My Dog is dying... Been up all night and so sad..

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I know a lot of people lose their dogs to Lyme. I got my 2nd dog tested last month
and she was fine. My older dog is so big and now so crippled I was planning on
calling a mobile clinic and it looks like it is too late to worry about tests.... or anything
else. He is 13 so it may be old age and no matter what... it sure is hard.

My animals are hard work and sometimes I think i should not have them but then most
of the time they comfort me and are my best friends and always there when I am hurting
and down. I love them dearly.

My family gets on me and says I should not have any animals anyway in my condition.

There was a year where my dogs got ticks and a ton of them here in az. And not before
and not after. It was weird that is for sure. I do not think my illness is related to them.

but who knows for sure...

Well... thanks for listening. I just have not slept and I am asking my son to help me somehow
get him into a vehicle to take down to the vet and I will have to put him to sleep.

: (

sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad
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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear that your dog is not well, no matter what from. I truly feel for you.

I loves Boxers and had 3 of them. My girl, Tigger, was put to sleep on 1/21 at the age of 11. Her "mate" Pasco, we just had to put down Tuesday night, he had a stroke and it was not a good thing to watch, we had no choice...he was 10.

I now have 1 boxer, Rex, left. He is 4 and I hope I have quite a few good years left with him.

I agree that they are alot of work when you are ill, but as you, I would not trade them for anything in the world. They listen to me, do not think I am crazy and lick my tears...they love me no matter what!

My Vet told me I had done the right thing, she said so many times people wait until it is much too late to bring their dogs in...because they cannot let go, the dog is pretty good most of the time etc etc. She said alot of times it is very hard for us to tell how much a dog is hurting.

My heart is with you during this tough time and decision.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
KeepHope -

I am soooo sad to hear that!! My heart feels with you!! dorit

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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. MY golden retriever was the most incredible creature and he knew exactly how I was feeling when I felt sick and tired because he was too. A dogs love is something that cannot be duplicated in humans, they will stick with us until the very end. I hear your heartache. Take care  D

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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
KeepHope - I am so sorry Kano is sick and for the heartache you are going through. Please try to take some comfort in knowing that you're doing the right thing for him. Our pets are most definitely our family. Your precious black beauty is very fortunate to have you and to have had such a loving family and home. I'm sending you both lots of hugs. Valerie

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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
KeepHope, i'm so sorry about your dog. It makes me want to cry!

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   Posted 2/13/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry that you are losing a precious friend. I have a black lab Newfoundland mix who is 14 and every month we fear it will be his last. Big dogs usually do not live that long. I adore animals, never met one I did not fall in love with, and have a house full of them so I know how you feel about him. I have read and believe our animal friends are the first ones to greet us in heaven. Lots of love sent your way.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear KeepHope,

I am very sorry. My heart goes out to you. We look at our 11yr old lab who has been a wonderful companion to our daughter during the darkest of her days and wonder if a day like this will come. This was the first year I pulled a tick from her.

Please know that we care very much. I am glad you shared. None of this should be walked alone.
It is hard for your family to understand b/c they worry for you, I would imagine.

Your name says alot about who you are. The Lord will be with you.
I pray for peace and strength...


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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Keephope, I feel for your pain. I know the sorrow of having to put a dog/friend down. Be strong sweetie pie you will be together again when your time here is up-I am certain of that. Blessings, Laura
DX. LYME  7 /03 -I believe I 've had it since 1985- 
oral doxi, amoxi 6 months. Have been bitten 2x since                  
Developed many chemical & food sensitivities& Allergies to many Suppliments
Swollen Burning tongue/lips
Hashimotos Thyroiditis
DX. Babsiosis 4/07 -Malerone 2 wks, Mepron & Azithromax 6 mos. 
Armour Thyroid
Probiotics are a MUST   
Almost died from 3 doses of Plaquanil 12/07
IV Rocephin began 12/4/07
Bactrim began 1/22/07
Stopped Rocephin 3/04/08
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began Mepron again till Nov, then began Malerone
began Rifampin and Minocycline
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry about your dog. Losing a pet is so very painful, after all they are part of your family. My family is praying for peace for you as you go through this difficult time.


