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Prednisone stopped working and he was uncomfortable. The oncologist switched us to Dexamethasone 4mg/day, but the swelling in the abdomin has not gone done and one of the lymph nodes in his throat has increased in size. Either the new drug or the increased tramadol is keeping him comfortable for now.

 

For right now, he's still a happy boy who eats with gusto and enjoys life, but these are not good signs. If things keep progressing, I think we'll have a wonderful weekend and the vet will come Monday.

 

Please keep our sweet boy in your thoughts.

Beth, Petey (8 September 2018- ), and Faith (22 March 2019). Godspeed Patrick (28 April 1999 - 5 August 2012), Murphy (23 June 2004 - 27 July 2013), Leo (1 May 2009 - 27 January 2020), and Henry (10 August 2010 - 7 August 2020), you were loved more than you can know.

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I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Mary, mom to kitty Rebel.
Always missing Sherri (SO DELICIOUS) (12/6/2005-8/29/2018) kitties Marley (4/2000-12/3/2015) and Beady (4/1998-2/24/2006) and Dalmatian Daisy (7/25/1984-5/13/1999).

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I am so very sorry Beth. I hope Murphy still has some good days ahead.

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Oh, I'm so sorry. I wish you could have more time with him. You know your sweet boy well, and he will be safe and very loved until you know that it's time to say good-bye.

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Hugs for yourself and gentle tummy rubs for your sweetest boy.

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I'm so sorry. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of love, cuddles and spoiling.

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Diamond (Shorty's Diamond), sweet boy Gabe (Zared) and Holly (ByGollyItsHolly), who never made it home.

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I am so sorry. While this is hard and so unfair, he is in the best place with you. He got his quality time, which is what he wanted. I will keep you and Murphy in my thoughts.

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:grouphug FWIW, Murphy doesn't know why you are sad. It's another one of those "hardest things" to do for us to put on a brave face in front of our fur kids when all we want to do it lose it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend together, laffing and smiling at each other. :grouphug

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Oh my, I'm so sorry. I know what that is like. We are all here for you.

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When we lost our first two to osteo we took them for a last ride in the car and walk in the park. Neither were emergencies so we savored the moments. When we lost our Charlotte on the 14th of this month we knew we were going to say goodbye to her in the e-vet where she had been overnight. I brought the rest of the cooked chopped meat that I had made for her when we hoped the GI business that was her undoing was just a passing thing and could be fixed with the old rice and cooked beef remedy. She gobbled what she could but whatever monstrosity that was growing inside her prevented her from eating too much. My husband and I spent an hour in a room with her, hugging, kissing, praying and crying. We had wanted to take her for a walk around the grounds but it was miserably hot and we could not ask it of her. Do whatever you need to, to give your souls peace. You will be in all our minds and hearts, I am sure.

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I still treasure the last few days of sharing special favorite things with Piper, knowing that goodbye was coming. I'm so sorry that your boy can't stay longer with you. :grouphug

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My thoughts are with you both...I'm hoping he has more quality time with you.

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Assumming we get a couple of days of Murphy feeling well, here's what's on his list:

 

1. Visiting the office ladies every day and getting fussed over.

2. Visiting my friend's yard to run after balls

3. Going to get icecream and getting fussed over by people.

4. Walking downtown Saturday and getting fussed over by people.

5. Apartment pool party and getting fussed over by people--the staff have told us he's getting a surprise.

6. Probably a steak if I can figure out how to cook it for him.

7. More new toys to destroy in 5 minutes.

8. All the loving we can give him.

 

If you haven't seen the theme, Murphy lives for love and petting, even more than food and treats. Nothing makes him happier than leaning in while some stranger figures out how wonderful greyhounds are or lying in my lap and getting petted. It makes me so sad that after a life of not being loved, he's only had 4 months for us to love him, but I hope he's only remembering the last few months.

Beth, Petey (8 September 2018- ), and Faith (22 March 2019). Godspeed Patrick (28 April 1999 - 5 August 2012), Murphy (23 June 2004 - 27 July 2013), Leo (1 May 2009 - 27 January 2020), and Henry (10 August 2010 - 7 August 2020), you were loved more than you can know.

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I would bet that the last 4 months HAS been his life. He is happy and loves you and know you love him. The rest, for him, is icing. My heart breaks for you. I had to do this exactly a year ago and it was so very difficult. But, I found some comfort knowing that I was the best thing that ever happened to him (his past was atrocious) and he was the best thing that ever happened to me and he knew it. That's a great list. For the steak, you could always go somewhere and have one prepared to go if you are unable to prepare it yourself.

 

You're a good mom.

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