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Friday, December 4, 2009

Lexi-Lou, 2000 - 2009

A note from Lexi-Lou's Mom...

Lexi started out today not feeling well. She spent the morning at the vet, being examined for other issues. I picked her up at noon and brought her home. She got sicker as the afternoon went on. At 5:00 this evening I rushed her back to the vet's office because she couldn't stand or sit and her breathing was very loud and rapid.

The vet diagnosed her with acute congestive heart failure and pulmonary embolism. Her heart and lungs had sounded fine during her exam this morning, but they were filled with fluid by this evening. We knew that Lexi had a heart murmur, and that there was an underlying issue that we were trying to diagnose this morning, but the sudden fluid build-up was a complete surprise. Nobody saw that coming. Lexi had a variety of other health problems, including liver failure. We all thought that a liver problem would take her from us.

Lexi-Lou passed away in my arms around 6:00 this evening. Rest in peace, my beautiful baby girl...

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lexi has been such a brave girl and you've been such a wonderful mommy, Emily. We'll miss you, little Lexi-Lou. Love, Lori, Marc, Devan, and Corkie

Mattiedog said...

My love is with you. Lexi was my friend, full of joy when she saw me & kind words to fill my heart. I will miss her sweet, gentle way that made me feel special.
I want you to know that your girl was so special to all of us anipalz; we all love her & we will miss her daily tweets meant to make us each feel special.
Please feel our love, & give Buttons big hugs. We love you - Mattiedog

Lisa said...

We are so sad for your loss, but relieved you were with her on her way to the bridge....

XOXOXO
Madi and Abi

mariodacat said...

Bye sweetie.I was so happy to be your friend and will miss you dearly. You'll always be forever in my heart. purrs

Snick the Dog said...

the pawpawty sekurity team will never be the same without lexi-lou
-- love, captain snickers

jenna said...

Lexi sounds like such a sweet and wonderful dog. I'm so sorry for your loss.
-- Jenna (Snick's Mom)

Laura said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

You have been in my thoughts all evening since seeing your post on Twitter.

Thinking of you,
Laura

blindmaximus said...

Words fail me. I hadn't known Lexi for very long but I loved her tweets, her pictures, and her blog. This news affected me more than I ever imagined. My heart goes out to you and thank you for sharing Lexi with us.

Anonymous said...

PepiSmartDog & Mum Michele: Just so dam sad.
So sorry for Ur little Lexi. U will miss her little face smiling up at U. But she will always be with U in spirit. I am so sorry. She died wrapped in Ur love. The greatest gift U can give her. HUGS xxxx

Smokey said...

Word fail me.

I was so stunned to read about Lexi-Lou's passing. Seems like only yesterday we were exchanging post cards and getting excited about her new sister coming to live with her.

Our love and thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

Please keep her Articulate Animals Gallery of Writing open in her honor.

Love Les, Smokey and Ody

Cheshire Kitten said...

I am honored to have served on the sekurity team with Lexi. I'm sure she was a wonderful companion, and I know you love her very much. Sending purrs of comfort.

Anonymous said...

I am just heart broken, I can not believe that you have had such a sudden loss...thank goodness you had buttons for Lexilou and you can enjoy being with her while you grieve...I am truly sorry to hear this news.

Please know we loved lexilou very much and will miss her - please stay with all of us...so we can keep you feeling care for and get to know buttons...we will keep Lexilou in our hearts missbusybiz

CarneyFarm said...

So sorry to hear about your Lexi she was a special girl.
So sad for your loss. It is hard to find the right words put I want you to know that we are all here and are praying for you and your family in this very sad and difficult time.

Cindy
Pierre's Mom

Adrienne Saia said...

