Lisa Gunner & her "Gunner"

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March 8, 2013 - FYI...Remember as I unfold this we together share: The Good - The Bad - and the UGLY. What I am going to unfold is a bit of all.. One of our own is hurting and my hope is for all of us to reach out to her. Within the next two weeks she will have to do the unthinkable; put her dog down. Were there mistakes along the way? Sadly yes. Was there a heart to work together regardless of fault? Absolutely! Before I say reveal who I speak about, I must remind us all there are no absolutes in anything in this life. No one really knows why things turn out the way they do, we just know that sometimes it's our turn to hurt. My hope is to allow our Kennel to hold her while she hurts. Pray for her, send good wishes or simply reach out to ask how she is doing.

This journey has been a long private one. Over the last year her DWA started seizures. When I first received the call we went through the list. To both our horror we discovered the foods she was feeding (Taste of the Wild & one other - name escapes me) had been on recall. That is not an absolute, but certainly a big clue as we truly do not know what wakes that beast. Over the course of the last year He has continually gotten worse. Wrenne Saunders jumped in and felt it was a digestion issue and possibly from the food? She changed something's around and back onto our system adding in supplements and such which seemed to slow the episodes down for a season. We actually both hoped that we had put back to sleep the Epi Beast. I was also concerned with the Flea Treatment she used and though given to her by her vet is still poison to a dog. Something called "Comfortis Tabs" and I throw that out there to make sure everyone has all the players, so when making decisions for your own dogs you can consider this nightmare.

At the end of the day there is no real indicator of how Epilepsy is born inside of our dogs. There are 1000's of reasons a dog can seize. Even though there are DNA Tests being worked on today, there is no way to test for every angle of this horrible disorder. The one thing my friend and our kennel parent wanted me to impart to you, is please stay the course and do not veer from the DWA system. Stay the course she says!

She was open, honest and upfront about every part of this. She never pointed a finger of blame at me or anyone else. If anything she is beating herself up and I hope that we can walk beside her as she has to deal with this and just encourage her and support her.

I am asking you to comfort her right now. Her friend and her heart will be euthanized within two weeks and she is devastated. Her Aussie is suffering now and we know that everything has been done to save him. Please don't try to figure out what made this happen with her or why? We've worked with the best and trust that we've tried everything. Just hold her hand and encourage her.

I have a special plan for her at the Reunion and the Kodiak & Rocky Fund will cover it from all the donations you gave to us in our time of need. I hold Lisa Gunner in a high place because of her willingness to be upfront and honest about all the details of Gunners illness... Theresa

April 3, 2013 - We have gotten news of another Epi Case in our Kennel. My heart is broken for this. There is no testing available yet, but I know it's coming. Some would say that 2 cases in 8+ years is great, but for me it's two cases too many. There are a LIST of reasons a dog can have seizures. The list makes me think we must stop living to protect them, however our Aussie (if Human) would never allow us to keep them in a bubble. So we continue on with making all the right adjustments, Food (Lifes Abundance & Flint River Ranch), Bottled Water, Immune Boost Supplements (NuVet), a very strict shot protocol and no Topical Flea & Tick meds dumped into our dogs (Pet Protectors!). This disease is real! Sometimes it can be controlled, other times the only humane decision is to send our friend back to Heaven into the Arms of God to rescue them from the pain and trauma. We will keep fighting and continue learning and take the precautions that we can as we hope our loved friends are spared from this disease. T

Pray for Lisa Gunner...She is on her way to the Vets office with Gunner right now to have him returned to heaven. She called and is at peace with her decision as Gunner had THREE Seizures through the night last night and that has never happened before. She and I prayed on the phone together and we know Gunner is going into the loving arms of his maker. We love you Lisa!!!
  • Pia Florenzano I'm very sad at this moment,my thought and Prayers for Liza, and Gunner,the are all Our beloved Aussies,we just don't love our own,we love them all.
  • Ronna Wuensch God Bless you Lisa...you are in my prayers!
  • Gail Miller I'm so sorry. I know what a gut wrenching decision this is. My thoughts and prayers are with you today, Lisa. xx
  • Deborah Cox Daniels My heart breaks for the pain that she is going through. Sending up prayers for Lisa as she deals with her loss.
  • Barb Ashton-Haley Thanks for letting us know.
  • Karen A. Soukiasian Gunner's job here is done. He will be on a short, peaceful trip from one loving pair of arms to another. One day, when Lisa least expects it, he'll assure her in some private way; everything is OK, and he'll be waiting...they always find a way.
  • Danyell Hill Lisa it took me to just now to stop crying. You know my prayers are with you to help you through this difficult time. Gunner will always be with you and I know you know this. He will be in heaven watching over you with no more seizures and playing with all of our beloved dogs that have left us far too soon. I know my Belle and Jenna are waiting to great him.

