This morning I received 2 emails from good friends...both with unexpected and very sad news. The first was was about the sudden death of a beautiful 3 year old blue Aussie...a heart dog for her owner. Her Aussie had been feeling increasingly poorly for a couple of weeks and was being treated for a stomach issue...it was not her stomach...it was a bowel obstruction that had progressed from partial to complete. The second was the death of a precious little retired show Pommie who my friend adopted 3 years ago when she was retired from the show ring...another heart doggie. She had been coughing and having breathing issues since late summer and her vet had been treating for a partially collapsed trachea (very common in Poms). Sadly it wasn't trachea issues at all, it was congestive heart failure and when she was rushed back into the vet hospital yesterday, struggling to breath, she was finally diagnosed correctly but it was too late. She died an hour after being admitted into the hospital. Both these deaths should have been avoidable...a real tragedy...and my friends are feeling guilty that somehow they should have known what was wrong even though multiple vet visits had not gotten the right dx. We live with so many "if onlys" when we lose a beloved doggie to a condition that shouldn't have caused their death "if only" the condition had been caught sooner and treated appropriately. My heart breaks for both of them. Trini and my gang.