28 October 2012

A Failing Heart Creates A Broken Heart


The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.

~~ Blaise Pascal, French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer, and Christian Philosopher, 1623 - 1662


It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

~~ Epictetus, Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher, born a slave, AD 55 – AD 135

What the...? Who are you? And why is this photo askew?

So the Kung Fu Bunnies sent a witch to take my color. Very interesting. It must have been because of that bunny leg.

Suka remembering last month...Hello! What have we here? *drool...yum.


Did it work? I am afraid to open my eyes.

Oh my dawg. It worked! Look at all the lovely colors! Ha! I defeated you witch! Now please go and take your creatures with you.

Now, about those Kung Fu Bunnies...


Paolo Morando Cavazzola, Saint Roch, circa 1518 (National Gallery, London, England) [Note: St. Roch is the Patron Saint of Dogs, the Plague, Pestilence, and more.]

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Saint John of God {Aiding the Lame with the Archangel Raphael}, circa 1672 (Museo Municipal de l’Almodi, Xátiva, Spain) [St. John of God is the Patron Saint of Heart Patients, the Sick, and more; Archangel Raphael is the Patron Saint of Bodily Ills, Sick People, and more.]

Back to me...

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.

~~ Winnie The Pooh

I am sure you are wondering about the title of this post. Well, here is the poop scoop.

I saw the Vet on Friday. I have heart disease. He said it is incurable and that it will only get worse. We don't know how much time I have left. The Vet said anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.

It makes me very sad. So sad that I did not even care that I got rained on, hence my disheveled look.

I won't let my sadness take over. It is almost Winter which means I can look forward to snow. Lots of snow (paws crossed!). Nothing makes me happier than romping in snow.

Truth be told, I don't have much energy anymore, and I cough and hack a lot. I am still eating, but hardly anything. I have lost a lot of weight.

My failing heart has broken K's heart. I woofed to her not to worry. We both believe in miracles, they happen all the time. Perhaps a miracle will happen to me.

Having this disease feels like I am in a prison, and I don't like that. I miss my walks and my runs and playing and just having fun. Porgy is very angry. He already suffered through the death of one dog and he is not ready to let me go so easily. I think stupid Mr. Heart Disease better watch out for Porgy.

We estimate that I am only about 10 years old, so we feel that is much too young for me to have a death sentence. I have a lot of life left to live and I am not ready to leave. But, if God needs another Angel Dog by His side, I will gladly fulfill my duty. I just hope He is not ready for me yet. I still have my Bucket List to get through. And those Kung Fu Bunnies to deal with. I'm just sayin'...


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh Suka, this post makes us very sad. We are going to invoke the power of the paws for you for this to be a matter of years and not weeks. Please give K some snooter smoochies from each of us - we know how much her heart must be aching. Big hugs to both of you.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Murray's Mouth said...

This brought a tear to my eye :( We will keep you in our prayers for a miracle.

Sheba. said...

Hi Suka I'm sorry to hear about your heart disease, you're a fighter and will pull through this just stay strong. I also believe in miracles and am praying of one for you my friend. The Power Of The Paw is a wonderfull thing.

Take care and be safe. Ps i hope Huricane Sandy isn't near you.

Your pal Sheba.

Parsley said...

I am so sad for you. I pray Suka has no pain and that if a miracle can happen, that it will.

Do you remember our Henry? His photo is on my sidebar.

He had the same problem. We gave him meds that helped him some but like the vet told you, incurable.

Love is bittersweet. Focus on the sweet during this bitter time and know that others care and understand.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Dear Suka, we read the title and knew it had to be bad news. What can we do but send you our love and our very best hopes that you can find some contentment despite your now more restricted activities.
We hope that K has taken your 'not to worry' message on board, although you must understand that it will be difficult for her.
Sending lots of love and hugs from Scotland.
Bertie and Gail.

rottrover said...

Suka, enjoy each day with K and live 'me to the fullest!

Bart and Ruby

FiveSibesMom said...

Suka, we are sending you lots of woos of love and strength. Miracles certainly do happen every day...and we wish nothing less for you and K. You will enjoy a snowy winter and feel the coolness on your beautiful face many times over...that is our wish and prayer for you.

We love you Suka. Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Oh Suka. I am crying. I am praying for a miracle, and tell your weatherman to bring you lots of big snow is winter too, ok?

Ruby said...

Oh, Suka, this post breaks my heart, too. But, it also gives me hope that you are gonna fight the good fight! I thinks that stupid Heart Disease is gonna be soooo afraid of Porgy, that it's not gonna visit again any time soon!
I'll be keepin' my paws crossed for you and your family.
Strength in numbers and all....


