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RE: Re: dogs

Sounds just like where my dog is heading. She never really adapted to being
blind. Forever walking into something like a wall... At first she would
listen to us and understood 'wrong way' but now she just charges into
everything then gets frustrated cause she can't get to where ever she is
trying to go.

I was in the basement a week or so ago, DH went upstairs and forgot to close
the door- sure enough, she fell down the stairs (and there are a lot of
them).. heard the noise and ran to the stairs, but too late, on the bottom
sprawled out. She survived that without injury which was amazing.

She wants to be near someone always, and seems happy then, but it isn't much
of a life. Doesn't seem to be suffering, but she has never been a
complainer.  Her hips have been bad for years, but we did get some meds for
her and she does much better with that.

Yesterday when we were outside, she just stayed by the door outside, she
used to love to be out laying in the sun and running around. Really sad.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
> Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 4:27 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Re: dogs
> Donna, this is exactly what happened with our Chow.  She had been  going
> blind slowly for some time.  We left the Xmas lights up for her, so  she
> could see
> at night to go potty, since she had a few episodes where she fell  into
> the
> pond, or got herself stuck places that she could not get out.  But  she
> was
> doing okay all in all, we thought...just signs of aging.  In the  past
> week or so
> (maybe a little longer) she's been acting kind of  odd.  We thought she
> had
> doggy Alzheimers.  She would walk into stuff  and insist on going through
> it.
> Not like before where she just could  not see, it's as if she INSISTED on
> going straight ahead no matter what....no  matter if something was in the
> way or
> not.  Figured it was because she  could only see directly infront of
> herself,
> but  I had to save her several  times from getting herself into areas that
> she
> could not find her way  out. Then she would sit and could not stand up.
> Figured that was old  age too, but that too got worse. We had grown really
> concerned about her,  and brought her in more and more, and would not let
> her go out
> without  supervision. Vet said she had mini strokes, that's why she all of
> a
> sudden  would drag her hind end.  But after a few minutes she could walk
> again,
> I thought it was just old achy  bones.   Then a few nights ago she had a
> siezure.  It  was just like an epiliptic fit.  I read in the vet book that
> it was
> either  epilepsy or brain tumor.   So we took her to the Vet,  he said
> that
> she indeed had a brain tumor, common in older dogs...and  that it would
> just get
> worse and worse.  He recommended putting her to  sleep right then and
> there.
> Was sad, but at least she doesn't have to  suffer anymore.  She was such a
> good dog to the very  end. She never showed signs of pain, but the Vet
> said at
> least the last  couple days, she probably was.   Poor thing, I miss her,
> but at
> least  now she's not suffering.
> Thanks for caring!!
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 3/20/2006 8:24:43 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> We are  facing putting our dog down too... she just is
> not adapting to being blind  and now we are thinking
> she also had a stroke, just can't get with  any
> program. Sigh.
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