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Old 05-29-2015, 10:27 AM   #1
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First camping trip turned into a nightmare

We were looking forward to our first trip in our new-to-us TT. We made reservations for Monday evening through Thursday at a local state park that we have camped in the last 6 years in our pop-up that we used to have. Our Cocker Spaniel Buddy loved to camp so we were looking forward to introducing him to the new TT. Things did not go well from the first day. He had been having problems with his back legs for the past year and it was progressively getting worse. I figured he would not be able to get in the camper by himself so we would lift him in and out. But by the second day, he could hardly stand up and when he did, his legs would go out from under him. We took him the our vet the next day on Wednesday. She said it looked like he had either a severe muscle problem in his legs or a neurological problem. She said she could put him on high doses of pain meds but that would not have helped his walking or standing. We had to make the heart wrenching decision of putting him to sleep. He was only 11 years old but had Cushings Disease which wreaked havoc on his whole body. I am still in shock and denial and my heart is broken. Pulling up to the campsite after coming from the vet was a nightmare, seeing his chain and all his things there but he was gone. When we left the campsite to come home yesterday, I felt like I was leaving him there. I don't know how camping is ever going to be the same without him. He was our camping buddy for 6 years and I know every time we go camping, it's going to be so difficult without him there. Right now I don't even have any desire to go camping again. I don't know how to make things better.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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That's a sad deal losing pets. I'm sorry for your loss.
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So so sorry for your loss.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:55 AM   #4
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He was only 11 years old but had Cushings Disease which wreaked havoc on his whole body. I am still in shock and denial and my heart is broken.
Losing a pet is never easy and it stays with you for a very long time.

Our 14 year old has had Cushings and Diabetes for the past five years. We are fortunate enough financially to be able to provide good treatment. As his time with us is growing short, he has his good and bad days. Yesterday he went for a two mile walk. Some days he walks for a few feet and gets carried the rest of the way.

So sorry for your loss.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:56 AM   #5
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Sorry for your loss. I have had to do thesame myself. The first camping trip without my dog was tough to say the least.I'm sure it’s the farthest thing from your mind right now, but I ended up withanother SPCA rescue mutt who likes to go on our adventures. He didn't "replace" my old dog, he is just carrying on his legacy.
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Those little guys sure have a way of wrapping themselves around our hearts.

I know how you're feeling having been thru the same.

My hope is that when it's my turn to pass to the next life, I'll be pleasantly surprised to see them waiting with tails wagging and a ball to play with.
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Very Sorry.
I've made that decision, more than once.
RIP Buddy, you are pain free.
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So sorry for your loss. You will needs lots of time to grieve before things start to get better.
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My hope is that when it's my turn to pass to the next life, I'll be pleasantly surprised to see them waiting with tails wagging and a ball to play with.
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:51 AM   #10
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3 dog family. The old Bishon is 14...two back surgeries, the last one 7 years ago. He was fading in the last few years...until we found a vet that treats his bouts within severe arthritis with holistic and regular meds. He's like a renewed dog now...spoiled but a real trooper. Teeth are going bad and we know his time is nearing, but he still loves camping. At least we know that we gave him a good home, and take comfort in the friendship he has provided. We won't let him suffer when the time comes. I still watch videos when he was a pup chasing the last great friend we had to put down. We will always have fond memories of the many furry friends we have have had in our 42 years of married life.
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