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  1. This is good to know, thank you, Rachel. Clarksville doesn’t really have a 24/7 clinic, but we spend about half of our week in Nashville with my BF anyways, so I will keep them in mind. It seems like we’re usually referred to a Nashville clinic during off hours.
  2. Not ever what we hope to hear, but I appreciate this info. She’s such a stoic type too, that I’ve always felt that I would never know something is wrong until it’s very wrong. I had never observed any of those other symptoms, but I do feel as though my poor girl has aged substantially in just 24 hours. I’ll keep you all posted on what I learn.
  3. Thank you all for your input and well wishes! With heart issues, could that come on quite suddenly? There wasn’t really any lead up to this (lethargy, phlegm, cough, etc). I’ll have to do some research. I have called over 20 vet clinics this morning and everyone is slammed right now. I don’t think I can put her through waiting a couple of hours at a walk in clinic, so I’ll have to keep checking. Hopefully I’ll be able to get her seen shortly. In the meantime, we’re having a lazy day at home. This morning she took me by complete surprise by demanding a walk and eating her complete breakfast.
  4. Hi all, I am writing in regards to my Luna. She will be 13 in May, but has been all around a pretty healthy dog. Her teeth are not good, but she has always struggled with anesthesia, and after it was so hard to bring her back out of her last dental two years ago, the vet and I decided that it needed to be her last one. In spite of that, and the general loss of muscle mass and some coordination that comes with being a greyhound of a certain age, she’s still been her goofy self with occasional zoomies in the yard and pouncing on toys. She’s always been a finicky eater, but with some special add ins, that has been okay too. Beginning Wednesday evening, she has started to act a little off. Just a little lethargic, not at all interested in going for her daily walk (we were still going a mile or so a day). Tonight, I’m noticing that her breathing seems rather shallow or labored. While her breath isn’t super loud, there is more sound than normal both inhaling and exhaling. She also seems to be breathing more rapidly while resting than normal. And when she is up and moving, she is panting a bit, though she has always panted on walks even in the middle of winter. I’m going to cancel my classes tomorrow morning and have her seen by a vet. Going to the vet is such a difficult and traumatizing experience for her right now, so I may actually skip her normal vet and have someone mobile come to the house instead. I’m wondering, have any of you had a similar experience with your hounds where something like this came on very suddenly? Thanks in advance from the worried mom of a beloved senior girl.
  5. Hi Rachel! I know it's been a minute, but I so understand your predicament. Luna and Nova will be 13 and 11 this spring (where did the time go?!?). About a year ago, Luna decided that she just didn't want to go down the stairs anymore. She would still go up fine, but she'd get about 2-3 steps down with her front legs, psych herself out, and then back up to the top again. Like Sweep, she got a clean bill of health. Vet said it was simply psychological. I wouldn't necessarily lean towards dementia, but I will say that habits have changed as my girls have aged. Luna doesn't sleep for the whole night anymore, and will usually leave the bedroom at some point, get a drink of water, snooze somewhere else for an hour or two, and then head back to bed. No telling what all of that is about, but she seems happy and healthy enough. It could be that Sweep is just finding her new normal as well. Good luck!
  6. What a sweet kitty! Congrats to you all!
  7. I know I haven't been on here often as of late. 2018 was an odd year, and 2019 is following suit. But I wanted to share a brief post of my girls since this week marks both of their Gotcha Days. Nova Noodle celebrated her 5th Gotcha Day on March 1, and Luna Lou is celebrating her 8th Gotcha Day today! I am so grateful for the light and love these two bring into my life each and every day, and I hope we can celebrate many more years together! Here's a recent photo. Luna on the left, and Nova on the right. <3
  8. If you can, feel free to reach out to a local Richmond group, James River Greyhounds. I adopted both of my girls with them and they are a lovely group to work with. I bet they'll have some ideas for you. Good luck!
  9. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Trevor.
  10. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Rocket. He will surely be missed by all.
  11. My Luna turned 11 on May 30th. Luckily, I was back from Iceland just in time to help her celebrate the day! Here Luna is, on her birthday morning: And, of course, it wouldn't be a birthday without a bit of cake!! At 11, Luna is still a spitfire. She gallops around the house, plays with her toys, and generally bosses me around. She also continues to demand her multi-mile daily walk, leading the way and choosing her preferred route. She may have more silver mixing into her black coat, but beyond that, you'd never guess her age. And I adore her more and more with each passing day. Happy 11th Birthday, Luna Lou!!
  12. schultzlc

    Barkley

    I am so sorry for your loss.
  13. Nova thanks you all for taking the time to wish her well!
  14. I am doing a terrible job of keeping up on the internet these days, and I missed Nova's birthday post. That said, Nova Noodle turned 9 in April, and we celebrated on the day in the usual way-- with a homemade chicken and pasta breakfast! Please join me in wishing Nova a happy belated birthday. She says that eight was great, but nine is fine! Nova and her birthday noodles:
  15. I feed lamb and rice and just opened a new bag last week. Haven't noticed any changes here. I hope your pups feel better!
  16. Allie was such a special hound. I'm very sorry for your loss.
  17. I am so glad to read that Ryder is doing well after his dental!
  18. You're all right, I was remiss in posting photos. Here's Nova, waiting for her next Cheerio: And here's Luna, enjoying her favorite spot in the sunshine:
  19. I'm a week late, but last week, we celebrated Luna and Nova's Gotcha Days. Nova's was on March 1, and we celebrated four years with lots of Cheerio catching and extra snacks. Luna's was on March 5, and we celebrated seven years with lots of scritches and an extra long walkie at her favorite park. Time is going by so fast. I can hardly believe that my girls and I have been together all of these years!
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