View Full Version : Old man TwoLane

10-04-2016, 11:09 PM
Our golden retriever, TwoLane, is now a little over 13-1/2. He's mostly blind and deaf now, and gets confused and anxious at times, and his back legs don't work so well. He has bad allergies, and a couple of slow-growing tumors, but he's been holding his own for about the last 6 months or so. Tonight, I noticed a pretty good-size lump under his right eye. Could be a bee sting; he seems rather sensitive to touch to it, but it could be another tumor too. And seeing that it's on his face, and I didn't notice it this morning, could be that it's a fast-growing cancerous tumor. We'll keep an eye on it the next few days, and I gave him a Rimadyl and a Benedryl tonight, but I'm thinking we're getting pretty close to the end here. He has been the sweetest dog ever, a dumped puppy my husband found in Kentucky when he was about 6 weeks old. So glad he came home to live with us. He's been the best dog.
I would appreciate Bentleys (TwoLane even has a small one), that he doesn't have a lot of pain, and that when his time comes, I'll be able to be strong enough to get him through it. He's my husband's dog - always has been, and I hope that both of us will be able to be with TwoLane when he passes.

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10-04-2016, 11:37 PM
River's Bentley is full on high for TwoLane. :bentley:

10-05-2016, 12:41 AM
Three Bentleys on high and sending prayers and positive thoughts for TwoLane and you and Rick. TwoLane has had a long, wonderful life with your family, but it is never long enough. Letting go is the hardest part and it never gets any easier.

10-05-2016, 11:41 AM
Finn's Bentley is glowing. I've been through this too many times. 3 dogs that lived to be 14-15 (Chessie, Malamute, and Sheltie). Now I have Finn at 2-1/2. He's aging me faster than the other 3 combined. Two-lane is a beauty.

10-05-2016, 01:29 PM
Bentleys here for TwoLane! He looks like a sweet old man and I pray that when the times comes it is peaceful. :bentley:

10-05-2016, 06:43 PM
Bentleys for TwoLane. He's his Daddy's pup and even when his life is over, he'll still be the one your DH will have loved the most. Precious times.

10-07-2016, 10:23 PM
Ah I never noticed the mini-Bentley before, how precious. He is such a noble-looking dog. Hoping for a peaceful final chapter with the lights of his life there with him to the end.

10-08-2016, 05:17 PM
WELL. I took TwoLane to the vet and had him thoroughly checked out...he has an abcessed tooth! The tumors he has on his legs (two of them now), are smallish, localized sarcomas. The vet thinks he may die of something else before those get bad enough to incapacitate him. He has a very slight heart murmur, but the vet thinks he is well enough to put under anesthesia long enough to pull the tooth. We have an appointment on Monday, the 17th. Looks like Old Man TwoLane will be with us for a while longer.

10-09-2016, 09:03 AM
Oh good. Well, of course not good that he has the abscess, but explains the swelling in that area and sensitivity, and they can remove it. Of course let us know how it goes on the 17th.

10-10-2016, 12:26 AM
So glad that it is just an abscessed tooth and not anything more serious. I will be sending prayers and positive thoughts on the 17th for TwoLane.

10-10-2016, 12:31 AM
So glad you and your husband get to spend more time with TwoLane.
My thoughts have been with you and am so thankful that you have shared the news about TwoLane having an infected tooth. I will be thinking and sending positive thoughts your way that TwoLane's experience waiting to have the tooth removed and the process having it done will go smoothly.

10-11-2016, 12:06 AM
Good to hear that he doesn't have more serious issues. If you'd take a piece of unsolicited advice, I'd recommend you take lots of pictures and movies of him while he is still with you.

10-12-2016, 01:51 AM
Eileen, I am so relieved it wasn't a tumour and that you have some more time with him. He is such a lovely dog. Our boy, Bud, is getting to that stage also with a tumour of some sort on his lip plus lumps on his chest/abdomen. We had 2 malignant lumps removed from his butt and his rear flank last year but he's still kicking on. Hearing and eyesight very diminished and his rear end is getting weaker and weaker but he still loves his food and getting outside for a walk down the back of the property. He did a big road trip to Melbourne with us recently for the show but he was very stiff and sore after the return trip so I'll be limiting his trips in the car going forward. He turns 16 on 8th November.


