I have some very sad news to share about our wonderful Sydney. She went over the rainbow bridge Saturday morning.
I’ve been sharing with you on Instagram and Twitter the amazing pictures of Sydney. I had that photo session as I knew that her time was limited because of her health challenges. She was a two-time cancer survivor and last summer she had a stroke and then we discovered kidney issues.
But the issue that arose Saturday was one none of us expected. What I learned was Sydney was suffering from pericardial effusion, a condition in which a large amount of fluid collects in the sack that surrounds the heart.
Sydney had become unable to walk, her breathing was labored, and effusion was so severe the doctors could not hear her heart beating. It was through a sonogram that they determined how severe the issue was. All of the top reasons for this with Sydney would be the result of cancer.
Sydney, in the midst of my conversation with the doctors, as she rested on the table with her labored breathing, gave me a look that said “it’s time.” My selfishness wanted to do everything possible to keep her here, but our biggest job as parents of floofs is to know and accept when it’s time 😔
I’m happy to be able to say that despite everything she experienced in life and until the sudden collapse Saturday, she was enjoying life.
Sydney had a good and adventurous 14 years. She was brave through it all and loved everybody. Never once in her life did she bite or hurt any other living creature. She was, by all measures, a Good Girl.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could send prayers and vibes up for Sydney to help her on her new adventure.
To honor Sydney and her origin as a shelter puppy, I have decided to continue Sydney’s walkies by having her walker provide them to shelter dogs every week.
And if you are inclined, it would be terrific if you could donate to your local animal shelter either financially, with goods or volunteering. There are so many angels in shelters, of all types, holding onto their unconditional love for the human ready to accept it. They wait for us. All we need to do is act.
Photo: Xanthe Elbrick Photography
UPDATE: While Sydney’s death & absence remain surreal, I have been truly overwhelmed by all of your kindness, prayers, sympathy & love. Reading your comments here and in the Sydney posts on social media has moved me deeply & is something I rely on helping me thru this inexplicable time. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart ❤️