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Old 11-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Athena absolutely broke my heart this morning.

She was using her dog stairs at the head of my bed to get up to see me, but when her front paws touched the bed she lost her balance, slipped, and fell off the bed onto the floor, banging herself on a foot locker I use to store sweaters on the way down. I scrambled out of bed gasping "Honeeeey! Are you okay?" and she shame-facedly got up (thankfully she got up without any problem) and walked into my embrace, tucking her forehead into my sternum. I checked her over and rubbed her vigorously, and she looked so upset that I brightly said "Mommy falls all the time! It's okay!" and laughed. She recovered quickly after I joked "No big deal! It happens sometimes!" hugging her. I waited until I was closed in the bathroom to cry. Her panicked, graying face the moment she lost her balance isn't something I'll forget right away. Even worse, I'll also never forget her sad awareness when she got up off the floor that she's old.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This hits me deep also. My parents have a 8 year old Bullmastiff and she's at the same stage in her life. Its heart breaking and I feel for you.

Embrace each and every moment you have left.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This hits me deep also. My parents have a 8 year old Bullmastiff and she's at the same stage in her life. Its heart breaking and I feel for you.

Embrace each and every moment you have left.
Yep. I tell her every single day that I love her.
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I truly understand this. Watching our Daisy have great days and then not so great days was always so hard. It definitely taught me celebrate the great and cuddle through the slow times but enjoy every moment your given.Athena will find her way to creating her older persona and you will fall in love with her all over again.
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Oh this is so sad. I understand as my Kayos is the same age. Wish they stayed young forever.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ugh, this really hits home. Buzz (12 yo) has been showing his age lately. The other day he was trying to walk from the family room to the kitchen (one step up) and his back legs just wouldn't do it at first. The look on his face as he struggled and pulled with his front legs was just awful to see. It only took a few seconds before he was able to right himself and make his back legs work but the fear and confusion were still there on his face. I just wanted to cry but like you I wouldn't let him see that.

I don't know what to say except that I understand what you (and your girl) are going through. It stinks - not very poetic but true.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Totally agree with Rangers mom - It does stink. Not really much else you can say. I lost my senior, 14.5, to DM last year. It is painful to watch them lose mobility, vision, hearing, and mental clarity. I think the GSD, more than any other breed expresses how it feels - happy, sad, worried, etc. They are such a regal dog and I think they are embarrassed as they start to fail. Just like an elderly human who has lived a full, rich life and has started to lose his independence. He puts on a brave face, but it is a struggle.

OK, now I'm depressed too. Big hugs to you and Athena. Praying that tomorrow is a really GOOD day for both of you.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I so understand your heartache. Our Chow/Samoyed mix girls had severe arthritis in their senior years. Watching them slow down and become unsteady and weak was so painful. I used to give them full body massages everyday. We bought a ramp so they could get outside to the yard on their own (no need to navigate stairs). But sometimes the sadness in their eyes acknowledging that they weren't young anymore was gut wrenching.
Hugs to both you and Athena. wishing tomorrow will be a happier day for you both.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just wanted to say a warm thank you for all who posted. It helps to have people know and understand this tough transition. Athena is back to her old self and is as happy and frisky as she was before she fell. She is such a special girl. She makes every day I have a good one. And that's no exaggeration--I've never loved and been so loved as much in return.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Blessing to you. I am so sorry. I remember what it was like when my dog slowly declined, but he was a small dog and it happened at about 14. He lived to be almost 19.
I can't imagine what it will be like to have my GSD get so old so soon.
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