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Message 1355929 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 1:13:41 UTC

It looks like Sheila and I may lose our eldest (11 year) old Furball soon.

She has an enlarged heart, as both Coriander and Sophie had. All these dogs developed heart murmurs, and grew enlarged hearts, from their 9 year. As we sourced all of them from the same breeder, at 1 year individuals we think it is an inherited defect that develops with time.

Rosie has been on VetMed for months to try and reduce the size of her heart, but the medicine may have delayed things as long as it can now.

Little Rosie is coughing more and has stopped eating (discomfort in the chest?), I don't know. But it reminds us of the way Corriander and Sophie went (congestive heart failure).

I hope I am wrong, and we are trying to see the vet tomorrow.
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Message 1355933 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 1:18:07 UTC

Sigh, I'll be waiting.
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Message 1355937 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 1:25:33 UTC
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Our last cat Araminta, was 19 when she died. Her last week was like watching a wind up watch running down. She died naturally.

A sad time we need to come to term with at times.

We still will have the company of our 4 rescue furballs - mummy Lara and 3 of her last litter of 10 puppies. Not to forget our Parsons Russell, Poppy.
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Message 1355941 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 1:37:17 UTC
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Thanks Mark, and how true.

Off to other barns and then sleep as it is currently heading towards 03.00am.
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Message 1355952 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 2:53:13 UTC

Sorry John-both our girls have that issue. Our oldest (Izzy-9) is much more progressed then Abby (7). Izzy is on VetMedin plus Furosemide tabs and another I can't remember. She coughs but it doesn't affect her too much and she's still very active.

We put both our dogs on the supplement Taurine which contributes directly to cardiac health. Vet says it usually helps...it's cheap too
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Message 1355994 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 6:10:53 UTC

Sir John, I, too, hope you are wrong, and that Rosie is not yet at the end of her time. But when hew time does come, you can let her go knowing you did well by her all these years, and that when your time comes, she and all the others will be waiting for you at the foot of the Bridge.
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Message 1356060 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 12:40:27 UTC

Oh John, I am so so sorry to hear this, I knew she wasn't well, but hadn't
realised that it had got to this stage. I'll call you later.

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Message 1356133 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:11:48 UTC

Spoke to Chris, who saw my post some time ago.

We got to the Vet just gone 10.10am today, and the prognosis was not good.

Cutting a long story short, even though there was things the Vet could do it would just prolong her life for a repeat soon.

Sheila and I decided, with difficulty, to say good bye to Rosie, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 10.30am today. When my remission time is up and I go, I will meet her, her sisters (Corriander and Sophie) and many more of our puppies and kittens.

R.I.P Rosie ...
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Message 1356139 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:20:36 UTC

The wife and I rescued Shih-tsu mixed about 4 years ago. She was an abandoned dog and clearly had been on the streets for some time. Long story short and $500+ later we had her cured of heartworm. Like all Shih-tsus she is loving, attentive, and very attached to me. She gets panic attacks if I even try to leave her at the groomers.

I feel for you. If my Millie were to get sick or be near death I'd be devestated. You clearly love you pet as family as I do mine.
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Message 1356141 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:24:27 UTC - in response to Message 1356133.

Spoke to Chris, who saw my post some time ago.

We got to the Vet just gone 10.10am today, and the prognosis was not good.

Cutting a long story short, even though there was things the Vet could do it would just prolong her life for a repeat soon.

Sheila and I decided, with difficulty, to say good bye to Rosie, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge about 10.30am today. When my remission time is up and I go, I will meet her, her sisters (Corriander and Sophie) and many more of our puppies and kittens.

R.I.P Rosie ...

A final kindness - a gentle end to her suffering.

So we'll raise a glass to her memory,
and honor 11 years of loving companionship.
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Message 1356150 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:35:46 UTC - in response to Message 1356139.
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The wife and I rescued Shih-tsu mixed about 4 years ago. She was an abandoned dog and clearly had been on the streets for some time. Long story short and $500+ later we had her cured of heartworm. Like all Shih-tsus she is loving, attentive, and very attached to me. She gets panic attacks if I even try to leave her at the groomers.

I feel for you. If my Millie were to get sick or be near death I'd be devestated. You clearly love you pet as family as I do mine.


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I think Sheila and I have one advantage on you.

We too did a Shih-Tzu rescue, and 18 months ago returned with an abused 5 year old mum, and breeding machine, and 3 of her 10 puppies (2 boys - William and Bobby, as well as a little unwanted girl Corrie.

We still have these little furballs to greet us, as well as our 10 year old Parson Russell (Poppy). At present Poppy has a green, red and blue chest agter chewing up some highlighter pens.

I agree Donald, and thanks.


But, oh my is it hard to let go at that final point ...
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Message 1356163 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:49:53 UTC

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To Rosie, with love
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Message 1356164 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:50:06 UTC

I'm so sorry, John.

At least you were with her - cats have this unfortunate tendency to hide away when they are about to go...
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Message 1356169 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 15:58:22 UTC - in response to Message 1356163.

A toast-
To Rosie, with love

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Message 1356172 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 16:05:14 UTC

As one of the very few here that have had the privilege of actually meeting John and Sheila in their home, and their delightful bunch of furballs, I can tell you first hand that Rosie was a lovely little dog, and I remember her. And I can fully understand just how hard it was for them to let go at the end.

For some reason young William seemed to take a shine to me, which I was quite touched by, and yes it sounds like Poppy is being Poppy! But I will happily echo Rob's sentiment "A toast - To Rosie, with love". Best wishes to you both John.

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Message 1356173 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 16:06:43 UTC - in response to Message 1356150.

The wife and I rescued Shih-tsu mixed about 4 years ago. She was an abandoned dog and clearly had been on the streets for some time. Long story short and $500+ later we had her cured of heartworm. Like all Shih-tsus she is loving, attentive, and very attached to me. She gets panic attacks if I even try to leave her at the groomers.

I feel for you. If my Millie were to get sick or be near death I'd be devestated. You clearly love you pet as family as I do mine.


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I think Sheila and I have one advantage on you.

We too did a Shih-Tzu rescue, and 18 months ago returned with an abused 5 year old mum, and breeding machine, and 3 of her 10 puppies (2 boys - William and Bobby, as well as a little unwanted girl Corrie.

We still have these little furballs to greet us, as well as our 10 year old Parson Russell (Poppy). At present Poppy has a green, red and blue chest agter chewing up some highlighter pens.

I agree Donald, and thanks.


But, oh my is it hard to let go at that final point ...

I feel for you buddy.
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Message 1356176 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 16:11:14 UTC - in response to Message 1356169.

A toast-
To Rosie, with love

+1


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I feel for you John.

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