Posted on April 24, 2018
Posted on April 24, 2018It is with great sadness and broken hearts, that we have to announce that we lost our cherished Frankie on March 28th, 2018. His little body was failing, his heart defect had gotten to the point that his heart was just not working anymore. There was no medicine that could help him anymore and nothing else could be done for his heart. We didn't want him to be in pain and he was starting to suffer so we had to let him go. It was the most difficult decision, but in the end we knew that his time had come. He was surrounded by love. It was as peaceful as it could have been. The outpouring of support from family and friends was just amazing. He touched so many lives and was loved beyond measure.
We are so happy that he was ours and that we had him for as long as we did. We are most thankful that he had the most wonderful life and that we got to see him so happy for so long. We will love him always and his memory will live on. We are still so thankful and grateful for the love and support shown to us in his and our time of need. We are committed to paying it forward wherever we can to help others in their times of need. Frankie was a light in many people's lives and we hope to embody that spirit in our lives in honor of him.
Thank you all again for your generosity and love. We couldn't have gotten through this last year without you all! And this last year was one of his best (I mean before he really got sick in the last few months- but even then he was so happy and so loved!)
We were so lucky to have Frankie in our lives and so humbled by the love shown to him and to us by so many people. Please remember our Frankie fondly. Please speak up when you hear people talking badly about Pit Bulls. Please always vote against Breed Specific Legislation. Frankie was such an amazing ambassador for his breed and it will be our great honor to always fight for him and all that he represented.
Posted on March 11, 2018
Posted on March 11, 2018Oh! I forgot to mention what the results of the internist appointment were!
So after that appointment the vet called me from her home to give me the results of his tests! We love our vets here they have all been amazing! And every single thing that they thought might be causing the bloating, the enlarged liver and skin issues were not the case! He did not have cancer, he did not have any of the other health issues they thought he might have. The vet said "I have a feeling that Frankie is a bit of a Rebel and that he is a bit of a mystery to diagnose. He doesn't present as anything we know of and the things he does present as with his symptoms are not what he has." So there you have it. My rebel, medical mystery dog. They essentially found nothing wrong with him other than his bad heart.
So, Frankie's a rebel. Our amazing little rebel. I don't know why he has to suffer so much. He is such a wonderful dog. No dog deserves to go through what he is going through.
In the meantime we will continue to bathe him twice weekly with his medicated shampoo, keep him covered in Calendula oil and Chelated Silver wound care spray, keep his ears clean and keep him comfy in clothes and well fed! He has become quite picky in his food choices. He will not eat any of his dog foods or even the homemade food I have fed him over the years. He will only eat a Raw Meat Dog Food, Eggs, Salmon and beef. So that's what we feed him. The salmon seems to have really helped his energy and mobility so that's good! He has wanted to walk a little further on his potty outings lately!
Once again none of this would be possible without all of your help! So we are so very thankful for you all!
Posted on March 11, 2018
Posted on March 11, 2018Hello Everyone!
It's been a while since I posted an update and I apologize, things have been very busy over here battling illnesses and working as much as we can as well as keeping up with Frankie's daily care which is extensive.
So, after Frankie's internist appointment we had a cardiologist appointment where he had an echocardiogram to see how his heart was doing. Frankie was a wonderful boy as always and we got to see his heart on the monitor. They showed us the damaged valve. It was really cool to see our boy's heartbeat but really sad to see the damaged part.
So, the diagnosis was that the bloating was being caused by his heart and we were to keep him on the higher dosage of diuretics to help him control that. Unfortunately as things continue to get worse, the diuretics won't be enough to control it and at that point our only option left will be to physically drain the bloating when it gets to be too much. We really don't want to go that route. It would be really stressful for Frankie.
So, basically what they were telling us is that his heart is just continuing to get worse. We don't know how much time he has left or how fast his heart will continue to deteriorate.
When Frankie had his first heart failure I cried and said "He can't die before we get to Portland! He'll love Portland!" and when he survived that heart failure and they told me that from that point on we were on borrowed time I said "Frankie, just give us one full year in Portland buddy!" and well, I kind of feel like he took that to heart. In May we will have been here a year. And for a while I thought he may live even longer than that because he was THRIVING here! He was a whole new dog! I was right, he DID love Portland! He was like a puppy again for a good long while when we first moved here. He started to slow down a lot after his second heart failure in December but he had a really good run at a high quality, love filled, adventurous, playful, fun life from March right after his first heart failure, until December when he had his second heart failure (with a little bit of discomfort starting in September when his autoimmune issues cropped up then and caused his skin and fur issues). But mostly for the past year, he has been doing really, very well considering all of his various ailments. So, we are just happy to have given him the best end of life he could have possibly had! He has made so many friends, has relished being the only animal in the house, and is beloved by just about everyone in our neighborhood here! We don't know how much time he has left but we are going to do everything in our power to give him a little Frankie Bucket List. It will be hard because a lot of things he once enjoyed are not as fun for him now, but we are going to do our best to give him some last adventures and love from as many of his friends as we can in the time he has left.
Once again please accept our thankfulness for all of your donations and support! We honestly could not have treated him in the last couple of months without your support and we are beyond grateful for all of the love and generosity shown to us.