My one and only Synco<3 R.I.P. 9-13-08

On September 13, 2008, I tragically had to say goodbye to my baby Synco who was 7 mos. old when he went to doggie heaven. Synco suffered from a congenital liver disease which caused many complications for him. The first being that his growth was stunted and he remained a tiny 11lb. puggy. He also suffered from stones that formed from the lack of his ability to get rid of his bodily waste quick enough. These stones in turn, blocked his urination track and he was unable to go to the bathroom on several occasions and had to be relieved via catheter. He was also put on a special low protein diet and was not able to have any doggie treats : ( Synco, finally could no longer endure the pain when a stone formed that was so large he was not able to go to the bathroom at all, even through a catheter. To make a very long and sad story short, Synco will be extremely missed but always remembered. Mommy, Daddy, Paisley, and Batman miss and love you very much!! XOXO R.I.P. Synco 9-13-08

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Comment by Helena Brown on December 4, 2008 at 5:24am
My heart is breaking for you all. I know that these things happen as much by chance as they do in humans but in many cases the breeding of dogs is done by us humans, so why do we breed often faulty dogs and create these problems. I am so sorry for both Erin and Doris who have had to lose such young dogs.
Comment by Doris on November 26, 2008 at 7:16pm
I can definitely relate to how you must feel. We purchased adorable "Squishy" at 4 months of age. We got her shots etc.. and she was to be spayed this November. However, bloodwork revealed that liver may have a problem. Liver function test revealed liver was not functioning properly. We spent hundreds of dollars so far and went to a consult for a specialist. Well....all things point to portosystemic shunt disease. To confirm a diagnosis would be around $1,ooo plus an additional 2500 for liver biopsy/spayed (although Squishy is potentially unable to endure this surgery). If surgery is a possibility it would be between $4,000 - $6,000 with no guarantees. To make matters worse, we went for this consult to find out about the liver and in our minds were prepared to find or borrow from somewhere up to $5,000 for this surgery. But....that was only the beginning. Unbenounced to us, the complications were furthered by the diagnosis from x-ray of legg calves perthes in both back legs. Each leg would be between $3500 to $4000 dollars. Squishy is definitely a fighter but there is no way we can afford the cost of the surgeries nor the anguish, pain and suffering Squishy would endure. We have only had her two months and she is truly precious giving endless love to all in our family. We originally purchased her because my sons were in an auto accident 2 years, one sustaining a brain injury which has caused major difficulties. Squishy has given this family much love, positive energy and a common goal to work together. Two days after getting this pug, my brain injured therapist asked what had changed. The only change was Squishy. He has taken responsibility for her and cared for her and she loves him as much as she loves the rest of us. So now we are faced with what to do. Euthanize this wonderful loving pug. Or try to manage the liver disease with a diet. Any suggestions on what we can feed Squishy to minize the toxic effects of this disease. As far as the hips go, she is not in excruciating pain; rather, she moves around freely but will sit when she's had enough. Any input would be much appreciated. I have also heard of pug rescues where they take pugs like this in and fix them up. Although giving Squishy up would be heartbreaking the thought of keeping her comfortable until she needs to be put down is equally disturbing. So....if there is some way of getting things corrected that would be another option. Any assistance would be much appreciated.


Doris
Comment by Georgia Brown on November 8, 2008 at 9:39pm
Our hearts go out to you!
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on November 7, 2008 at 6:53am
Erin, I know the pain you are going through. Only those who have lost a beloved puggy know it. This poem gave me strength and also made me picture my Maggie waiting at the bridge. Perhaps she is teaching Synco how to greet you! Please know we share your pain. :0)


The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so hey can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from you’re heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author Unknown

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