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Re: OT-Hard Decisions

Thanks ALL of you! We have an appt at the vet tomorrow at 5:30. She was very lively tonight when I got home but I know it's mainly because she's on pain meds and it's cold (for here). I KNOW she won't be able to take another summer. I have some very dear friends who own 10 acres that they are building a new house on and they already have a pet cemetery there. They are going out tonight to prepare a place and I will meet them out there tomorrow after the vet's visit. My vet is actually not always objective and dispassionate, which can be good and bad. Gracie has never had another vet except when I moved to Illinois in the 12 years I've had her. Mark is a wonderful man, and actually came to my house when I had to put Damascena to sleep. He's pretty unhappy about this too, but I'm glad he's letting me know that I'm not jumping the gun. So, that's that. I'll take her tomorrow. I would cuddle her but she won't let me. :-) Never has. She'll let me pet her for a minute or two and then moves away. My boxers will let me cuddle all night long but she's always been a bit aloof, or possibly scared since I constantly had to clean her ears as a puppy and she hated it so when I came towards her she ran. Still does actually. Anyway-I know I'm making the right decision and I appreciate everyone's hugs and prayers. It's a blessing to have you all.
Thanks much!

----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 1:40 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT-Hard Decisions

Ditto from me. For what it's worth...remember dogs live in the moment;
there's no apprehension or fear of what is to come, just what is
happening now. That can be a factor in deciding either way.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 10:26 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-Hard Decisions

Always a tough decision, pal--usually because the right alternative is
the most wrenching one to take.

On Feb 26, 2008, at 6:33 PM, Andrea Hodges wrote:

Hi all-I've been hemming and hawing for months now about the health of

my 12
1/2 year old chocolate lab Gracie, and I think I've come to the
decision that
it's time for her to move on. I talked to my vet last night and he
agrees. I'm
basically writing to vent. I feel guilty because she's still eating,
happy to
see me when I get home, wanting to go on walks, etc. However, she has
thickening in her lungs that makes it hard for her to breathe, severe
arthritis in her spine, horrible allergies that make her itch and get
infections ( Always has) and has become basically incontinent from all

of the
prednisone she's kept on. I don't think I can take it any more. But,
again, I
feel guilty. My vet assures me that it's quality vs. quantity when it
comes to
a dog's life and the quality certainly isn't there. He was out of town

but will be in tomorrow and I'll probably take her tomorrow or
Thursday. She's
on pain meds right now to keep her comfortable. I am OK. Just feel
like I have
a knot in my belly stressing over it. My oral defense in Texas is in 3
weeks-on the 14th of March. I am so stressed about school I could
scream and
just want it to be over. I think this is adding to my stress level of
Then I've had someone quit at work and she's hemming and hawing about
the date
she's leaving and I'm about ready to tell her to just freaking go.
holding up the rest of us. I was supposed to have a test in
calibrations last
week. I had questions for my professor which I emailed several times.
heard from him and still haven't gotten a copy of the test, so that
puts me
behind in my pesticides class. I've moved on the next chapters that we

supposed to start studying this week. I need a vacation. Thanks for

Andrea Hodges
Beaufort, SC

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27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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