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I hope you guys are okay. I just heard about the wildfires in Australia and I don't know which part of Australia you are in.
Wishing and hoping for the best and that Tia is still doing good.
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Doug, fingers crossed that you and Tia are still managing alright, and I hope you are no where near any of the fires!

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Thank you for asking and for thinking about us
Lyn I hope that you got my message.

Fortunately the fires are a long long way away from us in other states. Our city has not seen a fire like that in 28 years and that was 50 mins away. We do live near bush land so it could happen at any time though. However we live in a populated area so there are lots of people around to keep an eye on things before things can get out of control. Touch wood!!!

We have not been spared of the heatwave though My stress level is sky high. Tia declined to a point where she found it very difficult to walk. We were dangerously close to letting her go as we thought that it was permanent. Since it has cooled down a little and she has improved. I feel sick at the thought of the fact that we nearly made the wrong decision. It is only now that I remembered that Tia's slipping issues began at the beginning of the 2011 summer. No vets that we have seen have ever heard of heat being related to slipping or seizure activity but it is now obvious is in Tia's case.

We are also still battling tummy issues. She is on antibiotics and she is eating but we are doing back flips and cooking up a storm and hand feeding to ensure that she still eats. Our shopping list are long with the smelliest foods we can find. I'm sure that roasts or schmackos are not good for her tummy right now but that is the only thing that will get her to start eating wet food.

Tia is very pale indicating internal bleeding, the vets agree that there is not much that we can do. Of course we have the option to end it all now and push the panic button but this is so much easier said than done when she still smiles, woofs and wags her tail and continues to be the interactive diva that she always has been.

They say that I'll know when the time is right. It was crystal clear when it came to my boy but this time is completely different. I look at her now and she seems peaceful, relaxed and content. I saw a poster the other day that said "If I had a penny for every time my dog made me smile I'd be a millionaire." Tia has already made me smile several times today and the day is far from over.

However I 'sleep' on the couch often waking up several times a night to see if she needs any assistance as well as assessing her every move throughout the day is making my head spin and I feel like rubbish. Thank goodness I am still on holidays. It is an incredibly painful decision to weigh up when the time is right to pull the trigger but we are reviewing the situation minute by minute, one step at a time.

Thanks again for your thoughtful support.


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Doug I hope you see cooler temps soon for Tia's sake. Tough days for you these days. I'm thinking of you and Tia .....Sending gentle hugs for Tia
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You are such a wonderful mom to Tia There aren't a lot of people in the world who'd restlessly sleep on a couch and provide that much care hour by hour and day after day.

At times like these one can only think about how precious each day and hour is with those we love, and to make the most of them. Which you're doing with unstoppable love and care. We think about you every day and send our prayers and positive vibes to you there Down Under.


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Thank you for asking and for thinking about us
Lyn I hope that you got my message.

Fortunately the fires are a long long way away from us in other states. Our city has not seen a fire like that in 28 years and that was 50 mins away. We do live near bush land so it could happen at any time though. However we live in a populated area so there are lots of people around to keep an eye on things before things can get out of control. Touch wood!!!

We have not been spared of the heatwave though My stress level is sky high. Tia declined to a point where she found it very difficult to walk. We were dangerously close to letting her go as we thought that that it was permanent. Since it has cooled down a little and she has improved. I feel sick at the thought of the fact that we nearly made the wrong decision. It is only now that I remembered that Tia's slipping issues began at the beginning of the 2011 summer. No vets that we have seen have ever heard of heat being related to slipping or seizure activity but it is now obvious is in Tia's case.

We are also still battling tummy issues. She is on antibiotics and she is eating but we are doing back flips and cooking up a storm and hand feeding to ensure that she still eats. Our shopping list are long with the smelliest foods we can find. I'm sure that roasts or schmackos are not good for her tummy right now but that is the only thing that will get her to start eating wet food.

Tia is very pale indicating internal bleeding, the vets agree that there is not much that we can do. Of course we have the option to end it all now and push the panic button but this is so much easier said than done when she still smiles, woofs and wags her tail and continues to be the interactive diva that she always has been.

They say that I'll know when the time is right. It was crystal clear when it came to my boy but this time is completely different. I look at her now and she seems peaceful, relaxed and content. I saw a poster the other day that said "If I had a penny for every time my dog made me smile I'd be a millionaire." Tia has already made me smile several times today and the day is far from over.

However I 'sleep' on the couch often waking up several times a night to see if she needs any assistance as well as assessing her every move throughout the day is making my head spin and I feel like rubbish. Thank goodness I am still on holidays. It is an incredibly painful decision to weigh up when the time is right to pull the trigger but we are reviewing the situation minute by minute, one step at a time.

Thanks again for your thoughtful support.
Doug: My heart goes out to you and to Tia. I remember sleeping on the couch in the Family Room watching Smooch for the last 2 wks. she was alive.

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Thank you for the update and I am happy that the wildfires are not in your area.

I am sorry that Tia is suffering so with the heat Sending you more positive vibes and cool breezes to keep sweet Tia comfortable.
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...They say that I'll know when the time is right. It was crystal clear when it came to my boy but this time is completely different...It is an incredibly painful decision to weigh up when the time is right to pull the trigger but we are reviewing the situation minute by minute, one step at a time...
You will know. She will tell you so plainly that there is no mistaking it. If that doesn't happen, it will probably be because she slips gently and peacefully from sleep into her next life without help.

Trust your heart in this. Whatever you do to spare her suffering is done with love. She knows that. All of us know that.

Many here would tell you "better a day too soon than a day too late." With my Sabrina, there came a time when I pushed her vet hard and refused to let him leave the house without give me an escape hatch for her - something I could give her if things got awful in the wee hours of the night. Sure enough, the next morning she woke me around 4:30, begging for help. I was so glad to be able to give her the injection that eased her into peaceful sleep until we could get her to the hospital for the last two shots. She died in my arms, as other dogs have done.

In the end, I think that's what all of us want - to die in the arms of those we love and who love us. The date matters much less than the love.

Holding you and yours in my thoughts and prayers, as always.
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Keeping you and Tia in my prayers. HUGS!
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