Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. In this heartfelt article, we say goodbye to Beau, an adorable Frenchie who brought immense joy to our lives. Aria, Beau’s owner, adopted him in 2015 and he quickly became a cherished member of the family. Beau was full of energy, always friendly to people and dogs, and a social butterfly at events. However, tragedy struck when three discs in his back suddenly herniated, causing him excruciating pain and eventually leading to paralysis. While we mourn the loss of our furry friend, we find solace in the knowledge that Beau experienced unwavering love and happiness during his time with us.
Aria and Beau’s Journey
Beau, the adorable Frenchie, was a beloved member of the Talent Hounds Team and a constant source of joy and happiness. His journey began when Aria, a talented camera person and editor for the Talent Hounds project, adopted him in 2015. Beau had previously belonged to a family that had to give him up for health reasons at the age of one. Aria immediately fell in love with Beau’s cuteness and playful personality. Despite his initial health issues, Aria took him to the vet and provided him with the necessary care and attention to help him thrive.
Beau’s Personality and Adventures
Beau’s friendly and sociable nature made him a favorite among both people and dogs. He had a genuine enthusiasm for life and was always eager to play and learn. Beau’s outgoing personality even put Kilo the Pug to shame. He had no problem trying on outfits and wearing jackets, making him the perfect model for various brands and photo shoots. Beau’s most memorable adventure was his first big event, Winter Woofstock, where he not only made many new friends but was also invited to model in a fashion show. His charismatic presence and ability to make everything look good made him a star at the event.
Beau’s Tragic Accident
Tragedy struck when Beau suffered a devastating accident. Three of the discs in his back suddenly herniated, causing excruciating pain and ultimately paralyzing him. Aria’s partner, Michael, was with Beau at the time and rushed him to the vet for evaluation. Despite their efforts, the vet determined that surgery was not an option and could not stabilize Beau to save him. It was a heartbreaking loss for Aria, Michael, and everyone who knew and loved Beau.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Beau’s condition, known as Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), is a debilitating condition where the discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column bulge or burst, putting pressure on the spinal cord and causing pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. IVDD can occur without warning and can affect any dog, but certain breeds, like dachshunds, are more prone to it.
Prevalence and Symptoms
IVDD is estimated to affect 25% of dachshunds. The disease can manifest suddenly and is often triggered by everyday movements. Symptoms may include back pain, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, loss of coordination, and even paralysis. It is essential for dog owners to be aware of these symptoms and seek veterinary care immediately if they suspect their pet may have IVDD.
Treatment for IVDD depends on the severity of the condition. In some cases, conservative management, such as crate rest and pain medication, may be sufficient. However, more severe cases may require surgery or other interventions. It is crucial for dog owners to work closely with their veterinarians to determine the best course of action for their pet.
Coping with Pet Loss
Interview with Marybeth Haines
The loss of a beloved pet can be incredibly difficult to cope with. Aria and the Talent Hounds team had the opportunity to interview Marybeth Haines, an author who wrote a book about dealing with sudden pet loss. Marybeth shared valuable insights and strategies for coping with grief and finding healing in the midst of loss. Her book, “From Empty to Empowered- Dealing with Sudden Pet Loss,” offers practical tools and guidance for those struggling with the loss of a beloved pet.
Practical Tools for Healing
Marybeth’s book emphasizes the importance of recognizing the need for healing and giving oneself permission to grieve. It encourages individuals to learn about their emotions and seek personal empowerment in their healing journey. Additionally, having a support system and receiving guidance can make a significant difference in coping with pet loss. Taking action, reflecting on the positive memories and “gifts” that the pet brought into one’s life, and finding ways to honor and remember the pet are vital aspects of the healing process.
Remembering Your Pet
There are various ways to remember and honor a beloved pet. Celebrating the happy memories shared with the pet and creating a small memorial at home or visiting their burial site can provide comfort. Many individuals also choose to make a donation to a pet rescue or charitable organization in their pet’s honor or plant something as a living memorial. These acts of remembrance can help keep the memory of the pet alive and provide a sense of peace and closure.
The loss of Beau, the adorable Frenchie, has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him. His journey with Aria and the Talent Hounds team was filled with joy, adventures, and unforgettable moments. Beau’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of cherishing every moment spent with our beloved pets. The tragedy of his loss also highlights the need for awareness and understanding of conditions like Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). By coming together and supporting one another, we can find healing and remember our pets with love and gratitude.