View Full Version : Today, Turned from Bad to Worse

25th March 2009, 05:29 AM
So tonight at a little after ten, I went to go and check on Teddy. He had been acting sluggish over the last few hours and I was growing worried because I haven't heard from him. He had just come back from a visit to Texas, we drove ten hours two days ago and then drove back, from choosing a little sister for him. He just sat in his carrier like he always does and slept, but when it came time to get out and go inside for dinner once we got home he was acting kind of funny so I thought I'd keep a close eye on him.

I'm just getting home and thought I'd let everyone know that I put my baby to sleep tonight. According to the vets, Teddy had a brain hemorrhage a little after nine and although we were able to save him, his brain had gone without oxygenated blood for so long that he had become a vegetable.

The vets told me when I rescued Teddy that his epilepsy might be a problem. That this was a possibility someday, but I never expected it to happen so soon. He only turned four a week ago. :(


Now Anna isn't going to have a brother to play with. I'm at a loss of what to do. I paid today in full for Anna, but I don't know if I'm ready for another Cavvy.

Please keep Teddy in your prayers.



25th March 2009, 07:11 AM
So very sorry to read your sad news, you must feel so lost without your Teddy but he is at peace & the hard decision you had to make was obviously what you had to do :(
It may not be the way you would have wanted to introduce a new cav to your home but I'm sure Anna will bring you much happiness & will make you smile again, enjoy her.

25th March 2009, 08:12 AM
I'm so sorry, what a terrible shock for you. He was too young but you gave him a wonderful life I am so sorry for your loss.


25th March 2009, 08:19 AM
I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss:(

Only you can decide whether you are ready to take Anna now or not,maybe it may help you to have her companionship but then again you may not feel ready.

I will keep you and Teddy in my thoughts.

Anna may bring you comfort at this sad time.

25th March 2009, 09:31 AM
Im so sorry to hear about Teddy - its just heartbreaking that you've lost him so suddenly and at such a young age :(

Your in my thoughts :flwr:

25th March 2009, 10:25 AM
I'm very sorry to hear about Teddy.It's so hard to cope with an unexpected loss like this.As for Anna,perhaps it's fate intervening and she was meant to be a part of your life at this time.I hope she brings you comfort and you grow to love her as much as you loved Teddy.

25th March 2009, 11:29 AM
I'm sorry to hear about Teddy. I know you are heartbroken.

25th March 2009, 12:24 PM
I am so sorry about Ted :hug:
---Aileen and the gang (Barney---Jazzie----Jake)

25th March 2009, 12:27 PM
Soo terrible:( sooo sorry for your loss

25th March 2009, 12:34 PM
Such sad news, thinking of you:paw:

25th March 2009, 12:50 PM
Oh Sarah my heart aches for you. There are unfortunately no words to say at times like this. When my shih tzu passed away 7 years ago I was unable to function as she was my only dog. I couldn't even hardly get out of bed. Shortly after we got another shih tzu within a couple weeks. He didn't replace her at all--totally 2 different personalities but it might help you with another since you've already paid etc. Only you can decide that though. I'm am so deeply sorry this happened.

25th March 2009, 01:39 PM
How heartbreaking for you :(. Sudden loss just shocks the soul. Give yourself time to grieve for your little man :flwr:. RIP sweet Teddy

25th March 2009, 01:51 PM
I am so sorry about Teddy and feel for you.

You may at this time have mixed feelings about Anna but I have no doubt that she will help you, not to get over Teddy but will bring her own joy to you.

25th March 2009, 02:24 PM
I am again so sorry for your sudden loss of Terry. I was thinking of you today and thought that if Teddy met and seemed to care for Anna, he may have wanted you to take her. It is very difficult and painful I am sure. It took me over 3 years to get Ilsa after my last dog passed but if my other dog had already approved the new addition it may have been different. I'll be thinking of you and lighting a candle for Teddy.


Love my Cavaliers
25th March 2009, 03:33 PM
Oh, my heart aches for you. I hope you find peace in whatever decision you make about Anna. Run like the wind Teddy!

25th March 2009, 04:19 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your baby boy. You must feel devastated and lost. I wish there were words for times like these, but they just fail me.

As far as Anna goes, only you can know. My word of caution would be to do nothing fast. Allow yourself to grieve and in time you will know if she has a place in your home and heart at this time. If you decide that the timing of all this interferes with bonding with her, then you can rehome her down the road a ways. If you do it right now while in the midst of this raw emotion, you might regret it later on.

Many hugs to you.

25th March 2009, 04:56 PM
I am so sorry -- this was far too young an age. :( How very, very hard.

If you are not ready for another cavalier, any decent breeder will fully understand your situation and refund your money. Maybe ask to wait a while for a later litter. It can be hard to take on another dog, especially a puppy as they are demanding, at a time when you want to just cherish the memories of a departed friend.

When you feel ready to do so and if you haven't yet, be sure Ted's breeder knows about his epilepsy, if you know who the breeder is. Breeders need to know about health conditions to make future breeding decisions.

25th March 2009, 06:46 PM
Thank you from everyone for your kind words of support. I've phoned Teddy's breeder, it was a little hard to find her because Teddy was a rescue but I got her eventually. I've told her everything that has happened since I've owned him and even have sent a copy of is medical records to her so that she can talk to her vet and for future reference.

I've also phoned Anna's breeder and have told her that I might need to wait to pick her up or wait on another litter, but luckily because I have another five weeks before I can pick her up allows me some time to get my head straight.

It just goes to show you how sudden things can go from great to bad, but also how supportive the Cavalier community is. Thank you all.

