— One Door
Closes, Another Opens —
28, 2006 – Many of you will remember Hector (pictured above), the gentle
rescue who suffered from Addison's disease and
was adopted last year by our veterinarian, Nori Warren, and her husband Will.
(See Hector's story here.) Hector won the Warrens'
hearts the very moment they met him. Less than a year later, Hector broke their
hearts when he succumbed to Dilated
Cardiomyopathy (DCM). He was diagnosed just 8 months after adoption and died
after a three-month struggle with the disease.
Hector's death was devastating to the
Warrens. Nori once told me Hector had become such an important member of the
family that she just couldn't imagine life without him. That sentiment was particularly
true for Will, I suspect, because Will and Hector shared such a strong bond.
Hector had a great capacity to love and his love
for Will was boundless. Simply put, Hector adored Will. I doubt any dog has loved
a person more than Hector loved Will. Although Hector felt great affection for
was his "chosen person," and that was that.
Hector's death was so difficult for Will
that for a long time he would not consider adopting another Dane, even though
Nori was more than willing. Then one day Marc
Sayer contacted the Warrens about a four-year-old
Dane in Tennessee who had turned up in rescue. Her name was Annie, and just like
Hector, Annie had Addison's Disease. This meant she had slim chance of adoption.
Would Nori and Will consider taking her? As you can see below, the answer was
Annie moved in with the Warrens three
weeks ago. She settled into her new home quickly, making friends with her new
"sister" Belle (an aging chocolate lab) and charming the neighborhood children.
When I met Annie she was surprisingly affectionate, especially since I
was a total stranger. I had brought along a wiggly-giggly toy
to keep Annie animated while I took photos, but it turned out she was plenty
animated on her own. She went wild over the wiggly-giggly and she had lots
to say about it when it "went away" because she is quite the talker. (Her commentary
was hilarious.) As I was leaving, Will announced they were heading right out
to the pet store that very minute to buy Annie a wiggly giggly of her own, and
that's exactly what they did. Clearly, just like Hector before her, Annie has
landed in a wonderful home.
Canine Addison's Disease
The Great Dane Club of America is seeking Great Danes to participate
in the "Genetics of Canine Addison's Disease" project at UC Davis. Any and all
Great Danes are encouraged to participate, however, Danes coming from families
with at least one Addison-diagnosed family member are especially needed. Please
take the time to read about this worthy research project:
To learn more about canine Addison's,
a wonderful place to start is at Catherine's Place
where you will find a treasure trove of facts, files, links and data relating
to the disease.
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