Xena the Deerhound


The Rainbow Bridge

Xena our deerhound had a trauma on 11th June 2003 age three and a half.

This was a very swift progressive paraplegia with urinary and faecal incontinence caused by a haemorrhage in her spinal area producing compression and degradation of her sciatic nerves effectively paralysing her rear quarters. Unfortunately the prognosys was not good, she would have been paraplegic with no possibility of recovery.. She lasted forty-eight hours.

Our surgeon, Alex Lujan and staff at the Small Animal Hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow University worked very well on her behalf.

Indications from an autopsy revealed that the findings within her spinal cord were consistent with a fibrocartilaginous embolism.

In some way some cartilage-like material became lodged within the blood vessels of the spinal cord leading to the cessation of blood flow.

Due to the paralysis of her rear two thirds we therefore had to let Xena slip away to the Rainbow Bridge.

The post-mortem indicated that she had also had hydrocephalis from puppy days. This perhaps goes someway to explain her extremely placid demeanour throughout her short life.

We have passed this information back to the Breeder, Rod Gillie, and The Deerhound Club.

In order to assist those interested in research of deerhound mortality, the Post Mortem report is available as a Pdf file available to download :

Letter from my Vet

Report from Resident in Neurology SAC Glasgow

Post Mortem Report

We now have a new deerhound called Tara.

Rainbow Bridge
Author Unknown

Rainbow Bridge
Just 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.

All 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 very special to them, 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....

Author unknown

They will not go quietly, the dogs who have shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.

Old habits still make us think we hear them at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And sometimes, coming home at night we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will.


Xena where is that rabbit?

Xena doing what deerhounds do most.

Xena on daddy's bed. Naughty girl.

Puppy PixXena as a Puppy