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zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 8, 2013 - 11:26pm PT

What's it like being the dog of the Pres?

drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 9, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Great photo FRUMY!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Getting down safely after a great climb is cool enough.
But being greeted by a happy, smiling dog is the best.

Credit: drljefe
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Mar 12, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
Doggie time out.
Doggie time out.
Credit: The Larry
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
"Doggie time out."

Not only is this a great photo, but the caption is quite funny...
Your dogs give great expression.

~peace
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
They learned their lesson. Lol
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Hahahahahahaa! It looks like it.
Their expressions are classic. (hahahahahahaa!)

Thanks for the giggle.

~peace
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
Nappy time.
Nappy time.
Credit: The Larry
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 15, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Springtime in SoCal.



Listening intently to "What The Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?" on the radio.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Mar 15, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
Maddie's cancer continues to grow. The tumor is about the size of a large half-golfball on the side of her face. Secondary infection has become more prominent in the last couple of weeks, and there is an oozing mix of saliva and pus on the outside of her mouth, in spite of a regular cycle of antibiotics. She lays in bed, and the ooze stains her pillow and blankets. The smell is tremendously bad, and I try to make it better for both of us by washing her bedding regularly, and wiping her mouth with a warm, wet towel, to which she patiently and appreciatively submits.

She must be somewhat septic at this point, though her demeanor is still relatively positive- we went out for a walk today in the Park, and though her energy is much lower than usual, she was excited to get out there. She tires easily, however, and crashed hard when we returned.

The recent snows really bummed her out (as usual), but though it's been warm of late, she's not showing great signs of her usual psyche to be outside and in the warmth. That, in itself, is worrying.

Each day, there is a routine that we go through…a routine that confirms we are here, and still with each other. Each night, I let her out to pee, and when she comes back in, she gets a treat. She expects this, and it's one of the small, seemingly-silly-yet-all-too-important moments that means everything to her. Lately, I give her that treat, and she drops it on the floor, painfully trying to eat it.

She's been on antibiotic pills that help keep secondary infection at bay for some time now. Two pills in the morning…two pills at night. Every day. I carefully embed these pills in a wad of soft, cold, smelly dogfood, then place them between my fore & middle finger for her, extending them and encouraging her to eat it all, wondering if this time will be the time when she just can't do it again.

The single-most confirmation that she is still here…still with me and us in this world…is the warm, wet feeling of her little tongue licking off my fingers. I'm not sure I will ever forget this, as it feels like the one of the purest connections with a living being that I'll ever experience.

I'm at a loss. A couple of months ago, when considering surgical de-bulking & the associated risk, I opted against it because her demeanor seemed relatively good, and I figured that the point where her disease overwhelmed her quality of life would become blatantly clear. It doesn't seem to be working out that way. I'm having a hard time telling when the line of 'deteriorating quality of life' has been crossed.

It's breaking my heart, no matter what. I've never had to euthanize an animal I was this close to.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 15, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
I'm having a hard time telling when the line of 'deteriorating quality of life' has been crossed.

Oh boy...I know what you mean. I went through it with my last dog and the vet said "it will become abundantly clear"...and it did. Every situation is different but eventually my girl, just didn't want to get up. She didn't appear to be in bad pain, but just totally deflated.

Hugs to Maddie and you...

Susan
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Mar 15, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
oh Apogee, that is heartbreaking. So sorry to you and Maddie, and glad you are enjoying every last moment. I'm sorry to everyone who has lost their dog... I know the day (someday) will come over here... I dread it so much... keep enjoying these moments... i feel for you. I remember reading when you first knew that things were going to decline, and just so sorry that the time is here. Sending good thoughts to you & Maddie...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 15, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
Peace apogee.
Your post is especially hard for those of us who have been through this.
At least I know it's hard for me.
Take solace in knowing you gave your friend a great life, and enjoy all the time you have left.
I feel for you.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 15, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
The single-most confirmation that she is still here…still with me and us in this world…is the warm, wet feeling of her little tongue licking off my fingers. I'm not sure I will ever forget this, as it feels like the one of the purest connections with a living being that I'll ever experience.

Our furry companions speak to our hearts and directly into our eyes.
Love, warmth, support and peaceful vibes to you, apogee... I am so very sorry you're experiencing this.

~peace
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Mar 15, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Thanks, everybody.
10b4me

Boulder climber
takin' the scenic route to Montana
Mar 15, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
Apogee, so sorry for you and your dog. it's tough to know when to make the decision.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Mar 15, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Best thread ever.

Apogee, sorry for your dog. Keep up the love, bro. This stuff happens to our canine friends, just like us. Be positive to her and let her know she's loved.

Our dog friends dig that.
stunewberry

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Mar 15, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Miss Jefferson
Miss Jefferson
Credit: stunewberry
Having a chat about serious stuff.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 15, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
Great thread of love and devotion.....Here's Josie on the summit of Ralston last week, looking forward to Pyramid tomorrow.....our young beast Josie has much spirit and tons of energy (ears are normal).
Josie
Josie
Credit: Charlie D.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Mar 15, 2013 - 11:52pm PT

apogee, I'm so sorry...................................sigh.

)-;

Saludos.
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