Myself and @junopuppy are sending our love and positive emotions of remembrance to you and the rest of those who loved Lexi tonight. Peace be with you all. :-/

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

It was just last week when Lexi became my foster cousin-in-law when her mom adopted my foster sis Buttons. I am so glad I got to meet Lexi in person and see that she was as adorable in real life as in her pictures. Lexi had the best mom ever who rescued her from a horrible life and then went above and beyond to extend that life many years over what it would have been otherwise. Even though Lexi was smaller, Buttons has some big paws to fill. RIP little Lexi.

Love,
Shawnee and Daniela

LouPeb said...

Lexi...I can't believe you're gone. I will miss you. Will never forget you. Never.

elle kasey said...

We're so sorry to hear about Lexi. It is a horrible feeling. The best paws always leave too soon. - Lexi & Kirby's mom

Babette or Mia Poodle said...

The Poodlematic girls in Cape Town are very sad to find out this news in the Twitter feed this morning. Our Poodle thoughts are with you all.

Babette and Mia

CosmoHavanese said...

I am so sorry to hear about Lexi. Luvs you and misses you already. here's a big kiss for your hoomans.
Luv,
Cosmo

Yoda_the_Dog said...

It is too sad that animals that bring so much joy break our hearts when they leave. Lexi waits for you at the bridge now and lives in your heart forever.

Yoda_the_Dog said...

It is too sad that animals that bring so much joy break our hearts when they leave. Lexi waits for you at the bridge now and lives in your heart forever.

animalfrnd said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I saw this on Twitter and had to comment. So sorry.

perrythebirman said...

my heart iz heavy 2nite aftr hearin about lil lexi-lou's passin ovar teh rainbow bridge. sending loves an comfort 2 her mama an family. She'll be missed lawts an lawts... love, perry (an his mom)

ayemiy said...

I have only just started following Lexi and her adventures, but still I feel so sad for you all, and cried last night about it.

I hope you and buttons get on with life happily together. Lexi was such a special little girl. Lots of love from me and Mixie xxx

MedusaJ said...

I'm so very sad and shocked to hear that Lexi has passed. I cannot find the words to express my sadness and give comfort to you. You have my heartfelt sympathy and I will never forget her.
Love to you all, Marie & RosieCat

MizzBassie said...

I am so sorry about Lexi-Lou. You are both in my thoughts. Sympathy purrrrrrrrrrrrs.

Betsy said...

I just assumed that Lexi died of her liver failure. I am so glad that you have cute sweet little Buttons now to keep you company. Lexi was such a good friend and we will miss her so much. Georgia and Mom

Betsy said...

I love you, Lexi! I know you will be a good girl at the Bridge and have fun. We will miss you so much, sweetheart! Georgia and Mom

Johann The Dog said...

OMD! This is so sad and shocking!!! I don't know what to say...our hearts and loves to out to all of you... Loves and licks, JoJo

Soozi said...

I am vey sorry for your loss. Lexi-Lou was such a little doll. And I know that no words can help the pain you are feeling though it was ayear in October that I lost my swet boy Jack to cancer the hurt is still there everyday. May peace be with you and your family.♥ @soozi13

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I've come from Shawnee's blog -

Please know that Lexi-Lou had some good company joining her that day -

A Siberian friend of mine crossed as well -

Thank you for showing Lexi the love you did -

AND thank you for letting Shawnee and her mom bring Buttons into your lives!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra and Her Mom

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Lexi-Lou but we saw the news from Boris kitty and came by to say we're sorry. Losing a furry is very hard. Purrs and tail wags.

Anonymous said...

Dallas & I are so very sad & sorry for your loss, Emily. Lexi was very lucky to have you for a mommy; you made each other so, so happy! And, yes, Buttons does have some mighty big paws to fill. Our love & prayers are with you both during this difficult time. We will miss you so much, Lexi Lou!
Hugs n' kisses,
Jennifer & Dallas

Shari, Dusty & Hurley @justanothertrnd said...

We will miss LexiLou. I would read her sweet posts and Tweets to my hubby. We loved her sweet spirit and her *giggles*. She brightened so may lives,ed and it is so sad to hear she has passed. She was bless to have her sweet mommy there with her... and to have a new sister for a few days. We are grieving your loss.

