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Amy and K.
user 5829013
Austin, TX
Post #: 26
Rex and Lisa...and those who know us -

Sad news in our house as of yesterday (02-27-2014): We no longer have Phelix our big boy.

Phelix had been battling on-going health issues for several months, which started with an infected left rear paw. Then he had pneumonia and then UTI. At some point he became weak and losing his appetite where he lost over thirty pounds in a few short months. He had gotten weak to the point he couldn't get up on his owns at times.

He went to a neurologist and then we went to Texas A & M for an MRI as he was too big for the MRI machine in Austin. They found he had a heart murmur and a heart arrhythmia that prevented him having that MRI. Three weeks later (yesterday) for a re-evaluation with the cardiologist at A & M.

We were told he had an infection on one of his valves in his heart. They said he would have had to stay there for two weeks which would cost over $10,000 or more, but with no guarantee of recovery. He had a chance of even dying from the treatment.

Karen and I discussed his options and what would be best for him. In the end we had to make the tough decision to have Phelix put down. We did not want him suffering any more and could not bear to see him to continue to decline.

Karen asked that his body be donated to the vet school as a subject for students to study. They're going to do a necropsy and let us know what all was wrong with him.

We still have our old gal, Harley, who is taking his absence a lot better than us.

Hug your babies for us and may be we'll see you soon again.

Amy and Karen

Rex and Lisa B.
user 3328033
Group Organizer
Buda, TX
Post #: 95
Amy and Karen,

We are so, so sorry to hear about the loss of Phelix. He was such a big, beautiful boy and the tallest Great Dane we've ever seen. He always attracted so much attention everywhere you went because he was so tall. Making the decision to let him go is one of the hardest decisions we all have to face, but you are right in that it is better to not see him suffer so much. That's something none of us want to see our babies do. Our deepest condolences.
Austin, TX
Post #: 17
Amy and Karen,

My deepest condolences.
Amy and K.
user 5829013
Austin, TX
Post #: 27
Thank you, Rex, Lisa and Nikki for your kind words!

Phelix is greatly missed by Karen and I. It's hard to believe he's not here in the house squeaking his favorite toy or bothering the cats.

He definitely received a lot of attention where ever we went being such a big boy. We have literally had motorists stopping their cars in the middle of the road to make comments or to take pictures of him.

We cherish the time we had with him and are thankful we had him as long as we did. We often commented on how lucky he was to survive to the age he did considering the problems he and his litter mates had at an early age.

We're not going to get another Dane until after Harley is gone. For now, we'll just spoil her which is fine with Harley!
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