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Sydneys Mom
7th March 2012, 03:34 PM
I havenít written about Sydney in a while, but he is struggling a little and Iím struggling a lot. His good days still outnumber the bad days, for which I am VERY grateful, but I do see the decline little by little. I miss taking him on our long leisurely walks or racing him down the hallway. I miss him being awake most of the day.

I just HATE heart disease so much and watching him go through this is killing me. I know I am doing everything and anything possible for him, but I also know that he wonít get better. I love him soooooo much.

For some reason today Iím having a really bad day dealing with all this and needed to let it out and I know you guys understand.

7th March 2012, 04:20 PM
Sending hugs your way. I think it makes it so hard to face the health problems in these little dogs because they give us so much love. Sydney sounds like a wonderful dog, and he is very lucky to have such a caring mom like you. It is good to hear that the good days still outnumber the bad. I hope your day brightens up a bit

7th March 2012, 05:01 PM
I'm sorry Joyce it is so hard to care for our wee ones when they are struggling with these conditions :( Please know that you and Sydney are in our thoughts.

He is lucky to have such a fantastic carer. He is taking life at his own pace which is great, and whilst he's still having more good days than bad then you are doing ok.

Many of us have been where you are, and know the agony, it really helps to be able to share and support each other.

7th March 2012, 05:43 PM
Sending my best to your little guy. I don't own a cavalier but I can still understand how it feels to have someone you love sturggle. My 4 yr old son have a small surgery yesterday. It was a very tough day doing everything I could think of the comfort him thur the whole thing. He is fine today he's his same old wild child self. I could only imagen how it would feel if I had to worry watch and comfort a child or a much loved dog with anything on-going. Just do the best you can and its alright to have a bad day yourself every once in a while. Hope you and Sydney has a great day together very soon.

7th March 2012, 05:53 PM
Oh Joyce ;( I'm so sorry you are going through this. Like nicki said you are a great mom. You and Sydney will definitely be in my prayers!

7th March 2012, 06:41 PM
Thinking of you and Sydney xx

Sydneys Mom
7th March 2012, 07:36 PM
Thanks all for all your kind and loving support. It made me cry, but maybe that was a good thing. I've been holding it all in and crying made me feel a little better.

MomObvious: sorry you son had surgery and glad he is on the mend. It must have been very worrisome for you.

7th March 2012, 07:51 PM
so sorry to hear about sydney im thinking of you
and please give sydney kisses and cuddles from louie and his mum
i no what you are going through because i went through the same thing with rowley at the bridge he died of a grade 5 heart mummer in 2008 make the very most of sydney kiss and cuddle him has much as you can.

Brian M
7th March 2012, 08:08 PM
Hello Joyce

You are doing such a wonderful job you are a true inspiration to us all I just hope when the time happens for me which it
will I am as strong and caring as you are and my girls behave and love me in the same way beautiful Sydney loves you.

All Our Sincerest Wishes ,Strength,Hugs,Kisses,Cuddles and Bestest Thoughts to You Both

Brian and Poppy,Daisy,Rosie and Lily

Sydneys Mom
7th March 2012, 08:29 PM
Awwwwwwwww Brian, thanks, but I'm just trying to do my best.

Kate H
7th March 2012, 08:32 PM
Only just catching up with CT today, but wanted to send you some hugs. My Meg was in congestive heart failure for nearly 9 months. She enjoyed (a somewhat restricted) life, so there was no question of hastening her demise, but 3 or 4 times a week she would wake me in the early hours of the morning gasping for breath, and I would get up, give her a pill and then sit on the floor cuddling her until her breathing settled and she went back to sleep. I think I did most of my grieving for her then, crying as I cuddled her. The next morning she would enjoy her breakfast and potter out into the garden as if nothing had happened. It's tough, but if you love them you just do it. Eventually the morning came when she could no longer drop her head at all, even to drink out of her raised water bowl, and her eyes said quite clearly - 'Mum, this is the end of the road, help me on my way' - and for that too, if you love them you just do it.

So hang in there with Sydney:hug:

Kate, Oliver and Aled

7th March 2012, 08:42 PM
Hi. I understand what you are going through as I have something similar with Trapper. He has a terrible cough and often has difficulty catching his breath due to his severe CHF, but seems to love life and as far as I can tell, is really happy. He still gets very excited when the doorbell rings or when its dinner time, and for as long as he is able to show me that he is happy with his lot then thats a bonus I hate that I can't take him for walks anymore and feel really guilty leaving him behind when I take Bosco out.
Wishing you all the best with Sydney.

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Sydneys Mom
7th March 2012, 09:24 PM
Thanks Kate and Charlifarly. Your stories are are just like mine and so many others here. Our dogs are so brave while they fight so many battles. It just makes them that much more special.

