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Miles’ roomie Betty is having heart problems

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Betty is my little senior rescue bulldog. She was Raven’s roommate for two years. She started life as a breeder in a puppy mill and when she wore out at 6 years old, she was adopted out. But that family had a baby and she didn’t fit in their lifestyle any longer, so she was sequestered to the garage/laundry room for 4-5 more years. She went up for adoption as an approximate 10 year old and bullies only live 8-10 years. She was waiting for over 9 months when I ran across her and brought her home to Raven and I. She’s blossomed here, sleeping with me and on the couch for the first time in her life. She’s had health issues, an eye removed, 4 mammary tumors removed, and a spleenectomy last year a few weeks before Raven’s amputation. I didn’t even biopsy her splenic tumor, it could have been benign, it could have been hemangiosarcoma. She always rallies from these surgeries so well, like a little Timex watch. She deaf from age and has cataracts in her remaining eye. I call her my little “Almost Helen Keller” doggie.

Betty has been to the vet a few times this week because I could tell that something just wasn’t right. She slower, breathing a bit more labored. Xrays yesterday showed fluid around her heart and lungs. Normally, I would think age related Congestive Heart Failure, but we won’t know without either further tests or at least a radiologist looking at the films. It’s Sunday, so we put her on diruretic Lasix for the weekend. Monday or Tuesday the full vet staff can look at the films and possibly retake the xrays without the fluid in the way. I fear hemangiosarcoma may have returned. CHF can be treated, but at her age she could go downhill fast. I am trying to not get ahead of myself, but after losing Raven I guess I always fear the worst. She is still here NOW and snoring beside me as I write this, so I am thankful for every moment God grants me with this wonderful creatures. I *never* would have expected Betty to outlive Raven and she was there for me in my darkest hour. I am soooo thankful that I have Miles to get me through this one if it indeed is time.

Here’s Betty at the vet’s office:



And at home with Miles:


Prayers for Betty please?

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5 Responses to “Miles’ roomie Betty is having heart problems”

  1.    jakesmom Says:

    Oh sweetie… I am definitely praying for your sweet Betty… She has alreadyt gone through so much trajedy in her life… including loosing Raven… I hope and pray that she gets through this latest problem…

    Dawn… you are an amazing woman, to have taken in all these wonderful dogs and to have given them so much love and happiness… 🙂

    Sending you, Betty, Miles and Cowboy a big loving hug!!!

    Angel Jake and Wolfie’s Mom

  2.    cemil Says:

    Dawn…I’m sending prayers for you and Betty today–may it be something that can be quickly healed. She’s such a sweet girl.

    Keep us posted.


  3.    etgayle Says:

    ok, i’ve got to say, i think betty is one of the most beautiful women i have ever seen. her spirit and pureness of heart just jump out of that picture. we should all strive to be that good. blessings to that wonderful girl, hoping this is just a bump in her highway.


  4.    krun15 Says:

    Dawn- I know exactly what you mean about Betty outlasting Raven. Never thought I would have Tani without Mag- and I am so glad she was here.
    Sending strong and positive thoughts your way.


  5.    Treasa S. Williams Says:

    I’m sorry about Betty. I hope she got through her heart problem. I remember our Dog Bruce a few years back. He also had several conditions which the vets could no longer resolve. It was a difficult time for the whole family since Bruce was like family to us for 7 years.

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