Winston is Retired :(

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I knew this day would come I just didn't expect it so soon. Winston Churchill my Service Dog has been retired. He was diagnosed with cancer about 2 weeks ago. He lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks and has been sleeping a lot. Being really under weight makes it difficult for him to have the energy to do what he wants to do and to fight to stay healthy.

Plus side is so far his quality of life is good. He isn't in pain just tired. He sleeps at my feet a lot as I do work on my new non profit Ubuntu Ranch. He isn't going out on many walks because I have a big old boot on my left foot. I think he is kind of happy and not all at the same time.

Winston will continue to walk with me in non event around the lake, his favorite place to be. If we get his weight back up he will be able to run with me IF his body allows. He did gain 2 pounds last week but still has 14 more to go to be at the lowest "safe" weight zone.

I am looking for a puppy but due to where I live it might be awhile. Dad is being an ass about it all so I either need to move or get him to understand I need a service dog. Sigh...very frustrating when your own parental unit gives you a hard time.

Ok so that is where Winston and I are at. Fingers and paws crossed that he has a lot more healthy months; dare I ask for at least a couple more years. He will be 11 years old May 18th!
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    Oh Maya, my heart broke reading that. I can imagine knowing that we know our pets don't live forever, but to have him get diagnosed with that is even more devastating. I wish you both the best and know you'll always do what's best for Winston and enjoy the rest of the time you two have together. I was glad to have met him :)
    2851 days ago
    Yes but as always it is never enough :) I sent you a sparkmail
    2851 days ago
    Life's changes are've had a lot of good years with him to be thankful for!!! Could you tell me about the process of training a service animal/how to register etc or direct me to a website? I have a 3 year old collie I would love to train.
    2851 days ago

    I sprained my ankle and tore some ligaments, slipped and fell in mud going into the house. After a 2 mile walk of course.
    2851 days ago
    Am sorry to hear about Winston. Such a sweet dog. I do hope he will get out with you a few more times to walk around the lake. I have been keeping busy riding my bike this year. Since the weather has been fairly nice I've put a lot of miles on it. But hope to see you on a walk sometime soon.

    What's the boot for? Hope it gets off soon. And I am praying for a good answer to your living and support issue. It does make it hard when those closest to you don't give you the support you need. I guess that's why we are here.

    Take care.
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    2851 days ago
    Yup we have a quality of life plan in place. The technical part is easy-ish. He isn't my first senior dog it is the emotional part that is hard. The vet says that him gaining weight means he isn't done yet which I agree. He is one of those dogs that if he was done he'd stop eating, drinking water and be like nope I'm finished.
    2851 days ago
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    Sorry to hear your lossing Winston, my own family has had a dog whom suffered a brain tumour.. Let Wintson go to sleep before he feels pain- our dog God bless her suddenly got up and began to go round in circles.. My brother collected her and we took her to the vet.. She quietly slept in, in my brothers arms..
    We got another puppy, shortly efter I still remember the good times... We never forget them..

    2851 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2010 10:30:18 AM
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