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Nelly Has Lost Her Battle With Kidney Disease

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After 54 days of fighting like the trooper she always was, Nelly lost her battle tonight.


It turned out that the problem with her leg/s was not an injury sustained while at the hospital last week, but a complication (edema) from the kidney disease. Although she was thankfully spared some of the usual symptoms of end-stage renal failure, she was starting to exhibit signs of neurological impairment, pain, etc, and we just couldn't stand for her to suffer. She started crying on and off Saturday morning, was doing this odd seizure-like head-bobbing thing, and this morning she fell while trying to urinate, and we had to carry her back inside. It was really hard to make the decision without the input of any of her regular doctors (because, of course, it's Sunday!), but her doc at the hospital today was wonderful.


I know a lot of you won't remember Nelly, our Honorary Greyhound... but some of you might have been on the boards back in 2001 when she first came into our lives. We were a one-greyhound family until March 11, 2001--my husband's 30th birthday. We were driving home from a visit to his parents when we found an injured puppy on the side of the highway. As it turned out, Nelly was more than injured--she was PREGNANT--and just shy of two months later she gave us the rest of our family: her nine puppies. Nelly and her kids were a big part of Greytalk for a while all those years ago. This little girl survived being hit by a car twice, a pregnancy that would have killed her and her puppies if not for emergency C-section, serious allergies, traumatic ear surgery, severe arthritis and more in her short eight years. But unfortunately she could not overcome the birth defect of malformed kidneys, and so she has returned to the God who sent her to us 7 years ago.


Fly free, sweet Angel Girl. We'll see you again.




Thanks to everyone, especially Patricia, who held my paw while we fought this the last 2 months.


And yes, my heart is absolutely breaking. My family has two big holes in it that can never be filled.

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I'm so sorry Stephanie :(:grouphug


I arrived on GT in September 2001 (with angel Maddison who was a puppy then) and remember how much I loved watching Nelly bring her puppies up :wub:


It's the end of an era, isn't it? :(


Sleep tight Nellie. You will always be remembered :beatheart





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I am so sorry for your loss. It was fate that brought Nelly into your lives and you gave her a home and love when she needed it most. It is hard to say goodbye to such a cherished friend. May the memories of your wonderful times with Nelly help to heal your heartache.


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I'm so sorry.


Godspeed, pretty sweet miracle girl.

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Oh Steph, I am so very sorry to read this. I remember when you found Nellie in the road. You gave Nellie a beautiful life filled with so much love and care. You rescued her and she loved you both in return. She will always hold a special place in your hearts. Whistler and Nellie are together at the bridge, waiting until...




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Oh I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart broke when I saw the title in H&M. Godspeed sweet baby.

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Oh Steph I am so sorry, has it really been that long (and that short) already? I remember Nelly 'coming home' and how shocked we all were with the puppy count - 9 !!!!


We will see you later Mama :grouphug


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