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Hi all,

Just wanted to say hi. I am a mom of a two year old white Boxer named Luna. She is pretty awesome if I must say myself and a really good girl. We got her from Pheasant Hollow Boxers after thinking we were doing our due diligence on researching breeders. I wanted to give you the scope on Luna. Not only because it is the right thing to do but because I want to convey how deeply upset and angry we are.

They sold us a pet, who within minutes of getting her home became a family member. Two little girls as well as me and my husband fell head over heels for her. She was born with a heart defect. She must have been as the Head Of Cardiology at NY Animal Hospital confirms. So now our new family member is a puppy with a short life span and an extremely expensive path for her to take to get to live out that short life. What an a big mess they're breeding has turned out to be.

I am trying not to blame them as that won't be productive. I would like to believe that they throughly checked out my dogs parents for any heart issues. I want to believe in the good of them that had they knew they'd would have stopped us from taking her home and turning my whole world upside down.

She is just a couple of months over two years now and she is dying. They have never seen cardiomyopathy ever in a dog this young but do not give her much of a chance past 3 years. So, the reality sets in that not only have we had to change our entire lifestyle because her vet bills and substantial medication (we are up to 6 daily medications and supplements) are draining us of any extra money that we could use for a quality family vacation or plans for birthday parties for my little girls but also how their world will change shortly. Luna is getting worse so I have to try and figure out a way to come to terms with losing a dog. More importantly how to prepare babies that the dog that they wrap themselves up with every night will die way before her time.

These are my inherited problems to deal with. I hope and pray every night that she won't collapse and die in my childrens arms when they've only had her three years or that she won't die on her own alone in her kennel when we are out. Either way the pain will be unimaginable for my family.

So maybe testing more throughly or having a longer wait period so families like mine won't forever be changed by getting a sick dog. I can begin to tell you how awful this is for us.

We have talked to so many people now and no-one has ever heard of a dog this young being diagnosed this early.

So that’s my story and a serious reality check on Pheasant Hollow Boxers.

Thanks!
 

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Oh I am so sorry to hear this. And yes it does happen, sadly. We had a member on here a few years ago and he had a puppy, that he showed us when he joined. He came back a few months later (he did not post much) with a different puppy??? And it was not in addition to it was instead of???

So you know what happened??? He lost his puppy at 6 months ... to heart issues. And no as I recall it was not a BYB pup. (Although DM, probably, is mostly pretty high with untested parents.) It was kind of a shocker??? But hard numbers if I were to say ... 6 months (apparently) to three years is not uncommon if they have undiscovered heart issues. :(

I looked at the site you mentioned and it looks like you did your research. But still sometimes crap happens....

I was looking for what they test ... and it looks like it's your hard luck that your pup, may have been (is) an aberration??? I found this info. :
Pheasant Hollow Boxers

You should get in contact with them if you have not??? If they are what they claim ... they would want to know! And it looks like they have a two year health warranty. So you maybe able to get a (replacement puppy) and yes we know another puppy can't replace your girl ... but it may help to heal your breaking heart.

Try and "keep a grip" as it were, when you contact them and explain what is going on. And you know since you kinda "Ratted them out" as it were. :)

Lot's of eyes waiting to see how they handle this issue?? Crap as it were can go wrong at times (such is life) but it's how situations get "handled" is that which separates the good "Breeders" from the bad. And again so sorry that your are having to deal with this. Take Care .... :(
 

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I am sorry you are going thru this with your young boxer. I looked at the web site and they eem reputable, of course I am sure you had them show you the test results as anyone can make a lovely website and say glowing things about themselves. I have not found any negative into on them anywhere. You must also realize that even with genetic testing, things like this can happen. Its bad luck. Its also a good reason to have health insurance on your dog. Yeah I know..I don't but I wish I did at times but I have 4 dogs so which one? Otherwise its too expensive for me. But it would be nice to have. Have you contacted the breeder? What were their comments? AS a reputable breeder they would want to know and want to see the medical information on this young dog. They may even want to know what you feed as now there is a link between heart issues and grain free fed dogs. I am pretty sure they will give you a replacement puppy even without you returning yours to them. Most good breeders will do this when a event like yours occurs. Unfortunately its not always the breeding. Boxers are dogs that inherently can have heart issues and are known to have ahigher incidence to cancer.. I hope that you will come back on the forum and let us know more about your experience with your pup and her breeder.
 
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