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Neurological problems

erykah1310
May 15th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Today was a pretty rough day here, Meiko was rushed in to the emergency vet again this afternoon :(

He seemed to be bloated and was walking in a tight circle to the left.

After flying him into the vet and doing 4 xrays to make sure he didn't have a blockage and an exam it was discovered that he at some point had decided to eat a whole pile of dirt so he is having a hard time passing these dried dirt balls.
After an enema and a little fishing expedition by his vet removing a few more of his top soil balls she did some blood work and a quick neurological exam.
His blood work came back perfectly normal however he did not do so well on his neurologic exam :(

When she pinched his pads on his feet on the rear feet he did not react, and when she flipped them ( I forget the exact term she used) it took him a good minute to put his foot back normally for both back feet, he has good reflexes on all 4 paws and when she went back to check his xrays and pay more attention to his spine as apposed to his intestines.
Once checking everything out looking for different things there was no abnormalities other than arthritis in his back that would lead to the problems with his rear.

So, once we get the dirt out of his bowels, they want to take more xrays of him and possibly set him up with a specialist as she is concerned about tumors or cancer in his brain:( Which she figured could explain him eating so much dirt for no reason.

So keep your fingers crossed for Meiko and if anyone has any similar experience with dogs with neurological problems or things that cause signs of such please share.
I'm pretty scared for him right now and confused as well. But thinking back to before he was kicked in the head by Miss Fe a couple months ago, i have noticed little things today that he has been doing since this winter that completely could signal mental imparement but were so subtle at the time.

hazelrunpack
May 15th, 2011, 10:11 PM
I'm sorry, erykah :grouphug: Scary stuff. :( No advice, but I do want to send along :goodvibes: for Meiko and some :grouphug:s for you.

SamIam
May 15th, 2011, 10:24 PM
Oh no, poor Meiko!

Was there any chance the neuro test was affected by the mass of dirt compressing blood vessels or nerves, or was he the same after he was cleaned out?

Rgeurts
May 15th, 2011, 10:31 PM
I'm sorry you are going through this erykah :(
I know how scary these things can be. Our vet just did the same test on Thorin yesterday (flipping his feet back). His right one was slower to respond, but still what she would consider normal. Nookie, on the other hand, has neurological issues. He eats dirt as well as rocks/gravel/wood. We have to watch him like a hawk. We're pretty sure his was caused by vaccines though, not injury. He chases his tail, bites himself, jerks when he drinks and several other odd little things. We were thinking at one point his was behavioral, but both of our vets are pretty set on neurological/brain damage (from the meningoencephalitis). I hope that you can find an answer, and one that won't break your heart. :grouphug: :goodvibes: :fingerscr :pray:

erykah1310
May 15th, 2011, 10:32 PM
He's still not cleaned out, even with the enemahe has not pooped but has been farting and burping up a storm. I asked if the results had to do with theshot he was given for pain but he had really good responses with his front feet and less to none with his back. Tomorrow when we return for another set of x rays they are going to do it again and see. It's going to be a long night I can feel it. He is uncomfortable and wants out frequently but does not even try to defacate, he just hates being in the house so much he knows to act like he needs out to get out, my luck I ignore him once and that's when it comes out

hazelrunpack
May 15th, 2011, 10:33 PM
But I'll bet at that point you'd be happy to see it...even in the house! :o

erykah1310
May 15th, 2011, 10:37 PM
You have no idea how happy I would be.
When she got the first dirt ball out she handed me a glove and the ball and said to feel it. It was just dirt. I'm figuring the saline enema just absorbed into the dry dirt balls which is why nothing is happening.

erykah1310
May 15th, 2011, 10:39 PM
Has Nookie always eaten dirt? And have you ever had a problem with passing the dirt?