I was bitten Spring of 2001 (but did not realize it was a tick), was diagnosed with MS in fall of 2004 after 3 years of neurological symptoms that got worse and worse. By fall 2006 I was tested for and came back positive for Lyme with co-infections. I started the treatment listed below October 2006.

  • October 2006 Doxycycline;
  • March 2007 added Mepron, Zithromax, Azithromycin;
  • April 2007 Added Bicilin Shots, Artemisinin;
  • June 07 stopped Doxy;
  • July 07 added Flagyl and plaquenil;
  • October 07 stopped Mepron, Zithromax, Plaquenil, Flagyl, I started Levaquin, Armour;
  • January 08 Stopped Levaquin, added Flagyl (again) and Fluconazole;
  • June 08 added Bactrim Ds, Malarone;
  • November 08 stopped Armour, Fagyl, Fluconozole
  • As of 2009 I am on~ Malarone, Bactrim DS, Bicilin shots, Armour and many supplements

I am still fighting this and wonder when will it end????

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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Friends. THANK You so much for the support.
It was at 2:30 today that he passed and he passed with his head in my lap and I was able to comfort him once I got ahold of myself somewhat.

Wow I took it and handled it not near as well as I thought I would.. I knew it would come in the next year sometime and had thought I kinda mentally and emotionally prepared.

I broke down so hard I could not get my voice to work and I had taken my son and he could not talk either.
We were so choked up

I believe too our animals greet us in heaven. His twin sister is there and.. I had an amazing experience as he passed and I was crying his spirit rose to the level of my face and he said to me... "its ok and please stop crying now.> I am now in peace and out of pain and going to meet my love in heaven Jera who is and has been waiting for me." He said" I am staying here until you hear me and feel better"

He stayed there until I got my sobbing under control and I took a big deep breath and ... he went up and away in spirit leaving behind a part of him who stays right next to me and is connected to him always.

THANK you for taking the time to read and share this time.

I do know upon reading in the past that we all who are ill get more close and dependent and develop deep feelings for our pets as we are with them much more than others and connect on a level that is not typical .
You all know what i mean...

I know we all cherish what our pets are to us and us to them.. in a special special way


Post Edited (KeepHope) : 3/24/2009 7:19:27 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh KeepHope - I've been thinking about you all day. I know from my own experience how difficult this was for you.

As I said earlier he was so fortunate to have you and your love right up until he took his journey to heaven. I truly believe he is not only waiting for you but is also with you right now in spirit. I'm sure both he and his sister are at a place called The Rainbow Bridge.

It's so true about a deeper bond developing with our pets when we are ill. Please try get some rest and know that so many of us understand how difficult this was for you and are sending you positive thoughts.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very sorry, KeepHope.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   

KeepHope, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your friend Kano.  Pets are members of the family, and they bring so much love and joy unconditionally.  I have no doubt that Kano knew how much he was loved.

When I lose a pet, I like to plant a tree in their honor.  It brings great comfort to watch it grow and to nuture it.  You may want to think about doing something similar down the road.

Hang in there okay? 

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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
What a wonderful spiritual experinece with your dog's soul. One of my dogs came back when I was still grieving. I did not see her, just felt her wagging her tail with joy. When I paint, I invision what I call "crossing over". I imagine a beautiful place with all of the wonderful creatures we love (no ticks!!) and no suffering. It is sad times like this that take our hearts to that better place.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so very sorry for your lose. Our pets are such a joy and blessing. You are in my thoughts!
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
Currently on Dr. Zhang's protocol 

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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Poor Kano. I am so sorry darlin. I know how hard it is to lose a dog. And don't listen to your family. Yes you need the company and now more so than ever.
I hate it that you are both suffering. So sorry.
I had my toto creamated and have yet to go and pick up his ashes. And he was only 6. Can't imagine losing a dog that I had for so long.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear KeepHope,

Sending you love and sympathy. bablymers mom
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