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Saturday, March 01, 2014

None of it devastating.

Two weeks ago my microwave went belly-up. I contacted the GE and they sent a tech out. When you book a repair online, they give you 150 characters (including spaces) to describe the problem. Kind of like what I hear Twitter does for a tweet. I wouldn't actually know about that. I did my best to describe all that was wrong in 150 characters (including spaces) and on Friday the tech was on my doorstep ready to change a fuse of something equivalent. While I was given 150 characters (including spaces) to describe the problem, the tech only got 75 characters (including spaces) to tell him what to fix.

So he showed up today and his arms were full of parts. Mother board, magnetron, transformer. If it was an electronic part for a microwave oven, he had it. He set it all up and discovered that the cooling fan and its housing were melted. He didn't have that stuff. He had to order it and come back next week. I have stove light and exhaust fan. Yay!

Then GE called. The part I need is on back order until ... APRIL! So they gave me some kind of consumer relations advocate and that person will do a nationwide search for a fan and failing to find one will give us a new oven. I bet it will be a refurb, but still.

Thank goodness for extended warranties. That was bad news #1. I am out of a good microwave indefinitely.

Almost as soon as I hung up the phone rang and it showed that it was the Vet. I had had both dogs up for annuals this week. And the vet was doing a follow up.

Tawny was a foundling. She was found near starvation behind the Giant. Her ribs were showing. She was scared of everything. I took very little to cause her to cower. A raised voice, not even in anger, would cause her to shake uncontrollably and to actually cry. This dog had been abused and dumped.

And she is the sweetest dog I have ever met. Everyone who meets her wants to take her home. Whoever did this to her, if I ever meet them I don't know whether to punch them out for abusing such a sweetie or to thank them for throwing her away so she could come live with us.

We have had her for about 10 years. The vet guessed her age at adoption as one and a half. So she is eleven and a half years old or so. To this day, I think she is not entirely sure that this is her forever home. Her tail is usually tucked up between her legs. She has nightmares. I intimidate her unintentionally.

And she was housebroken when we got her. Bonus!

But lately, she has been wanting to be out so often that I was wondering about her bladder. And she has been having accidents inside. Not reall accidents, because she always goes to the same place, so it's likely when she wants to go out and no one notices.

I wrote it off to her becoming an old lady.

When she was at the vet, she had blood drawn for a panel. The vet called today and told me that there are indicators that she may be in renal failure.

This disappoints me. Even makes me a little sad. After a few more tests we will discuss our options. But honestly, I was brought up with the viewpoint that "She's a dog, not you grandmother." Dad's words. Yes, she is a member of the family, but she is still, in the final analysis, a pet. I have never treated pets like my children. In fact when someone would say something like "Oh, she just one of your kids, isn't she." I would tell them that none of my kids is that ugly.

But still. I don't know how bad the news will be. But doggie dialysis is just out. Surgery that gives her another six months or so, is out. Budget crippling medication is out. I have heard of people spending tens of thousands of dollar a year to keep a dog alive for a couple of more years.

I don't want to sound harsh or hard hearted, but truly as my dad would have said, "She a dog, not your grandmother. Keep her comfortable and let her go."

