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Old 09-01-2019, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just looked at the calendar today as its a new month it is a reminder though I lost two of the best boxers I have ever had to DCM they went one after another and no they were not related. They were the BEST! I loved them so much they were in every way my children and I will miss them always. I only hope that they will be there to greet me when I get to the other side too I believe God made all of us and he made dogs to be our special friends and helpers in this life, they make all the difficulties we face and trials and bad times a little easier to handle and the make the good times great ones. Aug. 20th 2017 is the day I had to end my girl Koko's suffering I drove her first thru the park we loved so much. Then as I am reminded today, my boy was born on the 29th of this month he would have been 5. Koko was the best girl she loved to be touched or for you to talk to her that little nub was always going she loved to be hugged and held and to be anywhere I was I told her everyday how much I loved her. Jaxson was the son of my heart he is the only dog I have ever had that would make up his own games he would put his paw on a Nyla bone and slide it all over the kitchen and leap up in the air to touch the low hanging tree branches he was full of life and intelligence and he was happy everyday until DCM. I made a beautiful collage of pictures of each one of them in a large frame I put them in my bedroom so they will be the first things I see every morning. I don't know why they were taken from me too soon but I know I was blessed with them being in my life. Koko was 7 Jaxson was only 3 when I lost them. It has left a permanent scar on my soul. I have two new dogs now and I can only hope they will be as good as my babies I lost so far they are helping.
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My heart goes out to to you. It is devastating to lose them. I am still adjusting to the loss of my sweet, big boxer boy who we lost last year.

It is such a loss in so many ways, and truly heartbreaking to lose them at the ages you did. I am able to find comfort in knowing my boy got to enjoy his elderly years. It helps me process my grief.
Your babies lives were cut short by a heartbreaking health issue and I feel for you. I think the grief is much more painful and complicated when you have to see them lose their lives while in their prime. I can't imagine how painful that must be for you. It's absolutely heartbreaking. I do believe they will be there to greet you on the other side.

I know from reading other posts by you that you absolutely did all you could possibly do - and then some - to insure your dogs were well cared for. Unfortunately it is impossible to know what, if anything, preceded their DCM. Genetics certainly played a large role, and that was out of your hands.

I understand how you would wonder if there was a specific connection because your boys health failed within 6 months of each other. I would wonder endlessly too. You honor them by sharing your experience so others can be encouraged to do what you did and stay educated on the most current health and feeding recommendations.
Find comfort in knowing you gave them wonderful lives while they were here, and you honor them by opening your heart and home to your current boxers.

I understand completely the complicated emotions around wondering if your current boxers can work their way into your heart the way the boxers you lost did. I'll share my experience with you...

I found it devastating to walk into an empty house after we helped my boxer pass. So, after some months went by, I found my sweet puppy I now have.

I recall a tearful conversation I had with a dear friend who happens to be a dog trainer. I shared with her that I wondered if it was possible for me to love my current puppy as deeply as I loved my dog who had been through so much with me, and who had a million little quirks and things he did all day that expressed his devotion to me. I couldn't see it being possible for my new puppy to intertwine himself in my heart that way.

I wondered if I was doing my new puppy a disservice because I was still grieving so deeply.

My friend said to me "Give him a year with you. You will be amazed at how many endearing behaviors your new puppy will slowly adopt. He will come into his own and expand your heart in ways it's hard to see right now. He will bond with you in his own way and become precious to you in his way."

She was right.

Once again, I have found my heart wrapped around a silly boxer.

Thank you for talking about the loss of your boys and sharing all that you learned about nutrition and DCM. It reminds others, like me, to stay on top of current health recommendations and to look deeper into the recommendations, such as looking at statistics and the size/length of the studies that precede new recommendations.

I hope you feel peace as time goes on, and that while you allow yourself to grieve, you also allow yourself to find great comfort in knowing you provide a good life for multiple dogs.
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Old 09-02-2019, 09:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you SO much Equestrian that means so much to me. I feel the same way and I wondered the same thing. It was terrible coming home to an empty house or going on my morning walks without anyone. I was having trouble getting motivated to get out and do my exercise I just felt so alone. I got Kodie first and it was hard at first but she was a beautiful little girl and she stole my heart it was a challenge at first getting used to having a puppy around again after having such well trained dogs but we managed, then I got Mack the following year and had to start over again he's been a little more stubborn but we are getting there. I do enjoy watching them play they do some fun things and I take them somewhere new to walk almost everyday. they are coming along well, I just miss my other babies like you said maybe time will help it was just a shock losing them both in 6 months. Its hard enough to have to put one dog to sleep but to turn around and have to do it again I never dreamed that would ever happen. I had them cremated and I have them in a place of honor in our house. I used to take Jaxson to daycare to play and I have a whole scrapbook of his "artwork" and funny pictures he took he was a ham. And I have fond memories of all the fun Koko and I had exploring new trails in the woods she liked seeing what was around the next corner as much as I do. Like I said I was lucky to have them in my life if only for a short time. I am so sorry for the pain you must still feel for the loss of your dog I don't think that will ever go away completely. Again thanks, it helps to know there are others out there who care.
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