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Old 07-24-2015, 07:05 AM
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Aww. Otis was a one of a kind for you Bill.

Thinking of you both today.
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:56 AM
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I'm sure he's having a huge celebration at the Bridge.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:14 AM
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nice memories. Happy birthday to Otis. definitely one of a kind. and you are a heck of a guy for taking on another diabetic dog Bill. hats off to you!
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:00 AM
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Default Re: Otis Farrell July 24, 1999 - October 4, 2013 RIP

i am sure as a pug lover, that you have one of those plaques that read
PUGS LEAVE PAWPRINTS ON OUR HEARTS

the really special guys like Otis leave big holes. Happy Birthday Otis, you are missed and loved always.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:07 PM
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Remembering Otis. Today would have been Otis' 16th birthday!

Always missing you, little one, until we're together again.
Bill. You're a good man. Remembering Otis here too!
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:19 PM
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Default Re: Otis Farrell July 24, 1999 - October 4, 2013 RIP

Just went back and viewed all of his pictures. Sniff...darn allergies.

He is very much missed - happy birthday, dear O!!!
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Oh, sweet Otis! Maybe he is finally getting to eat a huge piece of cake!
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Remembering Otis. Today would have been Otis' 16th birthday!

Always missing you, little one, until we're together again.
Bill,

They just do not live long enough, do they. Just a short stay, but leave an everlasting pawprint in our hearts.

Thinking of you and Otis.... Hopefully Otis is getting alot of desserts, and many virtual kisses today.

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Old 07-28-2015, 03:42 AM
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Still makes me sad to know he's gone Bill. Lucky to have had you for the years he did. Sure doesn't make it any easier though. I'm sure he was looking down upon you and smiling as he celebrated his sweet 16th.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:00 AM
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Bill,

Just had a few thoughts on Otis and his congestive heart failure....

After you posted on my Emmitts thread on this issue, I went back and read your entire thread on Otis, from the very beginning. You both had a very incredible journey, and no pug was ever loved and cared for better than Otis.

You dealt with so many of his problems, and it brought you both closer together, and the bond was strengthened with every passing day. You had an excellent vet, one that most of us would envy, he was knowledgeable and kind and caring. Can't ask for more.

On the congestive heart failure....of the 5 pugs I have had (and currently have) with CHF, it is usually more of a chronic type process. They start with a cough (mostly at night) from the pressure on the heart and lungs, and it gradually increases to affecting their breathing on exercise. It usually takes months or more to see changes. Drugs like lasix (also some steroids) will help eliminate the fluid, and that helps the cough. Vetmedin decreases the pressure on the output side of the heart so the heart can beat more effectively. these drugs can prolong life in congestive heart failure.

I think the first thing we all do when we lose such a precious friend is start second guessing. Did we catch problems soon enough? did we do the right thing? at the right time? With Otis I believe from his history, he did not have the classic chronic type of CHF that could have been recognized or treated. He was 14 yrs old, and for a pug that is a wonderful lifetime. He died of heart failure to be sure, but old age is the culprit . Your vet checked him 3 wks earlier, and heart sounded fine, then the temp spiked and the fluid collected. He was eating and feeling fine up to that point.

There is just no easy way to lose a friend like Otis. Sometimes when it happens pretty much unexpectedly and quickly, we think we didn't have enough time to prepare, but trust me, having time and knowing it is coming can be even worse.

Rest assured that you did everything that could be done, and if Otis could, he would tell you that. What a special person you are to have loved him so much that you are now giving another pug in similar circumstances a chance at a loving forever home.

Prayers and Blessings, Joan
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