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  1. When I adopted Penny, the grain -free thing was all the rage, and, since many of the adoption groups were recommending it, I happily jumped on that bandwagon, until I brought her in for a UTI, and the vet heard the heart irregularity. She took Penny to the back and consulted with another vet, who confirmed. They called the nearest specialty hospital and got Penny in as an emergency the following day. Not quite a year and a half later, she suffered a traumatic fall in the yard and dislocated her hip. The trip to the evet at 11 at night, in the pouring rain, knowing she wouldn't be coming ho
  2. My Penny had DCM (probably from being fed grain free). Vetmedin is compoundable, if the pharmacy can get the main ingredient. She did not need to be sedated for the echo. There is a supplement that is often prescribed to go along with the vetmedin, and maybe I'll remember its name after I've had my tea. I bought it at The Vitamin Shoppe.
  3. Sadly, my Sasha is losing her hind end. She is now wearing a Help 'Em Up harness. It allows me to assist her going up and down the 4 steps in and out of my house, and I'm confident I'll be able to lift her in and out of the car when her time comes, using it. The one I have is a loaner from the vet, and is a medium/medium. Sasha weighs 65#. If I had to buy one, I'd get a medium/small, but this one does work with the rear harness at its tightest.
  4. Welcome from Pippin, Sirius, and Sasha, in Delaware!
  5. My Sasha celebrated her 12th birthday last Friday. She now wears a Help 'em Up harness during the day, mostly because she can no longer go down the 4 steps to get out of my house, and it really helps when she starts to go down in the house. I have 2 black commercial runners from Lowe's (I hear they're trending now!), two huge cheapo carpet pieces, and a myriad of colorful rubber backed bathmats, just to brighten up the place a bit.
  6. Welcome from Sirius, Sasha, and Pippin, from lower, slower Delaware!
  7. Do you have a Tractor Supply near you? They have several waterproof beds. I have 2 Snoozer rectangle beds, size small. These are to replace 2 I bought about 3 years ago. The outside shell is coated with plastic on the inside, so they are quite waterproof. There are two downsides that I have found: if your dogs nest, that coating eventually flakes off, and they are airtight, so they have air holes on the sides to allow air to escape when the dog steps on them. They are about 6 inches high and compress to about 4 inches when the dog gets on and air escapes. It takes awhile for my dogs to
  8. Oh, Irene and Len! Is there anything worse than that late night car ride, when you know what the end will be? And the ride home may be just as bad. My heart truly weeps with yours. I am sending you a cyber hug. I hope you find peace and solace soon!
  9. I am so sorry to read this! My heart weeps with you.
  10. OMG! They're back! I remember sitting at my computer years ago, all by myownself, absolutely crying with laughter. And today, when I need a chuckle, they return!
  11. I have seen two who were white in their youth, but over the years they both developed some red or black ticking.
  12. I don't see why a greyhound couldn't do this. At least one of mine is in the bathroom with me anyway....
  13. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. The "missing her" is not quite as acute as it was, until I do something unthinkingly routine. For example, the other day I came into the foyer, hung up my jacket, greeted the other two, then made a left down the hall to let Penny out of her crate. Halfway there I realized. Several times at breakfast or dinner, even though I only have two bowls in hand, I feed Sasha, then Sirius, then go to Penny's spot...but there's no bowl and no feeder. Penny has joined the Fun Police Squad in the field at the Bridge, of that I'm positive. Thank you all aga
  14. Thank you for that, Racindog. I'm sorry she had to leave in pain, but so glad she left being Penny. I'm offering the vetmedin because it goes for about $2-3 a tab, and I know that every little bit helps.
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