El Paso Pug Rescue



GunnyAmanda Herrera

This is the hardest post I've ever had to write. Our precious baby Gunny passed away. He had a successful surgery, but there were complications during recovery. We were able to visit with him after the surgery. We talked to him and gave him a lot of love before letting him rest for the evening. We received the phone call several hours later that he became non-responsive. The staff tried their best to resuscitate him, but they could not revive him. In the medical report the doctor states that the cause of death was either due to upper airway compromise or an embolus. Since the surgery involved shaving some of the vertebral bodies to relieve pressure on the spinal cord, some bone or fatty tissue could've gone into the blood stream and caused an embolism.

Everyone at the Animal Neurology and Imaging Center was very kind. Dr. Brofman had come to El Paso for Gunny's MRI and got to spend a lot of time with him. He also performed the surgery. Dr. Brofman was very compassionate. He and all of the staff mourned with us. They did everything they could, and we are grateful that they tried their best for Gunny.

Gunny was a wonderful puppy and was very loved by everyone here at the El Paso Pug Rescue. Our hearts go out to his foster Heidi, to his other foster Christina and her family who were planning to adopt Gunny, and to his original family the Hergets who loved him so much they surrendered him so that he could get the surgery he so badly needed. He was only six months old, but the pressure on his spine was causing him pain and loss of function over his legs. The surgery was his best chance to have a good quality of life. We are eternally grateful to everyone who donated to his surgery.

We are all in pain over the loss of sweet baby Gunny. He will be forever in our hearts.