25th March 2009, 08:34 PM
I'm so sorry. :hug:

25th March 2009, 09:13 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Teddy, it's always harder when they're so young...It seems like Anna's breeder is working with you and will be flexible if you decide to wait for another litter. Since you have 5 weeks before you would pick her up you have time to think about whether or not now is the right time to get another puppy. I'm so sorry :(

25th March 2009, 09:26 PM
Once again,so sorry.

25th March 2009, 09:46 PM
So sorry to hear that Teddy gained his wings at such a young age. Fly strong and free little one. Thinking of you at this sad time.

25th March 2009, 10:04 PM
I am so sorry to read this about Teddy. I hope you find peace with a very tough decision now.
Thinking of you at this time


25th March 2009, 10:20 PM
How terrible for you, im so sorry for your loss. RIP Teddy sleep tight. Only your instincts will tell you when you are ready for another, in your quiet moments. Look after yourself & again so very sorry for your loss of Teddy:hug:

25th March 2009, 11:13 PM
How dreadfully sad, I'm so sorry for your loss. You must be devastated at losing your little boy. If you decide to go ahead and bring Anna into your life, I hope she brings you great joy. Nothing can replace Teddy, but Anna might find a different place in your heart? It's good that you have several weeks to think about things. :flwr:

26th March 2009, 03:50 AM
I am sorry you lost your precious Teddy. You can never prepare yourself for how much it hurts to lose a friend. Especially at such a young age. I hope Anna brings you much needed happiness. I will keep you in my prayers. :flwr:

Cathy Moon
26th March 2009, 11:22 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss of Teddy. :hug:

26th March 2009, 12:03 PM
So sorry about your loss of Teddy. :flwr: Its always so much harder when they go young and suddenly. However, the memories of his time with you will always be in your heart and his special place will remain there.

You still have plenty of time to decide what to do with Anna, but if you take her she will have another special place in your heart. :hug:

27th March 2009, 12:10 AM
So I talked to the vets further today. I had requested they do an autopsy on him before I buried Teddy. Evidently this isn't something that is done very often, but it provided the vets and the Unv of Ark alot of valuable information into the breed.

So here is what they said. Teddy evidently was nearly starved as a pup, probably from his first owner (how I wish I could give him/her a piece of my mind) and as result had an extremely underdeveloped liver and stomach. This allowed for his epilepsy to get as bad as it did.

The hemorage however was caused by a heart trying to pump through an aorta that was underdeveloped because of lack of growth. In the picture I posted that was Teddy's heaviest weight at 12lbs. The vet actually had two sheriff's meet me at the vet to discuss abuse charges. After a bit of talking and explaining how I received Teddy they decided that I was not the cause of said abuse and I gave them the name of the breeder so they can attempt to find the person who did this.

Overall the vet was amazed at how long Teddy lived and said he most likely passed in his sleep. This was something that eased my heart greatly. Everyone out there please be careful if you ever get a rescue. They will be a great addition to your family and will always have a place in your heart, but make sure that the previous person didn't mishandle your pup.

Cathy T
27th March 2009, 01:54 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Teddy. Know that you gave him the best possible life and he was loved. I think it's good that you had the autopsy (necropsy) done on him. It's just so sad that he was so neglected initially and that's what caused him to have such a short life. It must be a relief to know he passed in his sleep and didn't suffer. I'm so so sad though, when you lose on suddenly like this it is such a blow.

27th March 2009, 02:28 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Teddy. :( It must be absolutely heart-breaking to have lost him so suddenly. From your avatar, I thought you were from Alaska, but I see you are in AR (I was thinking Texas was a long ways for you to drive!! :lol:) - Anyways, Faith was born in an Arkansas puppy mill and turned over to a rescue out of Little Rock area, and I flew down to pick her up :flwr: Unfortuantely the thing with rescues is that their past is always a mystery; but one thing I can say is that even if she passed away tomorrow, I am very thankful for the two years I've spent with her - they have been priceless!! I think it's wonderful that you did the necropsy - it must have been a fabulous learning tool for the people at the university, and I'm sure it's great to have peace of mind.

I hope that time will bring you comfort and you are able to find it in your heart to adopt another cavtiny sometime in the future. You are in our thoughts and prayers!


Cathy Moon
27th March 2009, 02:35 AM
I'm glad you went to the trouble of finding out all this information surrounding Teddy's death. A friend of mine did the same thing when her cat died suddenly and unexpectedly. At least you know what happened and you won't always wonder.

I also give the vet a lot of credit for reporting the abuse, and hope the sheriff gets to the bottom of it. This could make a difference in other dogs' lives. Bless you for taking the time and expense to do this. :hug:

27th March 2009, 12:14 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss :( :( :(

5th April 2009, 07:52 AM
I'm so sorry to read about Ted. He was so lucky that you took him on, ot only did he have a wonderful life with you, but he got to know what real love was. Try remembering the good times, look through old photos, it will make you cry your eyes out, but it did help me when i lost my little one.
My thoughts are with you x x

5th April 2009, 08:09 PM
Im so so sorry to hear about your loss.Warm thoughts to you and a big hug too:hug:

Elaine 2
5th April 2009, 08:40 PM
I'm just catching up now but l feel so sad about what's happened to Teddy you must be heartbroken l want you to know you're in my thoughts and prayers
Run free Teddy in the beautiful sunshine at the bridge

5th April 2009, 09:11 PM
Such a terribly sad time for you. I am actually in tears here reading about his start in life. We lost our precious Brady almost 2 months ago and it is only now that I feel able to look for a new cav. The house is just too quiet without a little rascal to play with and love. Thoughts are with you

7th April 2009, 03:14 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Teddy. I cannot imagine the pain you are in. (((HUGS))).... You will be in my thoughts.