Rgeurts
May 15th, 2011, 11:15 PM
Yes, he has always eaten it. He hasn't had a problem passing the dirt, but I'm sure there are a few small stones rattling around in his belly :eek: :eek:
He also LOVES potting soil, so we can't have potted plants/trees or anything of the sort. If he is ever able to undergo anaesthesia, we may consider an MRI to see if they can pinpoint exactly what is wrong. But until then, we just have to watch him constantly. He isn't even allowed in the backyard by himself :o

Goldfields
May 15th, 2011, 11:20 PM
Erykah, the only one I've had go in tight circles was Shady, my cattle dog, when she had a stroke at age 15. Because she couldn't get up though, her circles were done sitting down, and always in the one direction. Just trying to think if it was to the left or right, it happened 30 years ago. I think to her right, but hey, my memory is not good. She deteriorated and I called my vet out to put her down, she was nearly gone by the time he got here. I loved that one so much, still get teary thinking about her. Sorry it's such a scary situation for you with Meiko, and I hope and pray he will be okay.

erykah1310
May 15th, 2011, 11:26 PM
His circles have stopped since he was sent into "Meikos World" with some drugs so I'm sure that was pain or discomfort related bit stoke had crossed my mind as I was waiting for the vet to call back.
His abdomen is making the world of gurgley noises for the past half hour or so, may load him up in the car and drive him to town for a walk under the safety of street lights since the bears are out full force here now and there is no way I am walking down country roads at 1 AM

SamIam
May 15th, 2011, 11:32 PM
Don't give up on the neuro results until the dirt is gone. Have you been giving oral fluids or anything at all besides the one enema, or are you just supposed to sit back and wait?

Rgeurts
May 15th, 2011, 11:42 PM
erykah, if he is bloated, I wouldn't walk him. We dealt with some nasty bloat issues with Nookie for a few months. The one thing they always told us was when he is bloated, try to keep him as calm and stationary as possible to avoid torsion. His was partially caused by Prednisone, but also by all the crap he had eaten that we weren't even aware of until he started passing it weeks later (3 socks, 2 stuffie toys he got at daycare and a whole intact rope toy with knots and all).

Is it possible that Meiko got ahold of dirt with fertilizer or chemicals in it?

Melinda
May 16th, 2011, 06:57 AM
maybe the gurgling is a warning that things will soon be emptying.....but you are describing my beagle I use to have, the vet called her "glutton gut" there is a tech term for it, (according to him) but he said 1 in roughly 1000 dogs are affected by it, it is a neurological problem, (this all took place 22 yrs ago mind you) Moocher would eat rocks, cement, bricks, wood and flack (spelling) the stuff that flies off when a person welds. She would eat rugs like spaghetti (had 22 feet of fibre removed from her once) she at drywall and not one of my kids stuffies ever had eyes or noses, she hate dirt and branches. 3 times she had to stay in the hospital and two of those times required surgery to "unblock" her. She lived on weekly doses of pepto bismo.....as she got older, other symptoms occured, growling at corners....head deep into her food bowl growling while she ate (no one was around and she was the only dog) we had to turn rugs upside down to allow her to walk in the house when she decided she couldn't walk on linoleum, ceramin tiles or wooden floors. towards the end she would stand in the corner, head bowed sleeping..........

chico2
May 16th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Erykah,I have no advice of course,but will be thinking of beautiful Meiko and send lots of:goodvibes::goodvibes:and :grouphug: hopefully he'll be allright.

erykah1310
May 16th, 2011, 08:37 AM
Well this mornings update is not good, still no poop all through the night, he has let some gas out and seems to have deflated a bit but his circling is back and he is doing it tighter now :(
There is no way to get him to make a right turn when walking, instead he will circle to the left to get his right.
He seems very distant today and when you call his name he has no response what so ever. He is heading back into his happy place with his meds right now and I am not really looking forward to how he will act once they take effect.

My man called just a few minutes ago and said when he took him out this morning when he left for work the first thing he tried to do was eat the driveway gravel and then he snapped at him when he went to unhook his leash to put him back in the house. Meiko has always been a little prone to being a biter but never towards him ( he has snapped at me in the past) he is my mans dog.

