hes my service dog...hes 13 now..hes a big dog..100lbs in his prime...hes about 87 lbs now..has not really physically worked since i retired him when he was 9...years ago i did work him pretty hard as im a pretty active disabled person
the last 2 months he cant jump in my truck any more and is getting really skinny...i wormed him as soon as we got back from mexico...and started letting him eat all he wants...just not putting on weight where i want it...his stomach is bloated...i cut him back a couple weeks ago cause he was gonna get really bloated..
i take him for walks everyday (10 blocks) but he is very slow..will run out into the yard from the house if theres a deer in the yard..he is happy..always smiling..loves to gaurd his truck..and will eat all he can...
any suggestions as to what i should do if anything?
well after i wrote my last post things looked pretty grim...the vet gave k2 2 weeks..the ultra sound showed the tumor was probubly attached to every organ..and it was a massive tumor...we elected to take it day by day and continue him on the meds as surgury was out of the question because of his heart deases and age so i prepared for the worst..
well its 2 weeks tommorow and k2 is doing great!..we went in for an assesment of things yesterday and he lost 7 pounds..FROM HIS TUMOR/heart..i had him on 75 mgs of pregnazone along with his heart meds..his heart is back down to near normal size also..his dose is 25 mgs now (prednazone) and just to note ...i put him on that mangosteen juice..2 oz's twice a day in his food mixed with organic yogurt ...now im a sceptic about that product but is it a coincidence his tumor is shrinking and his enery level is almost back to normal?
we went for a walk 2 days in a row now...he trotted a block each time!..im so happy hes feeling better..i cant believe it..when the vet held up those x-rays 2 weeks ago i said "he needs a miracle"...i have not said it yet and im gonna give it some more time before i do but its shaping up to be one!...
just so happy hes more comfortable and sleeping well..which means i am too!..ill post again in a couple weeks..hey the vet gave us a months worths of drugs so...
well 2 weeks have gone by again and im happy to report k2 is doing even better..in fact hes getting some muscle mass back in his legs ive noticed in the last 2 days...im just beside myself with (somewhat gaurded)JOY!..ihave my puppy still!!
thanks for the good vibes all!...hes still alive ...very comfy, happy and still plays...took him fishing yesterday...he had trout dinner...me i had left overs...vet always thinks im calling to have him put down...i say "more drugs please"...2 oz's juice in the morning and same in the evening...i think thats whats keeping him alive to be honest
trying to plan on him coming on another trip to mexcico is the hardest part...if he dies on the way i cant lift him up or whatever has me worried...werking on a support group and caravan with friends maybe..anys thx for ur positive thoughts!!
well here we are still and we are going to baja mexico..its a freaking miracle if k2 makes it...i am planning my whole route where there is crematoriums and vets...should i have to deal with that stuff...anyone here along I 5? (starting in washington) to bakersfield CA and then to holtville AZ to rest up for a few days till we make the crossing into baja mex..I may Need a vet or crematorium along this route...wish us luck in the meantime..
after a night of moans to little cries i have made the difficult desision to have k2 put to rest tommorow...
thanks for this forum for me to vent and share my feelings about my beloved service dog who just yesterday was still "up to the task" of doing his duty as a service dog..
so "k2" pacific kennel clubs hero dog 2002 - june 1st 1996 to october 27th 2008 "you dont have to work anymore buddy"
ive pasted an article about k2 below
Best in show Whistlerís K2 is top dog
By Alison Taylor
At the Pacific Kennel Club annual dog show in August, hundreds of dogs will be vying for awards based on their agility, obedience and beauty.
But only one dog will get the award for the 2002 Hero Dog.
And this year a Whistler pooch is top dog.
K2, a six-year-old yellow Lab cross, will be presented with his honourable prize at a ceremony on Aug. 24 during the three-day dog show in Abbotsford.
"Itíll be all emotional," said K2ís owner and Whistler resident, Jon Maycock.
"Itíll be like taking my kid to grad."
Maycock said news of the award has stirred up a lot of funny emotions inside.
He is flattered and proud of K2, who has been faithfully by his side since he was a seven-week-old pup.
"Heís custom-made," said Maycock.
Maycock was paralyzed from the waist down after breaking his back in a cliff diving accident in 1979. This accident rendered him a T-6 paraplegic.
He relies on K2, a service dog, for his independence.
K2ís heroism doesnít come from saving children from burning buildings or sniffing out people buried beneath snow, like police dogs or those in search and rescue.
Instead, K2 is a hero through his daily chores. He pushes Maycockís wheelchair through snow, carries his laundry to the laundry mat, helps chop wood for winter fires and hauls groceries in his pack, among a wide host of other daily duties.
"The criteria (for the Hero Dog award) is that the dog is not a one-day hero," said Colleen Price, president of the Pacific Kennel Club.
"We like the dog who helps out their owner every day."
In the past the award has gone to other service dogs, like seeing-eye dogs, hearing dogs and therapy dogs.
"People donít think of these dogs as heroes unless you happen to be the owner and the one dependent on the dog," said Price.
K2 was named in part as a tribute to Maycockís love of skiing. His duties also include helping Maycock get to the hill during the winter.
K2 gets Maycockís equipment, which includes a sit ski and outriggers, and then pushes him through the snow in his wheelchair to the lift line.
"And very eagerly so," said Maycock, who can see the shadow of K2ís tail wagging from behind.
"He doesnít get any treats, just a pat on the head."
At the end of a ski day, K2 greets Maycock with a bottle of water at the bottom of the hill.
K2, one of the highest mountains in the world, is a fitting name for another reason.
"I think of K2 as a high point in my life," said Maycock.
Maycock began K2ís training when he was about three months old and brought in a professional trainer, Patty Szafranski, to teach him how to behave in public places, like not barking in a store or restaurant.
The Pacific Kennel Club dog show has had an annual hero dog every year since it began six years ago.
"We will continue to do (the award) until we run out of heroes," said Price.
While K2 may not be the prettiest at the show or the most obedient or the most agile, he is the most heroic and will be invited to attend as an ambassador to the other dogs.
"This really is a hero dog," said Price, who has been in the business for the past 25 years.
Price is expecting more dog entries and spectators at the dog show this year because the agility contest, which involves an obstacle course, is new.
She is expecting 300 to 400 dogs each day, drawing about 500 spectators.
There are four major awards in the agility contest and three major awards in both the obedience and confirmation (beauty) contests.
The dog show takes place at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford from Aug. 23 to 25. K2 will be honoured at noon on Aug. 24.