10-12-2016, 10:55 AM
Wow! Bud is still with us! If I remember correctly, he's a mix with Border Collie?

I found an old cattle dog a week ago, and after calling numbers on her tag, her Dad came to get her. She was 18.5 years old!!!

10-12-2016, 02:18 PM
WOW, still on walkabout at 18.5!!

And Lee, yes, I am taking a lot more photos (& a few videos) than usual. I know his end is coming in the not-too-distant future, and want a good many photos to remember him by.

10-13-2016, 07:04 PM
Wow! Bud is still with us! If I remember correctly, he's a mix with Border Collie?

Barbara, he is kelpie x cattle dog and I jinxed myself by writing this post :(
Wed night 6 hours after typing this Bud had a massive seizure and stroke and we had to take him to the vet and say goodbye. We are absolutely gutted and heartbroken. I can't even express how much of a hole he has left in our lives.
I'll type up a separate post in tribute.

10-17-2016, 08:33 PM
So TwoLane had his surgery today. They extracted two teeth - the big molar on top, they said was cracked and infected, and was one of the worst they'd ever seen. When I saw the x-rays, there was a hole right through the whole tooth, and the vet said that it had to have been very painful for him. The lower tooth was just loose and had a small chip out of it, so they took that one too. He had surgery at 10:00 this morning and was done by noon, and is home now and sleeping. He's pretty loopy, and has not been able to walk very well, and he did pee on himself before we could get him outside. I imagine we will have a few accidents before he feels better. But, he did eat a full supper and took his painkillers and antibiotics like a good boy. I'm thinking he will sleep good tonight. Our old man, we love him. I'll try to post the x-ray tomorrow after they send them to me.

Carol G
10-17-2016, 08:49 PM
That is good news! Sounds like he is doing very well. He will feel better once the extraction sites heals -- actually probably already feels better.

10-18-2016, 12:54 AM
So glad that everything went well for TwoLane's surgery. Continued prayers for a smooth recovery.

10-18-2016, 07:32 AM
He slept well overnight (woke up only once), and ate a good breakfast this morning, hamburger and rice for a week until the incision heals. He has dissolvable stitches. He's a little wobbly yet, but more like the "normal wobbly" (for him) and he went outside and down the porch steps on his own this morning, so hopefully most of the anesthetic has worn off by now.

10-19-2016, 08:02 AM
Here's the tooth with the hole in it. Youch.

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10-20-2016, 12:23 AM
Poor boy has to feel better without that tooth.

11-10-2016, 08:18 PM
So when I took Rody Jane in for the tumor surgery, I took TwoLane along, and originally wanted to get an x-ray to see if he has any other tumors inside that we don't know about. He gets very anxious, and he barks A LOT. He's deaf and pretty much blind, his back legs don't work well, and he has doggy dementia. I didn't know if the barking and what I thought was anxiety was maybe due to pain... But the vet gave him a thorough exam - no x-rays, but she found no lumps or bumps or sensitive areas. She feels it is pretty much just due to the dementia, and told us to pretty much keep doing what we're doing, make him as comfortable as possible, don't move the furniture, anxiety meds as needed. So that's what we'll do. I'm glad she didn't find anymore tumors (he has an inoperable one on his leg too), we can deal with the anxiety. She didn't charge us for the exam either, which I thought was very nice.

11-11-2016, 01:10 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know it is so hard to watch our dogs age and to deal with the changes they are going through. I hope the anxiety meds work and it was very nice of your vet not to charge you for examining TwoLane.

Carol G
11-11-2016, 04:13 AM
That sounds like a fairly decent report to me. That was very nice of your vet to not charge you.

11-21-2016, 10:51 PM
I must say, this doggy dementia stuff is NOT easy for anyone. He does get anxious, and without the meds, he does bark almost ALL of his waking hours. Because his back legs are so bad, I am having to help carry him up and down the porch steps when he has to go out - and sometimes he thinks he has to go out like 10 times in 2 hours! Other times, he can go for 14 hours without needing to go out. (Thank you, Carol, for that lifting harness, it has really helped my back, which is not so good to start with!)

