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Found out the other day that one of my fosters has discospondylosis. So sad. Vet says she has probably 6 months to live. I feel so bad for her. Before I got her the former owner kept both sisters in a run of about 10 x 10. Rarely let them out, and didn't socialize them at all. Now she and her sister get the run of 3 whole acres and get to socialize with all sorts of buddies. When I got them they were scared all the time and very lethargic. Now,since being with me since July, they are happy all the time with no sign of nerves and get tons and tons of exercise. When I seen them smile it makes me feel so good inside, yet also so sad that she will soon be gone.

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Comment by Kristina Brannlund Westin on February 2, 2009 at 3:16pm
Hi Phil!

So sad to hear about this illness. Poor girl.
One consolation in all this is that you know that she have had a happy life since she came to you and that she have been able to be a happy dog.
You have done a great job with this dogs and I like to give you a great tribute for that.

Best Regards, Kristina
Comment by Myra Thomas-Rhodes on February 2, 2009 at 7:22pm
Very sad, Phil. Just enjoy the time she has left, and let her run as much as she feels she can do.
Comment by Phil Ledbetter on February 2, 2009 at 9:13pm
Yes, I realize that a good thing has been done for her but it is still sad nonetheless. We will all carry on and try to have as many happy days as possible.
Comment by Ewa on February 3, 2009 at 12:40am
It’s so sad. Both the sisters are looking so good on photos. Enjoy each day and be happy for each day given you and your dogs.
Comment by Dee Rance on February 3, 2009 at 3:00am
My Akita had the same problem, she went on until she was 15 just let her make the pace she will know when to stop. I used a lot of Homeopathic remedies do you have a Homeopathic vet that you can consult??? Unfortunately it was many years ago now and I can't remember what they were, I do hope that she progresses well, and has a lot more time with you, keep up the good work.
Comment by Marta Magi on February 3, 2009 at 5:18am
So sad, I know no word can make your feelings any better. Looking at her knowing she will be gone soon must make your heart broken every day ...... even for me is hard to imagine, but for you it must be the end of world. I understand you and wish the very best for the time she has left.
Comment by Carmel Murphy on February 3, 2009 at 6:36am
That is sad news but what a very lucky setter to have such a great life now, regardless how short that may be(maybe longer than any one knows!) Enjoy every minute!
Comment by Lynn Spencer on February 4, 2009 at 4:35am
Have not been on group for a few days. Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about your lovely girl. You are giving her a wonderful life and however long she has , she knows she will be happy and loved.
Comment by Phil Ledbetter on February 4, 2009 at 11:01am
Thanks for all the comments. The vet has given her some pills to keep down the inflammation of the spinal chord so she can move around. She tries to run around just like she used to and it's almost comical how she looks like a drunken sailor doing it if it weren't so sad.
Comment by Phil Ledbetter on February 9, 2009 at 10:59am
Found out this weekend that someone wants to adopt my foster "kids". She's a vet a couple hours from me and is prepared to take care of their medical issues and has room to run for them also. This is great! I will miss them, but it's good for them.

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