When we lost our beloved lab of fourteen two years ago in the middle of Pete's second round of Pca treatments and surgeries, etc..he was devastated, and to him it seemed as if just one more thing was leaving him. It became easier without a dog to worry about
, but we fell into a quiet routine of sunrise, sunset and night and then all over again..mixed in with Pete doing crossword puzzles or watching the History channel or waiting for cocktail time.......Every day....then last October, when I was visiting a friend, she asked about
"He is very depressed." I said..."Well, she said, "he needs another dog!" "NO, That is not what we need", I said....She ignored me and went to the computer and looked up Lab Rescue.....She found a number and dialed it and handed me the phone. "We are just doing research!", she said.
I was pinned down talking to the Lab Rescue person about
us and what we wanted. I said we might be interested in a Very Calm, older, sweet, well behaved Lab....He said: "Yes, I have one that was picked up last week with two other labs. He is a real gentleman.... They were thrown out onto the road from a local puppy mill. The owner just threw them out because they were old and sick, and he didn’t want to take care of them....They were breeder dogs, and they are in terrible shape...The pound called us because they are full blood labs...We have to take them to the vet before they can be seen.. .
To make a long story short, the next week, we picked up Don Juan, aka(Donnie). He had been to the vet and discovered he had a heart problem, lyme disease, all sorts of infections, ticks and he was skin and bones...He was so grateful to come with us and we were so happy to have another focus other than cancer, that we all just fell in love! Pete immediately perked up and started laughing and talking. Donnie is flourishing and healthy. He has become the light of our lives...I walk him every morning and every evening. It has perked me up so much...just the walks alone. Pete sits on the porch reading the paper now and smoking his cigar with his beloved dog at his feet.... He is so sweet and does nothing wrong. I got him registered as a Therapy Dog and we visit nursing homes and hospitals. He also goes to school and listens to the children who are learning to read. Of course he never corrects them!
This little angel in a fur coat is what we call him. His favorite time is when he sits between us both and we talk to him..He has given us unconditional love and put some fun back into our lives...I'm not suggesting that this dog has made everything grand....but it has sure energized our lives..! I’m sure that some of you must feel the same way about
your dogs and other diversions that help keep us upbeat and happy.....I'd like to hear what others do to have fun... Di
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
In line for AUS possibly in Sept 08
Post Edited (divo) : 7/20/2008 3:29:42 PM (GMT-6)