Cathy Keisha said...

Ma and I are so sorry to hear about Lexi-Lou. She was a very special doggie. You and Buttons will miss her a lot but you've got each other. *healing purrz

BigSkyMonte said...

Dear Buttons & Lexi-Lou's momma,

I am so sad for you, and for all of us who will miss Lexi-Lou. I know she had been ill, and I'm sure that at the end she felt relief knowing you two have each other. The end was sudden, but what a blessing for her to be surrounded by your love. Your love for her showed in this blog, on Twitter, and in the sweet photos you posted. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful doggy with us.

Love, Monte & family

Raising Addie said...

...tears...

Our hearts are breaking for you. We are comforted in the fact that you were there for her. It is one of the hardest things our pup parents can do.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Rascal B Cool said...

Lexi was such a sweet little lady, always gentle and kind. I will surely miss that sweet little face and her tweets which always made me feel special. I will miss her pawpawty security reports which always made me smile. I am so sorry she's gone but Lexilou will forever be in our memories. It is a comfort to know that she died in your arms, always giving you her best...as she did with all us anipals. We will miss her so much. Love and pawprayers to you and Buttons.

The OP Pack said...

We didn't know Lexi but we lost a dog this summer so we understand your heartache. Hugs to you and family.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

BarbRad said...

I'm AylaLab's mom. We are both so sorry for the loss of Lexilou. I have lost my animal children before as they run away over the Rainbow Bridge. I do know the overwhelming pain you are feeling, and I am so, so sorry.

River said...

We are so sorry to hear about Lexi-Lou. We are thinking of you today and sending hugs.

love & wags,
River & mom

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are soooo, soooo sorry. We didn't have the chance to meet Lexi-Lou, but we know how hard it is to lose a furkid. Our paws are crossed for you!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Lexi. Our hearts are absolutely breaking for you. We're sad that we never got to know Lexi.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Spyder said...

So sorry for your loss. We lost Willow our Great Dane in Feb. It will be very hard for a while. I can only recommend getting another sis for Button. You aren't replacing Lexi. You would be sharing the love. Xander reminds us of Willow daily in the things he does. We can now smile without crying when we talk of her. Hugs.

George The Duck said...

I'm so so sorry about Lexi having to go to the Bridge. We have cried buckets for her. We will miss her and always remember her.
*ducky hugs*
George and Sanjee

Annmarie said...

We're going to miss you Lexi-Lou but know that we'll be thinking of you! I'm sure Buttons will get into a lot of mischief for you ;-). Rest in peace-Love @VetLovingPetsHB

Balboa said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Lexi-Lou was such a brave girl. We are sorry we never got to meet her.

Balboa

Anonymous said...

We are so sad and shocked to hear that Lexi has passed.
She was a special little girl. Always enjoyed to read her tweets and her blog.
We miss you little girl.
You will be forever in our heart.

Mister Snoop and M&D

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to here about sweet Lexi-lou, we had just become friends, exchanging postcards was so exciting. RIP Lexi_lou I love you sweet girl !

Tweetypie

Boris Kitty said...

I did lub dat lil doggy. Herz wuz a wunnerful online pal n we will miss her beary much.

We did breaks down n cry when we herd dis sads noos and could only nao comes to tellz u how much we really do care (oops leaky eyes agin).

*nosetaps n purrs* to momma n buttons

Betsy said...

I have been reading your tweets and was reminded so much of when we lost our Bud. He looked so much like Lexi and died much the same way. The vets could not do anything about the fluid that was drowning him.
I have been sad about so many anipals, but I just can't seem to shake off my deep sadness about little Lexi. Such a precious baby and such a big heart. Enjoy your new sweet Buttons. She is a cutie as well.
Goodbye, precious Lexi-Lou. A piece of our hearts stay with you.
You were an angel in a shih tzu suit. Love, Georgia and Mom

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