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cheyenne is now 15 year goldendoodle .  Until recently was a therapy/service dog and loved every minute of it.  Last Year he showed a weakness in his hind end.  difficulty getting up, etc.  had a CT which showed problems with spine and arthritis .  He is on meloxidyl, amantldine, gabapentin and I have jus started CBD which seems to help...a bit he was on thyroid but vet & I decided to stop it.  His weight has also dropped to 67 pounds.  originally he was 98  losing his fur I realize he is very old for a big dog but he eats, drinks and does his duties very well.  It  breaks my heart to see him try to sit and then get up no more stairs .  I do believe he is also losing his sight and he no longer answers to my calls...hearing problem too,  When he coms to me and looks into eyes I swear he is telling me he does not feel well then he goes and sleeps. 

We contine to give his lots of TLC and a few very short walks when he can beginning to wonder if it is fair to him to let him continue on.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 21, 2020 at 8:53am

I am so very sorry you had to make this tough but loving decision, Gloria. I hope that knowing Cheyenne is free of pain and discomfort, helps to ease your pain. My thoughts are with you. God speed; run free dear Chy.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 19, 2020 at 11:28am

What a beauty he was!  Sorry to hear he passed but he's out of any pain or discomfort.  Many, many fond memories you have with your best friend.

Comment by Gloria on January 19, 2020 at 11:04am

Comment by Gloria on January 19, 2020 at 11:02am

He was our very best friend. Traveled everywhere we went was loved by family and friends but today we had to send him on a trip of his own. We will miss this majestic gentleman he took part of our hearts with him across the Rainbow Bridge.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 18, 2020 at 12:29pm

I too hope you get some clarity at the vets office.  Thinking of you

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 18, 2020 at 11:44am

So sorry to read this Gloria. It sounds like you are at a tough stage. Many years ago I had a vet compare my aging girl's condition to an old lady. It was helpful for me to think about it in those terms. I'll pray your visit with the vet gives you and Chy some help and some clarity. 

Comment by Gloria on January 18, 2020 at 10:20am
Cheyenne is now wearing a Help Em Up lift. things have gotten worse. He can't get up on his own and the lift really helps.he gets his front paws up and then looks to me to help. back side gives way often causing him to fall. walks last about 10 minutes. starting to have accidents in the house so use diaper bands at night. sleeps most of the day. he is still eating and drinking great but show discomfort trying to sit down, Seeing Vet today to evaluate
Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 1:31pm

Oh! 67! That's good! I'm guessing you had a lot of higher scores and then a couple of areas where he was a bit low. The foot pads were a great idea and you are correct, all you can do is keep a close watch. Just the fact that you are asking and questioning shows that you are paying close attention and I think that you are so attuned to Chy that you will probably know when it is time and he is ready. Hugs to you all; enjoy each day. 

Comment by Gloria on November 9, 2019 at 10:59am

thans CI our Chy and I score a high 67.  Main problem is his spine disk problem which will only get worse.  am looking into a lift brace with handles to help when needed both for him and us but am holding off as most  of the time with some effort  he gets up on his own.  Have added pads to his feet which help.  we have the pain level controlled  he seems to move much better will just have to make him as comfortable and happy as we can.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 9:56am

Hi Gloria - I am so sorry you are having to think about this question. It's the final gift we sometimes are faced with giving our 4-leg kids and it's the toughest one to give. As others have said, it's very personal and there isn't one clear answer. Something that is often shared within the wolfhound community is, Better a day too soon than a day too late. I think that is true but it's still hard to know when. I'm not sure how helpful this may be, and I am not sure you will even want to use it, but I am attaching a link for a Quality of Life Scale. This is also taken from the wolfhound community. I am sure you will do what is best for your boy. Wishing you and Cheyenne  days of happiness and love.

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