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Virginia




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18 October 2022 - 7:36 pm
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Just checking in and letting you know we are thinking of you and Hrafi♥️

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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19 October 2022 - 11:27 am
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Definitely! How are things going?

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19 October 2022 - 2:07 pm
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He’s edgy, twitchy and acting somewhat uncomfortable or weird, lying in places he usually doesn’t but is back to manically twirling every time I put his collar on to go potty.

I am not familiar with any of this and it may be “normal” but it still scares the carp out of me.

They said I could start giving the carprofen “as needed” instead of every 8 hours which makes me happy because I worry about organ damage issues.

No more trazadone for him and even the codeine is a half pill rarely. 

He’s picking at his food of late which is abnormal.

Maybe he’s just sick of the same old “favorite thing” every day.

I don’t know.

I am SO out of my depth, here.

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19 October 2022 - 2:36 pm
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Stills pants for “no reason” and can’t get comfortable no matter where he lays.

Goes out now for brief deflated basketball “soccer” which he somehow can still do.

I’m sorry.

I worry 24/7 about every little thing he does.

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19 October 2022 - 5:09 pm
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You’re a keen observer!

I think it sounds like he is on track. The panting is very likely just him being tired from moving his body in new ways. Is it accompanied by any other pain signals like ears pinned back or scrunched face? If not, it’s likely that he is just working extra hard these days. It really hasn’t been that long. Since he does have interest in playing ball and happy to go outside, I think he sounds pretty normal for this point in the recovery process.

Thanks for the update. Anytime you are worried or whatever we are here to lean on. Give that happy twirly guy some extra belly rubs from us!

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19 October 2022 - 6:52 pm
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So many good things that show he’s reclaiming  some his routins that he enjoys. 

 Let’s celebrate that he gets “manically” excited about getting his collar on to go outside and that he enjoys playing g “soccer”.  Would love to see a video 

Not saying this is the case, but some dogs will seek out different places to rest because  their hoomans tend to hover over them a lot during recovery.  

As far as taking a while to lay down, to settle,some that’s  just because  their “normsl” sleep routine   has changed.   For example, maybe they’re used to turning in one particular  direction to “nest”,    And maybe they prefer laying on one certain side and now have to adjust to another position  vecause  of their amp. side.  They figure ot all out eventually and adjust accordingly. 

Thanks for the update.   Everything  sounds really good!!!

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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19 October 2022 - 10:29 pm
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Sadly, he always laid on his right side and that’s gone now and probably achy.

You cannot lie to any dog and I know he feels my fear and worry but there’s no way I can turn it off.

I’m sure he knows I’m just doing the ‘fake it til you make it’ happy face stuff.

I wish that creep who has been “fixing a two day car repair” for 15 months would get it done and give it back so I can take him out to hop around to his happy places.

The guy is a soulless, merciless, spiteful [expletives deleted] scum of the earth who is pathological in his disregard for my dog.

Already, Hrafi’s sister, Seven, dropped dead in the backyard last November due to me not being able to haul her in the little PT Cruiser.

She had a toe amputated because of squamous cell carcinoma and was supposed to be seen every couple months for checkups because her weight bearing toe caused her shoulder pain and she had some hip dysplasia issues.

If she’d been seen like she was supposed to be, the vet may have caught the probably DCM or arrhythmia that dropped her suddenly one night.

Last week, my 17/18 year old Podengo Gypsy succumbed to the dementia and “old dog vestibular disease” that has plagued her off and on for two years.

It may seem unreasonable, but I hold him responsible for ALL of this.

Hrafi was having thyroid blood draws every month to adjust his meds but they didn’t happen for over 6 months because of the car being gone.

The vet would have seen that lump long before I did, and here we are.

Maybe the SRT would have worked if it had been caught even a couple months earlier.

But the guy is slacker, a punk and filled with spite.

Two dogs dead and one probably dying.

Just for spite.

The last year of my life has been one gut punch and curb stomp after another.

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20 October 2022 - 10:52 am
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I’m so sorry you’ve suffered such great losses over the last year, it’s so clear how much your dog means to you. My heart goes out to you.

One thing about dogs is that while they can certainly feel our emotions, they are very good about living in the present time without the burden of difficult emotions we humans deal with. Allow Hrafi to be your guide into this state of mind, there’s a reason why he is still here and by your side. Follow his lead, he is your best teacher ever.

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20 October 2022 - 11:22 am
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He is not currently his normal gluttonous self.

I even made him hamburger and rice and he flipped the bowl upside down.

He is an eater and even acts like he doesn’t want his favorite canned food, Blue Wilderness Salmon.

This causes me panic.

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