Jumoke's Jazzy Lady
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  • I know I haven't posted for a long…a very long... time, but for those who remember us ~~ I am very sad to day to have to say that my sweet Jazzy was put down today :-(. She had had Fanconi for the last five years and had actually been doing well, so her vet and I were both surprised when she suddenly began exhibiting symptoms of anything being amiss on Tuesday. I was planning to take her in and have her checked because she had vomited a couple of times and had no real appetite {refused dog food, ate popcorn, but not with her usual enthusiasm}....
    but this morning she was semi-comatose. Took her in first thing and all of her blood work was off the charts -- forgive me for not remember numbers at this time {except BUN was >130}....
    Had a long talk with the vet and made the decision. I am still coming to grips with how quickly this happened. Jazz would have been 8 yrs old on January 12.

    We still have Keoki, who suffers from pretty extreme separation anxiety, so the next several nights -- maybe weeks or months with him? -- will be interesting.

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    @JazzysMom:

    I know I haven't posted for a long…a very long... time, but for those who remember us ~~ I am very sad to day to have to say that my sweet Jazzy was put down today :-(. She had had Fanconi for the last five years and had actually been doing well, so her vet and I were both surprised when she suddenly began exhibiting symptoms of anything being amiss on Tuesday. I was planning to take her in and have her checked because she had vomited a couple of times and had no real appetite {refused dog food, ate popcorn, but not with her usual enthusiasm}....
    but this morning she was semi-comatose. Took her in first thing and all of her blood work was off the charts -- forgive me for not remember numbers at this time {except BUN was >130}....
    Had a long talk with the vet and made the decision. I am still coming to grips with how quickly this happened. Jazz would have been 8 yrs old on January 12.

    We still have Keoki, who suffers from pretty extreme separation anxiety, so the next several nights -- maybe weeks or months with him? -- will be interesting.

    I'm really sorry. I could imagine you suffering. From 2007 to 2010, my five lovely dogs was died and I miss them everyday. So, God gave me Nzinga and we are building a great friendship…

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  • Sorry for your loss, it is so hard to let them go. Hugs… and thank Dog, we have a Fanconi test now! Here is wishing everyone would just DO IT!

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  • So sorry to hear of your loss. It's always difficult, but when it is unexpected it comes as a shock and it takes time to accept. I hope for your sake Keoki adjusts to this change, although the next while will be difficult, I am sure.

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  • Jazzys Mom…I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you, your kids and Jazz and Keoki were doing. I'm so sorry to read this - it is especially hard to lose her when you weren't expecting it (even in the throws of Fanconi). My heart goes out to you and your family. And I hope that Keoki makes the adjustment without too much trouble (I remember the stories and your photos of his various destroyed crates/beds.

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  • How awful! You're in my thoughts/prayers.

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  • It's so hard to lose them, nevermind unexpectedly. My deepest condelences, I hope the road ahead with Keoki is full of smooth transitions.

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  • So very sorry to hear of your loss. We are sure she will have a special tile on the Rainbow Bridge.

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  • I am so sorry.

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    My heart breaks for you. It's hard caring for a Fanconi dog and even harder to lose one. Sending warm, healing thoughts to you and Keoki.

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  • First Basenji's

    I'm very sorry to hear of Jazzy's sudden passing. No matter how much time you have to prepare your heart, it can't be easy.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss. Does the vet have any idea what would cause that sudden of crash? It is hard enough when expected, but when that suddenly you simply have no time to prepare. Sending all the comfort I can your way.

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  • I'm so very sorry. Loss is always painful, but sudden unexpected loss simply sucks. Big hugs.

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    So sorry for your loss, bless you for caring for Jazzy and for making the toughest decision any of us ever has to make.
    Therese and Kevin Leimback
    FoPaw's Basenjis

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  • Thanks Everyone.
    Keoki has not been handling the loss of Jazzy very well. He does okay, though he's not playful right now and hasn't baroo'd since her death and it used to be a frequent occurrence with him. Nights are VERY difficult as he is up crying most of the night. He is currently on anti-anxiety meds and we're getting 3 -4 hours of solid sleep each night, followed by another 3 - 4 hours of VERY restless napping.
    We had him crated Sunday while we went to church and he went into his old destructive mode – my bad, I forgot to move everything away from the crate and had a few things on top of the metal crate. We came home to completely destroyed bedding, papers torn beyond recognition, my camera case chewed up , a camera cable chewed up. The bottom of his crate wasn't even under the crate any more.
    Poor guy. Working with the vet to try to get him through this difficult adjustment. We are almost back to square one where we were when he first arrived. :-(.
    We are hoping that a week or two on the meds will help ease him into his new life situation.

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  • Whoa ~~ it's been a full week since this last happened: It is 6:45 AM and Keoki is still sleeping after a peaceful night! He's been in bed since about 11:30 last night. Hoping it's the new trend!

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  • Just a quick update – Keoki did NOT adjust well, and after several weeks of me having to sit up next to his crate to prevent him SCREAMING in the night [we did try having him sleep in our room on a bed, no crate, but he just kept pacing and going from my husband to me, sticking his nose in our faces], and his having absolute PANIC attacks every time we had to leave him home alone we cracked . . .
    and brought home Teazer Khani's Sorceress at Kabar, otherwise known as "Fiona".
    Keoki was not happy at first and we had several really iffy weeks, but they've settled down nicely and while she does annoy him a lot when he's trying to nap and she wants to play {He's 6 1/2 yrs old, she's 1 1/2 yrs old – he likes to nap more than play, lol}, they do play together A LOT.
    He's sleeping peacefully at night, and crating quietly when we go out.
    Life is normal again :-).
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  • Q

    So happy for you - I love Picture 4! May they have a long and happy life together!

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  • Sorry for your loss and glad to hear things are back to normal now.

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  • Awwww, he just wanted a friend. Glad you have a new peaceful normal.

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  • So happy for you!

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