Dogs and strokes??? We're holding vigil with our boy....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 10:36am PT
This is actually quite the exhausting, vicious circle....Cush is presently out in the front yard....playing with a ball in the snow...go figure....

The time to "put him down"....is just not here yet.
treez

Trad climber
99827
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:39am PT
I had to put Burton down on Sept 1.

He was with me for 15 years. Best dog to ever walk.

He couldn't get up and his eyes changed. He told me it was time.

Very hard phone call to make, but I'm glad I did it.

I can see his headstone bump in the snow right now. He is at peace and not in pain.


zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:41am PT
I've faced this a number of times with cats and dogs. With the dogs, I knew it was time when I heard it in their voices.

Sorry for your family. It's not ez.

Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Hang in there, you'll know when it's time.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:07am PT
never so happy to see a dog take a dump.

Smelling the sugar in the sh#t.

~my thoughts are with you, Dean...
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:14am PT
The time to "put him down"....is just not here yet.

I agree, but I also agree that sometimes prolonging a dogs' life for our benefit is not always good.

I know you will make the correct decision.

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:29am PT
The time to "put him down"....is just not here yet.

You are right, and you are the one there, who knows.


I used to have a companion animal care service, and one of my canine clients was Zeke, a Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix. He came down with bone cancer - which often displays very quickly with no earlier signs. The vet said he was a good candidate for leg amputation surgery and that was what his people did.

Zeke had a tough time after the surgery - up and down while in recovery. They asked me to use the regular session time to come be with him in hospital, and as he recovered I was even able to give him outdoors walks.

It was tough, helping Zeke as he learned to walk with three legs, and patience was imperative. Many neighbors would stop and comment about what they thought Zeke's people should do. But Zeke's people were the ones who made a day to day decision about going forward.

Zeke had a tough winter that year. There were many a day I, too, wondered why his people were proceeding as they were. Only later did I find out they had also decided to forgo chemotherapy, and simply love Zeke until the day they knew they would say good bye. They never asked for a check up on his condition.

Zeke lived another three years, and left this earth peacefully in his sleep one day at the age of 15. Pretty good for a dog of that size.
treez

Trad climber
99827
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Burtons vet flew over from Juneau pro bono when I called him.

I was still drinking then and I could not get drunk no matter how I tried.

I had whipped out a nice fir coffin for him. Throwing the dirt on it was indescribable.

It was a couple days before I could stop wondering if he had beaten the drugs and was alive down there. It was all I could do to not dig him back up.

I'm lucky he hung around until I had my wife and son. 3 years ago, I might not have made it through as gracefully as I did.

Very hard stuff.

Credit: treez
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
My Basenji, Kip, passed away a few years ago, after 18 yrs. 7 months.
I raised him from 8 weeks old.

On his last birthday I stood in the rain by his grave and remembered all our good times together. I talked to him in the way I always had, as if he were still looking back up at his master.
For me, this is the way these things must be done.
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jan 25, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Cragman, that's great news, I'm glad Cush is doing better!!!

Our little Chicky puppyboy Chihuahua (9 years old) just had his second Stroke in the last three months!
I thought this last time, that was it, and couldn't take it, had me ball 'in!
After three day's in the hospital the vet has him on Phenobarbital (for life), Tribrissen, and Robaxin for now!
He went from lifeless and limp with seizures to happy and licking us, best $1700.00 I've spent!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 25, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
Have you been giving him anti-seizure meds in addition to the steroids?
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jan 25, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
The vet said that Chicky was in "pre-seizure" I guess that means not full blown?
After his first stroke the vet gave him Azium (Dexmethasone) and was taking Rimadyl for his joints after his double knee surgery, but the vet told us to give him just the new meds because if we mixed them with the old ones it would be bad for his kidneys! Chicky is known as Super-dog and is a legend at Collett Veterinary!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
A day of ups and downs...smiles and tears....mostly smiles, thankfully.

Our time with him is short...

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 25, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
Dean...Norton is right..... hindsight is always 20-20.....Best of luck with that Cush hound...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Our time with him is short...

He'll let you know, and I know you know that. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking a lot of Cush.

Susan
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
He's your DOG, man. We(used loosely) understand that kind of love.
No matter how it turns out(I reckon you know that tune), you know the times you've shared. Well, now the value of those times shines.
And they always will. The ripples fade so quickly...Time is brief:-(
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Another day like today....would be ok.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
One of my favorite pics of Cush...eye-balling a bald eagle that was hovering over our trout pond. Cush has always been very protective of 'his' fish. :)


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drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 25, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
gotta say, this is heartbreaking and brings up all kines of tough memories for me.
give him all the love you have to give.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 25, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
Gorgeous boy that Cush....



edit: Crag,, i knew that,, but somehow ended up typing the R,, my bad....;-)
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