Our experience of losing Tarmac.
We got Tarmac in 1995 and then Guinness in 1996.
From speaking to others, we were quite aware that Cavaliers have a life expectancy of 12 years and that they can have
heart problems. We knew that Tarmac had a heart murmer.
October 12th 2005.
Took out dogs for evening walk, Tarmac a little sluggish. Nothing eventful otherwise.
October 13th 2005 - 2:45am
I woke up hearing Tarmac panting a lot. As he had had fits in the past, we thought that this was the cause, and that
he was getting over an attack.
He wouldn't stop panting, so as we were worried, arranged with the vet to meet him in surgery.
His initial check identified some fluid on his lungs, probably caused by his heart murmer. Took him for x-rays. Thought
that some treatment for fluid and possibly heart tablet would be best.
Vet looked a bit worried when he looked at the x-ray, due to the size of his heart.
He gave Tarmac an injection and a tablet. We put him on the floor while waiting for the vet to finish.
Tarmac just collapsed, and the vet could not revive him.
(A year and a half on, and I find myself tearful just trying to write this.)
I got a blanket from the car, and wrapped his body up to take home.
We had him in his bed, on our bed for the night. So we could all say goodbye. Took him back to the vets for arranging