As some of you know, Lilac was having some problems after delivering puppies. Things seemed to be going ok until a couple of days ago, when things took a turn for the worst.

Lilac is one of my American Pit Bull Terriers. She has always been a good girl….loves all people and children and other dogs too. Just a sweet sweet girl.

I had tried to breed her to my male Buster….but they never “locked up” like usual….so I assumed that she was not pregnant. A few weeks after that I noticed some lumps in her mammory glands. She went to the vet, and they were removed. Her first day home after that, she proceeded to take the staples out. So back to the Vet to get her stitched back up again. This time she came home with an elizabethan collar on so she couldn’t get to them. I think she must have know something I didn’t know.

Well, I was sure she wasn’t pregnant, but after a while she was getting milk…and so I thought she was having a false pregnancy. A few days later….to my surprize….she started to have puppies. I was shocked. Unfortunately 2 were born lifeless and despite all efforts to try to get them to breathe….they never did. One was born with a split between the front toes…..most likely due to the anesthesia….according to the Vets. And then there were the 2 live and totally healthy girls, who I call Wonder and Dream. 2 days after the birth, the little male with the split toe got tangled up in the blanket and didn’t make it. So the girls remained.

Lilac had sooooo much milk and on one side (the surgery side) she was started to get adema (extra fluid under the skin)….and then the milk wasn’t getting through right and she was getting mastitis. So to the vet we went again. She was put on all sorts of medications and I was told that I should not let the puppies nurse due to infection. So I bottle fed the 2 little ones.

Things seemed to be going good. The adema went down and the mastitus was going away. Then a couple of days ago, I noticed blood. Also the glands were getting bigger again and the adema was coming back. By the time I took her in today 6-11-10 there was much more blood coming from her …and even from her teeth. The Vet could hardly find a vein and she had almost no blood pressure.
She was still wagging her tail and giving kisses. But she wasn’t going to get better…so I had to let her go. I told her she was going to the Rainbow Bridge…and there she would be all better and she would fly in the sky and be happy. I thanked her for her two beautiful “miracle” puppies (who she got to have a cuddle with before she went to the Vet) and told her I would take good care of them.

I know it was the right thing to do, but it really hurts as I’m sure all of you who love your animals know. So Rest In Peace my beautiful girl. I will see you again one day.

Amherst, Virginia, USA
Canon Powershot SX110 IS


  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 4 years ago

    I am so sorry Ginny for your loss, She was a beautiful girl.No words can ever ease the pain of losing a pet.
    She did leave you with a part of her in her puppies, This you must be proud of.
    God Bless her.xx

  • Thank you so much Brandie. You are so right that no words can ease the pain.
    And also so right about her two beautiful baby girls. They are 3 1/2 weeks old now and are starting to eat pretty good from a bowl. They already wake up and go off the blanket and onto the paper to go potty! I am amazed by them. They really are miracle babies and I will have Lilac to thank for that for years to come.

    – Ginny York

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh, Ginny. I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Thank you so much Dana. I appreciate that.

    – Ginny York

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 4 years ago

    I really hope you show us the puppies development here on RB.You have beautiful dogs, But the 2 puppies will be extra beautiful.xx

  • Thanks again Brandie. I will definately be putting the 2 little ones on here. They really are adorable. I need to get some time. And I just got my internet straightened out a few days ago. But they will be getting on RB for sure.

    – Ginny York

  • live2shoot
    live2shootover 4 years ago

    Oh Ginny!! I am so sorry! What a beautiful dog she was. Hugs!! :-)

  • Thanks so much Dee. She was a beautiful spirit.

    – Ginny York

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyover 4 years ago

    I’m so sorry Ginny. What a lovely girl she was!

  • Thank you so much Tamara. She really was a lovely girl in every way.

    – Ginny York

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 4 years ago

    Ginny these are just the sweetest pictures of your dear Lilac and her lovely pups. I am so terribly sorry to learn of your loss. God bless you my dear friend!

  • Thank you so much Jackie. She did leave me with some wonderful miracle puppies.
    Thanks for adding Lilac to your favorites.

    – Ginny York

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Instant Fav Ginny. Lilac meant so much to you. I know how you are hurting and my heart goes out to you. She will live on in her beautiful puppies. She gave them what she could before she began her journey. She knew she was loved and she traveled to the heavens to be with those that went before her. My prayers are with you. You did what was right. That last unselfish gift of love.

  • Awwwwww. Thank you so much for your heartwarming words Barb. They mean so much to me. I know too that she will live on in her beautiful puppies. They truly are a miracle.
    Thank you so much for adding Lilac to your favorites. That means alot to me.

    – Ginny York

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago

    Hi Ginny sorry to hear about your loss! This is a beautiful image of her ! take care!


  • Thanks so much Kevin. It’s one of my favorite images of her. I’m glad you like it. She really was a beautiful girl and so sweet too.

    – Ginny York

  • Thanks for adding Lilac to your favs Kev!

    – Ginny York

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Pops. This means so much to me.

    – Ginny York

  • – Ginny York

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 4 years ago

    Ginny, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved dog. My heart goes out to you. Your storry made me think of my beloved Slick. By the time I got him to the vet the vet said he didn’t know how he was still living he had lost so much blood. But he was giving kisses right up untill the end. May be they are playing at the rainbow bridge.

  • I’m sure they are playing up there Victoria. And probably telling each other all sorts of stories about their crazy owners. :)) Thanks so much.

    – Ginny York

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