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On June 3rd, our 12 year old white boxer, Lorenzo was given eternal peace.

3 years ago, we were running around like we normally do in a large field by our house. Suddenly Lorenzo collapsed. He got back up, and tried to hobble to where my wife was standing, then plopped back down.

We initially thought he hurt his leg/hips on the count of how he tried to get back up and limped. I've heard of rambunctious dogs who tear their ACLs...So we thought this might be the case.

I carried him to our car, and rushed him to the nearest banfield clinic (where we have pet coverage). They took us in right away, where the vet looked at his gums, and immediately told me Lorenzo is in cardiac arrest. She ordered an EKG and confirmed this diagnosis.

It hit me like a freight train at that moment. I knew boxers suffered from heart problems, but I never expected it to happen to my 9 year old boy. The vet then told me he has hours, if not minutes to survive if he doesn't see a emergency cardiologist immediately. The vet gave me an address, and I bolted out carrying my 85lb boy.

I rushed him to the emergency clinic where they had a cardio specialist on duty.

When I arrived to the emergency parking lot, they had a gurney and 3 nurses waiting in the lot. It was like a scene out of a movie when they saw I was bringing Lorenzo in. They saved his life that day. He was diagnosed with arrhythmia in 2 parts of his heart. The cost of saving him was astronomical, but money has no value in comparison to his life.

He was put on two meds, twice a day for the rest of his life. We were lucky.

A short time after that he started developing a benign tumor on his right shoulder (still 9 years old), which started growing in size as time passed. Due to his arrhythmia, we couldnt operate. So the vet insisted we leave it. We did.

The bump grew bigger and bigger throughout the last years of his life. It proved to be harmless, but just a unsightly image.

Now comes the hard part of this post...

Roughly 3 years after his heart episode, we took Lorenzo to Banfield because he was acting lethargic. We explained his symptoms to the vet, and she gave a out sigh...She instantly suspected he has a growth on his spleen. She felt his abdomen, and gave out another sigh, but this time a disappointed/sad one.

She confirmed he has a non-cancerous splenic mass, and has about a week to live. She mentioned he is internally bleeding, slowly...but at any moment the mass could rupture, and he will die horribly. Again, that freight train hit me..

With tears in my eyes, I scheduled the euthanasia, for a day after his 12th birthday....a week after his splenic mass diagnosis.

On his last day, we grilled him a ribeye steak, chopped it up, and he devoured it. We went to the park, and took some pictures...And enjoyed him to the fullest. Family even stopped by to say goodbye.

I am happy to say I was the last image he saw as he faded away... my wife held him in her lap as I held his face to mine, and repeatedly told him I love him, and that everything will be okay.

I can proudly say, he never suffered for a single minute of his life, the house was his, he always ate the best dog foods....and in dog terms, he was a billionaire (with love).


It's been 2 days, and I really miss him.
I know time will heal, but I feel lost.
Posting this, and sharing his story does make me feel better.

God bless you, and all your dogs.




One picture attached is of Lorenzo in his prime, and the other two are of his last trip to the park.
 

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You got to 12 which is impressive in itself, and three years after a heart attack. Its pretty obvious from your post you did everything you could for Lorenzo and gave him a great life up until the very end.

Sounds like you were a great owner and Lorenzo was lucky to have you guys and vice versa.

My condolences. I'm sorry for your loss
 

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You got to 12 which is impressive in itself, and three years after a heart attack. Its pretty obvious from your post you did everything you could for Lorenzo and gave him a great life up until the very end.

Sounds like you were a great owner and Lorenzo was lucky to have you guys and vice versa.

My condolences. I'm sorry for your loss
Thank you Matt, that means a lot!
 

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Oh I'm so sorry. But clearly you did great and he did reward you with 3 more years after the heart incident. And that is pretty good.

I've lost four dogs but only had to scheduled a euthanasia, once and it was for my avatar Struddell, it was scheduled for a Monday in NOV 2013. That was a pretty miserable weekend and I was heartbroken for awhile.

I held it together for about week and I remember having a really busy day at work and I'd forgotten about everything. I got home from work that day out of the car and go to turn the door knob. And suddenly I remember ed that she was no longer on the other side of the door to greet me??

I broke down and cried ... then got it together cuz I still had Rocky (GSD) and he needed me. So yeah ... take care and it will get better with time. Sorry for your loss and 85 lbs huh, man he was a big one! Take Care
 

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So sorry for your loss. As others have said, it sounds like he had a wonderful life, and it's great he did not suffer.

He looks like he's dancing in the first photo, a very happy boy.
 

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I am so so sorry you lost your Boxer boy, Lorenzo. It sounds like he had a real good life! He was given the best and provided for and I know he was happy! It is so hard to lose our best friend, after they have been by our side for so long! I know, because I lost my Tucson I had him for 10 years, Christmas night 2018 and it still hurts, I still look around for him.
My husband went and bought me another boxer boy and he has taken over our household, his name is Tahoe Joe. He is growing on me, but I still miss my Tucson so much. And in November 2018, we lost my Sadie-girl too! I still miss her, because she was my "quiet shadow."
I know your loss will get better with time. I know with my case I was inconsolible- losing both my babies within months of each other? It was excruciating!
I don't suggest you do what my hubby did- get another Boxer, but it has helped me to get through the pain, by giving me another baby to love. God bless you and your family!
 
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