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Till we meet again, sweet baby.

My handsome boy passed away Wednesday the 22nd of August 2012,and I am heartbroken.

 

He had stopped eating & drinking and began to hide. At the Vets Tuesday morning, he had a series of fainting episodes along with cardiac arrest, his liver was in bad shape and shutting down. On Wednesday morning he went into cardiac arrest again and sadly, he was not able to be revived.

 

He is now in the arms of Our Creator and in perfect health & peace.

 

I will always remember Ernie Tubbs as being the most sweet and shy baby of the 4. People often ask how he ended up with this funny name:"Ernie Tubbs". Well, it started out just a joke of sorts but for some reason, it just seemed to fit him, so the name kind of stuck.

 

Thanks to all my flckr friends who sent such comforting thoughts and prayers

 

Wednesday : I have also taken Willow & Cisco into the Vets to get thier liver tested as the 3 are biological brothers.

 

** We have a very strong suspicion that the drug: MEGESTROL used to control male territory spraying for the past 4 years, has been the culprit in destroying thier livers-- and ultimately Ernie's life. The Vet said it is an old drug and they have not used it in more than 15yrs because of adverse reactions; he was also amazed that the boys did not have serious problems along the way, long before this time.

 

Cisco's tests came back in normal range, probably due to his extra 5-8 pounds over Ernie & Willow who got the same med and dose as he did. Willow is still being hospitalized.

 

****Saturday update: Willow has been doing very well, but his liver and adrenal glands took the beating because of the drugs. The Vet is optimistic we can control this with minimal drugs. Apparently, Willow is quite the superstar loverboy at the hospital, he may not want to come home with all the atttention he is getting there !!! He did take a turn for the worse but she still feels he might turnaround for the better

 

***NEW Saturday night update: Just came back from visiting Willow in the hospital and I am in shock how he has deteriorated. The vet suggested to give it a day or so, as it can make all the difference.... I will give it the time, but, I am not as optimistic at this point after losing Ernie a few days ago. This has been the week from hell.

 

SUNDAY UPDATE: Willow just went into surgery; at this point, I have no idea how

things will turn out but I must put his life into our Creators hands, what will be will be

 

Tuesday update: Willow still a bit lethargic, Vet seems optimistic he can come home in a few days; she is starting to wean off the pain meds in hopes he will get more clear eyed.

Not really sure if he recognized me today when I visited....hard to tell with the medication

 

************THURSDAY UPDATE: Willow is doing very well at this point according to the Vet and the vet techs. I call in often and they are much more confident than they have been in days. Keeping my fingers crossed he comes home in the next couple days. Cisco is very depressed without any of the other males here.************

 

This was sent to me by my flickr friend Sandy (neuro)

 

Your Pets In Heaven

by Ken D. Conover

"To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.

For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.

For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.

For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives.

My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.

I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.

You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.

Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are."

Your Pets In Heaven

  

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