collapse), but over the last 2-3 months he had been having a very difficult time breathing through his nose. Like any other responsible parent, I took him to the vet to get it checked out. It was also time for his yearly exam and vaccinations. The vet performed a thorough exam and stated that he was in good health, but would need to have his teeth cleaned. He also mentioned that the breathing issue was probably allergy related and gave me some medications to give him. After a week of antibiotics and Benadryl he still could not breath well through his nose. 2 weeks later, I took him in for his dental and to have an abcessed tooth pulled. I had worked as a vet tech for both doctors, and have complete faith in their care of my children. Sig made it through the dental with no problems, and seemed perfectly fine when I picked him up that afternoon. Again, antibiotics were given for several days, but the breathing issues persisted. I used to lay in bed an listen to him breath. I was always concerned that it was wearing him down. These signs never seemed to be indicators that were life threatening, and my vets didn't seem to feel they were either. I will never know if there could have been something I could have done to keep him with me a little longer. The Christian in me says "it was just his time", but I still feel robbed. I feel so empty inside without him. It's like a piece of me is gone, and I can't seem to let go. His love was unconditional and there was a bond between us that I can't even explain in words. How do I go on without him? I have experienced so much loss in my life already, but this tragedy has just changed me forever. My hope is that my story will bring you some peace knowing that your not the only one who has experienced such unexpected loss. May you always keep them in your heart and memories until the day you see them again in heaven.

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By mkennedy001 on 2008-07-01
Rainbow was love in a vessel.  He gave it to you freely, and without expectation.  I have tried to comment twice before but I must be doing something wrong.  My Steiff left me on June 28, and the pain is so raw I go through my day busy but not really functioning.  I know from losing my husband when he dropped dead at 34  which was 15 years ago that this pain is real and I never thought I would feel this intensity again not even when my mother passed did I feel like this as hers was in the natural order of things.  When we lose someone we love unexpectely things do not feel the same.  I too am worring about my surviving pet.  He is mopey.  I am trying hard to spend time and give him attention but I do not expect him to be the same dog until he gets company.  I know that I feel I did not do enough and you felt you did the wrong things, the only thing I can tell you is that this is a normal part of the process and that we have to beat ourselves up as we think somehow we have control in this world when we do not.  We do what we can and we hope for the best.  The bowling ball size hole in your chest will not go away, but the edges heal enough to let in the light and love and memories of our loved one.  It is a slow process, one step forward two steps back. It took me 7 years to get Steiff and let love in my life.  I know from the rescue sites that there are silkys who need love and when we are able to  we will not try and replace Steiff but honor him by giving what he gave to us, unconditional love.  We will never forget his happy tail, loving snuggly way, and the joy he gave us for the 8 years and five months he was with us.  His joy in living is a lesson I wish I could remember every day.  I will continue to cry and grieve, and I will be thankful that he was in my life and let me see love again.  I know that love does not die although the vessel may be gone. Rainbow still loves you and Steiff still loves me and I can only hope I will see him again if there is a better place. It is hard to not dwell on what we think we may have been able to change but it does not change anything.  They fulfilled their destiny, learned their lessons and left us in love.  Peace on your journey.  Steiff's Mom

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By kellyk216 on 2008-06-30

      We lost our 10 year old yorkie early Sunday morning of last week. My husband and I had just left for vacation the day before, dropping off our two dogs for my parents to babysit.
      My mom told me that our little one was normal all morning but seemed a tired in the afternoon. In the evening, after jumping off the couch, he pooped a little on the carpet and lied down on his side with very labored breathing. My mom and sister quickly took him to the emergency vet but as soon they parked, they heard him take his last breath. The vet tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful.

      Our little yorkie Rainbow was always full of energy up until about 2 1/2 months ago. He had a harmless cyst on his ear he was getting removed, and the vet recommended teeth cleaning. After he came home from the hospital, he had this hoarse cough, which the hospital said was normal because they put a tube down his trachea. Our little one did have a mild collapsing trachea.
      When the coughing did not get better, we took him to the vet again, and after x-rays, ultrasound, and EKG, we were told he had signs of early mitral valve disease (and possibly lower respiratory illness), and he was put on Lasix and Enacard.
      The vet said he should be ok, and we were there two weeks ago for a follow up. Two weeks later, he was dead.

      We loved our little baby so much and although I shouldn’t think this way, I can’t help but to think ‘if only, if only I didn’t put him through the surgery’. I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out why and how this could happen. Reading through other’s experiences on this site has helped ease my guilt a little and also knowing that others have experienced the sudden death of their pets, which just doesn’t seem to make any sense.

      I wish we were here with him when he passed. We found out when we got back from our trip two days ago and had to at least see his frozen body at the emergency vet before getting him cremated.

      The last couple days have been extremely difficult, and we are trying to stay strong for our other dog. Every single day, our little one brought us so much laughter and joy, and we can’t even describe in words how much we miss him.