Our appointment is at 2:40 and will know more then, but so far things are not looking good as far as his quality of life right now. Today is shaping up to be the worst day ever

Goldfields
May 16th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Oh, you truly have my sympathy, Erykah, not the gravel eating but the circling sounds so much like Shady, we could not make her turn the other way either. Still, if it's a bad prognosis and there is no choice I know you will do the right and kind thing for your dog, unlike the lowlife who dumped a fox terrier in a paddock near here some years ago. It was walking big circles non stop, obviously suffering brain damage of some sort. How could anyone desert a dog that was like that? They certainly weren't going to claim it so the neighbor quickly ended its suffering.

You be careful not to get bitten if Meiko doesn't quite know what he's doing.

erykah1310
May 16th, 2011, 09:11 AM
My man and I had the discussion already last night and again this morning when he called.
We owe it to Meiko to do right by him. He's a great dog always has been (in our eyes, not many people we know like him because he has always been aggressive but has calmed down in his old age)

mikischo
May 16th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about what is happening. :grouphug: to you and your family and will be thinking of you.

I know you will do whatever is best for Meiko. Still hoping that things will somehow turn around for him. :pray::pray::goodvibes::goodvibes:

hazelrunpack
May 16th, 2011, 09:26 AM
I hope the day turns out better than you fear, erykah! :grouphug: Sending prayers and :goodvibes: Meiko's way.

Melinda
May 16th, 2011, 10:29 AM
good luck with the appointment and yes, you have to do whats right for Meiko

Goldfields
May 16th, 2011, 10:36 AM
Erykah, I know what you mean. Cuddles being aggressive didn't stop us from loving her either.

Sylvie
May 16th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Eryakh, my thoughts are with you. :pray::grouphug::grouphug:

Rgeurts
May 16th, 2011, 02:48 PM
Erykah, I'm so sorry. I understand what you're going through, completely :(
BIG :grouphug: to both you and hubby. And :pray: and :goodvibes: that Meiko pulls through.

Winston
May 16th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Thinking of you and Meiko! :fingerscr

chico2
May 16th, 2011, 03:50 PM
Erykah,I am so very sorry,but I know Meiko is in good hands,whatever has to be done,hopefully he'll pull through this,but there is no doubt in my mind that you and hubby will do whatever is best for Meiko:grouphug::pray:

CsqU4r3d
May 16th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Hope Meiko comes thru with flying colours...:pray::grouphug::fingerscr

erykah1310
May 16th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Our visit went terrible today and I dont really have the ability to talk about it but I do want to thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts and/or prayers.
Today I left with out my little "Sneaky Meik" as it was the best option for HIM.
He is now at peace and pain free and our home will never be the same.

hazelrunpack
May 16th, 2011, 03:57 PM
:2huggers:

I'm so sorry about Meiko. You're a good mom, erhykah. :grouphug:

:candle: Meiko

chico2
May 16th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Aww Erykah,wish I could give you a real hug:grouphug:
They don't stay with us forever,but the many years of love they give us,will forever be in our hearts..
Beautiful Meiko is in a good place now..just peace,no pain.:rip:Meiko

SamIam
May 16th, 2011, 04:12 PM
Oh no! So sorry to hear that. :(

CsqU4r3d
May 16th, 2011, 04:14 PM
I am so sorry to hear todays news...sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest as well....Bless you and yours...peace to Meiko.. :rip::angel2::cry::grouphug:

erykah1310
May 16th, 2011, 04:25 PM
Even though I do not doubt in my mind one bit that todays descision was the best for him, to let him go with his dignity and end what could have been months or years of suffering, saying the words to make the call are the hardest words to say when you are looking into the eyes of a dog who has stuck by you for almost 11 years as he is wagging his tail looking at you despite what he is feeling.
When we left the house to leave for the vet today he got stuck at a wall and his only way out of his connundrum was to make a right turn, he couldn't do it and I had to adjust him better so he could make a tight left to get out of the corner. Something so simple for such a smart dog was just too much for the world he was living in now.

I have no regret over todays events, however the tears just keep flowing over our loss, it will be worse when my man gets home from work, he wanted to come and be with him too but would not have made it in time, Meiko was HIS dog right down to the point where he "chose" to only respond to french commands and I did not exist in his world if my man was around. It was always the joke here, how much Meiko prefered him.

