In August 2018 we welcomed in 6 year old Vinny who had just been retired and released from breeding. Sadly he arrived to us a very sick boy with a very loud heart murmur and with clinical symptoms of heart disease. Upon his full cardiac evaluation, he was placed in Stage C - heart failure, due to very advanced mitral valve disease that had been neglected by his breeder who not only denied him treatment but continued to irresponsibly breed him to put more money in her pocket.
Vinny was given a grim prognosis and we welcomed him into our hospice program and got busy doing what we do best - providing him with unconditional love and exceptional quality and compassionate care! Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years... 3 YEARS! 🙌🏼 Vinny hit a couple speed bumps along the way but all in all he really held his own and left us and his medical team in complete awe and amazement!
But recently Vinny’s breathing and coughing got worse and despite increases to his medication, his symptoms were progressing and his quality of life was declining. We made him a promise that we would never allow him to suffer, and so yesterday we made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to help him cross the bridge 💔 His forever foster mom said, “a piece of my heart went running across the Rainbow Bridge today, healthy and finally free from all the pain. I’m heartbroken. But so honored to have been VinDiesel’s mom for the last three years.”
Even though we had so much more time with Vinny then we could have ever imagined, and even though we knew this day would eventually come, it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye. He will be so sorely missed by his forever foster family and his whole rescue family as he made a significant impact on so many. Vinny - you brave boy and fighter, rest peacefully now and know we will carry you in our hearts, furever 💜