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  1. I just wanted to come here to thank you all for your kind words. They have been a comfort to me this past week.
  2. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Larry.
  3. It's beautiful! I am sure that all of you will get a ton of enjoyment from this space!
  4. I said goodbye to Nova on Friday afternoon. From the moment she came home with me, Nova Noodle was the happiest, sweetest pup. She greeted each morning like it was the best day ever, and her charming nature was contagious to everyone she met. Nova loved catching Cheerios, and lived her life in a constant quest for food. How I will miss her happy hop, her radar ears, and her excited chattering teeth that became the soundtrack of my life. While I am devastated to have lost both of my girls so close together, perhaps it makes sense that, because Luna and Nova were so close in life, they would be close in death as well. Nova, I would’ve given anything to get more time with you, and I will love you always. 💔 Nova- Atascocita Venus 4/25/2009 - 8/7/2020
  5. Thank you all so much for your words. I can't describe how much I appreciate the level of support I have received from the greyhound community. You all are simply the best.
  6. Today I got my own answer. The site around Nova’s scapular tumor is starting to swell and she looks tired this morning. I talked with her about it, and she licked my face. Nova is not a licker, and this was the first kiss I’ve gotten from her ever. I promised her that I would let her go in grace. The mobile vet who helped Luna pass a couple of months ago is able to come tomorrow at noon. I’m grateful that we’ll be able to do this peacefully at home again. I’ll be holding her extra close until it’s her time 💔
  7. I hate that you are going through this as well. It’s heart-wrenching, but we do the best that we can and take everything day by day. I hope that you get many more good days with your girl.
  8. I appreciate your kinds words. And yes, this has been a wonderful reprieve from the heat we had in July!
  9. I was, thank you! It took a few hours on the phone yesterday morning, but we are now back in business, and have access to the meds to keep Nova comfortable. It’s an unusually chilly morning here in TN, so we are currently lounging on our back patio, just smelling the wind and watching the birds. ❤️
  10. Thank you for telling me about your experiences. For now, Nova is still her perky, goofy self, which is making this difficult. Also, I am so sorry you had to go through this 3 times.
  11. The problem is that the vet wrote the script for 30 pills, one per day, but then told me I could give two if I felt more comfortable. Nova is doing well on one in the morning and one in the evening, and I truly believe there’s no reason to be conservative on her medications. But now that pharmacy won’t refill until 30 days because of how the prescription was written, and the vet can’t seem to rewrite a new prescription because of TN’s controlled substance laws. I’ve been on the phone with everyone this morning, trying to figure out what we can do. This is so frustrating.
  12. Thank you. I appreciate this perspective. Right now I’m having major issues getting Nova’s gabapentin refilled because of TN’s laws regarding controlled substances. We are going to run out tomorrow morning, and I’ve been working hard the past few days to try to figure out a solution. Really worried about what happens if I can’t get her medication.
  13. Thank you for this. The leg break is obviously what I would most like to avoid, not that it’s possible to predict or prevent. I’ve done some things to mitigate risks though. Tons of rugs around the house (it’s only one floor, but the floors are trendy poured concrete), short leash walks only, etc. For right now, Nova’s pain seems managed, but that’s something I’ll be watching like a hawk too.
  14. I realize that this is a sad and sensitive topic, as so many of you have been through it. I had a thread on Nova’s limp and diagnosis of an obviously cancerous tumor on her right scapula a couple of weeks ago. Due to her age and overall health, she’s receiving palliative care. The pain meds are working well, and at this time, she’s living a relatively normal life. The difficulty in that, especially as a person who tends towards intense optimism, is having to realistically remind myself that, while the meds are making her feel better, she’s not actually getting better. For those of you who have been there before- was there a point when things started to decline and you knew it was time to let your hound go? I have this constant internal battle of wanting to be so careful to not be selfish and keep her for too long, but at the same time, not wanting to prematurely end her time with me. This is my first time dealing with osteo, and I’m doing the best that I can to know what to expect.
  15. Thank you all for your kind words, they mean so much to me. I have to be honest, I’m not doing very well with this news. I’m just crushed. But I’m putting on a brave face for Nova. She has always responded so much to my mood, so she deserves at least that. Right now I’m praying that her cocktail of meds takes the edge off, but the moment things get too hard on her, I’ve made her the promise that I’ll let her go. I adopted Luna a decade ago, soon after moving a thousand miles away from family and friends. Nova came to us 6.5 years ago, chosen by Luna, but beloved by us both. I’ve lived by myself all this time, but I was never actually alone. If someone had told me at the beginning of this year that we’d be hit by a global pandemic that would keep as all isolated and housebound, and that both of my precious girls would fall sick and need help passing, I’d have never believed it. But here we are, and I’m devastated.
  16. I don't have good news to report. Nova's newest scans showed a very obvious osteosarcoma tumor at her right scapula. We are currently working on a plan to manage her pain (so far, a Gabapentin and NSAID combination), and I will be loving on her and spoiling her every minute that we have together. Though I think, in my heart, I knew this would be her diagnosis, I am still shattered by the news. I have no idea how I started this year with two healthy hounds, and will now be losing them so close together.
  17. Thanks for checking in! She’s back at the Vet this afternoon. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that all goes well with sedation and that they’re able to get the scans that they need.
  18. Well, I have good news and I have bad news. Nova got her bloodwork done. All of her values are absolutely beautiful for an 11.5 year old. I was comparing the panel I had done when she was 6, and there's barely any change. That's great! The bad news is that her Vet had an emergency surgery come in, so I have to go and pick Nova up. They weren't able to get her x-rays completed today, and we are looking at sometime next Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. I'm not thrilled with that, but it looks like we'll just spend the weekend relaxing. She has meds that will keep her comfortable until then. Her physical exam didn't reveal anything, and the bruise is just a bruise, but we would all like some additional images to see what's going on inside.
  19. I took Nova in right at 8 am. Had to leave her there. They’ll be doing some bloodwork in addition to sedation and x rays. Please keep my girl in your thoughts today! I’m a pretty nervous wreck.
  20. I’m guessing the vet was trying to be a bit more conservative at first with just x raying some areas and trying nsaids. I’m waiting for a call back now and would like to request more. I’m hoping it’s just bruising from her fall. There’s a bit of pooling, almost like a little pouch in there (not attached to bone or muscle), if that makes sense. I have some frozen peas on the spot to help. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t give her the nsaid if she’s bruising though. Another question I’ll hopefully get answered once I hear back.
  21. Dang it, now what is this? Bruising from her fall two days ago? I'm off to call the vet again. Was already there once this morning. I feel like I'm losing my mind...
  22. Great question, lol. I think my files are too big. Is there a good way to post videos these days?
  23. She is currently taking 1/2 of the 227 mg pill, or a full dose. Luckily, she seems to be digesting it just fine, and hasn’t had any issues gobbling it up with her morning breakfast.
  24. I’m so sorry you had to go through that with your Sherman. If you don’t mind me asking, where did they end up detecting the osteo? From what I can tell, Nova’s discomfort seems to be coming from her triceps/armpit area. But again, it’s hard to tell because she doesn’t react to much of anything.
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