      We love you, little Rainbow!
    

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By mkennedy00l on 2008-06-28
I came home yesterday after my last day of teaching, retiring after 35 years to find one of my silky terriers Steiff acting very quiet.  His buddy Teddy barked and greeted me, but Steiff just had a sheepish attitude.  He had urinated on the floor, which he had done on occasion when the weather was very hot and he drank a lot.  I had him tested for diabetes but that came up negative last year.  He was 8, he went out for a walk, with me came in and was thristy again.  Then he vomited up bile, and I thought he had just eaten grass, when he went back for more water he again vomited that up. He had acted normally that morning eating his morning dog cookies and was just fine the night before as well.  I thought it was just an upset stomach.  We had a retirement party to go to so we left.  I thought I would give him a few hours to pass whatever was bothering him,  When we returned at 11.  He had peed on himself.  I took him outside and he didn't want to walk.  We came in he was panting but had no signs of poisioning, breath was good, eyes bright, he did not appear to be in pain.  I checked his stomach he didn't flinch or act as if that was a problem.  His bowels were fine that morning.  There are no pesticides use here, anyway he crawled under the couch and I planned to take him into the vet this morning if he was still moving slow.  I got up at two and he was not panting just sleeping, I came down at 3 and he had been into the kitchen had more water, left a puddle and when I went to look for him he was under a table, his head was up eyes opened, mouth closed with his body flat and his back legs in the reversed splayed position that he loved when he wanted to spread out and gather all the coolness of the floor.  He was dead.  I can't believe it. It happened within the hour of my checking on him. I am in shock.  I am waiting for the vet to open so I can call and see what to do now.  Teddy was laying about 5 feet from him and is just very quiet.  Has anyone had something like this happen?  This little dog was so loyal and sweet, non challenging, loved children and strangers and was just so happy to be on the planet.  He just seemed a little off...He loved to eat so the stomach up set did not seem unusual.  I am numb.  My fiance said we should have taken him to an all night vet, but I have had every manner of animals from horses to hamsters and have seen all sorts of things but nothing like this.  This whole thing happened in about 6 hours and seemed so benign or I think I would have not thought twice about the all night vet.  Please if you have anything than can help me let me know.  This silky saved my life after my husband died, he was the first thing I was able to love again after 7 years.  I got him when my children left home  and I walked in for a bag of bird seed at the local animal feed store.  I walked in for seed and walked out with a one pound ball of love.  Steiff was so wonderful, and so attached to me that I bought him a puppy two years later because I felt so badly leaving him alone all day so Teddy was Steiff puppy.  Now what will I do.

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By eakin3 on 2008-06-22
Thanks Tina, that means alot, it is just so hard to come to terms with on how fast and sudden.  Aros was in great shape, so I guess thats were me being confused comes in. My department is in the process of getting me another dog, but it wont be the same, and working in law nad K-9 you have to expect to loose your partner at any time, but i never thought it would be this way... Glad to hear that your moving on also.....

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By wlarnold on 2008-05-29

      I posted this elsewhere and it got lost from this category, so I'm putting it in again. Hopefully all those who have lost a pet can share in this.

      I lost my Pom of 8 years yesterday (She was a rescue possibly 10-12 years). Came home from work and there she was, just laying there in my grandaugher's room. NO reason, no pre-warning. When I left for work she was fine!

      As I read through the blogs here and the pain associated with each of our losses, it is comforting to know someone else "knows" this empty feeling and loss of control. Despite the rationale that this just happens, it doesn't make it any better or easier to understand and accept.

      What I try to continually remind myself is that when I got Princess, she had lived mostly a kennel life (a small kennel; which I got as well and put away). And over the last 8 years watched her come out of her seclusion to be a normal part of the family (with my other pom and chihuahua's). She had gpostn from an inward, scared little dog to a courageous and quite vocal little giant. She very quickly captured our hearts with her "smile" and frisky personality. So I KNOW that she was a happy dog and that her life was full in every aspect. We were able to give her a good home and made her years good ones. She was our Princess and she was very much loved. So when you grieve, please keep in mind all the pets out there that our outcast, left in the streets, maybe even euthenized in a shelter and KNOW that you loved your pet and gave them your best. A dog will love you regardless, but when you have given them a good life, you have done them right. So try, as hard as it is, to remember the good things and keep in mind that they loved you and you made them happy and fulfilled. They would never blame you for the loss of their life, so don't blame yourself (altho' I know it's hard to not look for "if I had..."). Be at peace with the wonderful life you gave to your pet while he was here. Not all are so fortunate. Know that your love was the absolute best you have to give to them and in return they gave you, albeit maybe a short time; a wonderful, unconditional love.

      I also belief that if there is a Heaven, then our pets are there waiting for us. It's not over, it's just a few sleeps away.

      I am sorry for all your losses!
    

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