In Memory of Ripley

Ripley must have ingested some sort of toxins, as he was fine around Christmas time. The photo of him in the snow was days after Christmas.

Then about 2 wks after Christmas, he wouldn’t eat his dog food & we fed him rice & chicken or boiled eggs. Eventually didn’t even like that.

After xrays, barium liquid, blood work, more xrays & then surgery (thinking he had an obstruction), found out he had end stage liver disease (severe hepatic cirrhosis)…with no favorable outcome according to the surgeons.

His brother, Rusty misses him dearly & is suffering from separation anxiety, so we have him on calming herbs that are helping. (as well as lots of extra TLC & walks!)

I found this online, and it is nice:

I just wanted to let you know that I made it home. The journey wasn’t an easy one, but it didn’t take too long.

Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh and new I wish that you could close your eyes and that you could see it too.

Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand God is taking care of me…I’m in the shelter of His hands.

Here there is no sadness, no sorrow, and no pain. Here there is no crying and I’ll never hurt again.

Here it is so peaceful when all the angels sing. I really have to go for now… I’ve just got to try my wings.

February 10, 2011 by Lisa  
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4 Comments on "In Memory of Ripley"

  1. joanne on Thu, 10th Mar 2011 1:59 am 

    God bless your dog! I just found out that my little cockapoos Nikki has liver disease. She was fine in January this year then just kast week she started vomiting and would not stop. The vet did an ultrasound and discovered that she has liver disease caused by something she ate. She will now be on pills for life.
    I know god will take care of your pet. My prayers are with him.

  2. Laura Korn on Wed, 25th May 2011 11:25 am 

    I want to thank you you for all your sharing and information on your website that has been very helpful. We are currently fighting for the life of a 2 and 1/2 year old mastiff in liver failure due to disease. In hospital for 2 days now home going back and forth each day to vet for fluid treatment. I didn’t want her to be alone. Giving meds, and some holistic meds of milk thistle and alpha lipoic acid. Yesterday was a good day today is starting out slowly. So right now all we have is hope and prayers.

  3. DANNY SOUTHWORTH on Sat, 2nd Jul 2011 2:29 pm 

    I am so sorry for your loss of Ripley.
    My 11 year old Jack Russell “Patton” was diagnois with liver failure yesterday. The Vet says it is due to some kind of toxin he ingested. He has the same symptoms as Ripley. He is currently at the vet on an IV to hydrate him and with anti-biotics. He is a little better today but still just lays there. He was fine a week ago then all of a sudden he became lifeless. Would not eat and vomiting. We also were told that he does has heart worms and needs to treated as well for that. I am at the point of making a decision on what to do for my little boy. Money is not a real issue but if I do spend a lot and his quality of life is bad, I would not want this for him.
    Any words of incouragement or a straight up honest answer of your thaoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

  4. June Anderson on Fri, 11th Jan 2013 12:52 am 


    I had to put my Neo Matiff, Hooch to sleep on 12/16/12. He was fine on a Friday and by Saturday suddenly ill. I learned that he had chronic end stage liver disease. It was terrible. He must have had this for awhile, but he did a good job of hiding it. He was a great companion an he was like having a teenager in the house. We miss him dearly…..I could not bear to see him suffer and be depressed so putting hime to sleep was the only option. When you love something sometimes you have to say goodbye and it’s time to take a little nap. RIP HOOCH!

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