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6 years 1 week ago - 6 years 1 week ago #37290 by Robb
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Sadly things didn’t work out today for Ben and he’s gone to the Bridge!

His back legs have given way and he's lost all control due to spinal damage (Spondylitis). He's been at the Vets since wednesday and has been been treated with Anti-inflamatories, Steroids and strong painkillers in the hope that reducing any inflamation will help him recover mobility. XRay revealed Severe spondylitus which must have been developing for a while and has finally resulted in imobility. Sadly the treatment has not worked and he's just deteriated!

I arrived to visit him this morning and had asked to see him before they gave him his medication so I could judge how he was better than I could with him “being out of it”. He was conscious and trying hard to get up but he couldn’t move his back legs at all. He was clearly distressed and having to be catheterised as he couldn’t/wouldn’t pass urine. I stayed with him for an hour trying to comfort him, my ex-partner was also there as she spends time with Ben when I’m working and has known him since he was a puppy, and they are both very fond of each other.

Meanwhile the Vet was talking with the specialist from the Neurological Specialist Hospital on the phone to arrange his admittance. Sadly the specialist said that he felt that there was very little he could do for him except operate and he didn’t recommend that due to Ben’s age and size. The operation had a lengthy recover time (many months) and a large dog such as Ben places considerable stress on his spine even just lying down. The only treatment he could offer was that already being provided by the Vet and he thought, from his experience that Ben’s chances of recovering his mobility were extremely slim. He also said that there was no point in a scan as that was only be of use to him if he was going to operate. Finally he said we should seriously consider whether we should put Ben through the distress of a car journey, anaesthetic for a scan when his chances of recovery were so low. These were also serious concerns that myself, my ex-partner and the Vet also had so I felt we’d reached the end of the road and the kindest thing I could do was to let Ben move on.

At this point we agreed that we must minimise distress to Ben in so far as the nurse bathing his sores and catheterising him. We then let the vet administer a pain killer and stayed with him stroking and cuddling him and then 15 minutes later let the vet proceed to “Put him to Sleep” while cuddling and stroking him. He passed away very peacefully!
I’m devasted that Ben’s gone but take comfort that he only suffered for 3 days and had a very good life. He was in excellent health until recently, had a very good diet, best sofa in the house and when he was younger plenty of great walks. He was also rarely left alone for longer than 5 hours and even then was fast asleep on the settee with his feet in the air.

Also he had lots of love from Myself, my ex-partner, friends, family and Lola and Pogie.

Ben will be greatly missed and I’ve a huge hole in my life now. Run free Ben, see you at the Bridge!

Rob B
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6 years 1 week ago #37291 by Joerg Yoki
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Oh Rob, I am very sad. Ben was a very good friend. Run free Ben now, we will never forget you.

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6 years 1 week ago #37292 by Clunie
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Rob I'm just so sorry. I couldn't believe the headline when I logged in. :(
Thinking of you.
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6 years 1 week ago #37293 by Truly Scrumptious
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Oh Rob, very sad indeed however, I always say that as long as you've given your dog a great life they will be content and be at the bridge.

Huge condolances from us all.
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6 years 1 week ago #37294 by saorsa
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Sorry for your loss. Sounds like he had a great life with you.
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6 years 1 week ago #37296 by Lurch8252
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:( no words, can't find any :(
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6 years 1 week ago #37301 by Brodie
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So Sad Rob..... :(

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6 years 1 week ago #37302 by Ironstone
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Very sad news Rob. No dog more cherished than your Ben. He had a happy life. We shall miss hearing stories of him.
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6 years 1 week ago #37303 by Finnsdad
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Big dogs leave huge holes when they leave us

I still miss our wolfie she died two years ago

Sorry to hear your news
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6 years 1 week ago #37304 by Elise
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I'm so sorry to hear about Ben. Thinking of you. Elise
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6 years 1 week ago #37307 by KimC
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I am sorry to read this, and know how you fell now. Just a few days ago, I came avross the picture of ben in the Senoir section, and thought what a lovely big and strong built deerhound he was. But even giants are vulnerable, and as hard as it was for you, it was the right decision, Ben having come to that point.
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6 years 1 week ago - 6 years 1 week ago #37311 by Iris
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Hope I'm not intruding since being a totally stranger to you, but just wanted to say I am very sad to read about your loss. Very much loved your Ben surely was, and I picture him from an earlier post of yours, cunningly stealing the best place in the sofa, nice and cosy by the fire, and you letting him.

Take care



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6 years 1 week ago #37313 by Robb
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Iris wrote: Hope I'm not intruding since being a totally stranger to you, but just wanted to say I am very sad to read about your loss. Very much loved your Ben surely was, and I picture him from an earlier post of yours, cunningly stealing the best place in the sofa, nice and cosy by the fire, and you letting him.
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He was welcome to the best seat!

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6 years 6 days ago #37318 by truman
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Sorry to hear that, Rob.
Run free, Ben!
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6 years 5 days ago #37319 by buttershy
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Oh Rob I'm so choked to read this, how sorry I am for your loss and for Ben. I think you made the very best of a bad situation, it is just not fair to let your animal suffer. I know you must be having a very rough time of it right now so sending you love and strength.

RIP Ben x

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6 years 3 days ago #37338 by Fog
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Big lump in my throat when I read this. Sending you lots of warm wishes. I have lost three dogs in the past four years, two to illness and one to old age. I have their pictures on the wall in front of me now and I still shed tears.
The three dogs I have now bring lots of joy but we never forget the ones we've lost and I'm glad I have plenty of photos to remember the good times.
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6 years 3 days ago #37339 by crackadog
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Just logged on after a few days away. So so sorry to read of Ben's passing, Robb. He was such a character on the forum we will all miss hearing tales of him. Thinking of you.
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6 years 3 days ago #37340 by stussy
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So sorry to hear this, Ben was a lucky lad to have a life full of such fun and love x

Run free lovely lad

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6 years 2 days ago #37349 by cal
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very sad to hear about ben, its a had to make that decison but you have to do whats right for the dog,i lost my greyhound 4years ago this week and still miss her but she had cancer in the spine and could no longer walk or run with out been in pain then one morning she could not get up and she wet herself and the look in her eyes when this happened i just knew she was letting me know we carried her to the car and took her to the vets by which time she had started to slip away from us and the vet just helped her on her last jounery of life.
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6 years 1 day ago #37361 by Trowsahound
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Can only repeat what others have said, lost my last deerhound nearly three years ago now but still seems like yesterday - you did the right thing, so hard though it is...
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