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May 1, 2006
We just got word from Lilly's mom, that Lilly passed away today. Lilly had an Addisonian Crisis and by the time they realized how bad things were, it was too late to save her. Addisons Disease is called the great pretender because it symptoms are so varied and transient. It often looks like some other disease and is frequently misdiagnosed or not diagnosed until too late. And when an undiagnosed dog goes into an Addisonian Crisis, as happened with Lilly, the rapid progression of the crisis can catch the uninitiated owner by surprise. A seemingly healthy dog can literally be at death's doorstep in as little as 24 hours. In addition, it is a rare enough disease that many vets do not understand what they are dealing with soon enough, even when the owners get the dog in to see them right away. The saddest part of it all though, is how manageable Addisons Disease is,
if diagnosed in time.

I know Lilly's folks did everything they could, and I know they had no idea how fast things were going to come unglued on them. I know this partly because I know how much they loved Lilly. We could not have asked for a better home for her. They would have done whatever it took to protect her and get her well. But I also know this in part because I own an Addisons dog myself. We went through the same things they did when our boy, Tank, had his initial Addisonian Crisis. We managed to save Tank, but only by a small margin. We were lucky, period. Our story could easily have had the same ending as Lilly's did

Sleep Well Lilly

    Adopted 12/09/03 - Lilly's in sunny southern Arizona!

Lilly in her new home, breaking in the new sofa.

  • Gender- Female
  • Age - 7 months
  • DOB - 01/14/03
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - Unk
  • Spayed/Neutered -not yet
  • Taken in on  - 07/13/03
  • Available as of - 09/01/03
  • Housebroken - sort of
  • Obedience trained - Yes
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - unk
    • with kids - Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - Great temperament. She is a sweetie pie and very affectionate.

  • Comments
Lilly is a female Dane pup who is believed to be about 6 months old. She is completely untrained. We have no vet records on her or any other paperwork. She was surrendered by her owners because they could not handle her Apparently they only had her for about a month and a half. Supposedly she was mistreated by whoever owned her before them. She is underweight. Her front feet are badly splayed and when she stands normally, are at about a 45 degree angle to one another. She does not look like she has been getting proper nutrition for some time.

We will be doing temperament evaluations on Lilly and will also start working on her socialization. We will post regular updates here. She seems very sweet and affectionate. She probably has some vision deficits, but nothing serious. She is not particularly timid or assertive at first meeting. We do not know anything else about her at this point.

Update 10/6/03 - Lilly has the sweetest, goofiest face. And some of the silliest ears we've seen in a long time. Her goofy look and her sweet happy personality make her a hit with anyone who meets her. She is very, very affectionate and just adores cuddles and kisses on the face. And she will give as good as she gets on the kisses. Her housebreaking is not real solid so we have to watch her, but this is just age related. As she gets older and settles in to her permanent home she will outgrow this. She is crate trained though she much prefers to either cuddle with a person or go outside and beat up the boy dogs, especially her brother Xander. She has filled out a lot, and grown a bunch since we got her and she looks lots better, though she does look a bit moth eaten from and the roughhouse play she gets into with the big dogs. Lilly loves to please and is very smart. She learns easily, though she can be a bit headstrong sometimes. Again, with love, patience, and a stable home, she will grow out of most of this and blossom into a loving, happy, obedient dog. While Lilly plays hard with the other dogs, she is very gentle with people. She is really a great girl and will make someone very happy and loved.

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We will post additional photos of Lilly as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Lilly or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-746-0863


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