Rest in Peace


September 1997 – March 24, 2013

30 comments to Rest in Peace

  • Lula's Mom

    I am so very sorry for your loss. =(

  • Blueyz75

    Awe… sorry.
    He was a cute lil guy,

  • Debbie Evans

    Louis was a real Cutie and he was lucky enough to have a family who cared so much about him. I did look forward to seeing his post, but, as sad as it is, I know he is running free and without pain!

  • Stefanie Freund

    Rest in peace Louie. You were courageous throughout your battle with Lymphangiectasia. Run free sweet boy. You were loved by many, even those that never met you. Forever in our hearts.

  • Lynne & Millard Valcourt

    God bless you Louie & family. Thank you for all the help & advice that you & your Mom gave to all of us. We wrote you a message on 10/30/12 and kept you & your Mom in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.


    Gracie & Family

  • Steve M

    We are so sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Thank you so much for helping all of us helps our pet fight this illness. God Bless you…

  • This sad news affects all of us who have babies with this awful illness, and we are all so proud of Louie’s Mum for trying to educate the rest of us. Keeping Louie alive and happy for so long is a very big accomplishment that hopefully won’t be forgotten in your grief. Much love to Louie’s family.

  • Louie's Mom

    Thank you all for your condolences. It is important for me to let everyone here know that Louie did not succumb to CIL. It was the Cushing’s disease, I believe, that finally did him in. Cushing’s is caused by a tiny and slow growing tumor in the pituitary, which is at the base of the brain. In some cases, the tumor gets large enough that it begins to interfere with the nervous system. Seizures can result.

    Louie had multiple seizures yesterday evening and we made the decision last night to arrange to have him euthanized today. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning at 5:30 to find him violently seizing, and this seizure never stopped. We took him to the emergency vet nearby and he was assisted to the bridge at around 6:00 this morning. I’d hoped to have someone come to our home, but it just didn’t work out that way.

    Louie was a fighter and, most importantly for this page, he did NOT succumb to this horrible disease. I want everyone here to know and understand that. He fought a long battle and passed on when he simply had no more fight left.

    I already miss him terribly and I am beyond devastated. Thank you again for your condolences; the love pouring in from all over the world means so much to us today.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss and can only imagine how you are feeling now without him. Finding you and Louie saved my Lizzie! She is happier and stronger than she has been in a very long time. Your ideas and perspective of lymphangectasia has drastically improved the quality of life for out little girl. God Bless You!

  • Dustin (Brutus' Dad)

    We’re terribly sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Louie’s bravery and your tireless research into CIL has saved the life of our Brutus twice (to be specific) and has given him a happy, longer life than we could have hoped. I can’t imagine how different things for us would have been if you and Louie hadn’t found each other, and if we hadn’t found you both online. Thanks you, Louie’s Mom, for all you’ve done for us. And thank you, Louie, for your brave fight against CIL. Although we’re saddened to hear you lost your fight with Cushing’s, we celebrate how you beat back CIL.

  • Liz Demspey

    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Louie and his Mom gave so many hope, and lifesaving advice. I am grateful that Louie’s Mom had him for so long. Love and good care was the obvious reason.

    Please remember- all dogs go to heaven.

    Rest in peace Louie.

    Love Kody (Bernese Mountain Dog)and Kody’s Mom

  • Jess

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Your website has saved my dog’s life and I can honestly say if it wasn’t for your site my dog Tweek may not have been with us today. God bless.

    Rest in peace Louie.


  • Tomi

    I am sorry for you loss and Louie’s passing. He has crossed Rainbow Bridge and is remember fondly. He can now join Allie in a play date! I wish I had more words for you but unless you have went through it you can’t understand.


  • Im so very sorry louie lost his battle.fot any have helped so many please let that comfort you. My pearl has been fighting now 9 months. And until today was diarrhea free 11 days due ti a veterinary 1st procedure. Im mentioning it for those that are at the last effort stage. The top internist in nj did a fecal impkant done so far only in humans. No guarantees but until she got into the other dogs food yesterday she had normal stool 1st time in 8 months. The nutritionist put her on a food I had not kniwn. Its called rayne clinical nutrician .kangaroo and squash. Which she was gobbling fot the 11 days since the procedure. If you want to know any more please email me privately. Karen louie was a fighter thank you for all you have provided.

  • Joanne Carlson

    I am so sorry for your loss! It’s never easy. Jasmine, my Boston Terrier, had both CIL and Cushings and we did not have a necropsy done after her death last June. The vet is unsure why she died so unexpectedly. He kept her going for 18 months after another vet had given up on her. I had found Louis’ website and the information helped us a lot. I hope he finds her at the Bridge and tells her that her mom misses her very much.

  • Morgan'sMom

    We are so very sorry for your loss of Louie. May time help to heal your pain.
    Rita & Morgan

  • Mary Ruiz

    I am so sorry for your loss, truly , truly sorry. I also want to say thank you for always giving other people the knowledge and strength to battle CIL. Your determination to communicate that CIL can be treated with the right diet and meds has given soooo many pet owners the strength to not give up. During this time of grieving you should know how much all your work has been appreciated. Stoli’s mom.

  • Mandy

    My heart is breaking for you. You, and Louie, have been an inspiration to us in our daily battle with this disease. The fact that Louie lived so long with the disease, and ultimately it was NOT the disease that took him, is encouraging to us. But losing a loved one is so hard no matter the reason. Please know my heart is with you and that Louie had the love of many, many people. Blessings to you and your family!

