German Shepherd Dog > My Heart is Breaking (153 replies)
by NIKKI04 on 26 January 2012 - 03:30
I have not been on in a while, just finished reading this thread ... please know you are all in my prayers. Praying for sweet Kali and I'm praying for You !!! I wish you a speedy recovery...
by Kalibeck on 26 January 2012 - 03:47
|Thanks, Lisa. We sure need them! jackie harris|
by Kalibeck on 30 January 2012 - 20:13
|Well, here's another update. Kali had a good week, but started acting a little droopy over the weekend. Carl & I both had MD appts this am , & crated Kali while we were gone. When we came home she had a lump on her tail the size of a hardball, licked open & just pouring out tumor juice, with that very distinctive tumor smell. So we called the vet, restarted an anti-inflammatory, & an antibiotic, & we'll give it a week. As I look over her rump & legs, I'm finding dozens is new pink nodules just everywhere, even the hard tumors on her front leg & clavicle are getting hot & boggy feeling. I think we're winding down. I had to put the e-collar back on. Poor girl's laying between my feet now, she won't budge away from me, not an inch. jackie harris|
by beetree on 30 January 2012 - 20:15
|So very sorry, each moment is precious now, Jackie.|
by Dotty4 on 30 January 2012 - 20:50
|I am new here and just read this thread.|
I know how you feel, I have been through the same in December, so tired of crying.
Kali sounds like a beautiful dog and how lucky to have had a wonderful family she could share her life with.
I cry with you, it is so hard to watch them ail. I send lots of good thoughts that you, Kali and your family draw strength from one another to get through the next time with peace.
Sending lots of hugs to Kali
by ShelleyR on 30 January 2012 - 21:57
|I'm so terribly sorry Jackie. I've never heard of anything like this before. Give Kali and Carl a hug for me.|
BTW- Portia passed this month. Cancer. Only 9 yrs old.
by Kalibeck on 30 January 2012 - 23:06
|I'm sorry Shelley, Portia was a wonderful dog. I hope she was comfortable. I keep thinking of the superfund site that we both lived so close to.... Kali is just about 8 years old, her birthday will be in April. Our vet said she has never seen anything like this either. jackie harris|
by Kalibeck on 30 January 2012 - 23:10
|And thanks, Beetree & Dottie4, for your thoughts. It helps to know that you care. jackie harris|
by JRANSOM on 30 January 2012 - 23:18
|My heart is breaking too just reading this! Prayers are with you, your husband and Kali! |
by Blitzen on 30 January 2012 - 23:26
|I'm sorry, Jackie. Keep the faith........|
by Abby Normal on 30 January 2012 - 23:32
|So sorry to hear this Jackie, but glad that she has enjoyed a good week. Yes, your time with each other is very precious, but I am sure you know that better than anyone. I wish a miracle for you.|
So sorry to hear your news too Shelley.
It is such a sadness for dogs of no great age.
by ggturner on 30 January 2012 - 23:52
|Still holding Kali and Jackie in my thoughts and prayers. |
Sorry for your loss Shelley.
by Zep on 31 January 2012 - 00:15
|It's hard to let a good dog go. My Last GSD, Duke, we put to sleep last Nov. He had Congestive Heart Failure and A-FIB for 3.5 years.|
When we first took Duke to the Vet Cardioligist she gave him 1 to 3 months. That day she drained 7 liters of fluid from his chest cavity. When 3 months passed, she said we'll lets just go by holidays...holidays came and went and Duke continued to defy the odds.
After a year the cardiologist started calling Duke her "Miricle Dog". He'd go in for a cavity drain every 6 months or so when the lasix and other drugs could not keep up with the fluid and he'd be fine again for months.
The last draining however, after a week, he was full again and not only his chest cavity but his feet/paws began to swell. He could no longer stand or get up. For 3 days I dragged him on his dog bed in and out of the house to go potty..he'd get up, go potty and collapse. I'd put him back on the bed and drag him inside.
Way back during his first visit to the cardiologist, I asked the Vet..How will I know it's time, she said, You'll know...and I did. Although Duke was still full of life in his mind and alert, his body was betraying him. It was a hard thing to accept and it pained us to do it, but it was the right thing not only for him, but for us.
Good luck and good health, Kali..I hope you can be a miricle dog for some more holidays like Duke did for us.
Zep-- (AKA Carl)
by Kalibeck on 31 January 2012 - 01:23
|Thanks, she is such a good girl. She kind of went bonkers a few minutes ago, spinning & crashing around, I couldn't calm her. I think that tumor on her tail really hurts. I gave her an extra dose of pain medicine, & she platzed for me, & 1/2 hour later came over & laid her big head on my leg & for all the world, looked like she was smiling at me. I want to give her new meds a chance to work, & knock down the pain, but I don't know. I don't want her to be miserable while we wait to see if they'll work. I'll wait for a while, I guess, & see if she settles. jackie harris|
by hunger4justice on 31 January 2012 - 01:34
|I wrote a lot, then erased it...So sorry for all of you that you have to go through this and glad she has you to comfort her.|
by Kalibeck on 31 January 2012 - 01:59
|Zep, thanks for telling me about Duke. I'm glad you had a miracle year with him. Well, Kali has settled for now, so we'll wait. Part of this is Carl. He is NOT hearing me about this. Guess I'm on my own with this.|
Thanks, Hunger, I keep doing the same thing, writing down a lot of stuff & then erasing it.
But she's sleeping & comfy for now. I'll not disturb her at this point. jackie harris
by animules on 31 January 2012 - 02:20
|Write down all the things you and Kali have done in a notebook. Keeping her comfy and with you is the best you can do for her. Hugs to you and Kali.|
by Wanda on 31 January 2012 - 02:33
by yellowrose of Texas on 31 January 2012 - 03:14
| Sending my thoughts and prayers.|
by hexe on 31 January 2012 - 08:27
|Jackie, you know my heart is with you in this...and I know it falls to you to be the gatekeeper for Kali. Trust in the bond you and she have to tell you which paths are right, and when it's time to stop the journey; I know without question that you and Kali will continue to discuss and consider each new day, each new treatment option and effect carefully, while treasuring this time together. She's never lied to you yet, nor has she hidden her thoughts from you; she's not about to start now. There's much love pouring out to her from all corners of the earth...and to you and Carl as well.|