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Taking her with me is not possible. The drive would be 3 days, across the prairies in the worst part of the winter. A plane ride would probably give her a heart attack, lol.
I will still be looking for property and now that I have a safe place to live I can go back to my original plan instead of needing to buy a house in town.
I love Shadows tippy ear. It's just her. I know that it signals me that she needs to slow down and relax. And no other dog has her same ear!
She is 9 now and for all the health issues and setbacks she still acts puppyish enough that people are shocked when I tell them she is that old. I suppose it has something to do with her size as well.
She is a bit heavier then I would like, but still in good shape. We still get a couple of miles a day in on our walks and for all the nay sayers I have NEVER trimmed this dogs nails! She has a couple that are longer then I would like but her nails are hard and in good shape. She uses them to climb stuff.
That horrid wretching/hacking/coughing that I am so sure is related to her heart is much better and less frequent.
 

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We have a couple of months to sort this out, at least. Made some calls today while I was calm and got some answers.
I am debating if I want to leave her loose in my bedroom tonight while I work. I have an 8 hour shift. I know she is good in her crate and I honestly am not certain that she is better off loose. Keeping her anxiety in mind, she feels safe in her crate and often asks to go in there if she is stressed. I am wary about leaving her loose at all, and certainly could not risk the whole apartment. She may be fine in the bedroom or she may just flip right out. I know that for a short time she stays calm, I've left her loose before just never for the length of time I will be gone tonight.
She's a good girl. No worries about any destruction or mess, just her getting anxious OR climbing stuff and getting hurt.
Currently I close the curtains, turn on a radio and leave a light on. The upstairs tenant is EXTREMELY noisy and smashes the floor continuously when she is home. It startles Shadow often but when I'm home she just comes to me. Left on her own I'm not sure how she would react. I know she climbs stuff, and I know she uses that particular talent to escape when she gets spooked.
I'm leaning toward just keeping her in the crate.
It was not an option to leave her loose in the house, to many things for her to climb (remember this is the dog that climbed up onto the fridge in 2 minutes), but I was thinking in this small apartment it may be possible.
 

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Well, in just a couple of days she has chewed that %@#& leg bloody again and as of this morning is limping, badly. On her OTHER front leg! I swear trying to keep this dog healthy and injury free for more then a minute is a full time job. Good thing she's cute.
Humidifier is definitely helping itching, thank you SO much! She still scratches, but nothing abnormal or excessive.

I left her loose for about an hour the other day and when I came in she was curled up in my chair hiccupping and drooling. Ears down, trembling. She breaks my heart this dog. It would be cute that she hiccups if it wasn't caused by fear and stress.
Oh well, spring is coming and she usually improves come springtime.
 

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Glad it helped and yes Spring is closer every day. Wish we could just explain to them what's going on.
 

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Partial ACL tear. Crate rest and Metacam for the next month and a bit. I'm guessing passed out on the floor will suffice as crate rest? Was in tears when I got to the clinic. Old dog, can't walk? You know.
Interesting experience, handing my dog over to a total stranger in a parking lot, lol. They liked her. Vet said Shadow didn't say any bad words at all. Lol. She went back in to get weighed without a muzzle. Fat butt is 63lbs! Diet time. She should be around 55.

Vet was quite curious what all the fuss was about, she had zero issues handling Shadow and would welcome her back. In fact as soon as possible we will be scheduling her spay! Because...
She cannot hear ANYTHING that would indicate a heart issue! Said it was a bit fast, but steady and strong. I will be looking into why 8 regular vets and two cardio specialists advised a heart issue.
Anyway, we will see if the crate rest heals this up, otherwise I am looking at surgery. Fingers crossed.
 

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So basically we got up this morning and I put her leash on her to head out for our walk. She was doing her normal bouncing around while I grabbed my runners and all of a sudden she let out a sickening yelp and fell down. Her back end just collapsed.
Shadow is a drama queen extraordinaire so yelps if she steps on a cord, but this was disturbing yelp.
I got her up and moving but she would not put weight on her leg at all. I carried her up the stairs and we went for a quick walk that she obviously was not enjoying so as soon as she had finished her morning "necessaries" we headed in. I was watching her movement the whole way and her leg was obviously not ok.
We got back and I helped her down the stairs, did a quick exam of her leg and was getting no heat, swelling, etc. I gave her breakfast and a cookie and waited. At 2pm she was no better so I started calling vets. No one would see her.
Finally found a clinic that would and got her right in. I was terrified that this was a hip issue, and at her age that would be a catastrophe.
Vet was awesome! Not thrilled about the Metacam with no bloodwork, any but urgent labs are stopped, but she has taken it before and I will risk it for the 10 days.
I was a mess. Worried that this was it. But we will try the crate rest and hope it works. They absolutely loved her and had zero issues handling her, so that's good.
 