I called him at work from my cell and let him say good bye to his buddy, but I know he wanted to be there to say it in person.

Rgeurts
May 16th, 2011, 04:43 PM
Oh erykah.... I just don't know what to say.
I'm so very sorry for both you and hubby :cry: :grouphug:
Bless you for being strong enough to take care of Meiko and let him go with some dignity

:rip:beautiful boy :angel2: :candle:

dogcatharmony
May 16th, 2011, 05:06 PM
:cry: I am so sorry to hear of your loss.:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

pbpatti
May 16th, 2011, 05:56 PM
Erykah I am so sorry of Meiko's leaving you to go to the Rainbow Bridge today.:grouphug::pray:. Yes your home will never be the same without him but your memories will always be with you to help give you a little peace. Big :grouphug::pray: to your Man as he goes through this difficult time also. patti

Winston
May 16th, 2011, 06:01 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of Meik. Take comfort in knowing that we are all suffering with you, your loss is felt by us all. We are here for you and know that your boy is free of pain running around at the Rainbow Bridge! Give your DH a big hug and pass on the condolences please.

:rip::dog::candle:

the gang
May 16th, 2011, 06:13 PM
:candle: im so very sorry, brenda and the pins -1

ScottieDog
May 16th, 2011, 07:44 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I know this pain. Being the right thing to do, doesn't mean that your heart isn't ripped out.

Prayers of strength and comfort to you and your man. :rip: :candle: dear Meiko.

Goldfields
May 16th, 2011, 08:36 PM
That is so sad, Erykah, but having been there with Shady I know there really is no choice. I wish I could give you both a big comforting hug. I hope for your man's sake that in the future one of your pups decides it is his dog too. My B-I-L lost 'his' best friend, a Sheltie named Elsa, and while he was so upset that he didn't want anything to replace her, the latest pup is following him everywhere, and without him saying anything, my sister knows he is happy. But for both of you right now, I know, it's very hard to bear. :( R.I.P. Meiko.

Longblades
May 16th, 2011, 08:55 PM
I'm so sorry.

doggy lover
May 16th, 2011, 09:17 PM
:grouphug:Erykah I am so sorry to hear about Meiko my thoughts are with you and your hubby:rip:Meiko:angel2:

Love4himies
May 17th, 2011, 07:57 AM
Erykah, I know we have our disagreements about some issues, but I do know the pain you must be feeling and want to offer you my sincere condolences :grouphug: to you.


:rip: Meiko :candle:

mikischo
May 17th, 2011, 08:56 AM
Erykah, my heart goes out to you and your man.:grouphug: Even though the decision you had to make was the most loving thing you could do for your boy, it doesn't make it any less difficult or painful. Most of us have been there too and understand what you are going through. You gave Meiko a good life filled with love and he is now at peace.

:candle: Run free, sweet :angel2: Meiko :dog: :candle:

Melinda
May 17th, 2011, 11:24 AM
its so hard to do the right thing for them, because its not the right thing for us...those left behind, you did right by your boy, feel good in knowing that. I'm so sorry for your loss *hugs*
run pain free to the bridge Meiko.

dbg10
May 17th, 2011, 01:00 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that you had to make that big decision erykah1310 I send you :pray: and good thoughts in your sadness and know that Meiko is running free on the other side of the bridge May he :rip:

TeriM
May 17th, 2011, 02:53 PM
What a terrible situation and a tough choice to make :(. I'm so sorry for your loss erykah :grouphug:. Rest easy Meiko and then run like the wind at the bridge :rip:.