I told my husband that we need to really start thinking about his quality of life. I don't think we're quite at "that point" yet, but it may not be much longer. Of course, we all wish they would just pass in their sleep, don't we? How come it never happens?? *sigh*

11-22-2016, 03:01 AM
When our old pug was near the end, he had what appeared to be demented episodes a couple times a day where he'd repeatedly hurl himself against walls or doors and howl inconsolably apropos of nothing. Maybe they were hallucinations or seizures, who knows. If it weren't for the fact that he was still normally responsive most of the time, we'd have ended it right there. He actually did die in his sleep...which was "good" in that you don't go have to go through that too-familiar uneasiness of leading them to their ends without them realizing that's what you're doing...not so good in that you'll have to deal with the body all by yourself. And of course unless you're able to watch them 24 hours a day, there's no telling what specific situation they might wind up dying in; it might not involve peaceful rest, and you might not be able to be at their side. I think in most cases I'd actually prefer to go ahead and take responsibility for that moment myself, since they can't. Apologies for being morbid...

Carol G
11-22-2016, 03:25 AM
I don't have any words of wisdom, but you are in my thoughts.

11-22-2016, 12:29 PM
Sweet baby.

My Mother's friend's kinda old cat has been howling at night. All night long...She's taken Callie to vets, emergency, etc and everything thinks its her time to depart the earth. Mother's friend is hanging on to her tho.

11-23-2016, 01:20 AM
My thoughts are with you and Rick at this tough time. It is never easy to decide when it is time to let go unless a dog is so seriously ill that it is a blessing to relieve them of pain. I have always had to make the decision when it was "time" to let my dogs go and have never had one pass in their sleep. It never gets any easier and I think we always second guess ourselves as to whether we did the right thing.

My inside cat, Destiny, is going through a tough time now as well. I think she has gone deaf since she cries very loudly when she wants something. She has never been an outside cat, actually has been afraid to go outside for more than a minute, but now she insists on going outside when the Cattle Dogs go out. I'm afraid that I will forget she is outside since she doesn't always come back in when the dogs do. Val is afraid of her and even Cindy is leery of her when she cries so loudly. She has lost weight and doesn't always use the litter box. She is 15 yrs old and I think her time is getting near.

01-21-2017, 10:37 AM
We have an appointment at the vet this Thursday to help TwoLane to the Bridge. He just turned 14. He is deaf and blind, his back legs have just about completely given out, his cancer tumor is about the size of a Clementine orange (but doesn't seem to cause him any pain), and he is confused and anxious much of the time he is awake. It is time; his quality of life is no longer there.

My husband is having knee surgery on Tuesday and will be home for the rest of the week. So we are letting TwoLane spend one last full day with him (he is his daddy's dog), and then Rick will go with me to the vet on Thursday; I wanted my husband to be there, so the timing is right all around.

The past few weeks have been difficult - both in watching him decline, and in caring for him in this cold and icy weather, as I needed to help carry him out to do his business - no small feat when the steps and driveway are sheer ice, and he is 60#. The sling helped, Carol, thank you so much for sending it to me.

We will miss our big, sweet, beautiful boy. But he needs rest now. And so do we. I am at peace with our decision.

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Carol G
01-21-2017, 12:22 PM
I'm so sorry Ei. My thoughts are with you and your husband. TwoLane has had a wonderful life with the two of you.

01-21-2017, 06:50 PM
My heart breaks for you three. Sweet pup. Say hi to my beloved fur babies.

01-21-2017, 10:52 PM
That's wonderful that your husband will be able to spend one last special day with him. It definitely sounds like the time has come, but knowing that never makes it easy. Will keep you in my thoughts.

01-25-2017, 12:09 PM
I can hardly stand it when people have to send their beloved pets over the bridge. I've done it more than I care. So sorry for your sadness. So glad you had such a wonderful companion for 14 years.

01-26-2017, 12:25 PM
I was thinking of you all yesterday. Hugs.

Carol G
01-26-2017, 02:16 PM
My thoughts have been and are with you. Hugs from me too.