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Monday, July 28, 2014



It was one week ago today that I had to take DJ for his final walk. I am adjusting but my house feels so empty.

I am able to leave and come back into the house without falling apart.

Today I managed to stop and pay the vet with just a few tears.

In 2 weeks I leave to go to Michigan so I have a busy time ahead of me.

A BIG thank you for all your prayers, hugs, and support. God has indeed carried me through this difficult and lonely time.

Elsie

  
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MSFROGGIE 8/1/2014 4:25PM

    So sorry for your loss!!

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JANIEWWJD 7/29/2014 9:08PM

    You will be ok!!! God is with you!!! emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/29/2014 11:33AM

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NHES220 7/29/2014 10:56AM

    So sorry for your loss of DJ, but you are a good pet parent and you did what was right for him. I know how hard it is, we had to put our cat Lily down in December after 10 years and it was a difficult decision - but the cancer was eating away at her and there was no treatment for it. I hope you have a great time in Michigan!

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CHALLENGER15 7/29/2014 8:08AM

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GRANJERRY1 7/29/2014 4:24AM

    Elsie...I am really sorry for your loss
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EILEEN828 7/29/2014 2:53AM

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LILYDOG11 7/29/2014 2:39AM

    My my dog passed away 2 years ago, they called it that she was going to Rainbow Bridge.....Hugs

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2BTHINMAMMA 7/29/2014 12:34AM

    Praise God for His comfort and strength. emoticon

Your blog made me think of this so I'll share it:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NASB)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

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REGILIEH 7/28/2014 9:54PM

    Hugs!

Anne

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DJ is pain free at last

Monday, July 21, 2014



11/6/2002 - 7/21/2014

The vet who DJ knows and loves is off on Tuesday so I took him in this afternoon. I wanted him to be with someone he knew. The other vet (who is also a very good vet) has only seen him a couple of times.

He got into the office and collapsed. Dr. McNutt carried him back I just couldn't go back with them. Dr. McNutt loves DJ to pieces and has cared for him for 10 years.

DJ is no longer in pain and can run, jump, and play again. He is with his Dad.

Thank you for all the prayers that are holding me up through this. My tears are still running.

  
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LILYDOG11 7/29/2014 2:37AM

    I'm sorry for your loss emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/22/2014 11:25PM

    I am crying with you!

Hugs!

Anne

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JANIEWWJD 7/22/2014 11:15PM

    God bless you and your "baby"!!! It's like he knew he only had to get as far as his friend, the Vet. I can't stop crying because I too, have a pet I adore!!!
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CHALLENGER15 7/22/2014 8:26AM

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EILEEN828 7/22/2014 6:13AM

    This a hard time and experience to go through. DJ was a wonderful friend to you and no doubt loved you every bit as much as you loved him. He had a really happy life with you. Be grateful he was able to live such a long life and is no longer in pain. You have some really great memories and will no doubt be with him again some day. You couldn't have asked for a better dog, hugs.

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PURPLEPEONY 7/21/2014 11:58PM

    Crying with you... emoticon emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 7/21/2014 11:44PM

    My prayers go to you, your lose is God's gain.

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LINDA7668 7/21/2014 10:06PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know it's hard to right now, but take comfort in knowing he isn't in pain anymore. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/21/2014 8:48PM

    Yes he is with them alright ... I'm in tears along with you my friend .... hugs hugs hugs ....roc
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Saying Good Bye To DJ

Saturday, July 19, 2014



Tuesday, I will be saying good bye to my baby. He is getting so he can barely walk so I know this is best for him but it sure is tearing me apart. He has been my baby for 11 years and for the last 10 years it has been just me and him. Now it's time for him to go play with "Dad".

I am in tears now and will be for most of the next 2 days.

Elsie

  
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KD_503 7/20/2014 7:08PM

    Lots of hugs and prayers your way Elsie. I am so sorry to hear...

