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Jul 19, 2013
 
PEllen wrote:
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You never struck me as someone who would have an adrenaline rush just for a fancy schmancy restaurant. What's the occasion?
It's my boyfriend's friend's birthday party and there will be around 50 people, 99% of whom I haven't met yet.:)

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Tonka & Race, sorry to hear about your critters. I guess I missed Tonka's story the first time around.

Both of my dogs are starting to show their ages, especially the little one. She *hates* going for walks and is so slow anymore, but still gets excited for treats and loves to snuggle, so... as long as she's more happy and comfortable than not, I won't do anything.

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Tonka & Race, sorry to hear about your critters. I guess I missed Tonka's story the first time around.
Both of my dogs are starting to show their ages, especially the little one. She *hates* going for walks and is so slow anymore, but still gets excited for treats and loves to snuggle, so... as long as she's more happy and comfortable than not, I won't do anything.
Why does she hate going for walks? When she was younger, did she love them? Or she was ambivalent?

I completely agree with your attitude: so long as they're more happy than unhappy, I'll keep mine alive and with me.

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Jul 19, 2013
 
RACE wrote:
Yeah, animal hospice comes to your home and does the deed. Wont be under the mango tree, she loves sleeping on the guest bed, and that is where we will say goodbye.
It costs, but for all she has given me, the least I can do is spend the coin and spare her the trauma of the trip to the vet, and her last scents being of anticeptic and stainless steel. She will be in her home, surrounded by familiar scents and sounds....
I am so conflicted. She is eating like a horse, but not gaining an ounce. Today though, she was sneezing, and it was bloody. She ate well, but then just looked at me and meowed, like she is saying "It's time". She just came out and ate again (I am baking chicken, so I am sure she smells it) and then went back to bed.
What if she's not ready to go, and I shorten her life? What if she is, and I am prolonging it and causing her pain?
I am hoping the vet who comes can tell me one way or the other, but I feel that i am doing the right thing.
Cats are just so damn unreadable.
No pictures, Daughter still has my camera, but maybe I will use my phone, I dunno <mimi shrug>
Internet hugs, Race. I'm really sorry.

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Well, I had steeled myself to putting her down. Gave her an entire can of cat food (and she ate it all), then went back to her napping spot. I checked on her a couple of times, all was normal.

Then she cam out in the living room and when I went to pet her, she ran into the bedroom and under the bed! I was like WTF? She will not come out, so I called and cancelled for today. Told them I know I will need them soon, but apparently she does not want to go today.

Relieved and sad. But when she is active, she is totally normal active, its not like she is walking around in pain (that I can tell), but I know I am running out of time quickly.

“suffers from formicophilia ”

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j_m_w wrote:
Both of my dogs are starting to show their ages, especially the little one. She *hates* going for walks and is so slow anymore, but still gets excited for treats and loves to snuggle, so... as long as she's more happy and comfortable than not, I won't do anything.
It's hips are probably bothering it. Quit walking the poor thing.

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RACE wrote:
Well, I had steeled myself to putting her down. Gave her an entire can of cat food (and she ate it all), then went back to her napping spot. I checked on her a couple of times, all was normal.
Then she cam out in the living room and when I went to pet her, she ran into the bedroom and under the bed! I was like WTF? She will not come out, so I called and cancelled for today. Told them I know I will need them soon, but apparently she does not want to go today.
Relieved and sad. But when she is active, she is totally normal active, its not like she is walking around in pain (that I can tell), but I know I am running out of time quickly.
Good luck! Maybe this is her way of saying "I'm almost ready to go but I want a few more days of life left for some fun first!"

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Why does she hate going for walks? When she was younger, did she love them? Or she was ambivalent?
I completely agree with your attitude: so long as they're more happy than unhappy, I'll keep mine alive and with me.
She loved them when she was young, and then was neutral about them during middle age.
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RACE wrote:
Yeah, animal hospice comes to your home and does the deed. Wont be under the mango tree, she loves sleeping on the guest bed, and that is where we will say goodbye.
It costs, but for all she has given me, the least I can do is spend the coin and spare her the trauma of the trip to the vet, and her last scents being of anticeptic and stainless steel. She will be in her home, surrounded by familiar scents and sounds....
I am so conflicted. She is eating like a horse, but not gaining an ounce. Today though, she was sneezing, and it was bloody. She ate well, but then just looked at me and meowed, like she is saying "It's time". She just came out and ate again (I am baking chicken, so I am sure she smells it) and then went back to bed.
What if she's not ready to go, and I shorten her life? What if she is, and I am prolonging it and causing her pain?
I am hoping the vet who comes can tell me one way or the other, but I feel that i am doing the right thing.
Cats are just so damn unreadable.
No pictures, Daughter still has my camera, but maybe I will use my phone, I dunno <mimi shrug>
Oh, RACE - sending you comforting thoughts. My heart goes out to you!!!

