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Update: A few months ago I posted about renting a pool for Paco's presumably last birthday. He had an appointment with a cardiologist this week, and we found out the tear in his heart valve is healing! His heart condition went from severe to mild. My heart is full, I'm so happy!

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u/artgreendog Dec 07 '21

That's great news!!

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u/itookyourmatches Dec 07 '21 Wholesome

I am elated. We expected him to pass this year, I'm so happy our little family has more time with him

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u/n00bvin Dec 07 '21

One of the biggest tragedies we face in life is losing a pet, who is a member of the family, so any additional time together is amazing.

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u/artgreendog Dec 07 '21

Yeah, only the good Lord knows when it's our time. I've had a heart condition my whole life.

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u/itookyourmatches Dec 07 '21

So sorry to hear about that, I hope you're well (:

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u/artgreendog Dec 07 '21

Oh, no need to be sorry, I stay more active than people half my age (I'm a grandma!).

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u/The_Chaos_Pope Dec 07 '21

Oh, no need to be sorry, I stay more active than people half my age (I'm a grandma!).

That's not saying much. I'm older than some grandmas.

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u/artgreendog Dec 07 '21

Hahaha 🤣

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u/The_Chaos_Pope Dec 07 '21

No really though, a fifteen year old kid has a baby. 15 years later the baby has a baby and boom, 30 year old grandmother. Rinse and repeat once more and a 45 year old great grand mother.

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u/NuggetNoobie Dec 07 '21

Where in Alabama is this

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u/The_Chaos_Pope Dec 07 '21

Obviously that's a theoretical situation. Roll it up to 20 year olds and you can have two married adults who decide to have kids early. 40 year old grandmother and 60 year old great grandmother.

Being a grandparent in your 30's or 40's isn't impossible.

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u/awesomemilio Dec 07 '21

The youngest legal grandma possible in the US is at the age of 32.

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u/Funkit Dec 07 '21

Not criticizing by any means, just asking because I honestly don’t know…is exercise good for someone with a heart condition? I know a lot of times they say not to.

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u/thiswasyouridea Dec 07 '21

If you're going to die from it anyway you might as well. There's stuff to do, no use missing out on life.

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u/Snaffle27 Dec 07 '21

Make the best of the time you have with him! You and he are both lucky, and I'm very glad for you. He looks like such a sweet dog 🥰

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u/SnoLeopard Dec 07 '21

Pimobendan and some furosemide can take these guys far ❤️

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u/hammadurb Dec 07 '21

Paco has a lot more love to give. Please tell Paco we love him and shower him with all the pets and treats from us internet folk.

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u/bisonballerina1 Dec 07 '21

Give Paco a big hug from me and tell him some stranger from Texas loves him❤️❤️

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u/cgatlanta Dec 07 '21

Paco is cool

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u/calibound2020 Dec 07 '21

Yayyy!!! 🥰❤️😍🥳

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u/AnvilRockguy Dec 07 '21

What a sweetie, so glad you got good news!

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u/spottedram Dec 07 '21

Great news, OP. Didn't know this was possible. What's the plan? No excitement or strenuous activity? Sending your Paco a hug

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u/itookyourmatches Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

We didn't know it was possible either. Our original vet said it was highly unlikely he could recover from it, a year ago when his tear first happened.

Well, there isn't much of a plan. Paco has heart murmurs that cause him to occasionally have syncopes. One syncope was so bad that it tore part of a heart valve, and since then he's had an enlarged heart and syncopes a couple times a month. Even with all of this, his high-energy levels haven't changed at all. He has continued to be our fun-loving, energetic boi. At first we were scared when he got excited and we try calming him down, but there's no use. He's just too happy of a dog.

We did make some big life changes - as a family we moved to an off grid tropical location. He spends most of his days resting, being in a carrier through bazaars and markets, and sometimes gets to play on the shore.

Our plan is to let him enjoy life to the fullest. We're happy that he made it this far, and we're happy he's healthier. We still has to take several medications several times a day, so we dont want to limit him to much. We just want him to be happy.