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CHALLENGER15 7/20/2014 8:01AM

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CURLYANNIE65 7/20/2014 5:39AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I love my pets as if they were family, which they are. May God grant you strength and comfort in the following days.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/20/2014 4:43AM

    Awww, DJ is a beautiful dog. I know how painful your decision was, but you did the right thing. Sending hugs! emoticon
Jeanne

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PURPLEPEONY 7/20/2014 1:23AM

    I`m so sorry emoticon I went through the same thing with my beautiful Maya 2 years ago. My prayers are with you emoticon emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 7/20/2014 12:22AM

    I am so very sorry!!! I am in tears too!!!
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DANCINCAJUN1 7/19/2014 10:36PM

    I am so sad for you my friend .... roc
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REGILIEH 7/19/2014 10:04PM

    I am so very sorry! I've been where you are too many times and it is the worst. I so wish I could do or say something but there isn't anyone can do or say to make it better. My heart breaks for you.

Anne

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SYDLETZIII 7/19/2014 9:54PM

    My heart and prayers are with you

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GINNABOOTS 7/19/2014 7:57PM

    Awww...so very sad. He sure is handsome. It is so difficult to do. So so sorry! I had to put my lab down many many years ago and I remember the pain.

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JTREMBATH 7/19/2014 7:40PM

    emoticon I know it can be very hard.

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GEORGE815 7/19/2014 7:32PM

    Elsie we had a great pet for about the same duration. I still look for her when I come home. They really are part of the family, aren't they.

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TOPS Weigh In

Thursday, July 10, 2014



Had a good weigh in at TOPS this morning.......down 1 pound which makes 6 weeks straight of going down...

DJ isn't doing so well today. It was cool misty rain this morning so he seems a little weaker. I am grateful that God is giving me a little more time with him.

I discovered (quite by accident) that he was apparently being overmedicated which is why he was so weak. Last Sunday evening, I thought I had given him his pills but Monday morning when I got his box down they were still in it and he was up be bopping around. Since then I've cut his pain med to half doses and he has done a little better. Today isn't one of his good days though. I think the cooler misty rain affected him.

Since I had an exterminator coming today (routine 2 month spraying), I took him next door (daughter's house) but he couldn't get up their steps. They lifted him up. So not real good today. At least I get a couple more weeks to decide about him since he isn't going to get any better.

  
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SAINTBERNARD6 7/12/2014 11:02PM

    Thanks everyone----your kind comments mean a lot.....thanks for the support...

Blessings to all...........Elsie

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NHES220 7/11/2014 3:50PM

    Congrats on your continued weight loss and sorry about DJ. I hope he is at least comfortable.

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/10/2014 11:55PM

    I feel for you my friend ... congrats on those losses !! roc
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REGILIEH 7/10/2014 7:24PM

    So sorry about DJ! So tough!

Great on your weight!

Hugs!

Anne

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JANIEWWJD 7/10/2014 7:23PM

    Good job on the weight loss!!! Keep up the great work!!! Love your doggie and I pray that you have him for a while longer.
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SYDLETZIII 7/10/2014 7:03PM

    Congrats on the weight loss.

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/10/2014 6:46PM

    Happy for the support you get both here and at TOPS. Keep up the great work.

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JTREMBATH 7/10/2014 5:46PM

    Pleased you are still loosing weight but sorry to hear about DJ.

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A tough decision to make or am I being unkind?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DJ is going down more each day. Am I being cruel by keeping him? I want what is best for DJ but I'm not ready to give him up. I know the time is coming quickly as he barely walks now and doesn't want to play much at all. Most of his time is laying under the ceiling fan or on the tile floor where he struggles a lot to get up. I spend most of the day now with tears. I am so undecided at this point. One of my daughters (who saw just how bad his legs are) says it's time. She is a real animal lover so this was hard for her to say.

I just need to sort out my thoughts.

He is still eating and drinking his usual amounts and he does perk up for a few minutes when he hears another dog barking.

