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


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Social climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
All the best wishes for Cush & you guys. Love the pic of doggy dress up.

Randisi fuq off. Nothing nice to say ? Then STFU.

Jan 22, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
GO CUSH!! hang in there bud!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 22, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Keep us posted.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Thanks to all you guys....this is hard stuff....he is such a huge part of our family....

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Jan 22, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
The last couple of times we took him down off the mountain, he had a real hard time getting his ears to clear as we came back up in elevation


That COULD be a sign there is an ear issue as well. On your way back up take Lower Rock Creek Rd and stop often to let the pressure equal out. Either way the vet will give you a diagnosis which will help you and him deal with whatever is going on. Hoping for the best.

Boulder climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:02pm PT

Sorry to hear about Cush. Hoping everything works out and for the best.

Thanks for being there for him,

Trad climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Glad to know you're on the way to the vet. It was just over a month ago that I thought Teddy was dying, and SoftCookay kicked my rear and said "Get to the Vet!" Teddy just had a hell of an infection, and because of it was thrwoing up which through his balance completely off. With vet care - rehydration and antibiotics, Teddy was on the mend within 24 hours. Had I delayed to the vet much longer, or thought there was no hope, Teddy would not be here today.

Godspeed Cush!


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
The Taco is shining down on us....and for that, we are deeply appreciative....thanks to you all....

Cush, after summiting Mt. Conness with me...

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Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
Oh Dean , Bums sends her love from heaven....
Credit: SCseagoat

I do fostering for Lab Rescue and going to pickup a foster today....we'll send good vibes your way and later we'll be up at the Dog Blessing Walk on Land of Medicine Buddha and pray for you guys..
"Special Blessing for Dogs  by following the Stupa Path"  The signage ...
"Special Blessing for Dogs by following the Stupa Path" The signage couldn't be any more clear!
Credit: SCseagoat

the Fet

Jan 22, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Sending my best wishes over your way Dean.

Dogs lives go by too fast. It's especially tough when you think you'll get 12 or more good years before they start to go downhill and some problem kicks in early and they go downhill fast. But this could just be temporary.

One of our dogs was having problems a few months ago (he's getting old) and it turns out the majority of the problem was dehydration. He'd be spending a lot of time indoors because it was cold out (he's primarily an outdoor dog) and the alpha dog (primarily an indoor dog) wasn't letting him get water. The vet injected water under the skin in his back (he looked like Quasimodo)and he was much better.

If his ears aren't clearing let him chew gum during the trip. Just kidding, but maybe trying to get him to yawn (by yawning yourself and it IS contagious for dogs) or giving him some small treats to chew and swallow on the way.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 22, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
Zuni sends his supreme posture vibrations!

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Social climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Cragman, I wish you and your four legged family member all the best...

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jan 22, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Like others, I was very sorry to hear this. Hoping against hope that it is something that can be cured. Let us know as soon as you know anything.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 22, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Looking for an update. Hoping for good news.

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 22, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Same here.
Park Rat

Social climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
Dean there are so many pet lovers on this site that you can be sure of a lot of support. We all wish the best for both you and your precious pet.

All of us who have pets feel the pain and helplessness when we see our best friends age ahead of us. They cannot tell us what hurts or where it hurts.

It's hard for the non-dog people to understand the special attachment we have to our special four-legged friends. It's the unconditional love that is hard to explain to those who not experienced it. They give us everything and ask very little in exchange.

For the last year or so I've been watching my own dog Monty start to age. He's a little guy, so he should last a bit longer, but it's still hard. I described him as having a little doggie-zheimer's, but he still hanging in there, he will be 15 this year.

Monty at 14
Monty at 14
Credit: Park Rat

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
Just got back from Bishop....with Cush in tow....though not looking real good.

It appears that he likely has a tumor of some sort in his skull...simple neuro/physical tests point in that direction, and his rear legs are not working real well.

His bloodwork came back good, though we did have them give him two bags of IV fluids under the skin, since he hasn't been drinking at all. (Or eating)

He was also given a shot of steroids, in hopes of shrinking the swelling and pressure on his brain.

He actually got much more alert down in Bishop, and managed to walk into the vet on his own.....he has NEVER liked the vet's office, and was MUCH more motivated to walk out, which he did under his own power.

Now that he is home and comfortable, he has gotten very much more lethargic, like he was this morning.

We have oral steroids for him to take, and our hope is that in the coming hours and days, should we be so blessed, he may make a turnaround.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for your kindness. Cush is family, and this has not been easy....and I know so many of you have been through this trial.

I'll keep you posted...

With much thanks,
Dean Rosnau and family

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 22, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Oh, Crag!




Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 22, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
~Healing vibes to Cush from the desert~


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 22, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Oh Crag, my heart aches, just aches.

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