My brother Dave and Sara's big beautiful Mastiff James died this summer. He was one of my very favorite dogs. He is the James of the veterinary blog that my brother set up for me years ago - Riley and James. More importantly, he was James of the Nelson family and James who was loved by everyone who met him.
James developed Addison's disease, and though we diagnosed him and treated him and even got him to the emergency clinic for the weekend during his first Addisonian crisis where he received stellar care, his blood pressure did not remain high enough for long enough to keep him going. He fought hard for three days. We didn't think he should have to keep fighting so hard when he kept getting sicker, and his family let him go early Monday morning, July 23, 2012.
I was able to spend one of his last days with him - the first day of his hospitalization while he was at Gentle Doctor. As his friend, it was strangely nice and will always be one of my most precious memories.
And yet, he had a treatable disease that was treated well and a family doing everything they could to get him through. As a sister and veterinarian, being unable to save the dog I love so much and spare the family I love so much that pain and loss is very hard.
I am sorry I could not save you James. I really tried, Buddy. I love your family, and I sure love you too.
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