I need to talk about Jesse James (LONG)

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Postby Sally_Dog77 » Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:49 pm


Look at that hip!
I'm so sorry you have to go through with this. My dog's HD isn't nearly as bad as that. She has inflammation around the sockets because the bones don't fit properly. If I remember correctly, they are pretty much in the socket, but they grind because of the poor fit. JJ's hip is totally out!!

Poor JJ :( That's really scarey and I'm rooting for you guys.

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Postby IlovemyMONGO » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:36 pm

I remember when I first got Mongo 9 months ago and starting reading this board, I feel in love with Jesse James(and not just because of the cool name)! ;-)

I am in tears after seeing that x-ray(i used to be a vet tech). (((HUGS))) I hope and pray the specialtist has something good to tell you... I hope for the best for Jesse James.

I know you have done all you can for him...you are wonderful people! :hug:

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Postby elegy » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:15 pm

man. that poor guy doesn't have much of a hip socket at all, does he?

my heart really goes out to you and poor jj. he's lucky to have an owner who cares so very much about his well-being and who has found a way to provide the best care possible despite the expense.

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Postby dogs4jen » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:43 pm

I'm so sorry JJ's not doing any better. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for all of you.

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Postby BrowniesMom » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:12 pm

I feel for you, I have lost two German Shepards to severe HD, but they were much older. This is, in my opinion, one of the worst positions to be in and my heart goes out to you.

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Postby Lizzie » Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:42 am

Thanks guys...it's so hard, DH and I go back and forth.

On the one hand, we love him and we want to be responsible owners. Regardless of finances, if there is something we can do to give JJ a long, healthy life, we feel it is our responsibility to to that.

On the other hand, he has had three surgeries already, he has dealt with them all like a champ, but he is still not better. His remaining hip is causing him pain, although he's not letting on...we want to do what is BEST for Jesse; we don't want to be selfish. He has already spent half of his life "in recovery"...how much more should we expect of him?

So it's hard. Some days he is really slow and sore, and we feel like we should definitely end this. But other days he is so happy and is playing with his ball and loving on Loki...it seems like we would be ending the life of a perfectly healthy dog.

I just wish it were more clear...I wish he was unhappy or obviously sick, because it seems like that would make this easier. Though I guess it probably wouldn't. Hoping this specialist appointment on the 13th provides some answers as to what will be best for JJ...and not just a surgeon who wants to do surgery because that's what he does.

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Postby Lizzie » Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:49 am

PS - sorry for the double post, but wanted to tell you: we're taking JJ and Loki to see my 83-year-old grandmother today (the one who sent him a gift and a card when he got his hip replaced, because she got hers replaced too and 'knew how he felt' lol) They LOVE seeing her and only get to see her like once a year. I'll try to get pics while we're there.

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Postby LoveFiona » Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:45 am

I am so sorry for your family having to go through this. You are doing everything you can for JJ, and that's all you can do you know. Everything will work out for the best, whatever that is. Wishing you the best for your upcoming appointment. :hug:

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