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Old 12-28-2014, 05:19 PM
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Thanks Patty! I was just thinking of you the other day when I spotted some squirrels in my backyard and remembered how much Ali used to love them! Always made me smile to think of!

And gotcha, Amy! Inconsistency is the new consistent! Today he had a fine day...got up a bit late...no urinating in the house. *sigh* I just toss my hands in the air and go 'what the hey!' LOL

He still likes his cat food and he still likes his treats (cringe and double cringe). As long as he keeps up with that stuff...I'm ok. When we went to the new vet, she asked me what food I had him on...and I had to chuckle, look chagrined and admit that we'd all pretty much given up on him ever eating anything that was actually good for him. She laughed too and got it right off. Think that is when I decided I like her! She realized the futility and was ok with that. I should call him my junk food dog! LMAO
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:48 AM
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What we did with Sydney was figure out the three things she really enjoyed doing - and when those were gone - and she had more "frown" days than "smiley" days, we knew it was time.

For Soaphie - for her three things we are using 1) eating!! 2) walks and wagon rides 3) snuggles - she LOVES snuggles
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:07 AM
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Happy belated holidays, Shellie! Always great to hear from you.

Here is to wishing 2015 brings more good days than not so good days for you and Hank. I've always thought of him as one of 'our' dogs on here and have a soft spot for him as some of your stories of him remind me of Decker. Please give him a belly rub from me.

Hugs to you. No easy way to navigate through watching your pup grow old and coming to the realization that they are not invincible.

We are all here for you and Hank. Take it day by day and enjoy each and every good moment - may those far outweigh the bad moments.
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:32 PM
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Hi Holly! I think of you and Decker often! I really wish we had gotten together while Decker was still here with us! Things going well with you, I hope!

I love that idea of the three things! That seems to be so sensible and it seems to be so thoughtful of their little lives! I will keep that in mind! Thank you!

I DO happen to have news! Hank had his ultrasound this morning! He's clear! No mass! No cancer!!! I am so excited that I'm not even sure how I feel! I was so, so down and this is just such great news! Apparently, he does have some minor calcification in his left kidney but that's pretty normal for his age. If it did develop into a stone, then we'd be in trouble but for now, we're good. Doctor said, 'we could put him on a special diet...' and I laughed! Right! So she just said he's good to go.

We did put him on tramadol for the stomach discomfort and we'll be continuing on the famotidine as well. I'm also moving his dosing sched slowly to a later time which seems to be helping already.

Yep...he's old, wanders a bit, has his issues...but he's going to be ok! Yay!!!! Thank you to everyone for all your good thoughts! I know it helped me...and helped my little man, too! Hugs!
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:10 PM
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Yay! So glad you got good news!
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:14 PM
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Thanks Mandy! I was very relieved! Whew!

But especially after you chimed in...I had a lot more hope of Hank being ok. Knowing someone else who was going thru it...and doing ok...made a lot of difference! Thank you for helping! Hugs!!!
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Old 12-31-2014, 08:21 PM
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Hey Shelly- just stopping in and saw you posted! So glad you guys are found well. Love me some hank!!!

I have my scruffy little spoiled cat/dog Luigi. He will only eat his food if I mix Sheba cat food in it and it always reminds me of Hank! He's the same size as the cats and loves them. My Chooch does give him quite the wallop occasionally.

Happy holidays and wishing for a great new year to you both and everyone else.
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:15 AM
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Yeah for more good Hank news - breathing a big sigh of relief here!

Your comment about meeting Decker totally made me smile. I can just picture in my head how that encounter may have gone - total chaos at it's best. He really did love people and would have been thrilled with the experience though.

Happy 2015 - hoping the year brings continued good news and lots of peace and joy.
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Old 01-02-2015, 12:24 PM
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great news! special diet - that made me laugh!

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Old 01-02-2015, 04:24 PM
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Yeah...that special diet suggestion made me giggle, too!

I think I would have adored Decker! He was just so goofy...I loved watching his videos!

Luigi sounds great! LOL Yep..cat food will do it every time!

Hugs and happy new year to all!
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