Here is the short version: We got a brindle Boxer pup from a Conn. breeder. He had a murmur and we have kept an eye on it. Last week he turned 3 months & we did an echo since the murmur had not improved. Diagnosis: He has severe Tricuspid Valve Dystrophy and is already in heart failure. He doesn't seem sickly, he runs and plays & wrestles with his brother and our Boston Terrier Otis. He is happy and SO smart and as adorable as can be. The vet assured us that although he seems healthy, he is going to die and will not see his first birthday The vet said the blood is backing up into his liver and then to his abdomen--I believe that is how she described it-- this is the heart failure. She told us his only hope was a surgery that is only done in Texas and Colorado and costs $8K. There is no way we could ever afford that. She even call U of Penn to see if any vet there would try to save him and no one would touch the case. My kids are heart broken. These pups are our 3& 4 boxers and we have not been very lucky health wise in the past either. I love that little pup so much, he is so sweet and smart and beautiful. After crying for 3 days, I have decided that if I can do nothing else for him, I will make sure he has a very happy life for the short time that he has. Had I picked any other Baby in the litter, we would not be going through this right now... but he is such a sweetie that I could not send him back. I refuse to let him live out his short life alone without a family's love. I just wish I could find someone who would save him. He is a real sweetheart of a pup...just wants to play and snuggle. Does anyone have any experience with this, TVD or a pup dying in general? Any advice on what we can do for him? Thanks so much for any help....I always know that everyone on the Boxer board can understand the heartbreak we are all feeling right now.