7th March 2012, 09:57 PM
Thinking of you and Sydney, it's tough watching them having their bad days, it is not a road I want to go down anytime soon but Jasper does have MVD though he does not need any medication. He is due an ultrasound anytime soon and I expect that nothing as changed from his last one as he's been okay. Gentle hugs to Sydney, thinking of you, you look after yourself :flwr:

7th March 2012, 11:14 PM
You and Sydney are in my thoughts. I know the bad days can be such a struggle and it hurts so much to see them go through bad times. I hope you have many more happy times with Sydney and he is very lucky to have such wonderful mum.

7th March 2012, 11:20 PM
I'm so sorry that you are going through this. Sydney is very lucky to have you. I will be keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of hugs to you and Sydney. :hug:

8th March 2012, 06:37 AM
Oh Joyce....I am just sending you the biggest hug to you and to our little Sydney. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but Brian said it so well. You are truly a special person and we all hope if faced with this one day that we can be as good of a mama as you are. Sydney has a special little place in my heart and I will be saying little prayers for you both. :hug::hug:

8th March 2012, 07:38 AM
Sorry to hear about Sydney. I nursed Sonny with CHF and 2 weeks ago the little rescue I took on nearly 2 years ago, Kaley , was diagnosed with CHF. Kaley's diagnosis was a shock and had it not been for my wonderful vet we would have lost her. She's now on the same meds as Sonny was and is making progress at the moment although my vet has obviously told me this is in no way a cure for her only making her comfortable. I dread what is ahead of us but I'm trying to just appreciate every day with her. I don't ming admitting the last fortnight myself, hubby and daughter have been in tears over this and my hubby has said this is the last Cavalier as he can't face the heartbreak. I can empathise with you and send Sydney hugs from us:hug:

8th March 2012, 07:54 AM
Thinking of you and Sydney.x

8th March 2012, 09:02 AM
Hi Joyce,
How are you and Sydney today? Just to let you know Leo and I are sending love your way. I can truly understand the heart ache you are goinging through, I'd feel the same if it were my little guy.

Kate H
8th March 2012, 10:25 AM
Shirley wrote: I feel really guilty leaving him behind when I take Bosco out.

Have you thought of getting a pet stroller? This means you can take Trapper out with you, he can ride along like the Queen, enjoying the change of scene, and if he's well enough get out in the park for a little potter around. I got one when Oliver had to have 4 weeks crate rest for his spondylosis, and then had to start slowly back into exercise, so that he could still come to obedience shows and visiting friends with Aled and me. Mine was about £40; it's quite sturdy (you can get more expensive off-road ones), folds up like a child's buggy, and even when Trapper no longer needs it, it's a very useful thing to have to lend out to others in similar situations (as Oliver's fine, mine's out on loan at the moment). Pity you're so far away, otherwise you could have borrowed mine!

Kate, Oliver and Aled

PS When Meg had CHF and was my only dog, I used to pop her into my bicycle basket and take her out for a country ride, with a few minutes sniffing round a field on the way!

Teresa Moffatt
8th March 2012, 10:35 PM
I just found this group and am so glad to be able to talke with other 'parents' with Cav's who have MVD and CHF. I wanted a Cav for many years and finally was able to get Mac who is 9 1/2 now! I can't believe how fast the time has flown by but he slowed down the last few years and can barely walk a few hundred feet without gasping for air. As many of you mentioned, he still seems to love life he just spends much of it sleeping now. I hate not being able to help him...that is the worst part for me.

Sydneys Mom
8th March 2012, 11:40 PM
:thnku:I've just gone back and re-read this thread and just want to thank everyone for their support. I was feeling pretty down yesterday and starting to feel hopeless and alone. Writing it out on this forum and reading your replies certainly helped me and I'm feeling better.

Sydney had a pretty good day today too. He chased a few birds, barked with the dogs next door, and throughly enjoyed his food. So for today, all is well.

9th March 2012, 09:48 AM
So glad to hear that Sydney is having a good day today, wishing you many, many more good days together. Sending gentle hugs to you both :hug:

9th March 2012, 10:59 AM
Savor the good days. We love you Sydney! xx

9th March 2012, 01:41 PM
Savor the good days. We love you Sydney! xx

Love you too Sydney!!!!

9th March 2012, 05:56 PM
So glad Sydney had a good day, may he have many more.

9th March 2012, 06:31 PM
Hi Joyce, I'm sorry I missed all this. My only excuse is human issues with kits if family dynamics going on.

That said......just wantd to add that I will be praying for you and especially Sydney. You are such a special mom, and Sydney such a special boy. It'd hard when we are a one dog family. And they are only 'child'. But just know that so man people care so very deeply.

Hugs to you and handsome Sydney, from me and sweet little Claire.

13th March 2012, 06:27 PM
Hi Joyce,

I have just read this post , Iam sorry Sydney has been having a tough time recently , Iam sending you positive thoughts and a virtual hug.

You were a great support to me and Scooby last year so I would like to offer my support to you and say Iam keeping everything crossed for Sydney , one thing I learned from Scooby's MVD was to enjoy everyday you have with them and know that no matter what you have always and continue to give him the best of care and love and he knows that too........

Take care..


14th March 2012, 05:37 PM
Hugs for you both! U are such a great mum...

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