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Is it time?

October 16th, 2018 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

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Bosco has really declined in the last week.  My poor boy is barely eating.  He is drinking enough though.  He is bright eyed and alert.  But, his face is sunken in due to muscle loss.

 

We met with a hospice vet yesterday.  She came to the house and assessed Bosco.  She felt that his quality of life is significantly diminished.  It is.  We used to take him out in the stroller, go swimming, and make him yummy treats.  The best we can do now is walk him in a garden cart because he can’t sit up.

 

But is is it really time.  The vet felt he wasn’t suffering but is on the verge.  Does that mean it’s time?  I can’t quite wrap my mind around this.  I had hopped to let him have a natural death.  Yet I really don’t want him to suffer and I want to be with him when he passes. Are we giving up on him?  It feels that way a little.  Is it really an act of love???  I hope so.

 

my husband and I have the day off tomorrow and Thursday.  We are spending tomorrow with him.  We will love on him and spoil him as much as we can.  Then, on Thursday the hospice vet is coming.  She is wonderful.  She has agreed to let us keep Bosco’s body with us for a few hours after.  When my parents dog and the one I grew up with passed, her body was taken almost immediately.  It felt so abrupt.  We will have, In a way, our own wake.  That feels more comfortable to me.

 

we need to find a poem to read on the day.  Any suggestions?  I just can’t think straight or concentrate right now.

 

We we are thinking cremation.  It’s not my first choice but we may move one day so burying him may not be the right choice.  They remains can be mailed or given to a vet.  Wow, I can’t imagine mailing him.  So our holistic vet has graciously agreed to accept his remains.  This feels unreal.  What I’m writing now, what we’re living.  How is this possible.  It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.

 

 


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#heartdog

October 10th, 2018 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

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Things have been rough lately.  Bosco still can’t walk.  It’s been almost 4 1/2 months.  He started having diarrhea on his birthday (9/15).  He had one day that it became bloody.  The vet said that the Prednisone he takes could be causing the problem.  She suggested a course of Flagile.  We did that, he got better, and then a few days after finishing the med he started to have more stomach issues. So, the vet said he could stay on the med indefinitely.  (That broke my heart because it means we are doing palliative care now.). So, we continued to give the flagile and things got better again until he stopped eating the bland foods the vet wanted him on.  Because he would not eat I offered other foods.  He liked steak and canned tuna.  So I was thrilled he was eating but it’s causing diarrhea again.

 

Its been several days now now that he has had very soft stool or full blown diarrhea.  His rear end is so swollen and he’s bleeding a little.  I have been cleaning him as gently as possible with baby wipes but it’s taking a toll.  The blood is definitely coming from his skin/ external.  Has anyone dealt with this?  Is there anything I can put on him to help?  Aloe or tucks pads maybe?  I texted my holistic vet about it but haven’t heard back yet.

 

The holistic vet did give us a referral to another vet who does euthanasia.  She’s basically a hospice vet.  It looks like she takes paw prints, paw impressions, and other things along with euthanasia and cremation.  I guess it’s a small comfort to feel prepared in case we have to make that decision.  Although I would like to let things happen naturally if it’s possible, without Bosco being in pain.  This is really hard.

 

I’m wondering if anyone has had difficulty dealing with family or friends who have different views or would make different choices for thier pets?  I’m dealing with a crappy situation with a friend and I just don’t know what to do.  I would welcome any advice.

 

I have a friend who I used to work out with a lot and I work with her too.  As Bosco’s health declined and especially as his mobility declined I or my husband had to be home with him.  So, we were able to work out out schedules so that one of us could be here.  That meant that I couldn’t go to the gym often.  I explained all of this to my friend but she began to act differently arround me (quiet).  This friend also got engaged a year ago.  She sent me a save the date card.  She invited me to her bachelorette party and wedding shower.  I couldn’t go to either because my husband was working and I had no one to care for Bosco.  We would need a vet tech to watch him because he needs his bladder expressed and we have to turn him to avoid pressure sores because he can’t.  It’s hard and it’s very physical.

