I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping you'll be able to help.
Our beautiful Brio was killed by a car on Friday night. She was seven years old and a huge part of our lives. It was my fault entirely, because I left the gates open for trick or treaters, and though I thought I had closed them again before I let her out, I obviously hadn't. I went looking for her 20 mins later and found her dead on the side of the road.
We are utterly devastated. We don't have kids and our two dogs are our family. Our other dog, Murdy, a golden retriever, is totally lost without Brio. Murdy came to us as a very timid puppy, and though she's now a boisterous (if a bit small!) two year old, she was with Brio 24/7 and is very confused by her absence. Last night she didn't stop howling so we took her into our room to sleep.
We need to get another dog. We were going to hold off for a few months, but with Murdy so upset we think we might bring our plans forward. We're a bit torn between getting a puppy and getting a rescue dog.
Over the last few days I've been doing some research on the web. I had heard about the BBC documentary, but hadn't watched it. I've now watched it and read a bit about SM. I think it is very likely that Brio had it to some degree, and she was getting worse. She had a lot of the symptoms described - scratching, rubbing her face, pushing herself along the wall or the couch, and in the last six months she had started yelping occasionally and I couldn't find anything wrong. I had brought her to the vets to check her ears and her back and the vet's never mentioned SM to me.
Poor little dog. I feel like I've let her down twice over.
When we do get another dog, we want to make sure that we get a healthy one, if at all possible. We were wondering if there is anyone here who can recommend a breeder who scans their dogs. We were also wondering if someone could tell us how the rescue program works.
Brio was Blenheim and White so we would like another colour, so as not to be too like her.
Sorry about the saga ..still feeling very emotional about her.
Thanks so much for your help.