Cletedius's dog Riley...
is one of the most stunning and beautiful pets I've ever seen and even though it's been awhile, I consider a good friend.
Since my Red Hot is gone, I've been wondering if Riley is alive and well and am thrilled to hear she is doing fine.
Ron, its with a very heavy heart that I have to report the sad news that our friend Riley left us this morning. Feeling completely numb, & suspect that will last a bit.
Started out the day yesterday as her usual self. Got called to fish an afternoon trip. After I got home & we both had our dinner, her breathing was gradually becoming shallow & labored. She couldnt hop up into the bed to take up her usual post on top of my leg. Her breathing became worse as the night went on. In the a.m., took her to nearby vet who said her lungs were full of fluid, & xrays were indicating an enlarged heart. The vet ran down what would need to happen to deal with the symptons she was experiencing which would then allow him to look at what the root cause was. During the time I was in the vets office, she was obviously going downhill fast & in distress. Riley was 12.5 yrs old & having had 4 other whippets in the family over the years, & seeing 3 of them go between 11-13.5 yrs, & the other just making it to 14, the decision was made to not subject her to being boarded in the unfamiliar setting of a vetrinary hospital for a minimum of 2-3days, only to face a very uncertain prognosis, & in all likelyhood be in the same position in the next 12-18months(& thats if everything went as optimal as possible). Ultimately the decision was made to end her suffering, and not subject her to more than the 1 bad night shes ever had. Not going to lie, was truly a gut-wrenching proposition, & Im not so sure it wont haunt me, but I felt it was the path of least trauma for her mental/physical well-being.
Anyway Ron, always appreciated your sentiments towards Riley, & just wanted to let you know.