Heartbroken

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Heartbroken
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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 11:37pm

Roo Ben is being returned to me tomorrow at 11 AM. 

His new family loves him so much, and his person (a mentally-challenged man) is heartbroken, but Roo Ben was unable to control his legs and they took him to their vet.  Roo Ben has a neurological problem, possibly a brain tumor.  An MRI is $1500, and surgery (if necessary) would be in the thousands.  Roo Ben is doing fairly well on steroids, but the dose will have to keep getting stronger, and Roo Ben's vet gives him 30 days before he is paralyzed. Roo Ben's person has limited understanding of all this, and insists that Roo Ben be returned to me.  So for Jason's benefit, that is what we will do.  And Monday morning I take Roo Ben to Rescue's vet for their opinion, treatment, whatever.

So, it is Holy Week.  I have five church services plus a rehearsal, plus an Easter dinner to pull out of my ear.  I also have an un-housebroken foster pug I don't like very much (who has worms, too), and poor Roo Ben is coming back.  I have told the rescue people I cannot handle both of them by myself.  Between us, I would rather be a hospice home for Roo Ben than train the Neanderthal.

Two weeks ago, I bought a rocking chair at a church garage sale, when I went in looking for a dog crate.  I guess I will move it into the living room and sit and rock Roo Ben.

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Registered: 10-05-2000
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 9:55am

Oh (((Gaye))).  I'm so sorry about RooBen. I feel stressed just thinking all you have to do.

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 2:04pm

Oh (((Gaye)))...I'm so sorry.  But I also feel for poor Roo Ben....poor thing has no idea what's going on....and his new person is upset as well.  What a terrible thing to have happened.

Perhaps someone else can take the pug you are trying to train?  Way too much stress for you....

Laura
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Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 4:46pm

After much frustration on my part from lack of communication from the Rescue powers that be, we have agreed that I will have all four dogs all weekend, and I will take both Roo Ben and Taurus to the clinic Monday morning.  I will come home with neither.  Roo Ben will stay to be evaluated and Taurus will get his tapeworm meds and be picked up by another foster.

Once Roo Ben has been evaluated and a treatment plan established, he will probably come back to me.  I promised Jason and Kitty that I would see to it that Roo Ben got the best care possible.  As long as he remains mobile, I can do that.  He is down to 29 pounds, so if I have to carry him, I probably can.

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Registered: 06-27-2000
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 11:50pm

Oh, so sorry.  I know that pain.  Comet has the same sort of intermitten paralysis problem and I wish I could snuggle his 75 pounds, but it's too much for me.  It will be so good to bring RooBen back to a place he is loved and let him ease over the bridge.  Peace to you.

Barbara

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: gazebo
Sat, 03-30-2013 - 2:12pm

That sounds like a much better plan....it sounds as if the stress of trying to train Taurus was just the final straw.  There are also so many new items out there for disabled dogs....maybe the rescue can purchase a cart for Roo Ben....or ask for donations.

Laura
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Registered: 11-19-2001
In reply to: glebou
Sun, 03-31-2013 - 1:00am
I'm so sorry Gaye! Ben is in my prayers as you are too!
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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: twig04
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 4:57am

Gaye, I'm sorry it took me so long to respond (have not been allowed to log in.) My heart goes out to you and Taurus and Roo Ben.  So much stress and responsibility for you,,and I guess also for your own furbabes , they must be wondering what is going on. Poor Roo Ben,,, I'm praying that he'll be OK , he has a long road ahead of him.   Just keep in mind that everyday you have him he is experiencing love and care, just one day at a time .  when he continues to loose weight it may get easier for him (and you)....  let us know what his treatment plan is and I know he's in the best place he can be.....  UR so caring.... bless you. 
Having said this, please keep yourself healthy Gaye,, that's so important.   

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Registered: 11-23-2005
In reply to: glebou
Sun, 04-07-2013 - 5:51pm
That is so sad about Roo Ben my prayers go out to him for a peaceful time with you until the end. I hope the vet can give you some hope.