I just hope it doesn't come to that yet. It will one day
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    It is hard to put down your pets.... but alas I am like your dad..... they are pets not people.... still hard though.
    1453 days ago
    So sorry to read about your dog. I had a cat who went thru renal failure. I agree with you, when it's their time it is better to let them go no matter how painful for you. Enjoy her as much as possible now.
    1453 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your dog. No good answers for pets, but I agree when it's their time, not to hold on at all costs. But maybe you need a new microwave.
    1453 days ago
  • GENRE009
    please don't put your dog down, it took me less than a week to cure my cat from this. I experienced this in Zeek. I think my Zeek might have drank his water, after my other cat tested it with her paws for coldness. Katie is the only one who does this. I got really scared cause I have four due to rescues where they wanted to put them down. For me it was a very simple fix, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised too. If you want to hear more please email me, and I can give you my personal phone number, or tell you thru the email what I did. I did take down all the inflammation, cured the bowels, and stopped the secures too. Cat is normal now. there isn't any foods that can help with this. although they do push phosphate free & I noticed that Zeek still had symptoms. the weird thing is there isn't a cure in humans either, and my X is dying from this. I tired to tell someone he knew, but they just turned me away as a quack. Read my 3rd page of my blogs-healthy basics , small things big pay outs. If you want to see what I know & can do. don't get over whelmed, this won't cost you much in effort or money. eva
    1453 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2014 4:40:36 PM
  • ELSCO55
    Yes it is sappy and we treat our resscues like a part of our family, but it is about the quality of their life as well as yours. We cried through the decision with a dog who had a ruptured disk. Yes, he could have had surgery but the vet indicated his quality of life would not be great and we could not see extending the suffering. While we suffered for a while, his suffering was done. Thankfully we had a vet specialist who was honest with us rather than just interested in money. Hopefully Tawny will not suffer as she ages.
    1454 days ago
  • BILLB000
    You and Tawny can be grateful for the quality you both added to each other's lives. Like any old friend who passes on. You and Tawny have been a lucky pair.
    1454 days ago
    Nope, you don't sound harsh or hard hearted. You've done a good job describing my feelings regarding cost prohibitive pet care. I'm pretty sappy about my pets but I understand the life expectancy issues when I adopt a pet I intend to care for and love.
    1454 days ago
    You have given her ten years that she would not have had if you hadn't found her behind the Giant. It's hard to say what can be done for the renal failure.

    As for the microwave, YAY for extended warranties!
    1454 days ago
    Sigh… Puppies do tug at the heart strings and wriggle into our hearts. They give so much to us so when the decisions get hard, it really is tough -
    1454 days ago
  • STR458
    sick pet suffering is the worst feeling in the world
    1454 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2014 9:29:46 AM
    I am old enough to have been through the same thing with pets all too often, though I have cats. They are indeed pets, not your grandmother (I love that!). And while they are part of my family, they aren't kids. They will never go out and earn a paycheck. There are some who think it's humane to end the life of people who suffer. I lived through the last 11 months of my father's life as he begged God to let him die, the pain was so overwhelming. We can't do that. We can for our pets. I am so sorry.
    1454 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I understand and I look at it as quality of life. You have given her a wonderful, loving home for 10 years. It might be time she crosses over.
    1454 days ago
    It is very disheartening to see our pets become ill and know they will be leaving us ............. If it helps even a smidgeon .......... even spending a fortune is not going to save her when the kidneys are shutting down. What a blessed pet, that she received the loving home she deserved and had devoted people like yourseves to care for her until she leaves for her 'really' happy place where there is no more pain, ................. emoticon for doing such a wonderful job.
    1454 days ago
    Sorry about the worse news (sorry about the bad news too).

    1454 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    All I can think is 10 great years are as much as many pets get, and while the goodbye is always sad, it looks like it won't be sudden.

    Have a great day
    1454 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Sorry to hear of your dog.

    Despite that enjoyed the post, and your style.

    WRT Microwave oven failure: Ours failed. A Kenmore. After about 20+ years. It was on Sears Service Contract. They couldn't find parts, so they offered us $250. I told them no way. It would cost $500 to replace. It was like yours -- built-in, and with a hood. So, they immediately offered me $500. Said we could use it at any Sears. If the one we picked was less, we would NOT get the residual credit.

    We decided on another Kenmore that was just over $400, even though the salesman tried to sell us up to a GE at almost exactly $500. I told him we'd had bad experiences with GE, and had been happy with the Kenmore. Maybe I should have listened?

    The new Kenmore has several annoying issues, that the old one did not have. The new one is, of course, made in China.

    Don't know what any of that "tells" you, however?

    Lee emoticon
    1454 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2014 2:00:06 AM
  • MALAMI518
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog and hope that it doesn't come to that yet. It's so hard to have to say good-bye to our pets when the time comes. I hope you have a little more before that happens.
    1454 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    have a good weekend
    1454 days ago
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