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Old 05-11-2007, 11:38 AM   #1
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About the bathing, good to give her time to get used to 'routines' I had another different experience this past Thursday. I took the dogs to the groomer since weather starting to get hot 91 degrees already. (Don't know what to look forward to this summer!) When I picked the dogs up, the groomer told me not to expect big change as the diabetic dog, who is blind, went on the table and just couldn't get calmed down. I was so sorry that they had this mess w/her. At the same time I feel that this all comes w/age and not to expect anything normal anymore. Having the diabetes for so long makes her uncomfortable but is this dog smart! Seems she can tell what time to get her shots.

Well, I wrote this last week and sure enough had to take her to vet on Monday to have put to sleep. For the first time in many years I gave her injection about hour ahead of schedule. Next day she started acting as though she couldn't see and very disoriented. Before she was blind but maybe could see light and dark. Don't know what happened. Anyway, she was going potty in the house breezeway and garage. Was a mess. She was the type of dog who did not want to upset me, guess they all feel this way.

So she is gone. I really have my doubts about giving her injections for so long. I maybe did help to keep diabetes under control but she had to be hydrated so often. This caused me anxiety too. Not to mention the expense of all this insulin, office visits and stays. This dog knew when her shots were due as she would come to me and shake her head so I would notice her. I don't really feel I can handle another dog w/diabetes. I have only one left out of 3 and I am wondering if I should ask the vet about having him tested for blood sugar level. The other two all start ed drinking large amount of water. That is why I wonder if someone works all day how can the notice the dogs change?

I have to learn to keep my mouth shut regarding neighbors dogs. They think I am tryig to tell them what to do. I noticed the dog's eye was blind and told them and they said we know. It as just shock to me to notice he was walking in circles probably due to loss of sight in that eye. My family told me to mind my own business and not worry about the dog. Heartless!


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Old 05-11-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Oh ITK, I'm so sorry you lost your puppy. I know how much she meant to you.

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Old 05-11-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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I'm so sorry, ITK. {hugs}
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:22 PM   #4
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I'm so sorry, In the Kitchen. I know first-hand how trying it is to have a diabetic pet, for years and years, and then having to take him on that final trip to the vet. Makes me teary to remember it.

It takes a lot of love and dedication to keep a diabetic pet alive and happy for so long - you did, and are doing, a wonderful job!

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Old 05-11-2007, 01:02 PM   #5
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ITK I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to make that decision - but when there is no dignity left in their life it is time.

We were talking to a friend who could not comprehend that we go to the expense of taking 2 of our Pugs to an animal opthamologist to save their sight. His comment was that dogs don't need to see - they can smell! Must be why his dog has fallen off the boat several times - couldn't smell the river. Sheesh!
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:43 PM   #6
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So sorry about your loss. I wish you peace and healing.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:17 PM   #7
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I so sorry to hear about your loss. Our pets are so dear and close to our hearts. I know how much it hurts to say goodbye, but she will forever remain in your heart.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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So thankful I have friends who understand about loss, even a dog and maybe especially a dog. They are the only ones who seem to take the time to stick w/you when the world shows how mean it can be.

Every dog I have had seems to be unique. Always different personality. I have made many trips to the vet that seemed to question if it was the right time? The dogs all reacted differently. One even cried all the way to the office and she never had done that before. This dog seemed to just accept it that she was just worn and didn't want this misery to continue. She even laid down on the table and showed no emotion. The vet looked in her eyes and said yea, she's not really there anymore. After having taken care of her many times I figured he thought it was okay not to try to make her linger any longer. My vet is quiet guy. Never really tells person one way or another. But his actions confirmed it.

So now this little guy I have left is kind of lost. Hangs around me due to his being deaf and makes sure he sees me all the time. Talk about a heartbreaker when I have to go. I know she is scared.

I always love animals and know you all do too. Thanks for extending your sympathy. She was a good dog even due to her condition. Must have been a real fighter to hang on so long. Gave me strength.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:59 PM   #9
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Take strength from her now, too, Kitch....

Just like the people we love who pass away, so are our beloved pets always with us.

Sending you hugs.........
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:24 PM   #10
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In The Kitchen I am so very sorry for your loss. It is times like this that words are difficult but I will say a prayer for you.


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