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Thread: Border Terrier with Cushings had a possible stroke or brain tumor?-Ollie has passed

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    Default Re: Border Terrier with Cushings Disease had a possible stroke, or maybe a brain tumo

    Crying definitely helps. I lost my Lena five years ago and still cry. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her, see something that reminds me of her, and talk to her...sometimes out loud if I'm not careful. It's very hard when they are sick and we see the signs. I'm noticing that my big guy Gable is having more trouble standing and getting up, his back legs are getting weaker. He's so sweet and good natured and I hate to see him struggling.

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    Awwwww, giant hugs from me, too!! Please come back to us any time to talk. Thatís the only thing thatís kept me sane through the illnesses and losses of my furbabies, too ó the love and support of our little family here. Everybody here understands how hard this all can be.

    Also, donít worry at all about using the terms Vetoryl and trilostane. Trilostane is the name of the active chemical ingredient in brandname Vetoryl. So theyíre actually the same medication, regardless of which name youíre using. I often interchange the two words when Iím typing my own replies. So thatís my bad, too.

    No matter what is truly going on with Ollie, I send you my hope that youíll indeed be able to smother him with love and also settle your own heart and mind as much as possible. Thatís a goal thatís still quite a long reach for me. I always get so worried and scared and anxious when thereís anything wrong. I end up worrying away the chance for peaceful moments spent together when those moments are the most important. So I wish peace and comfort for you both in the days ahead. And I hope youíll still have many good days to share together.

    Marianne

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    Default Re: Border Terrier with Cushings Disease had a possible stroke, or maybe a brain tumo

    Ollie had a pretty great week, hardly any symptoms, eating well and even playing! The vet agreed that she thought from what I was describing that he most likely has a brain tumor as all of his other tests came back fine for Cushings/UTIs etc. Without an MRI I'll never know for certain, but I also don't want to risk putting him under for something I can't do anything about. I think last night he started having mild seizures again and this morning he couldn't stand up because his hind legs were so weak. He could walk once we helped him stand but is fragile, almost teetering. He's gotten a little stronger through the day, but I imagine we may have days and not weeks left. I'm glad he lived a full life right up until this time and maintained his youthfulness so long. I'm glad I was able to get so much information on here about pituitary tumors because I feel a lot more at peace knowing what is going on. The vet pretty much confirmed everything I'd seen on here - she also said that steroids probably wouldn't help at this point because he'd had such an adverse reaction to them a few weeks ago. So, it's just going to be a waiting game now to keep him as comfortable as possible. I'm glad my son can make it down to say goodbye tomorrow, though I imagine that won't be easy for any of us.

    Thanks again to everyone on here for the support and kindness. It has been so appreciated during such a difficult time! Michele

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    Tons of loving hugs being sent your way.

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    Oh Michele, we’ll be holding Ollie and all your family in our hearts during the coming days. I’m so glad you’ve had that special week together — it’ll be a time to treasure in your memory forever. I send you continuing hugs, too. Just remember we’re always here, walking right alongside you. And all our Cush-angels will be lined up to greet Ollie at the moment he passes, whenever that may turn out to be. He will never be alone, either.

    Do take care, and please give Ollie a giant loving hug from us all, too. He is such a good, dear boy. Forever.
    Marianne

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    Hugs from me, too...
    Joan, mom to my Angel Lena, Doree, Gable, Cooper, Angel Phoenix and now Sibble.

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    Dear Michele,

    It is so hard to be where you are knowing what is coming. But your love for Ollie will give you the strength to be by his side all the way. Fill these days with as much joy as you can for the both of you. When I knew my beloved Squirt's time was near I spent hours talking to her about all the places we had been, all the friends we had made; we went to see the people she loved most like my brother and took short trips to nearby places she had always enjoyed. I fed her all the things she most loved to eat and denied her nothing. I talked to her about what was to come, that she was going to see her Sissy and my dad, and the pets she had grown up with; and that one day I would join them. Just holding her and looking into her eyes filled us both with peace. She knew as well as I that soon we wouldn't be able to do these things or talk about these things. Those were difficult days yet days I wouldn't change for much of anything. You know what means the most to you and Ollie and you know how to fill these remaining days with the things that you both treasure.

    Know you are not alone. We are here if you need to talk, cry, anything.
    Hugs and belly rubs,
    Leslie


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    He had the brightest eyes I had ever seen,
    And wore a beautiful fur coat that would out shine a king.
    He was never prissy but walked with an aire ÖÖ
    And oh so polite, you could take him most anywhere.

    He could run like the wind and could catch anything he chased
    But he protected and sat with me when I had problems to face.
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    Because no matter the trouble he always stayed near.

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    Ollie passed peacefully at home on Friday surrounded by family. It was by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do. He was my shadow and it felt like I was losing a part of myself. But, his condition was deteriorating to the point where I was risking him being in terrible pain, so I had to let him go. We were so lucky to find someone to come to our home and then find a place where they let us take him ourselves and wait for his ashes so he was never alone. It was one of the oldest pet cemeteries in the country I think - filled with an array of pets since 1896. I found it very peaceful there - the owners were so caring and treated Ollie so well.

    Thank you all for your compassion these past few weeks. It made this heartbreaking experience so much more bearable. Finding this forum was a real lifesaver. Love to all of you and the pups in your lives dealing with this difficult disease.

    Michele

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    Awww, Michele, I'm so sorry. Ollie was a lucky baby to have you as his mom. What is the name of that pet cemetery? It does sound very peaceful...I wish that my Lena hadn't died alone in the Emergency Clinic. It is one of my biggest regrets, not being with her when she left me. I don't know what I would've done without my family on this forum...

    Many, many hugs to you and your family during this heartbreaking time.

    Love,
    Joan
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    Dear Michele,

    I am so sorry to hear Ollie's day came so soon. But I know he is grateful to you for all the loving care you gave him over the years and for this final gift. And I have no doubt that he left this life on the wings of the love the two of you shared.

    My deepest sympathies,
    Leslie




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    I know how much you love me
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