was truly one of a kind.
I saw the star quality in
this ugly little puppy at an early age. He was destine be my first homebred parti show dog and we bonded. As he matured Tyler
did quite well in the ring. In very short time he earned 6 points towards his championship title and several Best
of Breed wins. This was a major accomplishment because he was shown at a time when Parti Poms were not all the rage..
He was a real little showman in the ring, but a huge terror at home. Constantly fighting with my other male, I had to make the decission
to neuter one of them... and Tyler lost. Not
fazed by the loss of his *pride*. Tyler proudly took on the roll of my official house mouse and very best buddy. And life
In April of 2006 I started noticing Tyler exhibiting
signs of possible seizure activity. Late one Saturday night while sleeping on the couch next to me, he went into a Tonic-clonic
(grand-mal) seizure and was rushed to the emergency vet. There he was stabilized and put on medication and all seemed
well. I was informed by the attending ER vet that the blood work was normal for a dog his age and showed no reason
for the seizures. He stated the possibility of a brain tumor was quite high.
In order to find this out I would need to have extensive
and costly testing done at the UW vet school. I never got the chance...3 days after the initial ER vet visit, I
came home from work. Tyler was in his usual spot, standing in the kitchen wagging his tail waiting for me. I picked
him, gave him a big kiss and went to set him down outside to 'potty'. In the 10 seconds it took me to pick him up
and put him out ... he died. I tried CPR but nothing worked ...my very best friend
was gone and there was nothing I could do.
Just that fast... my whole world stopped!!!
Over the years I will have many dogs come and go, but none will ever
fill the immense hole I will forever carry in my heart after losing my best 'buddy'
this page is dedicated to Tyler... the love of my life.