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Well, they say timing is evFURRYthing -

Today is The Feast Day of a certain saint known to help lost khauses -


My paws will khross and ask him to do some of his magikh

Mom and I wish we were khloser to your K state - since we'd give both of woo a BIG hug -

Woo will be in our thoughts -

Of khourse, please remind K is it not furever...it's just...fur now -

Khyra and Her Mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

Suka....this is so sad and I hate sad news so we'll be looking on the bright side. You still have lots of time left. Our Min Pin, Serena, had severe heart disease and at one time was only given 24 hours to live. (Yes, I said hours). She went on and lived a very happy life for over 3 more years. During that time she got bone cancer and also went blind, but her heart did good. Yours will too. But we're sending prayers and good vibes to you anyway.


Raelyn said...

You cracked me up with your mentioning of the "kung fu bunnies".... But now my heart, too, is breaking!! :-(
Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

No White Dog sadness for you, dearest friend! We send you strength and hope and the energy of miracles and the audacity to demand life!

No one is ever guaranteed time. We all could potentially have only weeks or years. Don't focus on that. Think about what you can do to make every day the best it can possibly be. Don't give up NOW worrying about what might be around the corner.

Walk slower, rest when you must, eat less but keep howling at the full moon and sniffing the snow in the air. If you are not ready to leave and you believe that you will keep on living.

We walk by your side, as always. confident in our belief and strong in our commitment to you. You can lean on us when you get weary. We beleive in miracles...and dignity...and the power of the mind...and mostly, love. The White Dog Army

Anonymous said...

Suka - My momma wants to know if your momma can send us your mailing address? We would like to send you something. Can you email her at marianne(dot)d(dot)howard(at)gmail(dot)com? Thank you.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh SUKA. We knew there was something not so good when we read your blog post title. My Golden HEARTS is breaking with your sad news. You have a beautiful outlook ... every moment will be very precious. Sending you Lots of Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sam said...

I am so sorry. We are sending you love and hugs.


Jan's Funny Farm said...

We hate this news, Suka, and we know your family does. We hope you have a lot of quality time left with them. Purrs and pawhugs.

The Thundering Herd said...

So many things are not fair, and the short lives of dogs here on earth is one of the greatest unfairnesses of all. We wish you great comfort.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Just after we left a comment, we read Khyra's note on FB. We are so very sorry for the loss of Suka. {{{hugs}}}, purrs and pawhugs.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Sometimes it isn't fur us to know -

But at least we do know LOVE -

I will keep watching your spirit dance in Sandy's winds -

'til our tails khross one day -



Khyra's mom shared the news. We didn't know you too well but sure know your pain. My last dog Snoopie died from congestive heart failure. So sorry you suffered. You can run free and fast now.
Debi and Norwood

Mollie said...

Oh Suka, I was enjoying and laughing at your post, till you told us that, now we have tears. We don't know what to say, except we love you.
Mollie and Alfie

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Suka, we didn't know you but we are saddened to read the news from Khyra's Mum. Run fast and free.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Oh Suka!! I was hoping you were joking:-( I'm so so sorry for you and your family.
Lots of big slobbery doggie kisses xxxx

Molly The Wally said...

Oh Suka
We are sorry to read this. Our Pippinpumpkin has the same problem. Several months ago she was prescribed Fortekor and frusemide. The hacking which is related to the heart condition has nearly stopped and at 15 years old she has had what appears to be new lease of life. We send healing paw and best wishes. Molly

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...
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♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Dear K, we are all so very sorry to hear that Suka has crossed the bridge. We know how much your heart must be hurting. But we also know this was what Suka needed. He had a wonderful and loving life there with you. Soft woos and gentle hugs to you on your loss.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

kissa-bull said...

Oh this post is very much full of the sadness. We pray and hope with all our pibbleness that you continue to live wiff joy for many more years. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! we will follow along if you dont mind and keep you in our prayers....
Pibble sugars and pibble toots,
Brinks and bella
From the houston pittie pack

Katie http://myminipetpig.com/ said...

Oh Suka, we are so sad to hear this. Keep pushing on. You are a lovely and happy dog so don't let that hold you back.

You are in our thoughts.

Oink oink,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

Anonymous said...

Oh Suka, I am going to miss you. Run free and fast! We will think of you always!

Moondance Huskies said...

Sending you lots of love, strength, husky vibes and Power of the Paw to you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The kitties add their purrs too. Paws crossed for a miracle.

Take care,
Skye and the Moondance Huskies

Huffle Mawson said...

I will miss you Suka. You were one of my very best friends. I send gentle purrs to K.