    If you need me you have my number I'm just a phone call and about a 2 hour drive from you! Many hugs my friend. Know this we all love our dogs but through Theresa and DWA everyones dogs our part of all of us. Gunner rest in peace and thank you for making your mom happy while you were here you will be missed every day.
  • Diane Butenas I can't begin to express how very sorry and saddened I am for Lisa and Gunner. I am tearing up as I write this, and my heart is physically aching for you. Praying for you both, and sending hugs your way.....
  • Theresa M Gorduyn We are truly one big family. How blessed we all are!
  • Joan Strasz I will pray that my beloved mother guides his journey to our Lord.
  • Lori Kirkland This is one of the hardest things to do. I am so saddened for you. We all know it's for the best and that our beloved dogs will love and thank us for it. We just went through this in November, Nocona was just two years old. These dogs become a part of all of our lives. I am praying for God to give you strength through this hard time. Gunner you will be warmly greeted by Nocona and all of the amazing and loving DWA dogs.
  • Michelle Kodis What happened?? Heartbreaking...
  • Theresa M Gorduyn Michelle, I will post the story to the top again and let you read..T
  • Nancy Turner Rozan Awww I am so sorry Lisa!
  • Sandy Antilla Oh, Lisa, I am so sorry. You are giving him the greatest gift you can
    give to him so he won't have to suffer any more. Seizures are horrible and it's terrible to have to watch them. He'll be sleeping now where nothing can hurt him any more, bless his little heart. I so wish things could have
    been different. I'm sure everybody is crying at the news. You are so brave.

    Dog On Loan

    I'll lend you for a little time, a
    dog of mine God said.
    For you to love while he lives
    and mourn when he is dead.
    The years they may be six or
    ten or even as few as three.
    But will you, 'til I call him back,
    take care of him for me?

    He'll bring his charms to gladden
    you, and shall his stay be brief,
    You'll have his lovely memories
    as solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay,
    since all from Earth return,
    But there are lessons taught down
    there I want this dog to learn.

    I've looked the wide world over,
    in my search for master true,
    And from the throngs that crowd
    life's lanes, I have selected you.
    Now will you give him your love,
    nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate me when I come to call
    to take him back again?

    We answered in sincerety, Dear
    Lord, Thy will be done.
    For all the joy this dog shall bring,
    the risk of grief we'll run.
    We'll shelter him with tenderness,
    and love him while we may,
    And for the happiness we will
    know, we'll ever grateful stay.
    But shall the angels call for him
    much sooner than we planned,
    We'll know the bitter grief that
    comes and try to understand.

    In a message dated 3/22/13 8:23:34 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
  • Michelle Kodis Tears flowing for Lisa and Gunner.
  • Sandy Antilla Theresa setting up these connections was a great idea

    In a message dated 3/22/13 11:23:41 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
  • Robin Whiddon Wilkinson Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love to you and hugs, dear friend.
  • Amy Sue Martin Lisa, having just been in your spot a month ago I know that there are no words to express your profound sadness right now. I know you realize, but let me remind you, this was no sort of quality life for Gunner and he is at peace now. It will take time for you to heal, but you will be at peace one day, as well. You gave him a wonderful life here on earth and what an amazing mama you are to think of his needs before your own feelings.
  • Jessica Houghton-Vella Lisa, his body is no longer here, but he lives on in your heart.
  • Julee Samuli So many people are holding you and Gunner in their hearts and prayers. Be comforted in knowing you are loved and supported through this very tough time.
  • Annabelle Carter Sending prayers & thoughts,,we love these blessing so dearly~
  • Barb Ashton-Haley Lisa- you are family- this breaks all out hearts.
  • Vickie Lynch Wessel Lisa our hearts and prayers with you. Wish I could give you a warm hug and shoulder to lay your head on. Most of us have been down this road before and know how painful it is. Gunner will always be with you in spirit and will live on in your heart forever.
  • Christine Keberlein Prayers for you! I know this hurts you, but you are ending the hurting for Gunner. I hope you can find comfort and peace in knowing that an angel has been called home.
  • Theresa M Gorduyn We have some Sunshine around the Corner for Lisa. I hope you can all join us at the Reunion to see a special Moment we have planned for Lisa. Julee Samuli and I are working on a gift that will blow your mind! xoxo...Big surprise for Lisa and all of YOU!!!!
  • Theresa M Gorduyn We have chosen Lisa to be blessed out of the Kodiak & Rocky Fund. She will love again, I promise!!!!

A heartfelt Thank You to all of you awesome DWA parents!! Your support, prayers and love have been invaluable to me during this time. This weekend was one of the hardest in my life but feeling your love, support and comfort got me through and able to go forward and start healing. Gunner was my best friend and my ultimate companion but it was time and he went peacefully. I knew this as he was getting worse and his vet confirmed that would be a matter of time. There is a big void in my hear and my home is so quiet, but I know we will be together again and Gunner will be happy, goofy, loving and no longer sick, confused and afraid. I am beyond blessed to have such an amazing kennel family and believe that Gunner's life, however short, "pawsitively" influenced all of our lives in ways we can't even begin to imagine. I thank you all with all of my heart and soul for your prayers, love, support and friendship. We walked this road together and I am ever thankful that I didn't have to walk it alone. A new adventure is beginning for all of us. I look forward to taking this journey with you. Celebrate the life we have as it is so short!! Much love to you all and a big snuggle to your pups from me. XOXOXO _ Lisa


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