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OMG: THe most hilarious tampon commercial ever! You don't need sound!

http://urlybits.com/2013/06/russian-tampon-co...

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RACE wrote:
Yeah, animal hospice comes to your home and does the deed. Wont be under the mango tree, she loves sleeping on the guest bed, and that is where we will say goodbye.
It costs, but for all she has given me, the least I can do is spend the coin and spare her the trauma of the trip to the vet, and her last scents being of anticeptic and stainless steel. She will be in her home, surrounded by familiar scents and sounds....
I am so conflicted. She is eating like a horse, but not gaining an ounce. Today though, she was sneezing, and it was bloody. She ate well, but then just looked at me and meowed, like she is saying "It's time". She just came out and ate again (I am baking chicken, so I am sure she smells it) and then went back to bed.
What if she's not ready to go, and I shorten her life? What if she is, and I am prolonging it and causing her pain?
I am hoping the vet who comes can tell me one way or the other, but I feel that i am doing the right thing.
Cats are just so damn unreadable.
No pictures, Daughter still has my camera, but maybe I will use my phone, I dunno <mimi shrug>
((((((((((hug))))))))))

OMG I'm crying. I am so sorry about your kitty. I hope the vet gives you some insight so you can make a decision that doesn't leave you feeling bad. Even with everything I know, and all of the research, and all 15 doctors, I still second guess taking Chris off of life support. I don't think the "did I do the right thing" question ever goes away, but I hope it can console you a little bit that if you do decide to go ahead and do it, that she won't be suffering, and she didn't have to make the trip to the vet and was surrounded by love.

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And Race, if this is just a short burst of adrenaline that dying people and animals often experience shortly before death, don't beat yourself up for canceling that appointment if you find her curled up and gone.

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OMG: THe most hilarious tampon commercial ever! You don't need sound!
http://urlybits.com/2013/06/russian-tampon-co...
My eyes are streaming. That is truly hilarious.

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Poor little guy!
Are both of your dogs litter mates?
no. They're 2 yrs apart

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I would honestly love to find her curled up and gone.
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
And Race, if this is just a short burst of adrenaline that dying people and animals often experience shortly before death, don't beat yourself up for canceling that appointment if you find her curled up and gone.

“The two baby belly, please!”

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So last night when we got home from swim class, about 6:45, it was one degree cooler in our apartment than it was outside, and it was 91 outside, so I decided that I was going to the beach. The girls came with (Dickie hates sand so he stayed home; I don't know how...) and we arrived just as the life guards were packing it in for the day. They tried to keep people out of the water, but there were so many of us, they gave up.

And I have to say that the beach is WAY more fun without the lifeguards. We swam in areas not enclosed by the four bouys and children were carried on shoulders and tossed into the water. Even Nunu commented on how nice it was not to have the constant "toot-toot" of their whistles. We stayed until it was almost dark and the damn flies started biting. As we walked slowly home, we were surrounded by hundreds of dragonflies (I was hoping they were eating lots of biting flies), it was really amazing. Lulu said I should take a picture, but I told her that we wouldn't be able to capture the amazing-ness of it in a photo; this was one of those experiences that we were going to have to use the camera in our minds to capture.

We found Dickie sitting on a picnic table as we got close to home, so we sat with him and watched the dragonflies some more. It was a lovely evening.

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i'm all talked out. How bout pictures of her in the dress?
I'd rather see pictures of her OUT of the dress....

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RACE wrote:
I would honestly love to find her curled up and gone.
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same here. Haven't been lucky enough yet to lose a pet that way. Not lucky, but... it'd beat the alternative.

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Jul 19, 2013
 
Squishy, if it's a free beach, I think I'd be inclined to ignore annoying lifeguards squashing everyone's fun!

I swear, society acts as if no one should get hurt doing anything ever.

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