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Tuesday July 9, 2019

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Good Morning!

Got a rude awakening from Slowbro who thought he could wake me up at 5:00AM and be fed.  Humph......  I did stay awake and now having coffee but I'm making him wait until his usual time of 6AM.   I need to stay up all day today in order to get to sleep tonight to work my "bad week" of on two days off one on two.

I've had a very pleasant five day stretch of days off.  The dental cleaning was just that and apparently didn't see anything of concern to refer to my dentist and I didn't see him.  I see him in six months for X-rays and exam as well as cleaning.  

Today is "mop the floors Tuesday" and I'll do that after coffee.  Will go to yoga and cook after that.  

We have an 80% chance of rain from the storms brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hope everyone has a great day.  

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Morning Tweety 5 days off sounds nice

Work was mostly OK apart from some frustrating phone issues.  Think I've got that problem solved for now

I notice I tend to wake up early in the summer due to the early rising sun.  Might have to start using my sleep mask more

Weather is going to be warmer today, and it looks now like it will be warmer for most of the week.  At least rain is only expected Wed

Will be a busy end of week for me.  One of J's cousins is coming in from NY.  We're going to meet her for dinner Fri then attend a party at J's sister's on Sun.  Hopefully the weather will remain good for that

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Good Morning -

Feeling very out of sorts. . . 

Long story short, Mayson is no longer with us. Yesterday early morning, although very weakly, Mayson was able to pick himself up, go outside, come back in, and eat breakfast. He never lost his appetite! (Note to self: Don't use loss of appetite as a sign of significant decline.) However, by the later morning/early afternoon, something happened that caused him to not being able to get up at all. As I shared before, Mayson was recently placed on gabapentin for anxiety and general discomfort. There is no doubt that this caused him increased incoordination at night (the only time he received this medication). However, the previous night, he seemed to fight the sedating effects of gabapentin. He was up most of the night. At times, he would fall when he tried to get up. Or, he he fall down when "walking". This must have exacerbated the spinal stenosis (which, days earlier, the vet said was a major cause of weakness to his hind legs).  Amy and I had to carry him on his bedding to the car, then to the vet, yesterday mid-afternoon. The vet assured us that the effects of the gabepentin should have worn off by this time. After a neuro exam, the vet said, speaking in simple terms, ". . . the signal isn't getting from his brain to his hind legs." Deep soul-searching was done by both Amy and I. We did NOT want to euthanize Mayson without giving him a fighting chance. But we HAVE been giving him a fighting chance these past few weeks, noticing a decline since the beginning of the year, and being painfully aware that our beloved black lab-mix was between 16 to 17 years old (which is, apparently, a ripe-old age for a dog of his breed and size).  The only "other" option that the vet gave us was steroids, which MIGHT reduce the swelling and inflammation, which MIGHT be causing the lack of function for Mayson's hind legs. So, with very heavy hearts, we agreed and consented to euthanasia. Surrounding Mayson with deep love, we staying with him until the end. Then we stayed with him a little while longer.

Ohhhh. . . Our house is so quiet. . . . so painfully quiet. We miss our Mayson.  He was a good boy.

Our "furry family members" simply do not live as long as we do. They age sooner. Still, knowing this does not bring comfort.

I'm angry. I'm sad. . . 

During our nearly 33 years of marriage, Amy and I have had four wonderful "canine-family-members". Everyone of them have been dear to us, and loved as a family member. It doesn't not get any easier when they die. Two have died from cancer. (We even attempted chemotherapy for our first dog! We WON'T do THAT again!! The side effects was dreadful!) One died from a stroke. Mayson, basically died from simply living to a ripe old age of 16 to 17 years. When medical efforts were made to prolong life, and failed, all of our beloved canine-family-members were euthanized. I don't necessarily like witnessing the process involved with euthanasia. But having a beloved canine-family-member suffer is really not cool. 

Please forgive me for the melancholy. Also, please forgive for using blunt terms. It's how I force myself to face the reality of a situation.

Nothing much else to share at this time. 

Peace. . . . 

Ted

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 Ted, I am so sorry to read about Mayson's passing.  I have euthanized more beloved animals than I care to recall.  It is always difficult and painful.  And yes, they do live longer than we, and it's so hard to separate from such love.  Even though we do feel we are taking the kindest route.  I pray for comfort for you and Amy.  Hugs.

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Thank you, dianah. Mayson's decline seemed to have started a little over a year ago. He stopped chasing deer, and "hunting" rodents. (He got a wood chuck, once!!) Honestly, Mayson used to LOVE doing these things! Up until a week or so ago, he was roaming the woods still. (Our wooded back yard was his hunting land.) His decline, especially during these past few weeks, was sad to witness. Holding him as he drew his last breath was equally hard to do.  Mayson died well-loved.

(Amy and I do not have children. I can not even begin to imagine losing a child.)

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Ted I'm sorry to hear about Mayson

It's a hard decision to make, even when you know it's coming even when you've been through it before

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Ted-

Sending love to you and Amy.  It is so hard to lose a beloved pet.  I'm glad you three had each other all those years.  I hope your good memories ease the pain a bit.

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Ted, I'm so sorry about Mayson.  

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I know I have not posted for a while, but Ted so sorry to hear about Mayson. Our last dog went in a very similar manner. One of the hardest decisions we had to make was to take her to the vet for that final time. You have my deepest sympathies. You did the final kindest thing we can do for our hairy bairns, you can make them peaceful and comfortable at the end. D*mn, I have tears in my eyes as I typed that.

Good luck to you and Amy. You will know when it is time to get another one. We now have a Spaniel coming up for 2 and he is a constant joy.

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My condolences, too, Ted.

Brings back painful memories of my beloved ...

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(((hugs))) to you, Ted.

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