Elsie

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 6/29/2014 11:13PM

    It's a heartbreaking decision to make when we love our pets so very much. Hug, hug! -- Evelyn

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GRATEFUL_DAWN 6/29/2014 9:43PM

    Elsie,

My heart goes out to you. I don't think that you are selfish to want to be with him as long as possible. You love him and don't want to give him up. He will let go when it is his time. Try to keep him as comfortable as possible. You can tell him that it is ok to let go. He will understand. He is hanging on for you.

Hugs!

Dawn

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2LOSE2WIN 6/29/2014 6:20PM

  I am so sorry for you and your treasured friend. I hope and wish the best for your family during this time.

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GRANJERRY1 6/28/2014 12:49PM

    Oh Elsie.... so sorry to hear about poor DJ... I know how heart wrenching it is...but for his good.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM1014 6/28/2014 11:22AM

    Elsie. I echo the above. You'll know when it is time. While you don't want to see DJ
suffer you still need each other for what time is left. Again, you will know.
Hugs,
Lee

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EILEEN828 6/28/2014 12:29AM

    You are not being unkind. Your dog knows he receives love from you. When the time comes you will know it. Love him as much as you can. It is hard and i have empathy for you and your dog.

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CHALLENGER15 6/26/2014 10:29AM

    Elsie, as you know, we went through this a couple of years ago with our black lab. It is so hard, and it is hard for me to this day. Hugs and prayers and sharing tears with you...

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JANIEWWJD 6/26/2014 12:30AM

    Just love her. Elsie will let you know when it is time. God bless you my friend. I know it is hard, but you will know!!!!
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SAINTBERNARD6 6/25/2014 9:00PM

    He is on high doses of pain med now. He doesn't seem to be in pain but with so much pain med in him it may be masking the pain. Today he has been really struggling.

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LILYDOG11 6/25/2014 5:40PM

    I would let God make the choice. Maybe you can get the vet to prescribe something for her pain/arthritis so it's easier to get up. We had our Dog Katie pass 2 years ago, she wanted to be petted then she seemed like she was going to up chuck since she just got done eating we made her comfortable on the patio and she was gone in about 10 min. Hopes this helps.

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NHES220 6/25/2014 5:21PM

    You are DJ's guardian and you must decide when it is time for him. We did that for our Lily. She was still eating and drinking, but it was going through her system and she was not retaining any nutrients, she was literally just starving all the time. That was when we knew it was time. She did not look like herself any longer. Listen to your heart and you will know.

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SYDLETZIII 6/25/2014 4:22PM

    I had the same choice with Shadow, my dog. I chose to keep her alive, She got to the point where she stopped eating for two days, on the second day she passed while laying in my lap and being petted. I am sure the thing she remembered most was being with me and being loved.

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REGILIEH 6/25/2014 11:56AM

    Oh this breaks my heart for you. I am sitting here crying. I wish I could help but I can't.

I guess for me would be if he is in pain, if not I don't think I could do it.

I am so sorry. I do know how you feel.

Keeping you in my prayers.

Anne

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HOUSEFAIRY 6/25/2014 11:20AM

    I am so sorry. In my opinion, I don't think you are being unkind. I have been there several times with ours, and the decision never gets easier. For us, as long as they are eating and drinking well, knew what was going on and not in a lot of pain, we kept them as comfortable as we could and let God make the decision. We had a vet once tell us when we were trying to make the decision state "as humans, we cannot put our loved ones down when we think it is time, our pets should be no different." I don't feel his statement is right or wrong and cannot generalize it as I think it is each person's decision and not up to anyone else to judge another on what is right for them. Sending prayers, healing thoughts, and hugs to you and DJ.

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COYFLIN86 6/25/2014 11:18AM

    emoticon im sorry that makes me want to cry. I am a big time animal lover, I wish I had advice for you but I don't know what I would do if it happened to me.

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