  • Bella's mom

    Sorry for your loss, he will always be in your heart. Thank you for your site,it was the most helpful when Bella was diagnosed just a year go. Do not know what I would have done without your site as the vets in my area had never had a case. Bella is doing great and thanks!

  • Stella's Mom

    I am so sorry for your loss. Louie has helped so many other dogs, he must have a very special place in heaven.

  • Niko's Mom

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our beloved husky/collie was diagnosed with lymphangiectasia last April, we tried everything and $4,000 later and only one month he lost him. Worst day of our lives. I searched everywhere on the internet which is how I came across your website. He had an ultrasound on his last day, they thought they saw a mass, he might have had stomach cancer??, nevertheless, no matter what he’s gone and we miss him terribly. I’m sure you are missing your little one, they become such an integral part of your lives and leave such a gap in your life. My thoughts are with you. Take care

  • Amy

    I, too, am sorry for your loss. I hope you don’t decide to remove this web site now that Louie is gone. It has been so helpful to so many, since there’s not much information on CIL elsewhere on the Internet. I just want you to know how much your work on this site is appreciated.

  • Louie's Mom

    Thank you all for your kind words. This website and Louie’s Facebook page are his legacy. I am comforted by the knowledge that his experience has helped other dogs who might not have made it, otherwise, and other owners who, like me, were hungry for any sliver of hope they could find. As long as I can afford to keep it going, this site will remain and, hopefully, slowly be improved upon.

    There are two things that could have made a difference in Louie’s life and I think there is a need to spread awareness. One is more research and understanding of CIL, and the other is better treatment options for Cushing’s disease.

    His Cushing’s took a back seat to everything else that was wrong with him because it was never going to be treated. We never used prednisone because his body, due to the Cushing’s, was already making its own. In an odd twist, one disease was treating the other.

    But Cushing’s is caused by a pituitary tumor which sits at the base of the brain. In humans, the treatment for this is surgery. In dogs, they administer drugs that burn out the adrenal glands, because even though the tumor is in the brain, the adrenals are receiving signals from the damaged pituitar to pump out extra cortisol, and it is the cortisol that usually causes all the symptoms.

    Most Cushing’s dogs will die before the tumor ever reaches a size at which it causes neurological problems. That’s the rationale for not having a surgical option. But in our case, if pituitary surgery had been available, we might have been able to do the surgery, treat the CIL normally with prednisone and diet, and avoid the eventual complications that led to the final group of seizures that ended his life.

    All that said, he was 15, he led a good life, as good as he was able, and I’m not bitter that this treatment was not available. But I would like to see it available in the future for other dogs who might benefit from it. It would have been good to have that option.

    So yes, his legacy will live on, because even in the last days of his life he taught us so much. I’m not going anywhere.

    • Dear Louie’s Mom,

      We would like to make a donation to you in honor of Louie’s memory & to help you keep this website up & running. Your website has been such a life line to us & to our dog Gracie. Please let us know where we can mail our donation. Thank you again for all your hard work & for sharing Louie with all of us. God bless you.


      Gracie’s Mom & Dad

      • Louie

        Thank you for your offer to contribute. Right now there are no contributions needed to keep this site going, but you can contact me at for more information about how you can contribute. I don’t have a separate account set up for Louie’s memorial fund or anything like that, but maybe I should. Thanks again.

  • Linda -Vixie's Mom

    I am so so sorry to hear about Louie. It is just heartbreaking when we lose a beloved pet. Thank you ever so much for all your work, time and effort in sharing your research and thoughts on CIL. We really appreciate your commitment and know it has made a difference with our dear little dog.

  • Diane (Macximillian's mom )

    Rest in peace, we know how you feel, our Max passed away 8-21-2013 from this horrible disease. Max & others are welcoming Louie

  • Linda (Squeekers Mom)

    Laura, I am so sorry Louie has passed away. He was such an inspiration and what a tough little guy. Squeekers and I are sending you a big hug. We know he is now at peace, but I know your heart is broken. You have been such a huge help for me by sharing Louie’s story and giving me hope. I can’t thank you enough. Take care.
    Rest peacefully sweet Louie.

  • Monty's mom

    Dear Louie’s mom,
    You must be heartbroken at the loss of your dear little man, Louie. I lost my beloved Monty on December 9, 2012. I loved him so much and I found such hope and comfort from your website and Louie’s story. God bless you right now as you deal with this sadness…may all of our dear little souls that have crossed over be at peace now…they have strong, healthy little bodies now! Thank God for the animals- they bring such joy to our lives- I could not imagine life without them. Thank you again, Louie’s mom, for your tireless efforts on behalf of all dogs with CIL…

  • To Louies mom, I just found the site that was about louie’ passing. I am so very sorry about your loss. I hope louie’s legacy lives on through the lives of other dogs that his story has helped. My Ella was almost written off for dead when she was diagnosed. Our vet with the advise of a specialist found thru trial and errior found a combination of food and mere that helped. The turning point was wyn I started giving Ella potato. That was when I discovered your website and read about potato being a vital addition to the cil diet. Thank you for arming me with info to help my vet treat Ella. Thank you for your dedication. My heart goes out to you.