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Old 06-06-2018, 08:39 PM
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That's great news Argi!

And I love Honeypig's idea of the little lamp....lighting a candle here as well
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Good news, indeed. I have a candle going.
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Thanks so much for letting us know Argi Please accept a huge hug for Penny and another for yourself for resisting that AV x x
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:39 AM
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Great news Argi! - Penny is okay and you smacked the AV down. Today you'll have your sweet baby back home. .
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:39 AM
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Best wishes for Dear Penny



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Old 06-07-2018, 12:53 PM
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Penny update: She was panting heavily at the vets last night and this morning whenever awake so they called early and I went to fetch her.

Next two weeks: No stairs. Leashed yard turnouts. Hand-feeding small meatball-shaped bites. Feeding at a 30-degree angle. (She has yet to eat anything and doesn't seem interested in trying, but is adjusting to throat 2.0 with lots of water so that's great.)

But she is one happy camper to be back in the "big kennel."

And...

she...can...breathe! Her reps have gone from 30/min at rest to 12/min at rest. What a difference! I wonder what her experience is in terms of struggling to breathe before and breathing easily now? My guess is that it's all present moment: pain and weird stuff. That's the rub with the present moment: the bad with the good. But animals get through it all without alcohol, a fact I cannot fathom right now. But they do. Such good teachers are they.

Honeypig, thanks for the oil lamp, I love the thought that there is a little light burning somewhere for Penny, and for Argus. If I remember, I think you lit the lamp for Argus last year, so I am sure he basked in its familiar, welcoming glow.

My deepest sympathies for Ned's passing. What a sweet, sweet boy. I absolutely know he and Argus are friends.

If you can, I'd love the lamp (and candles) one more night. I expect I'll be up with our little girl tonight who will wake soon from her anesthesia haze, and will be in a state of pain and bewilderment. I'm good at a lot of things; none of them includes animals in pain.

My husband will be out of town Friday and Saturday nights (planned before we knew about the operation). so I'll be bunking downstairs on the 20+-year-old pullout couch as I can't carry her upstairs.

Purplrks, teeheehee! I laughed out loud at the "drink plenty of fluids" pic, and immediately after Penny gave a big sigh. You relaxed me, and my being relaxed did the same for her. Thanks for that!

Giving hugs to Penny from all (in the form of looooong, sloooow, pets to tap into that nifty parasympathetic system) and she does the "move front paw" thing to indicate she wants more. So send along as many as you'd like...all will be delivered.

Sorry for the long post. The anxiety still pretty high up there. Writing helps to calm me, which in turn calms Penny.

And I just now realized: Day 11! Second time in a year! Will try to stay close as last two big slips were when my husband was out of town. I'll be honest, I'm worried.

Think SR, think SR, think SR. Breathe. Repeat.
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I’m glad her breathing is back to normal.

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Glad to hear that the “fluids” picture produced a domino effect of relaxation!
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Please deliver lots of hugs & pets to Penny from me. Jackpot the Lab sends his good wishes too. I'm so happy she's through this.

Arg - 11 days is wonderful. You got through the operation without picking up - I hope you'll keep going with this great stretch of sobriety. It doesn't give us the relaxation & calmness we're looking for.
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Good news Argi, thinking of you
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Thanks for the update argi

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The lamp will burn for as long as you and Penny need it, argi. It has to be a great feeling to imagine her being able to breathe at a normal rate and with ease and comfort (if not right at this moment, then in the near future).

All three of you (Penny, Argus, and you) in my thoughts.
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Sounds like you guys are having a slumber party! How cool is that ~ glad Penny is at home, cuddled and cozy
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Thanks very much for the update Argi - it'll feel wonderful to have her back all cuddled up with you - woofs and licks from SR Congrats on the 11 too - please don't give in to that nasty AV, it's not worth it and it and we're with you 100% x
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Hoping things are going ok. Prayers will continue.
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Great news argi ! I've been saying a little prayer for you all.
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Just a final post to say thanks again and relate a powerful lesson I learned (make that re-learned) last night: don't try to anticipate the future.

I do this all the time, and I think 10 times out of 10, what I presume is going to happen is the worst-case scenario. I did the same thing last night, and I posted it here: my expectation that Penny was going to wake up out of the anesthesia in the evening and be up all night in pain.

Guess what? She slept like Rip Van Winkle! All night, not a pip.

So all that fear and worry and apprehension was in vain. All it did was fuel my existing anxiety, which in turn fueled my desire to drink. It brings me back to that compelling lesson dogs give us: live in the moment.

Penny is 1,500 percent better already. Eating like a champ. Breathing like a swami. I could ask for no more. We're not out of the woods yet by any means, but we are pointed in the right direction.

I leave you with a pic of Penny today.

One of her very, very favoritest things to do every morning without fail is to go out on the deck off our bedroom on sunny days and sit on the couch. She hasn't been able to do that of late because sitting in the sun, for even a few minutes, heated her up so much that she would begin panting rapidly and become short of breath.

Today, she did something new: She actually went to the door, used her nose to draw the shade back, and looked outside to see if there was sun (on days where I open the door and there is no sun she doesn't go out).

There was sun and I decided to let her go sit for just a few minutes. She went to her spot and sat exactly as she always does. (She usually goes out later when the sun covers all of the cushion; note how she made sure to sit just inside the sun line.) I brought her in after a few minutes and she had no issues at all, save for the fact that I didn't let her stay out longer...

Thanks for all your lamps, lights, and love. You were all here when I needed you.
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Penny is gorgeous, way to go Penny. You too arg.
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omg, this warms my heart! Tearing up over here, lol. Such a great recovery story--for both of you ::
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Hugely relieved! Hurray for Penny the Brave and her mama.
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Thanks for the picture of your sweet girl relaxing in the sun. I love your story about her morning habit of going out and soaking up the warmth, and she is such a lovely girl....

I'm really glad both of you are doing well, and I send big hugs to both of you.
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