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u/TonersR6 Dec 07 '21

This makes me happy.

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u/Strong-External Dec 07 '21

Wooooo!!!! This is excellent news!

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21

This is the good news we all need!! Prayers that Paco is with you for many more years

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u/TheLostChiliPepper Dec 07 '21

I’m so happy for you and him. I hope he continues to heal. He’s a good boy!

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u/allim88 Dec 07 '21

Yay Paco!!! Sending positive thoughts your way little one ❤

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u/suddendiligence Dec 07 '21

I love his little eyelashes

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u/kevnmartin Dec 07 '21

Thanks for the update! I love hearing this, so happy for you and Paco.

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u/crazyhazo77 Dec 07 '21

so happy to hear this, excellent news

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u/bellinirotini Dec 07 '21

💓💓💓

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u/furryfrog02 Dec 07 '21

Congrats! I just lost my little buddy to congestive heart failure last week. It was fast and unexpected :(
I'm glad you get to spend more time with yours.

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u/artgreendog Dec 07 '21

So sorry for you loss. I've had CHF once.

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u/Bailey1281 Dec 07 '21

I am truly happy and rejoicing with you, this is extremely great news. How old is your BFF? And is there something that caused the tear? So very very happy for you

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u/KeepsFallingDown Dec 07 '21

OP answered three months ago. I was curious, too.

Paco and his twin sister Nana turned 12 today. (:

Congratulations, Paco!

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u/pwhitt4654 Dec 07 '21

I used to work for a vet. He diagnosed a brain tumor. MRI and everything. They decided to treat and started with another MRI and the tumor was gone. As he was explaining it, the owner cried out, “Jesus, really?” The doctor said, “Could have been”

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u/fry_that_chicken Dec 07 '21

What a champ!

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u/independent_user12 Dec 07 '21

That's great! Paco looks like a very sweet dog

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u/ibanezguy18 Dec 07 '21

LONG LIVE PACO!!!

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u/kerry2loveforever2 Dec 07 '21

I'm so happy for you! I'm sixty, so our family has experienced the heartbreak of losing a doggy many times over. It never gets easier. Each dog has a unique personality, but all of them have been full of loyalty and love. Each one has brought a ton of laughter into our lives.

We had a Corgi that we thought was dying, and our vet asked to run one more test. We said of course, and her hunch was right, he had Cushings disease. We were so grateful she caught it and we had Jake for several more years. A good vet is worth his/her weight in gold.

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u/Cichlidsaremyjam Dec 07 '21

This legit just made me so happy. Good for Paco!!

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u/Dry_Boots Dec 07 '21

Many hugs for Paco!

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u/highlighter416 Dec 07 '21

🥰🥰🥰

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u/ConsciousFerret70 Dec 07 '21

I couldn’t be more happy for you!!

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u/Thebluecane Dec 07 '21

HOLY FUCK YEH

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u/chrisafrica Dec 07 '21

Yay! Congratulations!

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u/chrissul13 Dec 07 '21

Enjoy every moment you can

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u/fluffyxsama Dec 07 '21

Hang in there Paco! I believe in you

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u/argv_minus_one Dec 07 '21

My heart is full

And now you need a cardiologist. 😋

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u/EliteFlare762 Dec 07 '21

NOW THATS AN UPDATE I LOVE TO HEAR!

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u/Retson0n3 Dec 07 '21

A miracle, more time with that cute boy, he looks like he loves everyone

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u/vloger Dec 07 '21

This is why we should never give up on them!

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u/CaptainMagnets Dec 07 '21

It was the pool. The happiness healed his heart

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u/Pokenerd17 Dec 07 '21

I don’t pray, but I will for this pupper

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u/Fotomaki Dec 07 '21

Hurrah for Paco! 🥰❤️🥰

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u/MrAmazin151420 Dec 07 '21

Viva Paco!! 🙌🏼👏🏼

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u/jruiz210 Dec 07 '21

That's amazing news

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u/Catsmeow91593 Dec 07 '21

That is amazing.

