& Animals in Distress
Sandy Update 4 -13-2005
Pets & Animals in Distress and myself would
like to personally thank you and everyone that
has been following Sandy's tragic story and
progress by sending your outpour of love, prayers
and generosity to try to help save Sandy's life.
I am very saddened and tear full eyed to report
that Sandy battle to survive has finally come
to and end on April 12, 2005 around 1 pm (EST)
as her kidneys have completely stopped functioning.
On (4-12) I got a call from Darla around 8am
in the morning who told me that Sandy had thrown
and was laying still and would not move and
was very weak. I immediately told Darla to rush
Sandy up to Academy Animal Hospital and I would
call them to inform them of Sandys serious
medical condition and let them know that Darla
was rushing Sandy up their and be prepared to
see Dr. Stewart.
Upon arriving at the clinic Sandy was then seen
and checked by Dr. Stewart, and after his diagnosis
it was determined that Sandys kidneys
were no longer functioning and that her BUN
levels have shot up to 210 which we then knew
their was no more light or hope left to save
Sandy. Dr. Stewart then told me that she is
now suffering in pain and recommended that Sandys
time had come to go heaven.
We now had to make the decision that no one
ever likes to make about our special loved Sandy.
On April 12, 2005 at 1pm our beloved Sandy girl
departed us, to now be in the care and comfort
of Gods hands so she can now find peace,
happiness and feel no more pain up in Rainbow
Bridge heaven and to also enjoy being with many
of our other departed best friends that we have
all loved and lost at one time in our lives.
We all will miss her!
Although Little Sandy did not get the chance
to live a long healthy and happy life that she
deserved, we know in our hearts that we can
say we accomplished our mission to do our best
to help save Sandy life and for her to know
that her last remaining weeks that Sandy knew
that she was now with people who deeply loved
and cared for her and that she had the chance
to live in a loving home with her loving and
caring foster parents Darla and Alan who were
their for her 24/7. To know what it was like
to have her belly rubbed and scratched, to sleep
on the couch and her own special bed, to get
treats and most of all to be loved and get all
the attention she wanted.
I would like to thank personally the following
Darla & Alan for being the great animal
lovers and wonderful people that were there
for Sandy 24/7 to give her a warm loving home
and lots of love and happiness and for taking
care of her special needs. Sandy will be forever
great full of you both.
Dr. Stewart and his wonderful staff for everything
they have done to provide the best medical care
and for being by Sandys side in her battle
to survive. Even when Dr. Stewart would even
come in on his days off to give a special check
up on Sandy and say hello to her. Dr. Stewart
was their for us and Sandy 24/7 and we thank
him for his true love and dedication in helping
to try to save Sandy. You are a very special
animal doctor that we truly thank you for your
advise and everything that could have been done
for our special little girl. Thank You!
To Dr. Goldstein the well known holistic medicine
doctor from Connecticut who gave me a free consultation
and put together a holistic remedy for Sandy
only a few days before she passed.
And to my Husband Don who I could not have done
this without you.
(A Special E-Mail From Darla that I would like
to share below)
Sad news! We had to say goodbye to Sandy today.
This morning I woke to find Sandy not doing
well. I rushed her to the hospital and after
a few tests the Doctor determined that her kidneys
were no longer functioning at all. This meant
she was going to suffer if we waited any longer.
Sandy had a very comfortable and loving passing.
Alan and I got to spend a few minutes alone
with her to say goodbye. It was great to see
her lift her leg for that final belly rub and
wag her tail to let us know she was happy. We
also stayed for the procedure so that Sandy
would not feel alone in her passing.
Several of us were there. I am amazed with Dr.
Stewart and the love he showed to Sandy. He
also said his goodbye and I could see how she
connected with him. The technician Heather,
that Sandy loved so much (and visa versa) was
also there, as well as a male technician that
I had not yet come to know. Sandy was rubbed
and touched by all of us during the procedure.
She did not feel any pain and drifted peacefully
off to sleep.
It is funny how instinct makes things happen.
Last night I let her sleep on the soft red fabric
sofa (something just told me she needed extra
comfort). And I am so thankful I did. I also
allowed my dogs to ride to the hospital with
me this morning and Trena laid very close to
her for the entire ride. Now I know they were
able to say their goodbyes. My dogs knew before
I did that it would be the last time they would
It was not until I got the test results several
hours later that I knew we would have to say
goodbye. At that point, I realized by my dogs
behavior that they had known all morning. We
are all still mourning and will for a while.
