We're losing Petey

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Postby cheekymunkee » January 5th, 2009, 8:04 pm

I'm so very sorry Noel. :cry:
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Postby ellie@ny » January 5th, 2009, 8:24 pm

There are no words how sorry I am Noel. :(
Make his last days memorable,and take lots of pics with him and spoil him.
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Postby Leslie H » January 5th, 2009, 9:20 pm

I'm so sorry for Petey, you, and your family. I hope Gremlin is doing OK.
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Postby amazincc » January 6th, 2009, 1:29 am

I am so sorry to read this, Noel... :sad2:

You and your family (two- and four-legged) are very much in my thoughts and prayers. :hug3:
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Postby BritneyP » January 6th, 2009, 1:32 am

I am so sorry to hear this. :( I'm sure Petey knows he has lived a wonderful life with the best family a dog could ask for.
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Postby Tiger » January 6th, 2009, 1:33 am

I am so sorry that this is happening. :sad2: You and yours will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

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Postby demolitionic » January 6th, 2009, 3:16 am

I'm very sorry, Noel. Squish and I send our love and good thoughts.
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Postby KJS » January 6th, 2009, 10:56 am

Im so very sorry to to read this post today...you have all our thoughts with you at this time and we will wish for strength for you....Much Bully Love....K.
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Postby TinaMartin » January 6th, 2009, 11:31 am

Gator and I are sending Petey lots of tail wags and sloppy kisses. I am sorry you are losing him.
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Postby AllAmericanPUP » January 6th, 2009, 1:58 pm

I'm sorry to read this :(
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Postby Patch O' Pits » January 6th, 2009, 7:15 pm

I'm so very sorry! BIG hugs :sad2:
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Postby Judy » January 9th, 2009, 8:38 pm

I'm sorry about Petey. :(
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Postby iluvk9 » January 9th, 2009, 9:28 pm

How are you and your family handling all of this, Noel? And how is Petey feeling?
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Postby jnreem » January 9th, 2009, 10:02 pm

I am so sorry! :(
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 17th, 2009, 8:14 pm

I somehow missed this thread, but I wanted to say that I am very sorry for all that you and your family (both human and furry) are going through. :cry: I know that pain all to well, and no one should ever have to feel it. I am thinking of you, and hoping that your remaining time together is as peaceful and loving as it can possibly be. :heartbeat:
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Postby SisMorphine » January 17th, 2009, 8:15 pm

Noel how is my Petey boy??
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Postby Hoyden » January 17th, 2009, 8:50 pm

I keep trying to write updates, but end up crying so I never finish them.

All he really does now is sleep. He used to bark at vehicles that don't live on our street, but he stopped doing that. He'll bark at the door bell still. He has an appointment at the vet on Monday for a check-up and to see if putting him on prednisone will do any good. He's not breathing very well and there are three large cysts on the back of his neck that are growing at a scary quick rate. They were the size of peanuts about three weeks ago, now they're almost the size of dimes.

We are struggling to get him to take the amoxocillian because it's nasty tasting. I tasted it and it's just foul. Bad enough to gag a maggot. We've tried hiding them in just about everything to get him to take them. Peanut butter, pill pockets, cheese, bologna, chicken breast chunks, prime rib chunks, hollowed out cheetos, gingerbread and a few other things I just can't remember right now. Nothing works, he still manages to spit out the pill. Even when I STICK the pill to the gingerbread, cheese or whatever with peanut butter.

I finally asked the vet to call an RX into Walmart for the children's fruit flavored chewable amoxocillian since they come in 400mg tablets, so we'll see how that goes. He loves skittles and fruit loops, so hopefully he'll just chomp them down like candy.

He's blind in both eyes, but only his left eye, the one with the spot has glaucoma though. He can see light and dark, but that's about it. He bumps into everything in the house, gets lost in the back yard and can't find the steps to get back up onto the deck. We've tried to get him to just go to the bathroom on the deck but he refuses to. We tried taking him out on a leash out the front door because there are only two steps, but he won't go there either. It HAS to be in the back yard, which means he has to go down all those damn stairs.

I made him a super comfy harness that we leave on him so we can guide him around. Birdie has been "herding" him in the back yard so he can find the potty spots and get back to the stairs. We guide him up and down the stairs and around the back yard now.

We've been struggling to get him to eat the last few days. Especially if we're feeding him chicken and rice. I have to hand feed him the chicken breast chunks so that he'll eat. He was eating ground beef and rice or ground turkey and rice, so we're going back to that to see if he'll eat that for us.

We've been spoiling him, cuddling with him, feeding him what ever he wants, giving him lots of attention and loving him. There are times when he feels better, he barks at the things he used to bark at, begs for cheetos or crawls in our laps, but unless the vet tells us that prednisone will make a significant difference in how comfortable he is, I don't think he will be with us much longer.
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Postby blabsforbullies » January 17th, 2009, 9:00 pm

Is this lymphoma? If so, maybe the prednisone can help give you some more time? I am so sorry.... :sad2:
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Postby SisMorphine » January 17th, 2009, 9:00 pm

For those who don't know Petey well, he is a sweetheart of a dog who LOVED Wally. This will forever be my favorite picture of the two of them:
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Wally was always soaked after a weekend with Petey :P


Noel for the last few weeks with Wally I had to hand pill him his pred, and flagyl, and of course force feed him his sulcrafate slush.
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Postby Hoyden » January 17th, 2009, 9:27 pm

blabsforbullies wrote:Is this lymphoma? If so, maybe the prednisone can help give you some more time? I am so sorry.... :sad2:


She said it was lymphoma. His X-rays were ugly. VERY ugly.

There should be a lot of black in X-rays of dog lungs because of the air. His had white spots everywhere. Big spots, little spots, just too many spots, I lost count at 27. His spleen was very mis-shaped in the X-rays. It's actually visible when you look at him, I pointed it out to the vet when I brought him in.

He has some neurological ticks, as well as loss of sight in his right eye, which does NOT have glaucoma in it. She said that it was likely there was a tumor or cancer in his brain too. Petey's dad died from a tumor in his brain. His owners attributed it to Syd's habit of eating lead paint off the wood in their house in New Haven, but maybe it was genetic. Syd was 6 years old. (Syd was a crate breaker, they finally ended up getting a metal box crate for him.)

They did a bunch of blood work, but I don't remember what she told us.

What is so scary is that he had a full work up, blood work and X-rays back in July. He was limping and I wanted them to check his hips as well as his shoulder where he was hit by a car when he was about 18 months old. It was arthritis in both spots. NONE of this was there then.
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