erykah1310
May 17th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Today was really hard, I left the house at 2 am after not sleeping to make my monthly trip to the south and back. My man called me as soon as he woke up and wanted the vets number. It was bothering me that we decided not to take his body home, but it was his call.
I guess he too was feeling the same regret over that part of our descisions. He called the vet and picked Meiko's body up on his way home from work and we just buried him here at his home where he was happiest. Today my man made a nice cross with Meiko's name on it ( mis-spelled according to me but thats not important)
Now that he is at peace and we know exactly where he is we both feel so much better. It all feels complete right now.
His cross is 'just for now' as we want to find him a nice personalized stone. Since he loved chewing trees and shrubs and the best memory we have of this is him destroying my mans mothers lilac trees in a matter of an hour, that is the tree we are going to plant on him.
I can't thank you all enough for your kind words through this, and even though right now I am at peace with everything, I know the healing process is FAR from over still, I'm just hoping I can actually sleep tonight, since Sunday I think I may have slept a total of 3 hours.

erykah1310
May 17th, 2011, 07:09 PM
I just want to share the picture that I keep looking at to bring a smile to my face and we are going to get fixed up a bit and frame.
It is by far my most favorite picture of him ever
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/erykah1310/Meiko/nannernanner.jpg

This one is a pretty good one too that I just found
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/erykah1310/Meiko/mei1.jpg

And his very first picture we ever took of him. I remember even at that age he would not sit still long enough for a picture so I had to hook his leash to the door knob to get far enough away from him to get a pic.
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h154/erykah1310/Meiko/litttleMeiko.jpg

doggy lover
May 17th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Its nice to have them close to us I too have my dog Travis buried at our cottage and our cat Patches, my sons lizard, and recently my friends dog that was killed by a car.. We made a nice headstone for Travis out of a cement plaque that you could make yourself, now we have to make one for Patches and Fergie too. I like to go and visit them I have planted spring bulbs on their graves but it is grassed so in the summer we keep it cut down. Sometimes I think we should start a pet cemetery. Travis has been gone over 7 years and I still cry for him sometimes I miss him so much.

doggy lover
May 17th, 2011, 07:16 PM
I love the one where he is tasting snow flakes too, and the second one he is showing that intense border collie look.

SamIam
May 17th, 2011, 07:20 PM
What beautiful pictures you have to remember him by!

14+kitties
May 17th, 2011, 07:48 PM
Erykah, I know we have our disagreements about some issues, but I do know the pain you must be feeling and want to offer you my sincere condolences :grouphug: to you.
:rip: Meiko :candle:

Very well said L4H.
Erykah - we've had our differences too. But deep down we both share a very passionate interest in pets. Quite simply - we love them. I share in your pain and loss. My tears join with yours. Meiko was a beautiful dog.
:candle::rip: Meiko :candle: You will be missed. :(

luckypenny
May 17th, 2011, 08:05 PM
Oh no :(, I came looking for an update and this isn't at all what I was expecting to read. I'm so sorry, erykah.

:candle: beautiful Meiko :candle:

hazelrunpack
May 17th, 2011, 08:08 PM
I love that first shot of him catching snowflakes on his tongue. What a wonderful memory of Meiko that is! And such a cute puppy! :lovestruck:

I'm glad he's home again. It does seem right to have him there. :grouphug: Sleep well tonight, erykah :2huggers:

Goldfields
May 17th, 2011, 08:47 PM
Its nice to have them close to us I too have my dog Travis buried at our cottage and our cat Patches, my sons lizard, and recently my friends dog that was killed by a car.. We made a nice headstone for Travis out of a cement plaque that you could make yourself, now we have to make one for Patches and Fergie too. I like to go and visit them I have planted spring bulbs on their graves but it is grassed so in the summer we keep it cut down. Sometimes I think we should start a pet cemetery. Travis has been gone over 7 years and I still cry for him sometimes I miss him so much.
doggy lover, I do have a dog cemetry, though really it's my Angel Garden, as the sign, below, states. :) Our vet's sell the gate signs. Some of our beloved oldies lie here, 5 cattle dogs, 4 shelties, 1 Chihuahua, but there are another 6 cattle dogs, 4 cats, and some sheltie babies that didn't survive buried elsewhere on the property. They could have all been together had I organised my Angel Garden a lot earlier.

