In Memory of Connor

Hi Lisa,

Me and my wife have just lost our boy to Liver disease. It crept up so quickly we are both still in shock and disbelief. He slowed down eating etc around 4 before. As with you he had symptoms before this but they were up and down and we just believed that after antibiotics he was better. By the time we got him to the vet recently he was not a well boy. He had blood in the liver and was not getting better, as we were waiting for Blood tests etc to be done. They put him on a drip to replace any lost fluids and we were just left to wait for the results while he was tested. After a long wait we were told that he was effectively bleeding to death. We made the obvious decision to have him put down. As hard as this was for me and my wife we felt that there was nothing else to do. ALthough i was gutted. As with you guys we found ourselves telling him how much we love him and telling him this was for the best. He died in my arms on Thursday 25 Feb. Me and my wife are both devastated and cant help but blame ourselves that we should have picked it up sooner. We love our dogs and we still have Connor’s friend Matilda who is keeping us sane but still miss and think of him everyday.

Everything I do leads to this beautifully natured dog who had such a impact on us. I wanted to share this with you as I believe that Connor was so special it would not seem right not having his story for others to read. He was a Legend and will be missed deeply.

Please Please Please anyone with any of the symptoms get their dogs checked. Even if you are not sure. Its so better to be safe rather than sorry.

We love you Connor

Take care buddy.

Matt and Gabrielle Page

March 1, 2010 by Lisa  
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4 Comments on "In Memory of Connor"

  1. Lisa on Mon, 1st Mar 2010 3:25 pm 

    Matt & Gabrielle,

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss, I know how you are feeling as I too was in shock and disbelief at the subtlety of the symptoms and I continue to grieve for her even now, over a year later .

    Connor was a lucky dog to have you for his family and I am sure he had a very good life, although too short.

    This is a nice memorial writing that our vet sent to us and it is comforting to me each time I read it:

    …Grieve not,
    Nor speak of me with tears,
    But laugh and talk of me
    As if I were beside you…
    I loved you so -
    T’was Heaven here with you.

    – Isla Paschal Richardson

    Thank you for your email. I will be thinking of you both.

    Lisa Smith
    Founder, The Canine Liver Disease Foundation

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  4. Joy on Sat, 23rd Jul 2011 2:32 am 

    My heart goes out to each one of you. We just had to put our dog down yesterday and we are devastated, lost and empty. Ginger Spice was a shepard mix and she wasnt well for a day or two just not eating, vomiting bile, laying around. We took her to the vet and never did we think for a minute she would not get to come home with us. They did blood work and she was in severe liver failure. It was the hardest thing we have ever endured. Ive sobbed for hours and hours. Our lives will never be the same without her. RIP Ginger Spice

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