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
The years go so very fast and before you know it that romping pup is
Old and grey muzzled and they have sat by our sides while we read, watch TV,
And work on our computers. Every so often they come and lay their heads in Our laps, toss our elbow with their muzzle or gaze into our eyes and wait for Us to notice them.
Take a moment now to remember what they mean to you:
I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have
children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and running
there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my
dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes
with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.
You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you
see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world?
A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a
simple moment of your time? That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a
few minutes, to be with me.
So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen,
Of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly,
Sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat.
Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to
know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and
cataract clouded eyes.
Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep,
To run free in a distant land.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you
Will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills
Their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just
“one more day ” with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my
spirit and grieves me.
We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor,
And look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep
Enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as “alpha”
or as “trainer” or even “Mom or Dad,” come to me as a living soul and stroke my
Fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes and talk. I may tell you
Something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you
something Profound about myself, or even life in general.
You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such
Things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog,
But I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in
the Differences of our spirits and souls.
I do not think of you as a “Dog on two feet” — I know what you are and who
You are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow
Down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my
ears. Speak with your heart, with your joy, and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow, but we do have today, and life is oh so very short
So please–come sit with me now and let us share these precious moments we
- Love, on behalf of canines everywhere.