It is like losing a part of the family.
What I know for sure is Sandy enjoyed her last
weeks and certainly knew she was part of the
family. She had traveled to West Palm beach
for an overnight stay, had taken me to the airport
for my departing flight and also greeted me
on my return. She laid beside my feet when I
worked in my office. She ate special food cooked
especially for her. And when she had the strength
she explored the backyard. But even when she
did not feel like doing a thing she was rubbed,
kissed and spoken to often.
Although Sandy had gained weight and her blood
was improving greatly, the kidneys were too
far gone. A normal BUN level is 35 and Sandy's
was 176 when we first rescued her. With medical
care they came down to 115 at one point, but
were never steady. Today her BUN levels were
at an all time high, over 200. We were simply
out of options.
Thank you for caring about Sandy.
I also thank the WONDERFUL people at Pets and
Animals in Distress who covered every medical
bill by raising donations and making a web page
especially for Sandy. I can't tell you how many
phone calls Brenda and her husband Don made
on Sandy's behalf. Some of the amazing things
accomplished by them was finding a very hard
to find drug (Epogen) and having it sent to
Dr. Stewart. Getting a free consultation with
a well known holistic Dr. Goldstein who normally
charges $400 for a 30 minute consultation, and
getting Sandy then evaluated and put on a holistic
program in addition to her normal medical treatments.
And it did not stop when Sandy could not be
saved. They also paid for a special cremation
and urn so that I could have Sandy with me always.
And Dr. Stewart at Academy Animal Hospital in
Ft. Lauderdale is the most caring Dr. of animals
that I have ever met. I highly recommend Dr.
Stewart and Academy Animal Hospital to anyone
with any type of pet (even birds).
And don't forget that you too can make a difference!
If you ever see an animal in need PLEASE do
something, even if it is only to make a phone
call. Always report animal abuse or neglect.
In most every State there are rescue groups
for each breed, Humane Society, and other smaller
organizations that can make a HUGE difference.
In this case, I was lucky enough to find Pets
and Animals in Distress. If you don't know what
to do, there are always special animal lover
angels like Brenda who do.
Your animal loving friends,
Darla & Alan
TO ALL OUR DEAREST ANIMAL FRIENDS WHO
HAVE LEFT US AND TOUCHED OUR HEARTS. HERE
SPECIAL POEM I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE FOR
this side of heaven is a place called
Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that
has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There
are meadows and hills for all of our special
friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.
the animals who had been ill and old are
restored to health and vigor. Those who
were hurt or maimed are made whole and
strong again, just as we remember them
in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except
for one small thing; they each miss someone
who was very special to them... someone
who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the
day comes when one suddenly stops and
looks into the distance. His bright eyes
are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly
he begins to run from the group, flying
over the green grass, his legs carrying
him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and
your special friend finally meet, you
cling together in joyous reunion, never
to be parted again. The happy kisses rain
upon your face; your hands again caress
the beloved head, and you look once more
into the trusting eyes of your pet, so
long gone from your life, but never absent
from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
was loved by so many of us that she touched
our hearts for her battle to survive. She will
be deeply missed by all of us. She now has beautiful
memories of what a loving family life was like
and what it felt like to be loved and wanted.
We Love You & We will all miss her terribly.
God Bless you Sandy and may the Angels above
that will now surround and protect you forever.
Pets & Animals in Distress and myself would
like to thank you for your love, support and
prayers you have given for Sandy in her critical
time of need and know that we are forever great
full. God Bless!
Brenda Beck, President
Pets & Animals in Distress
"Your Best Friends Helping Our Best Friends"
P.S. We would kindly ask anyone that would like
to send a special thank you card or e-mail to
(Dr. Stewart & Staff, Darla and Allan) for
everything that they have done to help make
Sandy's final days her happiest and most loving
ones she will always have memories of up in
heaven. Please send them to our organization
mailing or e-mail or address below in care of
Sandy's Angels would be deeply appreciated.
Pets & Animals in Distress
C/O Sandy's Angels
1511 east commercial blvd - PMB #129
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334