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u/PonyCarTim Dec 07 '21

Paco, ur the best buddy. So happy for both of you.

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u/gramb0420 Dec 07 '21

this made me melt. Paco is cute and derpy AF.

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u/KingCookie86 Dec 07 '21

Fuck ya Paco, keep derping that tongue, bro

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u/montufaraj Dec 07 '21

Cherish every moment forward, you both got a second chance. Give a big kiss on the head every night.

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u/Heffersonn Dec 07 '21

I'm having a beer for this sweet old fella <3

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u/abstractism Dec 07 '21

I hope this doggo is going to have plenty of time left. :)

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u/skyxsteel Dec 07 '21

Needed some good news today! Yay!

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u/nycthrowupaway Dec 07 '21

Was there anything you did to help with your dogs heart disease? My 10 year old Pom was diagnosed with mild heart disease this year…

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u/greensideup57 Dec 07 '21

💗🤜🤛💗

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u/Legendofmudkip Dec 07 '21

I’m so happy the beautiful puppy is doing better! Also your username reminds me of a Taylor Swift song haha

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u/Gumster1001 Dec 07 '21

Fantastic! Great job pupper!

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u/annadane Dec 07 '21

THE BLEP OMG. I'm in love

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u/Japanesewillow Dec 07 '21

Yay!!! I’m happy too.

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u/funkycybersloth Dec 07 '21

That's the best news tho!!!! Paco is kicking butt!!

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u/esimoneau16 Dec 07 '21

Happy for you and your pup!

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u/PuffBronfman Dec 07 '21

Best wishes for your recovery Paco! From me and wembley the dog, here in Canada ❤

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u/Rainy-The-Griff Dec 07 '21

Yes....YES!!!

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u/the_radish Dec 07 '21

this is WONDERFUL news!!! thanks for sharing :) Paco you are so loved!

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u/R_lilo Dec 07 '21

Happy for you and your doggo! Make sure to make the most of your time with him :)

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u/monkeyhead04 Dec 07 '21

😀😃😄😁😆😅🙂🙃😉

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u/bhc317 Dec 07 '21

PACO!!!!

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u/TelephoneBusy9594 Dec 07 '21

Great news!!!!

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u/BlitheringEediot Dec 07 '21

Huzzah! Love the good news!

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u/FrostyIcePrincess Dec 07 '21

Enjoy all the extra time you have with him. Go Paco!

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u/_Cosmic_Joke_ Dec 07 '21

Yay Paco! Heal up pup

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u/SkyesAttitude Dec 07 '21

Such wonderful new! So happy for you both

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u/1bsx Dec 07 '21

So happy for Paco and u! Sending love!

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u/Jesimyne Dec 07 '21

Does this mean no pool?

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u/_DONT_PM_ME_NOTHING Dec 07 '21

Put a hat on him and call him

Pacocap

Take that, Tacocat

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u/killerofchicken Dec 07 '21

WOOF YEAH! GO PACO!

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u/_DigitalHunk_ Dec 07 '21

WooHoo. Best news for the day.

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u/Joshay12 Dec 07 '21

HELL YEAH! That's some fucking good news! Enjoy the time you've just been gifted with that little dude!

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u/Natriumzyanid Dec 07 '21

He looks like a really good bleep and snuggler!

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u/Baaaaaaah-humbug Dec 07 '21

I'm so happy for you!

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u/Miserable-Stuff6619 Dec 07 '21

Next spring buy him a plastic kiddie pool

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u/Agent_Zodiac Dec 07 '21

Paco still needs a pool for his birthday. Don't be a Grinch lol

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u/ms_congeniality Dec 07 '21

The pool party saved his life! :D

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u/GUnit_1977 Dec 07 '21

YAY PACO!

Look at that lil blep :D

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u/Throat_Such Dec 07 '21

Congratulations! That is awesome news! It's amazing what love can do! It's obvious that your love for him is what helped him to heal! His love for you is what will keep him living longer! I hope you two have many years together!

