Jasmine by Linda Marcotullio / Mom

A special tribute to my Jasmine, laid to sleep on August 23, 2002. She would have been 8 years old in Sept. Jasmine suffered for a very long time with Cushings Disease. I believe by the time it was diagnosed, it was too late for her. She had been placed on a cancer drug to help her with the symptoms. In less than a year, she began getting weaker, and her blood count dropped.I would find her lying behind the toilet. She eventually could not stand to eat, and started head pressing against the wall, and stand in corners not knowing how to turn around.

My vet assumed she had a pituitary tumor which grew larger, but we didn’t know for sure. I never had the finances to do more than all the blood tests, and medications. Her death was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. An autopsy was done on Jaz, and we found that she developed cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, and heart failure. Her brain was never touched.

My vet and her staff loved Jasmine too much to do that to her memory. I laid my face on hers as she was put to sleep, and she left this world before the vet had even finished. Since her death, I’ve not been the same. Her love will always be with me. I need to pay special tribute to Jasmine for blessing me with 7 years of her life,
for allowing me to be part of hers.

With things learned from her death, there is hope for other dogs with this disease. Jasmine deserves special tribute–angel wings of her own. I want others to know and read about her, and feel the love that still grows in my heart for her-and will continue to grow until we can be together again. As unbelievable as it may be, I also have Star at home, Jasmine’s sister who was recently diagnosed with Cushings.

Because of my determination not to let her go through the same thing, God has blessed me with Special Angels who haved helped me with finances to do a Cat Scan for Star. It was determined that she also has a tumor in her brain. I know that Jasmine is looking down on her sister and paving the way for her to have a longer life here with me. Without Jasmine, so many things would not have been possible. Prayers for Star so that her Guardian Angel will protect her.


With my love always,
Linda Marcotullio