Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We lost another

This came in the e-mail this morning from Toronto Animal Services:

George was euthanized....He must have bloated...We rushed him too the vet clinic but they said he was in poor poor shape.....And that it was in the veterinarian's opinion that he be humanely put to sleep.

I want too thank all you for trying soooo hard for the this poor boy.

At the end of day yesterday, as people were leaving the shelter, someone noticed that George looked like he was in great discomfort. They rushed him to the veterinary clinic where X-rays were immediately done and they revealed that George had bloated.

Bloat is an evil that all owners of big chested, large/giant breed dogs, like Great Danes and Dobermans, have to be alert for. It's a gas build up in the stomache accompanied by a twisting of the stomache, like a candy in a candy wrapper, which essentially traps the gas inside. The stomache expands like a balloon, blood vessels are cut off, cells die. It's extremely painful and if it's not detected and operated on in very short order, typically within the hour, the chances of the animal surviving are minimal. The thought of it gives me nightmares. I've had my Dane, Stella, to the emergency clinic three times on suspected bloat.

For George, though surgery was an option, the vet didn't think he would survive it as it looked like he had been bloated for a while. They decided against the procedure.

No one knows what causes bloat. There are guesses: genetics, diet, eating and drinking too much too quickly, stress. No one will ever know why George bloated. Maybe after the meet and greet on Saturday, he sensed a changed was coming and he became anxious, excited.

A change was indeed coming. George was going to be flown to California tomorrow to go into a Tibetan Mastiff rescue. He almost made it out.

Big George will be cremated and his ashes will be given to James Langton, who's been pivotal in trying to find a home for him. James will take the ashes up to his family farm and lay Big George to rest there. Finally, freedom.

Continued here.


Anonymous said...

Rest in peace big fella.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

man o man TAS is having one heck of a time with these guys lately, eh? Poor George. Damn Bloat.


Miz Minka said...

Poor George. :( Rest in peace, big guy.

Anonymous said...

WTF????????????no words just tears


House of the Discarded said...

Awww...shit. :(

Lynn said...

Damn it, Fred. Will you quit writing about these dogs who end up getting put down. I get all wrapped up in these dogs and then I have to suffer the grief. Shit, I don't even know why I'm reading about dogs who live in Canada. We have enough sad dog stories here. Shit. Shit Shit.

Ian said...

Oh no.
(I`ve been having computer problems.)
Last time I managed to get back on line and get caught up,it was the pup with parvo.
Not this big fella.
How sad for all and he was so close to going.
I`m so sorry to hear this.
I hope your hearts mend....again.
There sure has been a run of bad luck.

Anonymous said...

Aw Fred, that is so heartbreaking about George. He was such a big teddy bear. If I'd won the lottery and built an animal sanctuary (like so many here), he would have been invited in a heartbeat.

Sweet George, you will always be a Lion Shepherd (Leonberger) and may you continue to fulfil your Dharma at the Bridge. You know what you need to do (and be nice to those TM ladies you meet there...) And maybe you can show the ropes to those little Fila pups, Andy and Bobby.

Fred said...

Thanks all, for your comments.

First Bobby and now George, all in one month. It's been really frustrating. It does seem like this month has been cursed. In both cases, the dogs were so close to being rescued and then out of the blue something cuts them down.

The heartbreaking part is knowing how much each dog must have suffered because neither parvo nor bloat lets the dog go gentle into that good night.

The rescues they were going to be sent to, they would've lived in comfort, made friends, been loved. They would've lead good lives as dogs.

Calsidyrose said...


So sorry to hear about George. We lost a childhood dog to bloat--it is a wicked way for a dog to go.

George and his advocates are in my prayers.

Roaming Tigress said...

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a gorgeous boy.

monica said...

That is so heartbreaking Fred. At least George & Bobby didn't die alone in their cages with no one to comfort them.

Kara said...

I'm so sad to hear George died. I was really hoping he would find a good home.

Barb said...

Aw hell - I'm so sorry. Bloat is a curse for some of these big guys for sure. But I'm glad he's in a better place now, well and whole and happy.

Peace forever, Big George.

How is Boo doing without her big buddy?

Fred said...

Boo was just going in for her spay the other day so she should be up for adoption soon if she hasn't found a home already. I'm sure she noticed something different with George gone - after all, he was a big presence in the room - but Boo's a pretty friendly dog and will make new dog friends soon enough.

Anonymous said...

I just spent the better part of 45 minutes falling in love with George and his progress..................then I read this. I am devistated. Rest now big guy- see if you can't find that place they call the rainbow bridge- I hear it's wonderful there.