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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

My Andy Is Gone

by Richard Lawson
(Denver, Colorado)

My dog Andy was in his 14th year, knowing of course that there wasn't much more then a couple of years to share with my boy. He had a seizure Sunday morning about 3:00 a.m. We rushed him to a 24 hour vet hospital and they were able to calm him and get the seizure stopped. Then they started running tests.

I got a phone call from the doctor telling me that everything looked fine and his blood work could've been that of a two year old dog but they were going to do x-rays a little later that morning. We went back in to see him at noon and sat down with the vet and listened in disbelief as she told me that they had found two or three spots of cancer on his lungs. They felt that it had probably spread to his brain and that's what was causing the seizures.

The vet said that all they could do was keep him sedated and on anti-seizure meds but it probably wasn't a good idea to leave him by himself. The vet suggested the alternative was to have him put to sleep. I've never had to make a harder decision in my life, but we were lead to a "comfort room" where I got to thank him for being my buddy for the last 14 years and told him I love him, held him and kissed him goodbye.

How can it be so hard to lose a dog (anything that you love). I pray that he's gone over the rainbow bridge and that I'll get to see him again some day.

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Dec 20, 2013
Your Loss
by: Nancy

My deepest sympathy to you. It is heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. I do know what you are gong through. Our Aussie has seizures. He is only 6 years old and I truly believe it's from Frontline Plus. It is heartbreaking to see a dog have a seizure. I am so sorry for you. Time will heal your heartbreak and some day you might get another Aussie. We did, In fact we got two of them. Peace be with you!!!

Jan 06, 2014
Thank you for your kind words
by: Andiesdad

it certainly doesn't make it any easier to deal with my Andy's death, but there is comfort in that i'm part of a large group of people that are all going through the same thing. i pray that soon all i'll have of my precious dog will be beautiful memories and the pain will be gone. but the emptyness that his passing has left in my life is filling so slowly

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