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It’s a hot one for Maggie…

From constant rain and cool temperatures to now high 80’s and humid and Maggie is NOT impressed with the heat. Never has liked it but really hard on her now. I haven’t done any recent blood work on her – there really isn’t much point in doing any more IMO. I’m doing the best that I can for her: daily subQ fluids, low phosphorus foods – eating three times a day to keep phosphorus levels as low as I can get them. She’s eating more now than she has most of her adult life. I may increase it more…she’s eating about a cup more food now since kidney disease. It’s hard work being sick. Even though she is basically getting no exercise but to go out to the bathroom and putter around now and again, she still needs more food. I’m still giving her a multitude of supplements for her kidneys: Renal Advanced Powder(replaced Azodyl), Epakitin, Standard Process Renafood, Cataplex B and Catalyn, GreenMin, ground eggshell and also the ole’ faithful, that keeps her eating – PREDNISONE. I’d say Maggie’s highlights in a day ARE eating. A lot of kidney dogs can’t say the same, sad to say 🙁 I know Pred. is hard on her kidneys but if it weren’t for that, she wouldn’t be here now for me to write this. Since shortly after her CRF diagnosis, I stopped giving her the daily homeopathic remedies for her cancer, after having been giving them daily since December 2009. Now, she is on a daily remedy, Calcarea Carbonica 200C and three cell salts – Nat Mur, Bioplasma and Calc. Phos. These are all for the CRF diagnosis & have helped her(for instance, she rarely has shiver ‘fits’ which are related to the disease). Here’s a few photo’s and video’s I’ve taken today and last weekend… She is really weak so when you see her looking really spry in a video, it’s because she is driven by FOOD – otherwise, she lays around A LOT….especially due to this heat. She doesn’t have much gumption to motor along for very far. I did take her for a walk the other night…probably 100 feet in one direction and then turned around(she didn’t want to) but on the way back had to take a bit of break as she was loosing strength in her rear leg to keep going..

We went wild strawberry picking this morning and the girls came for the ride…Maggie doesn’t even attempt to stand anymore in a vehicle…but here she is out for a little stroll to stretch her legs 🙂

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Updated: July 7th:

We went to Fish Lake for a kayak but Maggie is just too weak to get her into the kayak. I’m sure she’d lay there just fine but what if I tipped over and she went in the water? I don’t have a life preserver for her, so decided it wasn’t a good idea to chance it.

Thought I would add this video on to this blog so I can show you a clearer view of Maggie’s health as it is now. As I said, she is very weak and this shows it in 32 seconds…

And this is her just a little bit later moving better waiting for her hot dog!…

and a couple photo’s from today:

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When back at home, she was determined to do a few Wag It Games obstacles for TREATS! So she willingly did a send out to a jump(the bar set at 4″), did two hoops(ground level) and did the Bang It board tipping with front feet. She was doing so great but it sure didn’t last long – she was getting weak in the hind end and I could see her front leg quiver some too. 🙁 And I had thought about video taping her but canned that idea after that – time to rest Maggie…

To say that Maggie is strong willed in MIND is an understatement! Her body, however, is just really showing its toll 🙁

‘Til next time, Maggie keeps on hoppin’….

Tracy & Maggie

 



5 Responses to “It’s a hot one for Maggie…”

  1.   benny55 Says:

    Ohhhhhh, it’s sooooo good to see sweet Maggie girl and to get a “still having a fine quality of life” update!

    When I first saw the post, I scanned as quick as I could to look for “anything good” and hoping not to find anything bad! And the anything good far outweighed the anything bad!! Whew!

    I’ve since gone back and re-read it a couple of times and loo,ed at the pictures and videos. And to see how she’s still enjoying the simple pleasures of life–all at her own pace!

    You are doing so many good things for her….clearly your holistic approach is having a positive effect…..that and all the loving and spoiling! And ya’ know, sometimes pred. can be your “friend”…..it’s kind of a “good guy” in some cases.

    K went back and loo,ed at s e of the videos you posted o. You Tube. Ho est to goodness….she still looks just as vibrant, just as bright, alert an real doggone happy…as now!! Of course, I clearly u derstand you are seeing a lot less active dog day in and day out. Even though her energy bursts are short….and mostly motivated by food….it’s still a beautiful sight:-) 🙂

    In that “first wave video” she was happy chasing g a stick……maybe now you could toss a dog cookie into the water just a few feet and watch her go!!

    She’s such a beautiful dog…really. And she still just looks as healthy as can be! It must have so etching to do with her not k owing she has any old stupid disease, living g in the moment, dog being dog—-and being surrounded by the best pawparents in the land!!

    Forgot where you live…we’re here in Virginia and it seemed like the muggy, humid downpours were never going g to stop. Finally we’re getting us shi e but humid 90_95 degree heat. It really takes a toll on Happy Hannah too. Just the energy it takes to walk around d I. the heat on three legs. just really zap their energy

    You e joy that boat ride Maggieand you tell your momma we better have some videos!!! PLEASE!

    Keep on doing g what your doing g Maggie girl and you eat all you want!! So ethigs working pretty darn good!”

    Thanks so much for the update….look forward to that video:-) 🙂

    Lots of love t the whole pack….and special (((((HUGS))))) To you and Maggie!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  2.   Michelle Says:

    Tracy,
    If you hadn’t given that update I wouldn’t know Maggie was having these problems. She looks good. Keep going Maggie. Enjoy your boat ride.

    Hugs
    Michelle &Sassy

  3.   wyattraydawg Says:

    Maggie, you know what? My Momma and Dad watched your videos and they smiled great big smiles and said “Awwwww” when they saw you. I heard them say something about how sweet you are! I think you are too. I hope when I’m your age I’m just as hoppy and in love with life as you are.

    I hear ya on the heat thing. I hate it too, it really bums me out.

    Maybe some day we can go strawberry pickin’ together? when it’s not so hot of course.

    xoxo

  4.   Brett Says:

    I think often of you both. I think what an amazing dog Maggie is and how lucky is she to have such a wonderful and caring mom. You rock Maggie! Your fans from the trail…M80, Trooper and Willow

  5.   Gina Says:

    So glad you get to enjoy simple things still Maggie. Most dogs never get half of the experiences you still do now! 🙂 Getting old sucks, with or without that darn Kidney disease ( let alone cancer!) so keep eating and enjoying the simple life!

    XOXOXOXO

    Auntie G

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