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, Suka...we all love you and will miss you always. You're such a beautiful soul. Run free in those snowy fields North of the Rainbow Bridge and watch over K. Sends us all snowflake or two...you will be missed always...we're just sayin'...

Sherlock, Ash and Traveler said...

We send our love and comfort to Suka's family. It is so hard to loose a loved furry friend and we are so sorry :'(

Brian said...

My sisters and I are sorry to hear about your dear Suka. We send you many hugs and purrs.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Suka.....we will NEVER furget you! We were so shocked to hear the news that you left us so quickly. Sending your family lots of hugs.

We'll always love you!

ra husky said...

Until we meet and play together, we remain your furiends, soft husky woooos, all our condolences K. & Porgy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Suka with us,

RA, Isis & Nanük

Agnes B Bullock said...

We are so sorry to hear of this- run free and pain free atht e Bridge- Tell Ginger, Thai and Anna Rose hi for us!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I wish I had told you yesterday how much I loved you. You have always been such a beautiful spirit to my heart- you always gave me wisdom.
But now I will go outside and look to the new star in the sky- and watch you as your spirit is free. I will remain ever thankful for all the time you were by my side.
You will remain in my hear forever.
I place my paws around your peoples heart and neck.
Run free my friend.

Jo's World said...

We didn't meet, Suka, but I wish we had so now I will have to meet you at the Bridge. We know your Mom, and your buddy Porgy will have broken hearts but you will try to help them get over this loss.

Blessings on your family,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Alfie said...


I'm like the lone stinker, always pooing on someone's lawn and leaving, then not being seen for a long time. Usually when I decide to pop my chubby self back into the blog world, I seem to have missed a lot. This is probably the worst news I've gotten! I saw this post and it broke my little tiny heart. I was using the power of the paw to give you comfort and strength during the remainder of your life only to find out from Khyra that you have already crossed the bridge.

I guess crossing the bridge isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just the next chapter in a doggie's life, but it doesn't make it easy for us who are still here. Lots of licks and kisses to your human K and Porgy.

All I know is that I'm happy that you were amongst my paw-see of poochie pals. You have always taken the time to read my silly/random/pointless posts and always encouraged me to come back hehe. It just won't be the same without you and know that you are and will forever be missed...A LOT!

You are one of my best paw pals, "just sayin'"

-love Alfie

Anonymous said...

Suka hugs to you across the Rainbow Bridge. I will miss you pal. I know you feel frisky and happy again without the burden of earthly ailments.

To your Mom K, thank you for sharing wonderful Suka with us. You gave him lots of love and a very special home with you. Mom and I send you lots of our love.

The Roo Family

Keisha said...

O hai. I just heard this. Rest in peace, Suka buddy. {{{Suka}}}

Katie http://myminipetpig.com/ said...

We just heard that Suka went to a special place. We are so so sorry for your loss and know how devastating it is :-(

Our thoughts are with you.

Oink oink,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

Parsley said...

Heard that our Suka left us to cross the bridge. Tears in my eyes. I've been loving Suka from afar for a long time. I'm so sorry for your loss, K.

Keisha said...

P.S. lots of love to ur hoomin and all ur friends. I miss u, Suka. (((Luv)))

Remington said...

Suka, my friend....I am confused....from your post I understand that you are not feeling very well....I understand and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers....however, from the comments they are saying you have left us....is this true? Please let me know....I have seen it on other blogs too....please say it isn't so....

Ruby said...

I was at the Five Sibes bloggie, and they said you went to the Rainbow bridge. Is this true? Oh, Suka, I hope your still holdin' on, butts if you needed to run in the snow...run free and fast!


Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

Sending love and purrs and comfort to Suka's family at this time. Our hearts go out to you at your loss....

Bouncing Bertie said...

We just read the sad news on Finn's blog. Sending you love and hugs all the way across the Pond at this sad time. We will not forget your beautiful Suka.
Kindest wishes,
Gail and Bertie.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We wanted to thank you for the lovely comment you left on our blog. We are glad you enjoyed the Abyssinian "Chans" and the rest of us too, and hope you will visit us regularly. And we hope that another beautiful soul will come to bring you smiles one day soon.

Woofs, Purrs, Neighs and Hugs,
Tommy, The Chans, Vidock, Violette and #1

Ansel Rhett said...

So Sad Suka.... But don'g worry ... with Love, Hugs and kisses...... :)))

Alfie said...

Hello Kay! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day and thank you for sharing Suka's journey with us. I really miss him! I felt like I knew him as if he was my own backyard pal. But this blog is like a treasure chest full of his memories, and he will continue to bark in our hearts :) <3

Nanük said...

Love you angel Suka,

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