Death


My sister always has bizarre stories. Where she comes up with them, who knows. But this one had to be shared. It was too unbelievable to not to share. I call it the stripper story.

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dsc02294a.jpgAs a friend of mine would put it, Duke, the Wonder Dog, is headed off to California. He’s an 11 year old pure bred German Sheppard, dog.

In May we had a situation where he couldn’t get up and was screaming. Yes, literally screaming, not yelping, barking nor crying. I didn’t know animals could even make that sound. So after rushing the baby to day care we rushed him to the vets. Apparently he has arthritis that just ‘kicked in’. So we started him on a joint med and a pain med. After seeing him continue to spiral downward we called the vets and they told us about an arthritis study. We would get free care, x-rays and meds and upon completion a credit towards our account. Yep, we’re in!

We went in for our 3rd visit yesterday, day 22 of the study, and he has not improved. Since he hasn’t improved he was no longer allowed to continue in the study. It was to go for another month or so. So now we were left up to 3 decisions.
1. Continue him on another pain medicine. (Which isn’t working, obviously!)
2. Euthanasia
3. Put him on Prednisone, which can be dangerous in long term use and has many side effects that is already plaguing Duke. (So basically it’ll just prolong is his life until we (Wonder Man) make the ultimate decision for choice #2.)

His x-rays showed that his right hip socket was pretty much non-existing and his left one was starting to go. He has extreme trouble walking and can no longer go up stairs. And now he’s even having issues going to the bathroom. Lately he has been falling while peeing. Our vet doc told us that we are in the unfortunate position of making this decision. Duke’s mind is still all there and all his organs are functioning normally. He just can’t walk well and soon it’ll be not at all. So how long do we want to go out and hold his tail while he poos. Wonder Man said no, and we don’t want him to suffer.

We will be scheduling his departure for the end of September. Now that Wonder Man has made the decision he doesn’t want Duke to continue suffering. We will be giving him prednisone until the day arrives. Unless he miraculously starts walking like him old self while on prednisone we will be following through with the ‘plan’.

So we have decided to celebrate his life and give people the option to say their good-byes. In celebration of his heritage, we will be holding an Oktoberfest at our house next weekend. All german foods and drinks only! So I have a week to pull together a party and get the house ready. And then we wait. And that will be hard. Luckily Wonder boy is still young enough that it’s pretty much out of sight, out of mind for him. So I do not have to give the ‘death’ talk yet.

Thanks for reading and listening.