 

So, I have explained the situation to my friend and apologized for not making it.  I got her a shower gift.  On the day of her bachelorette party, I texted her to say that I hoped she had fun and that I wish I could be there.  She seemed happy I did that.  Then a month before the wedding she texted to ask how she should get the wedding invitation to me.  I thought it was an odd question and I assumed she didn’t want to mail it so save money.  So she said she would send it through the office mail system.  Well you can guess where this is going.  I never got an invitation.  And, the wedding is this Saterday out of town.  She texted me two days ago and asked me if I would watch her dog for her while she was “Out of town”! !!  So…clearly the invitation wasn’t lost in the mail.  I very politely gave her a reference for a pet sitting company that I thought did a great job.  It’s been radio silence since then.  What would you do?  I know she is mad that I didn’t come to her shower but my heart dog needed me.  I didn’t have any good options.  Also she never asks me how Bosco is doing or how I am holding up.  I thought that I left the mean girl crap behind in middle school.  What do I do?

 

ok, enough self pity.  Let’s end this post on a pawsitive note.  Here’s my tripawd calander submission photo.  This was just last spring but it feels so long ago.  He was so energetic and had a great time at Hilton Head!

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday! Bosco’s a Teen!

September 18th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It happened!  He turned 13 on Saterday the 15th!!!

He’s having more health issues and still can’t walk.  We have been dealing with a lot the last three months (I’ll update more when I can).

He got sick on his birthday and vomited 3 times and then had diarrhea.  We couldn’t give him his cake until two days later / last night.  I just gave him a Small peice and he looked much better.  We thought he was doing better but this morning he woke with more diarrhea and blood.  I am worried and he is going to the vet this afternoon, which is the first appointment available.  Hopefully we will get him feeling better soon and we may just have to stretch out his birthday celebration all month!

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Happy Ampuversary Bosco! 1 year!

May 27th, 2018 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

One year ago we had no idea what was to come.  I’m so grateful for the last year with my special fur baby.  Maybe we will get to celebrate his 13 th Birthday in September.  That’s something that seems possible now but a year ago…..  He’s a very special boy and every day with him is so precious.

 

The owners at our local barkary are amazing!

Picnic and bike ride on Friday!  Gotta love the doggieride!

 

Saterday picnic and maybe a hamburger patty from Sonic….. His actual Ampuversary.

 

He’s such a good boy.  Prednisone makes him predy hungry but he waited for me to take his picture.

 

Happy Ampuversary Bosco!

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1st round!

May 17th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

We just got back from Bosco’s first vaccine appointment.  We were asked, as others have been, not to discuss the vaccine on social media.  It’s not unreasonable since they don’t want to bias folks if someone has an especially good or bad experience.

 

Let me just say say that I have no idea what effect the vaccine will have but we are happy and relieved at this point.  Bosco is doing great.  We were concerned about his back issues and the car ride.  We stopped a bunch on the way down which seemed to help.  On the way back home, he was so tired we didn’t stop but he looks great.  We thought he might have a set back with his back but he looks great!  Thank goodness!  The poor boy has been through enough.

 

We spoiled him rotten since we didn’t know how he would react to the vaccine.  Honestly there was a part of me that feared we might not bring him home.  There was a burger place with a dog friendly patio.  Bosco had a plain burger.  I swear we do feed him healthy stuff most of the time.  He begs for sugar snap peas and lately has been eating his honest kitchen.  But, he enjoyed his meal and the patio was really nice.

 

Bosco found a mouse!  Greenville has a bunch of neat statues.

While we waited for Bosco we walked along the Reedy.  It was beautiful.  There were baby geese.  

We’re so relieved and grateful to have the first round over with!  And we’re thrilled he is home!  Thank you all for the support.  It was a stressful few days.

 

 

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