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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jul 26, 2014

Jack's Update, Laura, Michael, and Bogey

I had a lovely visit with my long-time friend, Martha from Indiana. When we see each other it's as though no time has passed. Where are the pictures you ask? Martha asked me not to post any--didn't take many, anyway. She loves to go antiquing so we did a little of that each day. I could only walk for a couple of minutes so when I hit my limit, I'd find a place to sit so she could take her time and wander. We went up to Dahlonega one day, a town I've written about before. Again, no pictures. Because of the dogs, we only went for a couple of hours during the day. I missed her when she left.


Susan's off this week so we took Jack in for a recheck of his kidney function (blood test/urinalysis), yesterday. I've been dragging my feet worrying about taking him. The vet called with the results this morning. I'll leave the medical mumbo jumbo out...he's stayed the same! Whew!

I was told I had a couple of options; ultrasound to see if tumors have grown in his kidneys or do what I'm doing, now--let him relax and enjoy his life and let him take walks as long as he wants to go (he always wants to go). Thank goodness for Susan who can take him for me. There's no sense, in my mind, in putting him through a bunch of tests when, at his age, I won't do anything about whatever they find. My vet and I are in agreement regarding quality of life. He has slowed down, my forever puppy, but he's happy and comfortable, and the joy in my life.

My main concern has been that he will have an emergency and I won't be able to get him in my truck to get him to the vet so I asked about the symptoms I might see if his condition worsens before November when he has his next check. I was told that he most likely won't want to be around me (so hard for me to envision)*, that he will show little appetite, and he may start to vomit. I dread that day so for now I choose to celebrate every moment I have with him. He's a big old teddy bear. His wish is my command.

(*When Lizzie became sick she let me know when it was time to let her go. She went into corners or other hiding places. The vet said it was instinct. She knew she was vulnerable so she was leading predators away from her pack (Jack, me, and Susan)). I still miss her so much.
When he sleeps, he sleeps, and leaves a dog's worth of hair wherever he sleeps. My couches have suffered from all the dogs who have slept on them, but that's okay. They are comfortable. Who better to enjoy them?
Jack always sleeps some part of the night right here.

And, Part of his time, here.

On another subject, my son Michael is up in Sag Harbor, New York enjoying time with Laura and her family. They've got a whole week to enjoy each other. 

They are visiting Laura's Sister, Angela. Laura has another sister, Maria, who is just as pretty as her sisters. What a great family.

And, look who's visiting Jack and me. He goes right for his toy box when he comes in.
Bogey--still a puppy. This was when Michael dropped him off.
Bogey's right at home. :) Sometimes, he falls asleep with a ball or his kong in his mouth.
Bogey, like most in the Weimaraner breed, likes to be close (touching) to his humans. He sleeps between me and the back of the couch and never moves a muscle all night. This is the first thing I see in the morning. Scary, huh? What a character.


9 comments:

  1. Between Jack and Bogey, you've got some wonderful companions.

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    1. Yes, they are the best. I'm sure you feel the same about your pup. Thanks for stopping, Judith.

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  2. Jack is a dream I hope he will have some time left with you and yes enjoy and love what is still there. It amazes me how you can handle Bogey. He must have the inner sense to be calm near you.

    I'm happy you had your friend visiting with you and Antiquing is fun. Did way to much shopping last couple weeks, Not all antiquing but still buying.

    Fred and I send out love and pats

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    1. There's no way to prepare myself for when it's Jack's time, but no matter how painful I won't let him suffer. I have made him that promise, Jo. Yes, Bogey cracks me up. He follows me everywhere--even into the bathroom. Thank goodness, he seems to be comfortable staying with me.

      Yes, it was fun being with Martha. We also hit some consignment and thrift shops. I think she enjoyed her visit. Please give Fred back some hugs and smooches for Jack and me. Thanks for stopping, Jo. I'm still playing catch up--reading blogs.

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  3. Glad to hear that Jack is hanging in there and enjoying life. It's difficult being a pet owner when they get ill as the pets can't tell us how they are doing. I agree with you when you say that you won't let Jack suffer - that's hard but it's the best gift we can give our beloved pets.

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  4. Heartbreaking when our furry family are sick. And not letting them suffer is the best gift we can give them. But oh my, it's hard.

    All the best.

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  5. I am so glad to hear Jack is holding his own. I know you are doing everything you can to make your time together the best. I felt the same way as each of my animals got older and older. Their wish was my command if I could only figure out what they wanted. Glad Bogey doesn't drive Jack crazy. Both Michael and Bogey are lucky to have you as a "Bogey sitter."

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  6. So glad you got an okay report from the vet. We will do the same thing with the girls. We will keep them comfortable as long as we can and let them tell us when it's time to let them go. And yes, our lives will be lived around them. Wouldn't have it any other way. Our beagle, Ginger, shed so much I couldn't believe she had any fur left. But if folks don't like it they don't need to come to my house. The girl's don't shed a whole lot which is nice. You tell Jack he'd better hang in there until we get there. I want to give him some love. And you too.

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  7. When I doubt there is goodness in the world or I am sad for any reason I need only to come here to see the goodness. It's incredible and so heartwarming that people care about Jack. Even more incredible is that we've never met face to face (hope to change that soon, Sandie) yet you offer comfort. Friends provide strength when needed the most. Thank you, all, for your wonderful comments.

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