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Old 10-04-2016, 05:06 PM
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Missing my Doby Girl

On Wednesday September 7, the day started as normal. Got out of bed went to feed our 7 year old Doberman Pinscher Cheyenne. She was eagerly waiting for me. I fed her and let her outside, nothing out of the ordinary. I went back in to get ready for work. When I let her back into the house, she gave me the usual hug and paw shake,(she loved to hold hands) she stayed during the day in an 8x8 outdoor kennel that we placed in the laundry room so that she would have ample room while we were at work. Being the smart girl she was she learned how to maneuver the gate although it had a clip to prevent her from nudging the handle open. She would maneuver the gate just enough that the bottom bar would shimmy apart just enough that she could squeeze out. she had only done this a couple of times before that we were aware of, once during our children's summer break this past summer, she waited for mom and dad to go to work, then she escaped to our daughter's bed. That Wednesday 9/7/16 she got out of her kennel twice. Once that morning before I son went to his college morning class, and then again that afternoon, which caused the house alarm to be triggered and the local police department to be dispatched. Later that evening when I arrive home Cheyenne was acting different, she seemed distant. She was having trouble ambulating, which progressed through the evening. I took her to the vet first thing the next morning. I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. The vet told us that she had intervertebral disc disease and that she would require surgery, which we could not afford. The vet decided to put her on pain meds and Nsaids to see if that would help. I asked about the use of steroids instead of Nsaids thinking that would work quicker and harder. she got upset with me for questioning her and told me that the treatment of choice was Nsaids. I am a registered nurse with neuro ICU experience but not a veterinarian so I trusted her. When I got home I did additional research and everything that I read said that the treatment of choice with neuro deficits is Steroids. The following day I called the Vet that took care of Cheyenne when we had her ears cropped. When I spoke to the staff and explained the situation they immediately put the doctor on the phone. His only question was did they put her on a high dose of steroid? I told him the treatment that she had been given, and he wanted to see her as soon as he could. When we got to his office her mobility had declined to the point that she could no longer stand on her own. She could not retain her urine, and she was beginning to ooze stool from her rectum. she had lost all pain sensation from her front shoulder blades all the way down. It was at that point that my worst fear became a reality and I knew that I had to let my perfectly healthy 7 year old Doby go. This was the hardest thing that I've ever had to do. We previously had to put our 14 year old GSD, Magnum to sleep, he was elderly, and suffering with CHF. This little girl was perfectly healthy other than this disc problem. I wish that I could go back to that Wednesday and take the time to take her to the veterinary office that had given her such good care before, however they are located outside of our home town, and I was hoping to take her to the vet, bring her back home and go on in to work. I wish that I had stood my ground when I knew in the back of my mind that she as suffering from a spinal injury which was resulting in spinal cord impingement, I knew that steroids were the treatment of choice for this type of injury that nsaids would not be strong enough to make a difference in that type of inflammation. I have cried everyday since losing her. I still remember her eyes and the fear that I could see in them because she couldn't understand what was going on with her. I spent her last 48 hours by her side making sure she was as comfortable as I could make her. making sure that she knew I was with her. That Wednesday night I told her that no matter what happened her mommy loves her and no matter what happened she would be safe and that I wouldn't let anything hurt her. When she closed her eyes I told her to go find Magnum, to go run and play until we meet again at the rainbow bridge. My poor beautiful girl, we never realize how quickly life can change. She was GREATLY loved and she is GREATLY missed.

Navese Cheyenne of Morgan House. (like her name means Navese= True Friend.)
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:23 PM
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Oh hon, I'm just heartbroken after reading that. I'm so sorry.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:15 AM
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so incredibly sad! im so so so sorry for your loss.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:31 AM
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Aw so sad. She was a beautiful dog. You did your best for her and you were with her until the end, and she knew that.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:09 AM
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She certainly was loved and that night that I sat up woth her in told her then no matter what her mommy loved her. I knew in the back of my mind what was going to happen. She died on Saturday 9/10 and on Monday 9/12 the director of a local humane society sent a picture of pit bull pups and momma that were dropped on the interstate where we live. I immediately said no! Definitely too soon! I moped around and cries all week nearly non stop. The following Wednesday my husband sent a group text to me and our children ages 16 and 18, of him and the female pit puppy. The kids were begging me so I reluctantly went to look at her. I picked her up and she nuzzled her nose under my neck, I really believe not only did we rescue her, she rescued us. We brought the baby home that Friday almost 2 wks after losing Cheyenne at first I felt guilty, but I know how sweet and loving she was, she'd want us to help her and keep her safe. I woukd never have dreamed the difference it would make helping me cope. Baby girl Graycie certainly is Not a replacement as cheyenne could never be replaced, she's just a new member of the family.
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What a happy ending. Your dog would be so happy to know you got a puppy who needed a home so much. I'm so glad she is healing your heart.

We got our current dog rather soon after losing our dog we had for 15 years. This quote sums it up to me...

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Old 10-07-2016, 12:59 AM
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I love that quote, my sister actually shared it with our daughter, thank you for sharing.
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