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u/brklntruth12 Dec 07 '21

That's awesome news, keep fighting Paco and here's to a quick recovery so you can have many more pool parties.

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u/tanr Dec 07 '21

that lil tongue! great news for your cute pup!

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u/EnvironmentalFalcon0 Dec 07 '21

My heart just melted 💓 So happy for you all. Give Paco a big hug from me. 🥰

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u/goboxey Dec 07 '21

I'm so happy to hear about it. He's such a lovely boy and friend ❤️🍀

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u/ComeAlongPond1 Dec 07 '21

I’m so happy for you! Long live Paco!

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u/fatnfabulous Dec 07 '21

Hooray for Paco!!

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u/DRsheesh Dec 07 '21

Amazing!!!!!

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u/wander-lux Dec 07 '21

Awww so happy to hear! ❤️❤️❤️

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u/thunder-dog-zeus Dec 07 '21

PACO WILL LIVE FUREVER

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u/fitbeard Dec 07 '21

Now Paco's heart is full, too!

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u/TwiceCookedPorkins Dec 07 '21

You spoil tf out of Paco right tf now.

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u/sunnieisfunny Dec 07 '21

Paco the warrior pup!!

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u/carmium Dec 07 '21

Happy Christmas to you both!

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u/VillageIdiot1235 Dec 07 '21

Fantastic. Keep on going paco!

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u/mather414 Dec 07 '21

This post deserves more rewards

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u/nhonbread Dec 07 '21

Heard of blue heelers but this good boi is a blues healer

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u/dwljk Dec 07 '21

that moment when you can't stop the tears

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u/kvtybaby Dec 07 '21

ohhh my goodness! what a sweetie 😍 so SO happy for you both and i just know that you will, without a doubt, make his remaining time here amazing 💜

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u/drew0519 Dec 07 '21

As someone who lost my chihuahua that looks almost exactly like your pup just black 2 weeks ago, this warms my heart. Losing a pet can be worse than losing a human a lot of the time. I hope Paco lives for much longer!

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u/alscandrett Dec 07 '21

Heartwarming! Enjoy and appreciate every moment ❤️

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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u/eli417 Dec 07 '21

Lots of love for Paco!! 💛💛💛

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u/TerminatorAuschwitz Dec 07 '21

That's awesome! Now get Paco his fuggin pool party for sure!

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u/Unlikely_Angle_4921 Dec 07 '21

I'm so happy for you!

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u/immortalK6 Dec 07 '21

this made my day better :)

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u/gotblake Dec 07 '21

Yay Paco!!

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u/horotaka Dec 07 '21

I love Paco

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u/Deiser Dec 07 '21

Congratulations! I know how stressful that sort of thing can be, as one of my previous dogs had a heart murmur. We adopted her at 2 years old, thinking she'd only have another 8 months to live (according to the vet, since the murmur was pretty significant). She lived until she was 14, which is nutty for a German Shepherd.

Also, that pic makes it look like Paco is sticking his tongue out at you like "Gotcha! >:P"

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u/ashabot Dec 07 '21

Woohoo! :)))))

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u/TerrorByte Dec 07 '21

Yayyy it looks like everyone's heart is full!

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u/mattincalif Dec 07 '21

That’s terrific, congratulations!

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u/theskywalker26 Dec 07 '21

Yay Paco ❤️

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u/AccomplishedPie9233 Dec 07 '21

What a blessing 💙

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u/BoostedRapper Dec 07 '21

Hooray!!! Hoping it goes from Mild to Healed.

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u/jbmmwest Dec 07 '21

This is awesome

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u/spectralconfetti Dec 07 '21

Good job Paco!

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u/cori-iyupa Dec 07 '21

Sometimes those puppers just break your heart and then heal up like nothing happened. They’re crazy! Glad your little guy is doing better!

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u/druebertd Dec 07 '21

💕🙏🏼🐾 Blessings

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u/dumpticklez Dec 07 '21

HOORAY!!!!

