Ivy Hills Havanese
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Guilford, Indiana
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Farewell sweet Betzie 01/09/08-05/26/09
I am sad to inform all of you that Betzie has crossed over to the Rainbow bridge. Megan and Gary had to make the very hard decision to let her go today.
The story of her short, special life started on January 9, 2008. She was born the smallest of the litter. Her Mother pushed her away and refused to nurse her. Between her breeder's heroic measures and her zest for life, she made it. Molly, a mother of a litter born three weeks after Betzie's took her in and cared for her as if she was her own. Megan immediately fell for the tiny fighter. All along we were thinking that it could be a liver shunt keeping her small, so her breeder did the blood tests to check her out. At twelve weeks, the vet gave her a clean bill of health. Then after six months, she started to have episodes of fanting spells. Megan took her into the vet and he found a heart murmur. They then took her to Purdue to run tests and that is when they found out that the holes in her heart never closed after she was born. Her heart couldn't circulate the oxygen through her body like a normal heart. She would still run and play the crazy way she always did until some months ago. She started to have frantic episodes where she couldn't catch her breath. The running and playing all but stopped. It became a chore for her to go outside to potty. Megan and Gary knew the time had come to let their sweet girl go. Megan looked to Betzie as her soulmate for both of them have had many challenges in their lives. Please help me put our arms around all of the Atkins clan as they go through one of life's hardest moments....Saying goodbye to the ones we hold most dear.
I felt the need to post this because I am the owner of Betzie's father. Megan kept this off the list because of the respect she has for me not because I didn't want Betzie's story to be known. She has the right for her life to be validated and acknowleged. Her breeder and I are standing right by Megan and Gary as all of your breeders should stand by you. We can only do what is human, Mother nature sometimes has other plans.
Rest in peace, our little trainwreck, we'll see you again on the other side and boy will we have a great time! Love ya.
Last edited by Jennifer Clevenger; 05-26-2009 at 12:51 PM.