What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
Lucky is Rottweiler/ Shepard mix, But mostly Rottwieler
About me or my Doggy, Lucky is a Hurricane Andrew survivor she was found in our back yard after the 1992 Hurricane that hit South Florida, she is know 15 years old, but in great health except her hearing, I wonder if they make hearing aids for dog's? She has been a faithful companion for 15 years, When I call her and she can not hear me it breaks my heart. She loves the outdoors and acts like she is still a young pup. I am 50 years old, half Deaf, Blind in one eye and can't see out the other,I have diabetes, I walk with forearm crutches, I have a infusion pain pump implanted in my stomach which is attached to my spine, My nick name is also Lucky !! Just kidding about the name part. Lucky has been with me through thick and thin. You know you love your dog, when you bring them in the car for a 1000 mile long move from Miami Fl, to Virginia and she has a terrible gas problem. Lucky has helped me through all my surgeries and sickness. I know we will miss her so when she goes home to doggy heaven.
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
It is when she gives that look of unconditional love, when no matter how bad you have acted or how inpatient you have been to her,she will look at you with those eyes and wagging her tail as if you are the best thing that ever stepped foot on earth, except that big bone from the butcher. Well thats about it. Lucky does many many things each day to brighten my day. I don't have enough room to write them all. Nice to be here.
Hi Jerry, Well it's been a while since I've heard from you and both you and Lucky weren't doing real well. You've been on my mind so I thought I'd drop you a line and see how things are going? Hope all is well.
Hi Jerry, I'm very happy to hear that both you and Lucky are still hanging in there. Lucky has been blessed with someone who cares as much as you do and can understand the limitations that come with sickness and age. I've had a very rough couple of years. First losing George, my sweet Bishon, in May of 2008, then losing Katy Jo, my 15 year old toy poodle, to cancer last Febuary. I still have Ginny the 71/2 year old toy poodle. She's a therapy dog and we work together volunteering in our community. We also got a puppy a few months ago. Her name is Bella. She's a 4lb bundle of love. I may have her trained to be a therapy dog as well since she has a wonderful disposition and truly loves people. My health has not been good lately. My MS has progressed and my limitations have increased. I just do what I can every day. Please keep in touch when you can and give Lucky a pat for me. Norma
Hi Jerry, Haven't heard anything from you for awhile. Hope all is well and you're just busy with your family and enjoying the summer. How's Lucky? Hope she's hanging in there and doing well. I was so saddened by losing George that I really didn't want to interact alot for awhile, then when Maui died it was like suffering another loss. Too much for me sometimes. I still have sleepless nights because when it gets quiet my thoughts automatically go to George. Still, I've been keeping busy with my pet therapy visits with Ginny and we've done alot of camping and fun family things this summer. One thing that's sure is that time goes on...it does get better. Please drop me a line when you can and let me know you and yours are well. Take care, Norma
Hi Jerry, It's taken me a while to write and let you know that I lost George on May 12th, the day after Mothres Day. His eye filled with blood, he became very disoriented and had several seizures over the weekend 10-11 May. I was up with him all night on Sunday just holding him and reassuring him. It was unbelievably difficult to take him in but my vet was so wonderful. She was gentle with George and helped us let him go. We've buried him at the base of the woods in our yard. George loved the property and he's in good company with several other good friends we've lost through the years. I've been so heartsick. I still can't think about George without crying. He was the one who always comforted me. The other pets had the opportunity to say goodbye and have been wonderful support. I miss him terribly. Hope Lucky's doing well. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Thank you Jerry. What awesome support. Congratulations Grandpa! Taylor Jacob Tuttle is a good name and a strong name. I'll be keeping you all in my prayers and I believe there is great power in prayer. George's condition is unchanged. He does whimper more and he's sleeping more. Our family has decided it's time to let him go and I believe that's the kindest decision we can make. This weekend we will all spend extra quality time with him and when I can bring myself to take him next week my husband will come with me and we'll say our final good bye. It's so hard. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose hearing or sight. Either would be difficult. When you do get Lucky's attention and he wags his tail I believe he's letting you know that as long as you're there it's all okay. And I know he feels special when you spend time with him. Take Care and best wishes to your family.
Just a quick update on George because you've been a great listener. George went through a complete course of antibiotics because he had what appeared to be an infection in his face between his ear and his mouth. Some swelling and redness in his mouth and redness in his ear. It was just the sensible thing to do. Then, two days ago, George's left eye filled with blood. It actually covered most of his pupil. The vet said she can run a battery of tests but that the most likely culprit is cancer. Something has compromised the blood system and we've ruled out infection. She was so patient and kind to us explaining our options. She gave him a shot of steroids to help him feel better and reduce some of his problems temporarily. We brought George home and are planning to spend the best weekend we can with him and decide as a family what's next. I'm so sad but I feel more informed and am glad my family will help with these decisions.
I hope Lucky is doing well. Take care, Norma
I can't tell you what a relief it is just to know other people struggle so with these decisions. I don't think I could ever knowingly let George suffer but it's so hard to know if he's just having a bad couple of weeks or if he's tired and miserable. I haven't seen George wag his tail in months and he doesn't get the enjoyment from things (being held, romping outside, seeing other animals or people, etc.) that he used to get. He's always been so curious and engaged that this is very upseting. Still, the vet is working with me to ensure he's as comfortable as possible and quite honestly I'm not ready to let him go. I wish he could talk to me... Maybe we should start a discussion on this subject with the other members. I feel better just talking to others who understand.
Hello Jerry and Lucky, Though I'd write and see how you and Lucky came through the winter. Ginny thinks she's a puppy now that the snow in Michigan is gone and she can roll in the grass on a nice spring day. Hope Lucky's doing well. Take Care,