With a broken heart I need to tell you that our dear Ellie died quite suddenly yesterday. She seemed so healthy and happy and had a great day.
My husband took Ellie and Lucy out for a short walk around 2:00. Both were frisky and playful. As they approached the house, Ellie collapsed and could not get up. She did not even try to get up, simply lay quietly looking at us. She was not in pain, not struggling to breathe and was not unconscious but very lethargic. We rushed her over to the animal hospital. Tests showed that she was bleeding internally and had fluid in the sac surrounding her heart.
They prepared her for aspiration of the fluid but she had a cardiac arrest before they could attempt it. She died on the operating table.
Ellie died of hemangiosarcoma in her heart. She had collapsed when it started to bleed. She had no previous symptoms and we had no reason to believe she was anything other than the picture of health she appeared to be.
Our house is unbelievably sad and quiet today. So many little things trigger the tears again. I won't be posting for a while. We need to grieve...my heart dog. Ellie had a wonderful life and gave us more joy than you can possibly imagine. We will always hold her in our hearts.