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21 Apr 2013
After a nearly four month battle with MUE (auto immune disease), we had to make the painful decision to euthanize our sweet Maltese puppy Quincy. Quincy passed away peacefully surrounded by his mommy and daddy, grand parents, aunt and uncle, brother and three cousins. There was no shortage of tears or love out-poured for you. Our vet was kind enough to come to our home and help ease Quincy's pain. He left us next to the jasmine vines that he loved so much. He is now laid to rest next to one of the gardenias in our backyard garden.

On March 28 he had multiple seizures and we admitted him to the neurologist's clinic where he stayed for 3+ days while they got his seizures under control. We brought him home on April 1 and he was not the same Quincy as before he went in or before his MUE set in. Over the last 3 weeks he progressively got worse despite trying numerous medications to suppress his immune system and in turn the inflammation that was attacking his brain. Quincy was a shell of his former self. He did not respond to his parents or his brother or cousins. When he moved it was without purpose. He had poor muscle strength and poor muscle coordination. His mind was unfortunately damaged and we could not get that back. It was painful to see him like that. He was not truly living, he was only going through the motions. After talking extensively with our primary vet and our neurologist on Saturday, we painfully decided we had to set him free, as much as we still loved hugging and kissing a reduced version of Quincy.

We gave our heart and soul trying to bring him back to health. He had to stay in the living room in an area we blockaded for him to move around, as he could not move about normally. We took turns each night sleeping in the living room to keep an eye on him. We had spent more time and effort with Quincy this last month than normal, which is a lot. It is so painful to exert so much energy and love and not be able to bring Quincy back to health. He was only 2.5 years old, which makes this even more difficult. His life was cut far too short.

I will share pictures and my fondest memories of Quincy over the next few days so you can see who the real Quincy was.

Quincy, your mommy and daddy love you so much and will miss you forever. We know in due time we will be able to accept your passing, but right now this is so hard, especially on your mommy who bathed you, brushed you, fed you, and loved you with every ounce of her being. We loved you so much, maybe more than you know. You helped us heal from the loss of our cat Reggie and we will always be grateful for that. We hope that we can eventually open our hearts to another furball and begin a new love affair. For now we will heal as a family with your brother Woodrow.
1 Apr 2013
It was just a few years ago that I came here to lean on this community for support when we lost our car Reggie to hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). It's with great sorrow that I have to return for support for another sick pet. Our sweet dog Quincy, a Maltese, came down with auto immune disease recently and we are trying to suppress the inflammation, but it is proving to be a difficult task so far. We are by no means giving up, but I feel like every day that passes that he does not improve means we are closer to losing him. Back in late December he had his regular annual exam and got his vaccines. We suspect that one of the vaccines triggered his immune system to go into over-drive, for lack of a better phrase. The vaccine was not the cause, as all vets we have spoken with say this is genetic and it takes just one trigger to bring this disease to the surface.

We initially tried steroids which helped some, but it did not completely suppress the inflammation. He slowly got worse so we got an MRI done which revealed considerable fluid on the right side of his brain. So they tried a large does of steroids (prednisone) which had an impact but then he seemed to get worse. So we went to the next treatment which is chemo since we are trying to suppress over-active cell activity. He was having seizures so he is on meds that make him considerably drowsy, so it's hard to tell if the chemo is having an impact since they cannot measure his neurological signs accurately. But the doctor is concerned the chemo might not be having an impact, which means we have fewer treatment options. They have told us that if the chemo does not have an effect, then his prognosis is "poor".

If you are reading this, then you know how difficult this can be. We are stressed both physically and mentally and it would devastate us to lose another pet after just 2.5 years. I can't even imagine how destroyed my wife will be of we lose him, but I am starting to prepare myself for that. I am just typing this to get it off my mind and my chest. We are staying positive and won't go out without trying every viable option. But every day is incredibly difficult.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers.
29 Oct 2010
Our sweet Reggie lost his battle with liver illness this morning after being diagnosed Monday Oct 18 with fatty liver disease. He was able to pass in the comfort of his own home surrounded by my wife and me. This was rather unexpected as he had made good progress while at the hospital so that makes it hurt even more, although it always hurts to lose one of your best friends. It feels like the pain will never go away, but over time we will find peace.

Reggie "adopted me" back in Nov 2001 when he was just a kitten. I remember hearing a cat crying outside so I went out the backdoor of my townhome and looked around. I didn't see anything at first but then he spotted me looking around and dashed down to see me. He had a collar on, so I told him he needed to go home, but he knew where his new home was. He kept crying outside my back door so I let him in to hang out. And the rest, as they say, is history.

We bonded a few nights later when I laid on the couch and sat him on my chest and picked fleas off him, one by one. He sat there, patiently, with his eyes closed and let me remove fleas from him for what seemed like hours. From that point forward we were best friends until he left us today. I will always have a place in my heart for Reggie and will always remember the joy and happiness he brought into our home.

He was the sweetest cat I had ever known. He could be in a room with 50 people and would be hanging out like it was nothing. He was always there to greet us when we came home, which we will miss greatly. He was our best friend and we will try to take solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering. You will always be loved Reggie and you always be remembered. May you rest in peace, best friend.
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