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#346625 - 01/13/18 01:11 PM Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi
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I was ready to put her down two weeks ago. She could barely walk, losing her back end. She's over 11, not sure if she hurt herself or what. I took her to the vet. And after viewing her x-rays the vet wanted to try prednizone first. So, I took her home and gave her the pills.

Today I will give her the last one. There has been some improvement. She is walking. But she is very weak. It's a quality of life think for me now. If she seemed to be in pain, or wasn't eating it wouldn't be a question. But she IS eating, and I dunno whether she is in much pain or not. She will trot back and forth outside, but when she comes into the house, she slips and falls out in the back.

So now I am in doubt. I don't want to put her down if she isn't suffering, but she really can't tell me. They are so good at hiding it. The way my back feels right now, which may be contributed to by the weather, makes me wonder if she is having this kind of pain. She has lost some weight. 73 down to 67. But 67 is not a bad weight for her.

Part of me thinks I should have put her down two weeks ago, and the rest of me wants her to get through to better weather and see if that makes a change. The first voice is telling me it is January, and better weather is months off. The other voice is telling me that if she isn't totally paralyzed, is able to walk then there is hope. And the first voice is telling me that without the prednizone she is going to go back to square one.

Whatever I do I am going to kick myself. I will kick myself for putting her down too soon, or putting her down too late. If it IS too soon, she is lucky this back spasm happened on a week-end, because if the vet was open right now, we would be there. But she is eating great. No problem there. She lost weight because I had her on a diet. Now I've upped her intake a little, because I don't want her to lose more weight. She likes the food and eats everything I put in front of her. It is just hard to know when.
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#346626 - 01/13/18 01:45 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Selzer]
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It is a tough call. I really don't worry to much about the too soon, but I worry about waiting too long. Too long is different for each dog in what they can and will tolerate. With Cheyenne I knew the day she couldn't motor around on her own that was it. She was not the type of dog that would accept help for any thing. I saw the day coming made an appointment, three days before the scheduled appointment Cheyenne couldn't get up. So called the next morning to take her in, low and behold she got up and went out to go potty, let us help her in the truck, walked into the Vet's office under her own steam. She was going out on her terms, which was so Cheyenne, but she told me she was worn out and tired.

You know your dog better than anyone. I understand that the weather is so hard on older dogs and spring is so far away. You can only make the decision that you feel is best and try not to question your decision later. If we could see into the future I am sure we would all make different decisions at times.

The thing that matters to Heidi is that you love her, whether she is with you or not.
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#346627 - 01/13/18 03:01 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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There is another thing, too. Babs and Jenna are a year older than Heidi. Heidi is very weak in her back. Babs occasionally acts like she is weakening too. Facing losing Babsy too is really hard. And Jenna, I've seen seven year old dogs look older than she looks and acts. But I can come home tomorrow to the inevitable.

I'd like to hit the 13 club. I'd like to have 4 generations. How selfish is that? If that was my goal, I suppose I shouldn't have waited for Jenna to be 4 before breeding her, and then not breeding that pup, but the one from the next litter. And then Breeding Bear at 2, but not keeping any, and waiting until she was 4.5 years before keeping something out of her. And then, Quinnie was 2 in October. She went into heat a few weeks ago. But I did not breed her. She is such a puppy. I thought I'd let her grow up a bit more.

Heidi is one of my more decorated dogs. Babs has the most titles, but I never bred anything out of her. I had three litters, 11 puppies, still have two of them, but they are 9 now and I never tried to breed them. They were not what I wanted to produce. I would have loved to have something out Heidi. But I bred her to a dog that never produced. An Ober von Bad-Boll son. I tried and tried. I wanted something out of that pairing. It wasn't meant to be. Neither the dog nor the bitch ever produced anything. Both excellent critters. It doesn't matter in how much I love the girl though. I took her to class about a year ago, the bitch I had in class went into heat -- story of my life. My trainer wanted me to take her out of retirement. I retired her after an injury jumping. She was the bitch I pulled out of no training for 3 years, and got her last leg of her RA and her first leg of her RE on the same day, taking first place with both. I watched the video of her run and was couldn't believe that was me and my dog.

One of the pup's from Jenna's first litter, Matilda, passed away this week at 8.5 years. Her owner loved her so much. She had a picture with all her ribbons. She had gotten high in trial and several highest GSD in obedience. I showed a littermate with her in Rally 7 years ago and we, both dogs, raised by different trainer/owners got the same score in both shows. When we were there at the Classic last month, she got her second leg of her UD. But she already had hemangiosarcoma at that time. Had her spleen removed the month before. I was there getting Quinnie's title, so I got to see her one last time. Losing shepherds is horrible.


Jenna climbs up on a chair to get onto her counter in her area, where she can see everything going on in the other side of the room and lay comfortably. She figured that trick out in the vet's office when she was a puppy and has been doing it for 12 years. I have the chair in there so she won't try to jump up there or jump all the way off. She acts young, but things can change so quickly. Sorry, just obsessing over the dying right now.
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#346628 - 01/13/18 04:52 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Selzer]
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Hugo would have been 11 last month. In July, while chasing a ball,he went down like Bambi on ice. Couldn't get up, so was dragging himself to the ball, I stopped him, removed the ball, calmed him down, massaged him, eventually he got up, but he was hurting. I got an ass end harness to shoulder harness gizmo from orthodogs.com
It worked wonderfully, his whatever he hurt healed enough where he didn't need it.
But I had walked down this valley of OMG, is it time to do this? The reality check where we know time stands still for no beast, no matter how much we love them. It bought us the rest of Summer, but when things went South in October, being there a few months before sort of prepared, but in the end, it's a gut wrenching experience no matter how or when it occurs. My heart aches for ya, for all our furries at the bridge.
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#346636 - 01/13/18 08:37 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: dano]
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#346639 - 01/13/18 09:31 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Iím thinking of you and dear Heidi. My heartfelt wishes for strength at this difficult time. Please, take extra good care of yourself. hugging hugging hugging
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#346643 - 01/13/18 10:59 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Braverhund]
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Thank you all. I thought we were down to our last prednizone, but when I gave her it, there is another in the bottle. So she will get that the day after tomorrow. I think I will give her the carprofin I have at home and see if that makes any difference for her. I don't want to make her worse. I'll run it by the vet on Monday.
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#346649 - 01/14/18 02:50 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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Originally Posted By: Wisc.Tiger_Val
If we could see into the future I am sure we would all make different decisions at times.


This is so true and we learned our lesson the hard way when we brought Sean to the vet for an evaluation. I think our dogs are so stoic that they hide their pain and we are so attached to them that we want them to make it one more season, one more month, even one more day. cry

Thinking of Heidi and you, I know you will make the best choice for both of you. hugging
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#346652 - 01/14/18 05:16 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: SeanRescueMom]
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I have no wisdom to offer.

You, on the other hand, have the wisdom of both your heart and your head.

take care of yourself and your great dogs,
MJ

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#346656 - 01/14/18 08:51 PM Re: Getting ready to say goodbye to Heidi [Re: Mary Jane]
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Goodness, this is hard to read. Whatever you decide, we are there with you.
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