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Old 08-31-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Actually I am not new, joined some 8 years ago. However I have not been here in ages--had kinda got away from forums, etc, but hope to ert back in the swing.

First of all, when I joined, I had 3 golden retrievers, Buck, KayCee and Honey. I had lost my 4th to ProHeart back in 2003. Hunter was litter mater to KayCee. Well, lots has gone and I am not sure what has been posted so reckon I will start at the beginning, other than the story of Hunter and ProHeart6.

We lost Buck May 15, 2007 at age 12 yrs, 3 months to heart failure. He woke me up making a funny noise and when I turned the light on I knew he was dying and I held him that last few minutes of his life, telling him I loved him. One year and 10 days later, May 25, 2008 we lost KayCee. A mass was detected in her abdomen and surgery was done. It was such a large, nasty tumor and in the worst place possible. My vet was surprised she made it thru surgery. She did. But she died as I held her on a pallet on the ICU floor just 48 hours after surgery. She was 8 yrs. 9 months old. May 2008, Honey had a mast cell tumor removed from her leg---I had come to hate May. However, it never came back.

In June Honey was bouncing, running, so active. In fact at the vet's they said she was 13 going on 3. She slowed a little in July, but not much until the end and then sudden, it was awful. She had had a kidney infection in the spring and we cleared it up. It was followed in late April with e-coli in her bladder---had never heard of that before.

The last week of July her tongue suddenly turned black and we took her straight in to see our vet. He had no idea what it could be He did a battery of blood work, and x-rays. EVERY SINGLE TEST CAME BACK OFF. Red, and white cells all low, as was calcium level and for first time, thyroid was low. Her creatinine level was high as was some other things. Her liver was enlarged and had lumps on it and was kinda mottled. There were cyrstals in her kidnes (probably tiny stones). Also he found 4 ticks under her arm. He had not had ticks around here in years.

He said he had never seen anything like this blood work and he called a specialist out. Now my vet is so good he has had dogs brought from Dallas for surgery, he was the vet for the states top arson dog, etc. But still he wa stumped. The specialist ran an ultrasound and came up with same thing. The said she presented symptoms of SO many things--liver or spleen cancer, Cushings Disease, lymphoma, Tick Fever. They did biopsy of her liver, spleen, etc and sent them off to Houston. Came back no cancer cells.

Nobody had any idea how to treat her. What was used for one disease worked against another and not knowing for sure what she had was a mess. Her tongue did turn back a pretty pink a few days later, but developed tarry poop--sign of GI bleeding. Her back end started giving out on her and most of the time we had to help her up. Finally on the 11th she stopped eating. We took her in at 8:00 on the morning of the 18, 2014, he did blood work as a last resort, and it was even worse. We knew we had to let her go. I sat on the floor in front of her and held her head up and kissed her nose and told her over and over that I loved her. She was almost deaf (but we had taught her several hand signals) and she was looking me right in my eyes as Rickey injected her and she never took her eyes off mine and I could see in then that she was thanking me for letter her go to her best doggy friend, KayCee at the Rainbow Bridge. I know she could not hear me with her ears as I told her I loved her but I know her heart heard me.

We had her cremated and will bury her ashes in the back yard near the ashes of KayCee and Buck and body of Hunter (no pet crematorium when he died). Her ashes were returned in a beautiful mahogany box with a plaque with her name, adoption date and date of death on it. also her foot print in a clay disc to join those of KayCee and Buck on a shelf

Couple of my fav pictures of Honey--Christmas ones will be 2 years old this Christmas the Easter picture a year old this past Easter

A couple of my fav pictures of Honey. Christmas pictures will be 2 years old this Christmas, the Easter picture a year old this last Easter.





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All about my dogs, now about me/us. I broke my right hip Sept. 12, 2012,--it just broke as I walked. Have three 5 inch screws holding it together and it bothers me if I sit or walk to much. I spent 5 days in hospital, 17 days in rehab.

Feb. 7, 2013 Hubby had a heart attack as we left Walmart--we had been buying supplies for him to leave out for Chicago next morning (cross country trucker), Emergency triple by pass. In hospital a week, and in rehab 3 weeks. Got hom March 13, which was our 48th anniversary and his 69th birthday.

March 20, 2013. Gotoff the computer and suddenly was to tired to walk the 3 feet to get in bed. Laid down on the floor and didn't know another thing until 5 days later when I woke up in ICU with tube hooked ot breathing machine down my throat, feed tub up my nose. Long story short, hubby woke up and found me and I stopped breathing just as ambulance arrived. Was taken ot urgent care place and the helo flite called in and I was flown to the Methodist Heart hospital in San Antonio, 125 miles north of here. had two stents put in heart and a temp pace maerk on my throat. After it was determined I could breath okay on my own, that was removed and then next day surgery to put in perma pacemaker. Was up there for 9 days, (4 days in coma in ICU, had flat lined twice). And then in rehab down here for a week. My heart does not beat on it's own, the pacemaker I have zaps it, it beats, Pm zaps it, it beats.

Well, not down. Sept. 7, 2013 looking forward to the last race before the Chase and hoping my guy, Jeff Gordon makes it. The race is at 6:00 that Sat. night. that afternoon I fall, can't figure what I tripped over. Next time I went down, carpet burn on face, bent glasses, hubby wanted to take me to ER, I said no. Fifth time I couldn't get up. Ended up in hospital with renal failure, having a catheter put in chest opposite pace maker and dialysis. And on top of that, developed bronchitis due to being so cold in hospital. But then my kidneys started of repair itself--the part that was damaged was the ONLY part that will repair itself_ and after 12 days in hospital, catheter was removed and I got to come home. I am still in lower stage 3 of kidney failure and guess I always will be, but for now, no more dialysis.

They believe it was the diabetes drug, Metformin that caused it and they got me off of it. Am on Januvia and Glipizide. I do have some nerve damage in my feet, and my vision has gotten so bad I can not see to sew, do embroider work, read paper or books, put my jigsaw puzzles together, etc. I make may typos and do try to dorrect them 9also have rheumatoid arthritis, so stiff fingers.

And that about coveres it for now. I am truly excited about my next post which should be tonight.
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Hello again Sandra! I remember you very well and your lovely Honey. I am so sorry to hear of her loss. I know you have certainly had more than your share of hard things to deal with and I truly hope everything ahead is nothing but good for you and your husband. Your dogs had such incredible homes with you and were very blessed for the lives you gave them. Are you thinking of getting another dog? I'm very glad to see you back :-)
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Sandra, welcome back to the Forum! So sorry to hear about Honey and your bad health. Look forward to your next post.

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Gosh, welcome back. Sorry to hear about all the sadness and ill health for both you and your dogs.

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Thank you all very much and I some news to be posted elsewhere
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Welcome back to the forum 3 goldens. So sorry for your loss of Honey.
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