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Old 10.04.2015, 15:16
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

As I started this thread a few years ago, I thought it only fitting to let you all know of our tragedy. On Tuesday, we had to let our dog Tyson got to sleep. I have attached the note I wrote to our breeders as I can't bare writing the story again. I think you all deserve to know.

"Dear XXXXXXX,

Let me apologise firstly for not phoning you both, but I am afraid everytime
I try and talk to somebody I start to cry. Even writing this is difficult
enough and my tears are already forming.

We brought Tyson in last week Tuesday for what we thought was something
minor (he was a little down and restless). What came back was beyond our
worst nightmares. Initially, we brought him to our local vet here in Zurich,
who picked up that his liver readings were elevated, but they could not
diagnose and we were referred to the Ennetsee Klinik in Hünnenberg.

Upon arrival, a variety of blood tests and also X-rays were taken, where
fluid build up and suspected cirrhosis were visible. They confirmed that his
Liver was in a very bad state, but recommended we do a open chest biopsy so that they could view the liver. We did this and again our worst fears were
confirmed, namely that he had terminal liver cirrhosis. We did not give up
and went ahead with the treatment, on the chance that it may help and save
him, also hoping that the biopsy results may be less negative. We took him
home (Friday) with the treatment also as we needed to wait for the biopsy
results. That weekend after sleepless nights, we had to take him in again on
Sunday morning, as his abdomen was filling with fluid and he was
uncomfortable. Treatment continued in the klinik until Tuesday, when the vet
called and told us that his condition was worsening. We were emotional
wrecks, but we wanted to take him home hoping that we would at least have
one final night. He came with us, but one hour later at home he crashed, and
we had to take him back as it was now no longer fair to keep him going.

We were with him till the end.

Words cannot describe to you the pain that my wife and I are feeling right
now. Our hearts are broken and we are completely destroyed. We started our life together with him and he has been central to it since, even our future
plans are now completely destroyed.

I am not writing this to cause you pain, but rather as you deserve to know
what happened.

Thank you for having him, as he was the most amazing, unique and
once-in-a-lifetime dog that was as part of our family as a brother or son
would be. He was our blood.

Maybe in time we can meet up.

Kindest regards,
Michael and Ioana"
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Old 10.04.2015, 17:55
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

Mike,
Thanks for sharing Tyson with all of us on the EF and some of us in person. He was such an amazingly loving and energetic Staffie...a true ambassador of the breed. Hugs for you both and RIP Little Tyson...
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

Mike, I am so very sorry.

It's doubly hard to lose a beloved pet when it happens unexpectedly, I know.

From all that you have written about him, it is clear that Tyson was a true and loyal friend, a shining example of how wonderful this breed can be. He clearly had a fantastic life with you - I hope that you can take some comfort in that.

My sincere condolences to you and to your family at this sad time.
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Old 10.04.2015, 19:37
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

Mike, my heart goes out to you and your family following the loss of your beloved Tyson. I know the pain you are all feeling, having endured the same experience when I had to say goodbye to my beloved Susie (shown in my avatar) just 6 weeks before her 17th birthday. Tyson will remain in your hearts; he will always be part of you and your family. Cherish the precious memories of the time you spent with him.

My heartfelt condolences to you all.
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Old 10.04.2015, 20:13
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

There are a lot us dog lovers on here who truly feel the pain and you are going through - have been through it many times and the sense of loss is heartbreaking.
Staffies are wonderful dogs and have such characters - my last one Rory was a fantastic member of the family.
In time you will think about your best friend but instead of a tear in your eye you will smile with a wonderful memory. So sorry for you both.
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Old 11.04.2015, 12:33
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Such sadness. Tyson must have been a wonderful dog and I hope you can focus on good memories. Wishing you the best.
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

roostermike,
So truly sorry to read about the loss of your beloved Tyson. May he be at peace and may you and your family take comfort in knowing you did the best that you could for him in health and sickness.
Thoughts are with you.....
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Old 12.04.2015, 17:26
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Re: Calling all Staffie lovers!! (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Other dogs also welcom

So sorry to read your news, it brought back sad memories of December when we found a hard lump on a hind leg on the Saturday and had to say farewell to Bella on the Monday after something inside it burst. The hardest decision we have ever had to make and the most tears for the longest of times we have ever shed. 4 months on and we are ready for a new friend and will go to see some Border Terrier puppies next weekend to be chosen by our new girl. It may take longer or not but I am sure that when the time is right for you a new friend will find room in your heart and help ease the pain.
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