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Dear Stoner was a Great Good Dog

Friday, May 21, 2010

From: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF AN EXTREMELY DISTINGUISHED DOG
by Eugene O'Neill


One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved". No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.

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LIGHTLIKE 5/22/2010 8:11AM

  Yes, she's waiting for you on the other side but she's really happy, there are lots of dogs and people to play with while she's waiting for you!

((((Hugs))))

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CLOVER2 5/21/2010 9:01PM

    You're sweet friend is now at the Rainbow Bridge, waiting for you to join him/her.

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My Beagle Is Still Training Me!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thanks for your kind comments about my Beagle Stoner. To me, she is more than a "pet." Stoner is a part of our family and we have been so lucky to share time with her. I feel grateful that she seems to be at least comfortable for now. She's eating OK. A good sign for a Beagle. She picks out the pills though and I had to put them in a small piece of hot dog this AM. I guess she is still training me. What a dog. She knows how to get what she wants.

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CINABEE 5/18/2010 7:02PM

    Glad Stoner is eating again.Beagles are such smart dogs. I taught ours to sit up and roll over only took a few times qnd she knew. She will sit in front of us at 10:00 P.M. to tell us it's bed time. Today I had a really hard time getting in gear. Watched my diet pretty good but to tired to ride my bike.Oh well tomorrow is another day I'll try again.

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CJJANISS 5/18/2010 3:01PM

    emoticon good at training! emoticon

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Upadate on Beagle Stoner...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Stoner had a rough night. She was having difficulty walking. Her breathing was labored. She didn't have much interest in breakfast. Beagles are NOT picky eaters. So I took this to be a sign of serious problems. I sat on the kitchen floor and got her to eat some of her breakfast. I took her to the vet and left her there while I went to work my volunteer shift at the local aquarium. They were supposed to run tests and figure out next steps. Anyway, when I got back to the vet later in the day, I could hear Stoner baying like a good Beagle does. When they brought her out, she was looking good because she was feeling good. They could have done invasive things/tests. But, the vet checked her over and felt that she was in pain and, as a result, it kind of spiraled everything else into a bigger problem. He gave her a Tramadol which helped manage the pain, which helped relax the contractions/tensions in her abdomen, which helped relax her diaphragm, which helped her be able to breathe better in spite of the congestive heart failure. We talked about how changed she looked from how she was when I had dropped her off this morning. We agreed that she is an old dog. That there were not going to be heroic efforts or invasive efforts made to change that she will not be around much longer. Maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. But, with the Tramadol, Stoner has a pain-less quality of life now. It is making a difference. A remarkable difference. Would you believe when we got home, the first thing she did was go directly to her food bowl. My Beagle is back. I talked with the vet today that when the time comes for Stoner to go on to her next big adventure, I wanted to be with her and that I wanted the vet to sedate her first before she was euthanized. He agreed absolutely.

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LIGHTLIKE 5/18/2010 8:56AM

  Thank you for the update, I was thinking of her and you today. It's not easy to let them go, but I think you are on the right path in this difficult situation. She'll be really happy to have these next several weeks with you!
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CINABEE 5/17/2010 11:42PM

    Am glad Stoner is feeling better. They become a part of us and when they hurt we hurt. I had to put down our family dog 4 years ago.Had him from the time he was 4 weeks old. I now have a little beagle named Daisy she is only 19 pounds and Pure breed. A gift to me from my daughter and grandbaby.We love her so much. emoticon

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My 15 y.o. dear Beagle Stoner has congestive heart failure...

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Beagle seemed to get obviously ill very quickly. I had her at the vet on Friday for blood tests and x-rays. The vet determined that Stoner has congestive heart failure and her lungs are filled with fluid. He gave her two meds: one to help her heart pump better and a medicine to get reduce the fluid in her lungs. It doesn't seem to be working as well as we had hoped. I called the vet's emergency number today as Stoner is having trouble walking and her abdomen is filling out (fluid?) The diuretic doesn't seem to be getting her to lose some of the fluid through her kidneys and urination. So, tomorrow I take her to the vet and see what's next. I do know that we will not let her suffer or be in pain. She is a lovely dog. She is a sweet dog. She has made us laugh out loud every single day. She gives love so unconditionally. She's still playful as a puppy when she is feeling good.

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MTNGRL 5/17/2010 9:25AM

    Oh my, I can only pray for the best for Stoner. Our fur babies mean so much. We love them period. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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LIGHTLIKE 5/17/2010 9:02AM

  This is a really tough situation, my heart goes out to you and Stoner. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and be sending positive energy as well.

*Hugs* it's never easy when a pet is sick, keep on doing everything you can, she's very lucky to have owners like you taking care of her during this difficult time!

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JBINAUSTIN 5/17/2010 1:43AM

    Stoner sounds like a wonderful beagle. I'm so sorry she's ill. It's very hard when pets get old and sick, and you have to make hard decisions. You're doing all you can for her. I'll send lots of positive energy her way.

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Happy Birthday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

I have had a lovely day. I am looking forward with gratitude and good cheer for all that is and for all that will be.

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BUFFALOKAY 4/19/2010 9:47AM

    Have a wonderfully Happy Birthday followed by a healthy year! emoticon

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