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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Our poor sweet Gretchen

We got our sweet Gretchen as a rescue when she was 7mos old. She was a project...hated my husband....do I see a pattern here! She's now 11 1/2 and has had severe arthritis, bone spurs and DM for about the last 3 years. She's been dragging her back feet and becoming more and more unstable. Three years of good food, supplements galore etc has slowed the progress. But, she went down completely in her back end today.

My vet took us right in and took x-rays and did a thorough check up on her. She has such severe arthritis in her spine that the x-ray doesn't even look like a spine...it's just a mess. Some bone spurs have moved around and she has a prolapsed (wrong word?) disc. She is not a surgery candidate and cannot do the cart because she is so weak in her front legs too. We finally had to give in and go the route of steroids and pain killers to try and make her comfortable and we'll see if she improves at all in the next few days. The look on her face is just devastating. She knows that something terrible is wrong. We're keeping her comfortable and using a towel sling to help her get around to pee. It's hard for her since she has so little strength in her front legs. She is Daddy's Little Girl and now just loves my husband. They are inseparable. This part of loving your dogs is so hard.

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I am so sorry Gretchen and your family is going through this, but we all know you will do what is best for her and take care of her in the best way possible. Gretchen knows that she is loved and happy you made her part of your family over 11 yrs ago.
Please keep us posted.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and Gretchen. Having seniors is such a mixture of emotions. It's a blessing, knowing how precious their lives are to us and how fortunate we are to be able to share our lives with them. It's a celebration to be able to spend such wonderful times together over the years. Yet, it's also heartbreaking knowing that their time with us is never long enough.

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I can't read the post my friend,,,I tried and I feel your pain...I am so very very sorry....
Many many hugs for you and Gretchen


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I am very sorry to hear about Gretchen.

I had a friend with a gsd with DM named Jake. He outlived my Massie by 6 months. I used to go visit him every day because I missed the company of an old dog. I watched him going downhill and it was really, really hard watching him lose control of his back end.

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so sorry to hear this. Many thoughts and prayers to you, your family and sweet Gretchen. She is a loved girl
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Oh Gretchen.

Snuggle up with your "project" (LOL, they always make the best dogs, don't they?) and eat some even better food tonight. Not the healthy stuff. The really yummy stuff.

Hoping that the steroids and pain pills do their magic. Your family is in my thoughts. Please keep us posted.
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Thanks for all your kind words and good thoughts.

Here are some pictures of her....and her favorite thing...a stick to retrieve in the water!



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Camp Pappy, my heart is sitting in my throat reading your every word about your dear sweet Gretchen. What great photos of your girl, or should I say "Daddys Little Girl" - how sweet

My heart goes out to you & a big <<<HUG>>> to Gretchen and your family. Hope she is feeling better and sending love to her.
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I am so very sorry...

Your husband must be devastated...

I do pray her sufferings can be minimized...

God bless you all!


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