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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348362
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This is so hard teary Like I wrote earlier, I thought for sure he was going to pass last night. Now this morning I didn't have a lot of time to spend with him as I had to go get my CT done, but he seemed fine. I got home and he greeted me at the door. I took him out in the front and then later to the back (his favorite place). There he walked up and down the hill twice. What an emotional roller coaster this is and I have a feeling it could go on.

I thought maybe he had a massive stroke last night since all he could move was his eyes and mouth. I don't quite understand how he could go from so bad off to what is a normal for him. Even Kody stayed away from him last night so I thought that was a sign too., Normally Kody's is in the living room in the evening with us but last night he went and layed down in his crate. Again, I thought that was odd.

I don't know what to say. I know the time is coming but its clearly not now. For weeks now, I have struggled to get his pain under control. Its mostly just his front left leg that is such a problem. I've been icing it three times a day and he now get pain meds three times a day. It has helped. I can see where he seems to be more comfortable. Now when I say pain, he is not crying in pain. He limps and I know that he is uncomfortable and that's what I'm trying to resolve. The steroids have helped in the back. He's still loosey goosey in the back but he's able to put one foot in front of the other and not fall down. So that's whats important.

I better post before I loose everything. Thanks for all your support, I have a feeling its going to be a long journey.


Rosa

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348363
08/10/18 12:23 AM
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Rosa, everyone knows-most especially your dogs-that you signed on for the whole journey. It's so terribly hard-but I say from not so much experience-they are worth every single minute.

take care dear,
MJ

Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348364
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MJ I am cherishing every moment. Funny, I was laying with him earlier and I told him how I was even going to miss 'that look' he sometimes gives when he's going poop. Usually he hasn't got a clue, but every once in awhile he can tell he's going and he looks up at me with those big dark eyes.

We celebrate his life daily and I try to always make him feel special.


Rosa

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348369
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Originally Posted by Shilohsmom
We celebrate his life daily and I try to always make him feel special.


Rosa, that's the best you can do and your sweet Eli knows that also. I will be keeping both of you in my thoughts. hugging


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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348396
08/12/18 01:31 PM
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When you have a minute, let us know how brave Eli is doing-

thanks

Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348397
08/12/18 03:17 PM
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I'm so sorry you are in this difficult part of the journey. Nothing prepares us for these days.

I will be holding you and Eli in my heart and hoping for many more of the good days.


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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348473
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Just thought I'd share a picture of my dear Sweet Eli taken earlier today.

[Linked Image]P1010098 (1) by Rosa Mack, on Flickr


And one more

[Linked Image]P1010135 (1) by Rosa Mack, on Flickr


Rosa

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348474
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His coat doesn't look so good...now I'm going to cry.... I'm constantly fighting skin issues with him. I'm to the point where I have to keep trimming areas so the area can basically dry out.

He loves going outside and playing ball fetch But most of all, he likes to go outside, lay down and just bark. He always has lots to say and it just warms my heart listening to him.

I just love him so much.


Rosa

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348481
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Originally Posted by Shilohsmom
I just love him so much.


We know you do and we cherish him too. He's a noble senior and you've done an amazing job keeping up with his care. hugging


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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: SeanRescueMom] #348487
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Originally Posted by SeanRescueMom
.... you've done an amazing job keeping up with his care. ...


That's absolutely true. You speak of Eli with such devotion it's easy to forget the sheer work that his rear end issues present.

Great work by both of you,

MJ

PS-it's really good to see Eli, too

Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348502
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Thank you both for your support. Right now I'm having a hard time with getting physically sick with some of these messes. The poor guy tries to get up and falls back into it over and over again...well, I'm sure you get the picture. He has no control whatsoever now and hasn't had it for awhile. I just so don't want him to see me throwing up or getting sick from this.

He's such an amazing dog. To this day he still manages to get up and greet me at the door whenever I return. Now that's a dedicated friend. gsdhalo


Rosa

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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348569
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I just wanted to share that my Eli caught the ball ten (yes 10) times in a row yesterday!!! On the 10th catch he hobbled off with the trophy in his mouth!!! fetch He was just so proud of himself and I couldn't be prouder. Lately, he's been enjoying catch. a lot. Tonight when Kody had dropped the ball Eli walked over to it and picked it up. He then turned to me with that look of pride on his face showing off that he had the ball!!!

His spirits are good and I think we're doing a good job with pain management.


Rosa

Proud Mom to Eli, Kody and Sasha
and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348577
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Originally Posted by Shilohsmom
His spirits are good and I think we're doing a good job with pain management.


All good news, fingers crossed for your sweet boy.
crossedfingers


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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348599
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We got up to 15 ball catches today fetch He took a couple of rest breaks in between. I laugh. He always heads for the water bowl after catching a few balls. I guess it's quite the workout to him smile

I have started him on CBD oils with a small amount of THC. The Vet helped me out with that. I just started it with him yesterday so I'll have feedback as we go along. Its a 20:1 and he's being started at .25ml twice a year.

He's doing well with Tramadol 2 pills, 3 times a day.

He enjoys walking in the backyard and goes up and down the hill several times each time we're out there.


Rosa

Proud Mom to Eli, Kody and Sasha
and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #348694
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I read every post here. You and Eli are amazing I hope he does well for awhile.

Havoc was stumbling and dragging his feet lot too but seems better recently. So hard to see them get old.


Kathy

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