Heartbroken for my parents

Dizzydancer

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My mum and dad have lost there 1year old Leonburger this morning 😢
Just can't believe it- she was absolutely fine yesterday but they came downstairs to her dead in the kitchen.
I just feel so sorry for them- we have had dogs all our lives but the last 2 both died prematurely (newfy at 6 and prev leo at 3 from kidney failure). It just doesn't seem fair they are excellent pet owners and don't deserve this heartache
 

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A huge shock for your parents that won't be salved unless they do an autopsy IMO..they will always be wondering why ?
I hope the breeder is on board to help them through this..
What do they think is the cause of this?
 

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Thanks all.
Bellasophia- breeder is fully on board and they have taken bloods and swab as there is research into sudden deaf in young Leo's going on at present so will be used for that.
They have decided against an autopsy altho vet has been out to certify death (for insurance) and they have said from looking at her they assume anurysm as she was just laying peacefully with no signs of stress and therefore
Just went in her sleep.
 

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Bless her ..my st poodle also went fast,she had a stroke in her brain the vet reckons..she walked the fields with us,came home and dropped dead..shocking,but the best way to go without suffering( she was 13 ).
I hope your parents can come to terms with this as its one of those awful things you can do nothing about.
 

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How difficult for your parents, and for you too, to lose a dog at such a young age. Just why the giant breeds should be at risk, I'm not sure, but they most certainly are and from what would seem to be a variety of 'reasons'. It would be rare for the giant breeds, today, to make what we'd consider old age …….. 14-16 years plus.

Sadly, and in our modern canine world, with the giant breeds, it's the risk that we run.

Alec.
 

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They are understandably still in shock, especially my mum (she was her dog mainly)
My dad is being practical as there other Leo has never been an only dog so he is keen to get another dog ASAP for her but they aren't ready yet. We went over last night with our labs and they all had fun playing which made my parents happier as there remaining dog wasn't stressing out looking for her buddy 😞
Also helped us out as she is an excellent babysitter with pups and just loved keeping my pup under watch and playing with her!! So until there new dog arrives we will give her lots of doggy play time with mine.
 

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I am so sorry for such an unexpected loss so suddenly.
In 2001 I lost a lurcher suddenly when she galloped down our paddock after a rabbit and dropped dead. She wasn't young and it was a brilliant way for her to go.
The problem was the my young flatcoat at the time had never been an only dog. She didn't cause us any problems, she could be left in the house alone, but she was quiet, didn't play and just walked by my side on a walk.
We found a rescue dog of no particular breed, quite quickly. Best thing we ever did.
I lost her last Sunday at more than 16 years old. Can only just bring myself to speak of it now. She nurtured two more flatcoats after the one she joined us to nanny.
I hope your parents find the strength to think of their remaining dog and get a new companion.
 

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That is so sad, how awful.
After their break they may feel a bit more able to cope with loooking for another one.
 
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