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u/r2d2losangeles Dec 07 '21

Thank god 🙏🏽

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u/Express-Accountant75 Dec 07 '21

Love the photo. A little blep to tell us he’s okay! 🥰

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u/AOA001 Dec 07 '21

Treasure every day. Lost our 10 year old GSD a few weeks ago.

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u/ApprehensiveElk3003 Dec 07 '21

I am so happy for both of you. Mazel tov and congratulations!

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u/jennbuttley Dec 07 '21

God bless you, Paco!!!

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u/misterayche Dec 07 '21

I know you’ll savor every second with your fur pal. Enjoy it!

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u/pauldej23 Dec 07 '21

Sometimes it’s just time to let go. All seriousness.

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u/Didi77777 Dec 07 '21

This post makes me so happy! And I'm so happy for both of you!

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u/Tyrellion Dec 07 '21

So you’re getting the good boy a pool, right?

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u/yomamasonions Dec 07 '21

sounds like Paco’s heart is full too

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u/MadCraftyFox Dec 07 '21

I will pray for this little guy to keep getting even healthier!

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u/SomeguyfromIndio Dec 07 '21

Glad to hear that,OP.

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u/Chickenwing3791 Dec 07 '21

FUCKING STOKED FOR YOU

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u/henryuuk Dec 07 '21

The pool always comes through

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u/No-Thanks-3980 Dec 07 '21

I had a cat named Paco who recently passed from old age, he was around 17 maybe 18 years old and he lived a good life. I’m glad to see your Paco is doing better and he’ll live a long happy life too

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u/foxymoron Dec 07 '21

He's like yeah I got her wrapped around my little finger...

I'm so happy for you!

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u/summerjack Dec 07 '21

YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!🌈🙏🏻🌈

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u/Aleksandro76 Dec 07 '21

Wishing him the best and many more years of happiness

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u/GMEdumpster Dec 07 '21

The good ending.

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u/2theM00n Dec 07 '21

Cherish all the moments and give him plenty of hugs and kisses from all us!

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u/Doctor_Philgood Dec 07 '21

Congratulations on the good news! Dogs are so good, and they give us such joy. He loves you, and knows you love him. That positivity likely helped more than you know

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u/k4r1_52407 Dec 07 '21

Live a happy life, Paco!

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u/sexysexyonion Dec 07 '21

Yay!! Congrats to all!

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u/oceanmountainlifer Dec 07 '21

Infinity pool that was

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u/JellyfishPractical55 Dec 07 '21

Ahe/He is a super cute fuff ball i want to cuddle him rn ong with his little tounge omg so cute

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u/Blue_Eyes_Nerd_Bitch Dec 07 '21

That's amazing news!!

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u/tiesun Dec 07 '21

Wasn’t here for the OG thread but I’m glad you get to spend more time with your friend.

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u/stabliu Dec 07 '21

Don’t be fooled, Paco just conspired with the vet to get you to rent a pool.

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u/disabled_rat Dec 07 '21

My doggo is also named Paco. He’s an 11-12 year old Pom Yorkie. I love the little shit head so much, and I could never ever imagine what would happen if I had a scare like this with him. I’m so proud of you for trooping onwards. You and Paco!

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u/lunkercat Dec 07 '21

Look at his sweet Blop too! I’m so happy for you and Paco!

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u/laosuna Dec 07 '21

Still rent him a pool so that he knows he’s a good dog

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u/Devilrice80 Dec 07 '21

Sending Paco some love!!!!

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u/kb26kt Dec 07 '21

Precious derpy baby!

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u/shuknjive Dec 07 '21

Paco has the sweetest face. I'm so happy he's on the mend! Doggos are so resilient.

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u/youneek Dec 07 '21

His heart is full too. We'll, more full. :-)

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u/Cunide Dec 07 '21

With this story, this is the best blep I've ever seen. These are such great news!

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u/healyjr Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Good news everybody!!