Erykah, you said it all feels completely right and I so understand that. You'll always feel he's still with you now. I'm one of those crazy dog ladies who talks to my dogs from the past whenever I'm near their graves . :rolleyes: Your boy was a lovely pup but that first photo is gorgeous.

erykah1310
May 18th, 2011, 10:31 AM
Erykah, I know we have our disagreements about some issues, but I do know the pain you must be feeling and want to offer you my sincere condolences :grouphug: to you.


:rip: Meiko :candle:

Very well said L4H.
Erykah - we've had our differences too. But deep down we both share a very passionate interest in pets. Quite simply - we love them. I share in your pain and loss. My tears join with yours. Meiko was a beautiful dog.
:candle::rip: Meiko :candle: You will be missed. :(

It is no secret to anyone here we have our differences or disagreements, and it is no secret that they will continue but it truely does mean the world to me that even though I may be the member who rubs both of you the wrong way most of the time you both are still compasionate enough to comment and offer your condolences and not avoid my threads like the plague just because we don't see eye to eye and disagree far more often than agree.

I will say I do truely value what both of you have to offer by means of discussing the "other end of the spectrum" to my threads and opinions and your knowlege in various areas regardless if I do not feel the same as you, also I love that you both have no hesitations or reservations in adding in your :2cents: even if you know it may get to me.
I hope we can continue to disagree gracefully as I feel we have been doing for a while now and hopefully find common ground one day where we all agree, however, if it were not for having different opinons with some members this place would be quite boring right.

Again, thank you so much to the both of you as well as to EVERYONE who had kind words to offer.


I did manage to sleep wonderfully last night, Me my man and the 2 brindle babies on the bed all snuggled up in a cuddle ball:cloud9: I woke up at 11 and went to bed last night at 10ish so it was fantastic, when I went out side for my coffee and to let the dogs all out it was nice to still say "morning" to Meiko, even though there was no slinky tail wagging or spinning jumps of excitement, he was still there.

mikischo
May 18th, 2011, 11:56 AM
All beautiful pics of your gorgeous boy.:lovestruck:

No matter how much time passes he will always have a special place in your heart. :grouphug:

chico2
May 18th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Erykah,love the pics of Meiko,he was such a sweet dog and very much a part of your pack.
I always felt it's very important to get your animal home,where he was happy.
To this day I still talk to my kitties(4) buried in the Backyard and Rocky's ashes are with me in my bed-room,I always kiss him goodnight and tell him how much I miss him.:cat:

Mirela
May 18th, 2011, 08:18 PM
So sorry to read about your loss, Erykah. I can't even begin to imagine the sorrow you are feeling but I hope you will find confort in your beautiful memories of your beautiful Meiko.

growler~GateKeeper
May 18th, 2011, 10:54 PM
:rip: sweet :angel2: Meiko :candle: He is playing at the Rainbow Bridge (http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html) with those who've gone before :candle: :grouphug:

erykah1310
June 1st, 2011, 12:43 PM
It has been a really hard few weeks, we have lost dogs before and each and every one of them has been hard but nothing like this time. Every day i go out to do something random with the dogs and every day while we are out and about I stop to look for Meiko still :( he was such a huge part of our lives for so long, my man too is still really having a hard time with it all, every few days he comes home with some plant to plant on Meikos grave. So far he has white lilacs planted on him, rose bushes by his head, those orange lily like flowers a handful of wild flower mix seeds and brown eyed suzys beside him.
He talks all night about his dog and how much he misses him.
I do have to say though that I am very proud of my man, he is not computer literate at all but has recently figured out google and kijiji and has been looking for another border collie, he won't pay someone on kijiji for their dog but has found a few in rescue he is willing to pay anything for. He hasn't found one that is what he is looking for yet and he keeps saying " I will know which one is the right one that needs us"
We know we can never ever replace Meiko but for a breed such as BCs that many people do not fully understand we know one will be a perfect fit here one day.
Some people we know offered him a puppy out of their female that they just keep breeding and I was so proud when he told them " I am sure I will end up with one of your pups through a pound one day"
For the time being him and Elmo have created some sort of " no girls allowed" posse and are inseparable which is really nice to see.
It's so strange how even when you have as many animals as we do the loss of just one makes everything so different.

