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Old 07-19-2009, 10:46 AM
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Hi Robert,

Your post is heartbreaking... perhaps Mak will pass on one night soon and in a way I hope that he can slip away quietly in his sleep when the time comes. That is what we wished for with Chris but it was not to be and we had to make the hard decision to release him. The last year of Chris' life he slept more and more. In times past he would never go to bed before we did. But every month that went by he spent more time curled up in the bedroom asleep - whole evenings. That is when we knew that our time with him was growing short...

All you can do for Mak now is let him know how much you love him - that's the best medicine.

Mik may be aware that Mak is slipping away and that may be contributing to his not wanting to eat.

I don't know why I didn't ask this before - is Mak on Vetmedin (pimobenden)?

It made a huge difference for Chris as far as his quality of life and I have heard the same about other dogs. I don't recall exactly what Mak's heart diagnosis is...

There is a point where our efforts, medicine's efforts can do no more and all you can do is love them well for the time remaining, as I'm sure you are acutely aware after losing your wife.

Thinking of you,

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Old 07-19-2009, 02:12 PM
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Many thanks.
I still have not recovered from sitting beside my wife for 35 days while she slowly slipped away.

I don't know what I dread most: coming home or waking up to find Mak has gone, or having to take him for that final trip to the vet.

Billions and billions of people have suffered far more than me, but I still cannot help becoming depressed at times.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:31 PM
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Robert,

This is so sad. I am so sorry that you, Mik and Mak are going through this. My heart is breaking for you. You and your sweet pups have been through so much this past year. Keeping the three of you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all of you.
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:29 PM
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Bob,

I can't add anything to what's been said except to say that I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Just remember that we are all here for you if you need us.

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Old 07-19-2009, 04:25 PM
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Robert,
We are still keeping good thoughts and saying a prayer for all three of you.

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Robert,

I've been reading your posts and I feel so bad, I think Mik knows Mak is not himself.

I think for now I'd get either of them to eat anything, some egg, oatmeal even some regular cereal with a little warm water over it.

I don't know what to say, I know its hard to take when they get older.

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Hi Robert

It truly is heartbreaking. I think of you often and sign on to see if there is any update. You've been there for them and then some. No one could have done more. I know when my mom was coming close to going with congestive heart failure, she begged me not to make her eat. Toast and broth was all I could get into her. Anyone could understand how sad you are.

I'm praying for you and the pups Robert.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:11 PM
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It is an awful lot to suffer through so soon after losing your wife. I can see from your posts that these dogs, in addition to the deep love you have for them yourself, are a part of your wife that you have been able to keep beside you and I'm sure it is wrenching to consider losing that as well.

I hope that there are people in your life you can can turn to - we are of course here for you but I also hope there are people you can be with physically to comfort you and be with you at such a difficult time.

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Old 07-20-2009, 07:35 PM
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Many thanks to all. At times I feel terribly selfish, knowing there are billions of people who would trade for my problems in a second.

Mik and Mak both took some interest in diced up white turkey slices for a day or two, not much, not enough, but at least they ate something.
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Robert,
I haven't posted much because I feel so helpless, but then I realized that you must be feeling it ten fold so here I am just saying hi and sending positive thoughts to you.
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