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05-29-2014 01:52 PM
Wicked Seraphim
An Update!

I'm sorry I haven't posted an updated, I haven't had a whole lot of time on my hands, and I wanted to be able to sit down and tell you guys everything. You've all been so supportive. Thank you, RebelGSD, asja, Shade, wolfstraum, Loneforce, and Daisy&Lucky's Mom for your thoughts and input on the situation as well. I appreciate it.

Pele went in on Tuesday, and I informed our vet that I'd upp'ed her Tramadol to 2 pills, 2x per day, but kept other meds the same. I told her about the potty issues and the odd following behavior that she only recently started, along with the fact that she is really struggling on the front legs as well as her bad hips just doing worse.

She confirmed what you all said about the following behavior. Gollum did the last few years of his life, so we're hoping we have time on that end. The pain she said we can manage, and the potty issues, oddly enough, she thinks it is diet related. She has switched Pele to an RX diet, hopefully, the food comes in today or tomorrow, and we're really crossing our fingers that might be the issue. Our vet also wants her on Dasuquin with MSM (previously on Glyco-Flex III), so we got that, too. Someone now escorts Pele out to the backyard every time she goes potty to assist if she is having a hard time of things. She refuses to use her ramp (stubborn!!) so we also want to be sure we're there to lend a hand to an ailing girl who wants to walk on her own.

RebelGSD and asja, I did look into the Adequan injections and if what we're trying now doesn't work, that's the next step. Heck, that will likely be the next step for a peaceful Fall/Winter.

Of course, the biggest and most important concern is Pele's quality of life. I'm with her all day (it's very rare when I'm even away from her more than 6 hours a week!) and I keep a close eye and ear on her. Poor Gollum suffered from dementia and that was terrible hard to watch, and the physical decline, when it happened, came fast, and mercilessly hard. Almost overnight.

I'll not allow Pele to suffer indignity or pain beyond what we can manage, and thankfully, I have a wonderful vet who is 100% on board with how we'd like to see things go. When it's time, she makes house calls, and Pele will go meet with Gollum- surrounded by those who loved her best, at home, in her own bed. I thank God it won't be today, and I'm so grateful we have more time.. I didn't think we would.

That doesn't mean I won't be here, because I certainly need help, and after having GSD's for over a decade, I've finally found the perfect place to get it. I'll give what I can in return, even if it's only silly dog and Savannah antics to put a smile on a face or two.. and photoshop.. I'm good, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, thank you, everyone. For the support, the advice, the kind words. Pele thanks you, too, and we will keep you all updated in the appropriate forums/sub-forums as time goes on.
05-23-2014 10:41 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom My thoughts and prayers are w/ you .
05-21-2014 12:59 PM
Loneforce I am sorry for your losses
05-21-2014 11:34 AM
wolfstraum I am so sorry.....no matter that it is the right thing to do, it is so very very very hard....I lost a 21 year old Bengal last year and still miss her every day...as well as my Kougie - and so many more....they all leave holes in your heart and are never with us long enough....I took on an older female who ended up with DM at 10, and had to let her go at 12+.....I would gladly have managed her and helped her but she too let me know it was time....she was very very special - one of those dogs who was imported and sent off to train and used for breeding, Alice so appreciated having a home and I only wished I had had her far earlier in her life, at least the last 4 years she was loved....

I would love to have a Savannah.....I have spent time with a Serval who belongs to a vet friend who runs a big cat rescue....neat neat cat...



Lee
05-21-2014 11:13 AM
Shade It's the hardest yet kindest decision we can make for our pets Wishing you strength and comfort in this hard time
05-21-2014 11:09 AM
asja I am so sorry to hear about your dogs. My older dogs passed away within a few months of each other. They died six years ago and I still think about them every day.

I second the Adequan. It is a great drug. Also, you could help her go potty by using a sling or a towel under her chest/stomach and help hold her up while she goes.
05-19-2014 01:44 PM
RebelGSD Have you tried Adequan injections for Pele. For some dogs they work wonders.
05-18-2014 03:32 AM
Wicked Seraphim No worries, Susan, I don't think you seem pushy at all.

I was just taking a look at the rescue area of the site myself (I know almost nil about the von hinkle schneiders III pretty paw shepherd toes etc, lol) though I have Pele's papers (her old owner dropped them and her at the shelter) and her lineage is Von blah blah but boils down to "we have bad hips folks!" so I personally don't care about papers and whatnot, just a friend who needs a friend. I get lonely, so someone willing to bark if they heard something (Pele is a fantastic guard dog) yet sweet enough to love a cat or 7. No children in my house, youngest here is 23 and works with dogs all day, sometimes even the very aggressive type. We can handle most anything, so long as they won't eat a cat.

I'm keeping my eye on things and talking to the family..and I know Pele and Gollum would want us to save other dogs from the fate they'd been saved from. I just want to be sure we're all ready to do it together.

Many hugs right back at you and your family!

Pele is sleeping so peacefully tonight.. I think the calmer I'm getting, the calmer she's getting. So glad I found this place. I think I might actually sleep tonight.
05-17-2014 07:30 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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I've talked to my husband about another dog.. my son too (he is a certified vet assistant who works at a boarding facility/vet clinic) and they're of the mind no dog for awhile. It'll be hard to match Pele and Gollum.... especially where the cats are concerned, but they went down hill so suddenly, I think we're all shell shocked over it, and a little scared. Plus, we're all partial to adult dogs.. we got so lucky with these 2 as shelter dogs. So very lucky.

If we come across adult dogs in need of loving homes that will accept our whacky cats that will boldly eat out of their bowl and sleep in their bed, we'd snatch 'em up quick fast.. but our fear is we've had our time with those dogs..
Each time I got another dog right after suffering a loss I swore to myself that I wasn't going to get as attached to the new one(s), just couldn't hurt like that again....

It doesn't work--especially with the adult rescues! Those that come from bad former lives and environments always seem to know what you've done for them, and seem appreciative for the rest of their lives. They ALWAYS find their way into my heart. For our household, that has been the best thing for us. And, almost all the rescues I've brought into our home seemed to find us, rather than the other way around. And they all fit perfectly, even those who have come with past life baggage.

So don't be surprised if one or two find you! You're not being disloyal to Pele and Gallum, but you would be honoring them by seeking the same relationship you had with them. Each dog you share your life with brings something all his/her own, and that is what you will remember most about them.

Sorry if I sound a bit pushy, just letting you know the best way I know to cope with the same situation...

Hugs for you and your family!

Susan
05-17-2014 03:21 PM
Wicked Seraphim
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Originally Posted by readaboutdogs View Post
So sorry for your loss of Gollum and now going thru Peles decline. I agree that it just goes so quick. I lost my boys within 9 months of each other. I surely miss them, they are such a comfort, always made me feel good to see them after a day of work! You gave them a good loving home, they carry and guard our hearts! Peace to you and your family, human and 4 legged.

Thank you, and I am sorry for your loss, too. My best to you and yours as well.

We're all in the same boat, huh?

Well, it's a comfort having all of you. Thank you again.
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