My 9 year old basset hound passed away just yesterday and I am just devastated. I feel so lost without her. Back in january, she was diagnosed with complete heart block so she needed a pacemaker. I went ahead with the surgery and she turned into the miracle dog -- she was like a puppy again. But then 2 nights ago, she started having trouble breathing and was coughing. I was up with her all night. Took her to the cardiologist the next morning (thought maybe the pacemaker stopped working or something) and it seemed she had a blood clot in her lung most likely. She got worse within an hour -- coughing up blood. She was suffering and nothing could be done for her. I thought for sure once she got the pacemaker, she would be with me at least another 3-5 years --but then she starts having other problems. THis is my first dog of my very own and i had her for 9 years. Horrible, just horrible. I loved that dog so much.