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Staciewells1 April 21st, 2005 02:00 PM

Not quite new, but not introduced
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Hello. My name is Stacie. I've been a registered member for about 6 months now, and I've posted a few times when I wasn't sure if I needed to go to the vet. Each time, I received a quick, helpful response.
My husband and I have had our Eleanor for 3 years now. She absolutely a 'mutt'- we think a min-pin mix, but we've also been told that she looks like a Manchester terrier, Mini fox terrier, or a rat terrier. She was thrown out of a car at a public park. The vet told us that she was between 8 and 12 months old and that she had just recently had puppies. Luckily for her, having puppies at such a young age doesn't seem to have any lasting effects, and she's safe and happy now. (I'm going to attempt to attach a photo, but no promises!)

lezzpezz April 21st, 2005 02:12 PM

Oh my Gawd! What a sweetheart! I LOVE those ears! And you are a sweetheart for taking her in! Were you at the park when she "landed" in your life? Lucky for her if you were! Welcome aboard!

Rita April 21st, 2005 02:20 PM

She is adorable ... love those ears :crazy:
It never ceases to amaze when I hear stories about the things people do to animals ... throwing a dog out of a car at a park :mad: how cruel is that :evil:
Lucky for Eleanor and good for you for taking her in and giving her a loving home to call her own :love: :thumbs up

badger April 21st, 2005 02:54 PM

Those are phenomenal ears, she must pick up signals from Mars. LOVE the name.

AliSam April 21st, 2005 04:12 PM

[COLOR=DarkOrchid]My goodness! Look at those ears! And I thought that my friend's JRT had huge ears. Thank goodness you didn't name her Dumbo. She is so adorable.[/COLOR]

chico2 April 21st, 2005 05:31 PM

What a sweetie :love: she was very lucky to have"landed"where you found her,you sure she did not fly :D
Those ears are great :thumbs up
I sometimes wonder what people are made of,to do such a very cruel deed to a wonderful little dog..hopefully karma will catch up with them :evil:
But in a way it was Stacies lucky day,you were there to catch her..

Princesss04 April 25th, 2005 04:39 PM

WOW look at those ears. How cute are they! Welcome I look forward to getting to know you and your fur baby better! [img][/img]

Staciewells1 July 30th, 2012 10:37 AM

I thought this thread I started so long ago would be the appropriate place for this post. We took that picture about a week after Ellie came to us, and she has been that happy girl every day since then.

Around the first of the month, Ellie stopped eating her regular food and her tummy began to swell. Her vet told us that her heart murmur was now affecting both valves. She told us that Ellie needed to eat- what she ate no longer mattered. In her words, it was 'time to spoil' her. For a while, she did better. She ate eggs for a few days. There was that 2 day period when she ate almost a half box of shredded wheat cereal. Cat food was a favorite for nearly a week. She hasn't eaten more than a few bites in two weeks now.

We always assumed she was taken from her mother too soon. Every night, when we go to bed, Ellie gives us kisses and goes to the foot of the bed, and takes a piece of the duvet or blanket and sucks on it until she goes to sleep. But only when all three of us are there- if my husband or I are gone for some reason, she doesn't do it. She stopped this ritual three weeks ago.

She can't hop onto the sofa by herself anymore. Three days ago, I helped her up. She fell asleep on my chest, and lost control of her bladder. Last night, she stumbled and almost fell while standing still.

So, we're taking our girl to the vet for the last time this afternoon. I keep telling myself that this is the right thing to do- that I'm not being selfish or taking the coward's way out. Ellie has a right to dignity and a life of quality, which she's losing everyday. But, I'll be honest with you, I'm really scared.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my many questions. You guys are truly wonderful people.

marko July 30th, 2012 10:48 AM

These things are SO difficult and so personal.
Here is an article that may prove to be helpful to you.


Positive thoughts whatever you decide :grouphug:

hazelrunpack July 30th, 2012 12:38 PM

I'm so sorry you're going through this, Staciewells1. :grouphug: You've given her such a great life!

Helping to ease our furbaby's passing when it's time is the hardest thing we ever have to do, but it's the greatest gift we can give them. It [I]is[/I] scary, and likely you'll second-guess your timing after the fact. But the truth is, we can never know if the timing is perfect or not. So try not to fret about it. Make your decision from the heart in [I]her[/I] best interest and you can't go wrong. :2huggers:

You're in my thoughts and prayers.


Dog Dancer July 31st, 2012 03:55 PM

Ellie will thank you forever for putting her needs above your own. :grouphug: As the others have said, it's never an easy thing to do, and you will second guess yourself if you did the right thing. We've all been there, some of us recently. But as Hazel said, so long as you make your decisions with Ellie's needs in mind you cannot do wrong by her. She had a wonderful life with you given where she came from she will never second guess you! She'll play at the bridge happy and healthy until you join her one day and the loving will start all over together. Be strong.

Staciewells1 August 1st, 2012 09:08 AM

Thank you for your kind words. I wanted to come back and let you know what happened.

We took Ellie to the vet Monday. The doctor listened to her heart, and told us that she was, indeed, in complete heart failure. If we wanted to take heroic measures, we could. They would involve feeding tubes, injections, and daily trips to the vet's office- a 45-minute drive. If we chose to take this route, we would add a few days to perhaps a week to Ellie's life. So, we did the right thing, and let her go. I actually don't have any regrets. The doctor assured us that we didn't wait too long, and we didn't go in too soon.

Yesterday, we went to the local shelter. We're certainly not ready to get a new baby, but I understand now that I might be ready in the future- that another doggie would never replace Ellie, but could still fill a place in our home. So, for now, we've decided to sponsor an adoption of a hard-to-place dog in Ellie's name. We also donated her unused medication and food.

hazelrunpack August 1st, 2012 10:22 PM

What a wonderful way to honor Ellie's memory, Stacie! :grouphug:

ownedbycats August 2nd, 2012 01:21 PM

That's a great way to remember your dog! It is never easy to lose a pet, and you cant' always add another right away, so using your pet's old things to help dogs in need, and sponsoring when you can't adopt is wonderful.

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