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Judy G

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  1. Judy G. and Janice G (and families) all made it safely through the storm, which turned out to be much better, for us at least, than it could have been. Power out during the storm, but both of us have it back as of yesterday already. Mine was out 18 hours only. The 3 dogs and 2 cats (including Miss Grouchy Pants Jazz, the 20 year old cat) spent the night in the walk in closet with me, Jazz growling at everyone all night. My street flooded, but by the afternoon when I went out to take a picture, it was all gone! I do have Lake Geroni in my back yard. Not sure if you can see, but the little white dog top right is my 14 year old Tally (stroke survivor and now heart failure, but doing super well). No damage and no trees down. I have lots of pine trees and 2 large magnolia trees, but only had a few branches and lots of pine needle in the yard. All in all, I am very fortunate. Thanks for thinking of us. Has anyone heard yet from Kathy? Judy G.
  2. Happy Birthday, Justice! I hope you have a wonderful day. Judy G.
  3. Cindy, My heart is breaking for you. I went through this just last year with Duncan. Physically and mentally he was getting progressively worse, and it was finally clear what I needed to do. Justice has a remarkable life with you, one that many dogs never have. No mom could have done more. I hope you have many more days to store up memories before the time comes to say goodbye. And I hope the pups at your house will be of some comfort to you, as Justice's pals, even if they are not your personal pups. I will keep you and Justice close in my heart. Judy G
  4. Mister Hinovic - Cat with Diabetes

    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss of Mister. He was a beautiful cat, and I know you worked very hard to keep him well. He knew how much he was, and is, loved. Godspeed, sweet Mister. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Judy G.
  5. I am glad to hear Justice is doing better. Things have been busy around here (work, school, life), so although I read all the messages I get in my email, I rarely get on to comment. Just had to sign in twice. Keep up the good work, Justice! Judy G.
  6. Hi Isley (and Daddy), It is so good to hear from you and know you are both hanging in there. I hope the therapy helps Daddy's foot. :( I am in physical therapy now for my knee, so I know how it is! The chews sound good. I might have to try some for my boys. I bet you looked sharp in your red boots. And you know how to sleep comfortably, I see. Take care of yourself and Daddy, and thank you for the update. Judy G.
  7. Mister Hinovic - Cat with Diabetes

    I am really happy to see that IMOM was able to help out, and I hope it will not be long before Mister is feeling better again and able to enjoy the coming spring weather. Judy G.
  8. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    For Max... A Parting Prayer Dear Lord, please open your gates and call St. Francis to come escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge. Assign him to a place of honor, for he has been a faithful servant and has always done his best to please me. Bless the hands that send him to you, for they are doing so in love and compassion, freeing him from pain and suffering. Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. Help me remember the details of his life with the love he has shown me. And grant me the courage to honor him by sharing those memories with others. Let him remember me as well and let him know that I will always love him. And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise, please allow him to accompany those who will bring me home. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of his companionship and for the time we've had together. And thank you, Lord, for granting me the strength to give him to you now. Amen. - © Brandy Duckworth, 1998
  9. Cammie-Cat is flying free

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Cammie was beautiful, and I know how much you will miss her. To get to her age is amazing in itself for a CRF cat, and a testament to your loving care. I have a torti girl now who is 20 years old and hanging in there, even though she is so skinny, and has hyperthyroidism and IBD. I'd like to think Jazz will be around for many more years, too. Godspeed, sweet Cammie. Judy G
  10. I am sure I have posted this before, but I used to read it a lot as Duncan aged, and now with Tally's issues. It says exactly what I feel about senior dogs and how they should be cared for. Autumn by Christy Caballero What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg of the race? We do all we can to help them finish well, of course. We take time to read the unspoken needs of the friends we’ve come to know so well. We give the simple reassurance of a loving touch when the old boy seems confused for no reason. We groom them faithfully, but more gently, as age brings muscle wasting, and the arthritic bones aren’t so well padded. We learn to slow down for their sake, as they enjoy the scent of the wind, or track a visitor’s trail across their yard. We expect to be inconvenienced, and aren’t angry when it happens. We watch for pain and treat it, watch for changes in vision and hearing and do what we can to help preserve those precious senses for as long as possible. We take care of their teeth, and make sure their food is a manageable texture for them. We remind them of the need for a potty walk when they seem to forget. We remember the little rewards. We scratch the graying ears and tummy, and go for car rides together. When the pet we love has an unexplained need for comfort, we give it freely. When infirmities bring a sense of vulnerability, we become our old guardian’s protector. We watch their deepest slumbers, when dreams take them running across long-forgotten fields, and we remember those fields too. When they cannot stand alone, we lift them. When their steps are uncertain, we steady them. And if their health fails, it falls to us to make the choice that will gently put them to rest. But until that is absolutely necessary, we pause to let the autumn sun warm our old friend’s bones. And we realize, autumn is not a bad time of year at all. Old age is not a disease or a reason to give up. It is a stage of life that brings its own changes. Autumn can be a beautiful time of harvest. And, sometimes, the harvest is love. Judy G.
  11. Hi Cindy, So sorry to hear about Justice's diagnosis, and his IBD flare-up. You know Duncan had dementia the last year or so of his life, and my first dog did, also, and both were dealing with other physical health issues. My first dog was so much more stressful to watch, as he would pace and seem very anxious, but trying to comfort him did nothing. It was as if those times he did not know me. :( Duncan knew who I was up until the last, and he did not get the anxious pacing, but he did get stuck in corners frequently, increasing with time, and would cry for me to get him out. Not sure if there are any magic bullets for dealing with it; I just continued to love them as much as possible, and try to create safe places and remove obstacles. The hardest thing for me with my boys, and with my mom now, who is still pretty good, but also getting worse with time, is the sadness when I look at them and remember the past. Duncan was always an active, spunky little guy, and to see him having trouble walking, and getting stuck, and sleeping so much, is heartbreaking. And my mom was always a very strong lady with a great sense of humor. Although she knows us and can function daily, she forgets so much, almost never laughs, and seeing her as a frail older woman is tough. Hang in there. Duncan got a new G-tube a few months before he passed away; it would never have occurred to me to stop taking care of him because of his dementia. Justice still needs his medicine, and he is still your little guy, dementia and all. Take care, Judy G
  12. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    Dear Bibi, Sorry I missed your birthday! I hope you had a great day with Max. Judy G.
  13. Tammy, You are not alone in questioning your decisions; we all do. I still think back to other dogs (and cats) I have had and always wonder if I did the right thing. I just know Reecey would not want you to feel guilty. You did what you thought was best for your baby boy, and that is all we can do. We don't have a crystal ball to see the future, so we make decisions based on the current situation. Judy G.
  14. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    What a great photo of Max and his bunny. I love that song, too. I am glad to hear Max is doing better on his Prednisone regimen. Stay dry! Judy G
  15. I sure hope you will stay around. I loved seeing all the precious photos of Reecey, and hearing how he is giving you signs. And I agree with Cindy that you did the best thing for Reecey. If his seizures were from a brain tumor, it is unlikely anything could have been done. My sister Janice just lost her 14 year old Chihuahua, Reno, to lymphoma a few short weeks after diagnosis, and she did try radiation treatment unsuccessfully. She had adopted him when he was 10, so she only had a few years with him, but he was on his last day at the shelter, so I told her she gave him 4 great years he would not have had without her. Reecey lived several years happily because of your loving care and willingness to do everything possible for him. He would not want you to feel you failed him in any way. Judy G.