EBJR
June 1st, 2011, 02:00 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Hunter basically the same way. Please take comfort in the knowledge that you did everything you could for him. He will be waiting for you and your Hubby at the bridge.

chico2
June 1st, 2011, 02:44 PM
Erykah,I've had people say,when I lost Rocky...oh well,you have 2 more:(
We love each and every animal,all with different quirks and habits,losing one is no less heartbreaking because we have more.
I feel for your hubs,Meiko was a beautiful dog and I am sure,loved to bits.
I hope another BC comes along,one that needs a wonderful home,which I am sure you'll give him:grouphug:

hazelrunpack
June 1st, 2011, 03:08 PM
He was such a big part of your lives it's no wonder that he's left a big emptiness :2huggers:

Your guy is right--when the right one comes along, there will be a wonderful home waiting for him/her and Meiko will be proud of the both of you! :dog: :goodvibes:

Winston
June 1st, 2011, 03:31 PM
Eryka I just wanted to say I am so sorry. I know too well the pain as do most members here!! We are with both you and DH....please let him know we all feel his pain! Meiko was his special boy and that will never change but in time he will begin to share that love again with another pup in need!

Next month will be 1 yr ago that I lost my special boy and to this day the pain has not eased. I mean its manageable but it will always hurt.

We move on but never forget dont we?

:grouphug::grouphug:

Tommysmom
June 1st, 2011, 05:05 PM
Next month will be 1 yr ago that I lost my special boy and to this day the pain has not eased. I mean its manageable but it will always hurt.

We move on but never forget dont we?

:grouphug::grouphug:

Big hugs, Erykah, to you and your man. Winston's right, it's been just over a year since we lost our boy and we still talk about him and do the 'remember how he...' with tears in our eyes. Each one is special, and each one owns a little piece of our hearts forever. I'm so sorry for your loss.

erykah1310
June 1st, 2011, 05:20 PM
I still hurt from time to time over the animals I have lost in my lifetime. Each and everyone of them tears open a little wound in my heart, Be it Petty my first ever dog, Max, Puppy,Bailey, Falco or Keira ( in no order) All except for Keira had passed on due to either health or age, it makes me happy to have shared their lives with them.
Something about Meiko that just seems to be so much harder than any of the others. And I had Petty ( a stray I found as a kid) for 16 years, she was hard to lose and her too had been "fine" one day and sick the next,and progressed very fast. ( she was also a BC mix)
I am feeling better now for today, but I'm sure tomorrow something else will remind me of him and either bring a huge smile to my face or a tear to my eye.
My man is just about due to bring something else home to plant atop of Meikos grave. I think the regular planting there makes me sadder.

doggy lover
June 1st, 2011, 06:08 PM
I know what you are going through I still go sit with my dog Travis his grave is at our cottage, my daughter made a headstone and there is a concrete dog on his grave. In the spring we have tiny daffodils on it but during the summer we just have the grass so its kept cut but behind him is a shade garden. If your interested in a rescue try the ontario border collie rescue, I got my border collie up near owen sound from a working breeder or another place is pet finder they have lots looking for homes including crosses some are pretty interesting. But you will know when the time is right, it took me six months to get another dog after Travis, some get them right away and others never do. I love border collies they are just not a regular dog, and I know when I lose Tucker heaven forbid I will be getting another I just love them.

erykah1310
June 1st, 2011, 06:16 PM
I know right now is not the time, my man is big on believing the "one" will find him. Well not find him but you know, we will just know which is the one.
I will teach him to use petfinder soon, he's just pretty happy to have figured out google and is having fun with this. He stumbled across BCRO the other day and I fell in love with one but he did not...

dbg10
June 5th, 2011, 03:04 PM
Good luck with your search for a new dog I know the right ones seem to find us, we don't find them. Hoping you find one that is just right :) :fingerscr

Claudia36oh
June 5th, 2011, 05:50 PM
So sorry for your loss, sending big hugs :grouphug: