Judy Gaetje
  • Female
  • Canton, OH
  • United States
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What are your dog(s) names and ages:
Hamiltonn age 9, Truman age 4, Riley age 1 and Greyson age 10
What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
Hamilton - golden, Truman - golden, Riley- golden
Greyson - rescued greyhound
About Me:
I have been a counselor of abused and neglected children for the past 20 years and also the supervisor and trainer of an Assistance Dog program, for the past 11 years, training Service Dogs for individuals with mobility issues, Autistic chidlren and people with Alzheimers disease. Hamilton, my 9 year old Golden, has been with me throughout my time as a Service Dog trainer and has done many demonstrations in the community letting people know how important Service Dogs are to individuals with handicapping issues.
I am currently involved in a start up business called Healing Waters Canine Experience . It is a hydro-thermal massage service for dogs with many issues ,in a warm water pool. We specialize in dogs that have orthopedic problems, over weight dogs and older dogs, working dogs and dogs that just want to have fun in the water. This is located in Canton , OH and plan to open soon.
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
They give me unconditional love and accept me for who I am and love me anyway. My wonderful Hamilton, who has been faithful companion thoughout many of my ups and downs, has cancer and we are fighting hard to stay healthy. He has such a gentle spirit and comforting presence, I will do anything to make him comfortable and to enjoy the remainder of his life.
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At 4:18pm on October 18, 2009, Susan said…
Hi Judy,
Willow has been doing really well lately. Good appetite. coming down to the barn with me and hanging out for hours. Getting up when I come home, slowly, but getting up.
My holisitic vet says she is doing much better than expected. So I am holding on to that.
She is coughing a bit more which with all the tumors in her lungs is not surprising. The hind end weakness is still there. It has been sad for me to watch my vibrant athletic dog change into an old slow moving dog. But like a friend told me it probably bothers me more than it bothers her.
I never thought I would have this much time with her, so that is good. Sometimes I feel like I am ready for what is coming. Other times not so much.
I saw you post on the K9 cancer board. I am so sorry you had a bad day today. I understand not wanting to have to explain to everyone where Hamilton is. We all know it gets better, but getting to that point is so hard. It is weird how that one day, or one thing can bring back all the grief.
Hang in there. I am thinking of you
At 9:50am on October 8, 2009, Lynn Pennington said…
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you today!
At 5:14pm on October 5, 2009, Susan said…
Hi Judy,
I was computer-less all weekend.
Willow is ok. She is still eating which is good. I am taking her to a holistic vet who did acupuncture on her appetite points which helped a lot. Lots of burgers, cottage cheese and Wellness dog food.
I am trying to figure out where the line is. Where is the quality of life just not there.
She is bright, she is eating, but she is slower than she even was a month ago. No more trotting after me, or running with her brothers. She has a weird hind end weakness that just isn't going away. She has tendonitis in her right shoulder, but we really aren't treating that because of the cancer.
Her breathing is getting worse as well. Raspy and some times very shallow.
She can't run without coughing anymore.
she seems happy enough, but is she really.
That is my biggest dilema.
When is it time? Everyone says I will know, but......
She is my soul mate in fur, so this is heart breaking. I don't want her to suffer.
At 11:21am on October 2, 2009, Clara said…
I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. I really can't imagine what that feels like; I have been devastated about my little guy being ill; it brings life into perspective; there are always others who are hurting too. Bless this animal and give him the wisdom to know that his parents love him dearly. Just don't abandon him during his time. Hold his paw and whisper sweet words into his ear...... We must find a cure for Cancer!!!
At 3:26pm on September 28, 2009, Lynn Pennington said…
Hi Judy,
I feel so bad for what you are going through with Hamilton. It is horrible to watch them suffer so! I believe in my heart that they understand what we do for them and why we do it (out of love). I wish there were a 'magic bullet' for cancer. It's a terrible thing to watch your beloved pup go through...and yes expensive (we spent at least 5 figures on Mouta's treatment...that's best guess with gas etc). And they do let us know when it's time for us to let them go, when the fight is over so to speak. My prayers are with you and Hamilton!

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