Laying next to me now is my beautiful boy blenhiem cavalier George. For the past 10 years he has been my therapist, my shoulder to cry on, and most of all, my bestfriend. Yesterday, we took our little angel to the vet for his anual checkup. Come to find out, he is suffering from dialted cardio mypathy (spelling?) . We had no prior knowledge of this. The vet gave us a grim prognosis 6 months to one year . After more research, I learned DCM ends in congestive heart faliure. I'm very upset. He is the best dog I've ever owned and 10 years old is too early to let him go. Every time I look at him I break down. I can't even imagine life without my trusty side kick. I was wondering if anyone has been through this (loosing a cavalier to heart faliure.) before. I want to know if the end is painful for them? (My worst fear). And how fast their condition progressed? I definatly need a friend right now,I'll miss him more than words could ever say..