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Well, we made it through the night. I lifted her onto the bed. She seldom moves once I go to bed so I thought she would be fine. Carrying her up the stairs to go outside is proving difficult so this morning I just lifted her back end and let her walk up the stairs herself. We did a short walk, around the block. Because she needs to move enough to stimulate her bowels. She is currently sleeping on the dog bed and later I will crate her for a few hours.
It's going to be a long six weeks. And I don't really know what a short walk means to normal people.
 

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This is a new issue. She won't come out of her crate! No fever, eyes are clear, nose is cool and damp. She just looks sad? I have no clue what to make of this. She was fine last night, did not eat breakfast but that is not new for her. She often lays in her crate and was in there this morning when I was getting ready to leave so I shut the door, gave her a cookie and left. I got back an hour ago and opened her crate. She has yet to get up. She is awake and alert, watching me but even when I call her or offer a treat she will not get up.
 

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I’m sorry. They worry us to death sometimes. I’m dealing with a similar thing with Scarlet. She’s being so weird lately. I know part of it is her picking up on how I’m feeling. This dog is a sponge when it comes to emotions. She’d make a terrible emotional support dog, lol. Do you think Shadow is sensing something with you? Or she may just be checking out for awhile, to reset.
 

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I coaxed her out of her crate with some lamb, but she is being really odd. She jumps every time I move and when I was putting my jacket on to take her out she jumped up at me and was holding me with her front paws wrapped around me. She has not done that since she was a puppy. I don't know what is going on. She ate her dinner, and her brushing chew, completely normal. She isn't acting sick or sore, but I took the garbage out and when I came in she was in her crate again and refusing to come out. Now she is laying on the floor staring at me.
I think she's just being weird, I hope.
Maybe I scared her when I left this morning?
Maybe the moon is in a weird alignment?
And as I am typing I look at her and she is staring at the ceiling!
And doing that weird jaw, chatter/stutter thing.
 

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I hope Shadow is okay, and just being weird. Please give her pets for me. I'm happy to hear that she came out of her crate. Do you mean she is chuffing?
 

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The jaw thing, it's not a noise. It's sort of an involuntary tremor. Like she is popping her jaw, but several times and very quickly.
I first noticed it about a year ago? Maybe more. Like clacking her teeth sort of. It's three or four clicks then a pause then repeat. It seems to happen when she's stressed.
She is in her crate sleeping now. Door is open she just likes it in there I guess.
I am aware that at over 9 years old now she is in her senior years. I'm surprised she has made it this far and her health has improved a lot from where we were a couple years back. I was just very taken by surprise when she refused to leave her crate even when called.
 

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Aww poor Shadow she sounds scared of something. Wonder if something odd happened while you were gone outside that rattled her.
I believe the landlord was here trying to fix the washing machine. Laundry room is right outside my door. It is possible that they dropped or banged something that startled her. Ironic that my reason for going out today was to find a laundromat. They were supposed to have fixed it last week, then said they were coming on the weekend. I was out of clean clothes so needed to go wash clothes. Figures they would show up the one day I leave.
 

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The jaw thing, it's not a noise. It's sort of an involuntary tremor. Like she is popping her jaw, but several times and very quickly.
I first noticed it about a year ago? Maybe more. Like clacking her teeth sort of. It's three or four clicks then a pause then repeat. It seems to happen when she's stressed.
She is in her crate sleeping now. Door is open she just likes it in there I guess.
I am aware that at over 9 years old now she is in her senior years. I'm surprised she has made it this far and her health has improved a lot from where we were a couple years back. I was just very taken by surprise when she refused to leave her crate even when called.
Hmmm.....that's odd that she does that.

I'm so happy to hear that her health has improved.
 
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