Vale Ben

Unfortunately I had to have Ben ‘put to sleep’ last night. For a few months now Ben has been having seizures that we have been unable to control. Ben was diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy, another way of saying, no cause for the seizures can be found.

Last night Ben went in to something called ‘status’ where the seizures become so frequent they all run in to one another, almost as one long, continuous seizure. After taking Ben to an all night vet the decision to euthanise Ben was made.

Ben was an amazing dog who taught me so much. Ben taught me how to play, how to live life with joy, and he made me laugh every day, he was a clown. He was a remarkable dog and I was thankful for him everyday. Above all, Ben was a gentle soul. The best dog I have ever known.

I want to thank the staff at Advanced Vet Care in Melbourne. I cannot recommend them highly enough in an emergency, especially for their empathy and time.  Thank you Dr Liesje Grieve for talking to me at length and treating Ben with such respect and love. Thank you also to Jo (night nurse) who was so empathetic on the telephone while I made my way to the hospital.

This might be the end of ‘the new puppy journey‘ (for now) but I will continue to write blog posts. While Ben made for an interesting and fun sideline to this blog, it was never intended to be about us. This blog was intended to help you and I will continue doing that.

RIP Ben 11.9.10-20.8.11


If you have a dog with epilepsy (or know someone who does) there are a couple of wonderful websites that I could not have been without…..

This site is a one-stop-shop of information on canine epilepsy.

This site is a forum for people whos dogs live with canine epilepsy. It is THE most friendly and supportive forum I have ever come across.

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4 Responses to Vale Ben

  1. Lucy Nicoloau says:

    Hi Katarina,

    I am so sorry for your loss, I am sure Ben had an amazing journey with you in his short life. Your generosity and love of animals is a gift, and while Ben is no longer here to share your journey, your gift is appreciated by many, especially Chinno, Katherine and I.

    Look forward to your session on the 31st August.

    Cheers Lucy

    • katarina says:

      I wanted to say a big thank you to all the people (friends, strangers and family) who have phoned/messaged/written cards, and sent gifts to me and my family. It really does help.
      I am blessed to have such wonderful family and friends around me.

      Thank you Vanessa for dropping everything on Saturday night to come with me, I hate to think how much harder it would have been without you.
      A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
      -Chinese Proverb

  2. Hemendra says:

    Dear Kat
    Sorry to hear about the loss of one of the most loved and loyal part of your life.

    I am a dog lover but some how I am not able to connect with street dogs in Mumbai, India.

    Can you please let me know the breed of your loved dog? Is it Golden retriver?
    I had a hybrid of the same breed and an Indian dog way back from 1979 to 1985.

    May Ben’s soul rest in peace and God gives you strength to overcome the loss. And also gives you the strength to continue to do the good work.


    • katarina says:

      Hello Hemendra,
      Thank you so much for your comment, all the way from Mumbai. It’s been almost one year since Ben passed away and I still think of him everyday. The pain of loosing Ben at such a young age and in such tragic circumstances still runs very deep. Ben was an Irish Setter, and if you had have seen him in real life his colour and the way he moved would have taken your breath away. He was a one in a million dog, never to be forgotten.

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