A Heartbreaking Update from the Campbell Kingdom #SeeingEye #Dog

Good evening to All.

I hope this post finds you doing well and that you have truly had a Magnificent Monday.

Here, not so much.

Campbell has had what I must say has been the worst day of his life ever, and I don’t hold out a lot of hope for a major improvement.

As many of you know, Campbell will be 12-years old in November. Most of you also know, that Campbell is my now retired Seeing Eye Guide Dog and that he worked for me 8 and ½ of the nearly 10 years he has been with me.

You also may know that he has over the last couple of years dealt with several illnesses brought on by aging, and one of those is Arthritis in his back.

Over the past few months his back issues have been getting worse, and along with this his back legs have been weakening.

We’ve tried various medications and treatments including a combination of pain, and anti-inflammatory medications and acupuncture.

Many of you who have been following our progress for some time now, also know that over the last year Campbell has on top of all the other things listed here, been dealing with cognitive issues.

Over the past few months, I’ve seen an increase in the cognitive issues as well as leg weakening.

Since September 11 we’ve been more aggressively treating the cognitive issues, pain and leg weakening, and we are regrettably coming to the end of what we can do which will keep him comfortable and allow a decent quality of life.

This morning when we went out for his first relief all seemed OK. I was aware he was having a bit of trouble walking but as he got out into the yard he seemed to level out and though his pace was very slow he asked to leave the yard to walk up the walk a bit so he could sniff some of his favorite spots.

We’d not gone far when I realized he was slowing further, and his gait was changing. I quickly turned us around and headed back toward the house. We’d only gone a short way when suddenly, he collapsed at my feet, and rolled onto his side with a yelp of pain. For Campbell to cry out I knew he had to have been hurting as he is normally quite stoic.

Kneeling beside him I attempted to get him up and onto his feet. As I lifted and steadied him his legs began to collapse yet again and as they did, he lost control of his bladder.

Lowering him to the ground I sat for a few moments trying to reach someone on the phone who could help. After a few anxious calls with no luck and knowing I must get him out of the morning air and back into the house, I called 9-11. After listening patiently to my need the dispatcher stated that she would send someone straight away and for me to remain where I was. I didn’t bother to remind the girl that I couldn’t go anywhere thus the reason for my call, instead I thanked her and hung up.

As we sat there on the ground together, I rubbed Campbell’s legs and soon he was trying to stand. After a couple of failed attempts, he was once again on his feet and tugging his leash in an effort to get me to go with him. He was shivering and panting but he was also incredibly determined to see us back to the house.

I walked slowly beside him allowing him to set the pace and soon we were carefully making our way home.

I called the 9-11 dispatcher back and told her we were up and moving and gave her another location according to what my phone read and told her we were going back to our house and gave her my address.

An officer did come by to check with us even though I’d told them they didn’t need to send anyone. He said he was already nearly here when the call came to cancel and he decided to make sure we were OK.

Once we were back inside, cleaned up and calmed down, I began to make his breakfast and while I mixed in the medications my phone rang and it was one of the friends I’d called who is also the lead receptionist at our vet.

I explained what had happened to Campbell and after some discussion on the phone and then via text we decided that since I was scheduled to bring him in today for an acupuncture treatment that it would be a good idea for us to go ahead and come even if a treatment was not done.

We did go and after a thorough exam it was decided that we would try a week’s worth of steroid treatment along with another acupuncture and an added vitamin B 12 shot.

He had the shot and the acupuncture today.

For the next two days I must take him off the anti-inflammatory medication and once that has left his system, we will start the steroids.

We have made the decision that if this does not show a Marked_ Improvement_ that we will assist him to the Rainbow Bridge.

Please folks, do not send me more treatment ideas. Campbell is not happy. He spends most of his days hiding in his crate. Yes, he will come out and say a happy brief hello to visitors and then he’s either back in the corner of the living room on his bed or hidden off in his room.

He shows little interest in anything much more than a short walk in the yard, and if he does go for a longer walk up and down the block, he pays for it mightily for the next two or three days.

I will Not_ Allow_ him to suffer.

I must also say that when he has accidents inside, which he is now doing when trying to stand if I don’t take him out at least every two hours he gets extremely upset.

He has also become very fearful of loud noises. Fireworks, thunderstorms, and loud slamming of doors and car alarms send him into a complete panic. he cannot stand for the TV, Radio, or talking books to be loud and he cannot at all tolerate my talking screen reader’s chatter. I must wear headphones all the time else he starts pacing the floor.

What I would like is for everyone to simply pray for the highest good to be done and for him to not be too uncomfortable over these next few days.

The vet has told me that due to his age and all the other things he has going on along with the back and leg issue that we are at the end of our treatment options.

I have done a considerable amount of reading. I have spoken to The Seeing Eye and I feel that unless this steroid treatment makes a huge difference that to let him go is the very best choice.

One thing I’d like to add is that I believe Campbell is done and that he’d like to be allowed to be free of this.

He has always been extremely easy to medicate. Over the last week or so however, he has become argumentative about taking meds, and tonight when I gave them mixed in his canned food which is soft and very moist, he dug and spit them out into the floor. Had I not been sitting beside him I’d have never known it. I had to force them on him and ladies and gentlemen considering how little good the damned things are doing I will not let that go for long.

My heart is shattered, and I feel as though the world is crashing in around me. This is not a decision I’ve come to lightly.

I appreciate all your love and well-wishes.

I ask you lend your strength during this exceedingly difficult time.

This message will be posted several places so if it is a repeat for you, I apologize.

I will not be dealing with anymore email or Social Media tonight.

Thanks to all.

May Harmony Find You and Blessid Be.

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About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. See her latest book, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition in eBook and Paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG Find it in various accessible formats: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher See her Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ Patty loves receiving feedback about her work. So, drop her a line any time at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
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8 Responses to A Heartbreaking Update from the Campbell Kingdom #SeeingEye #Dog

  1. P. Campbell says:

    I felt so wretched yesterday so just found this.

    My vet put it in a nut shell, “He knows his work is done.” My heart cries for you both.  This is so hard for both of you, and please don’t negate how hard it is for you, it’s actually a traumatic experience for you in so many ways that perhaps some dog guide owners may not understand. May you cling to that prayer that never fails, “Thy will be done.” If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

    Love and peace

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Good morning, my Dear Friend Phyllis.

      I’m sorry you’re feeling badly.

      Here, we’re simply taking it one moment at a time.

      Hard though this thing is, I’m comfortable with the decisions I’ve made, and in fact, strange though it may seem am a bit relieved to have made it.

      I’ve known for a while now that Campbell was suffering but this past few weeks things have really come to a head, and he’s begun showing me that he is done with this life.

      The problem for him has been that the actual systems of his body, heart, lungs, kidneys, etc. have been functioning quite normally and so even though he is in pure misery, his body is going on.

      But, his mind is slipping, and his back and legs are failing him, and it is those things which have led me to where we are.

      At this moment, the King as I truly believe he is, is laying on the loveseat trying to talk me out of my breakfast bar and ready-to-drink shake. LOL. He doesn’t feel well enough to come and put his nose on my knee and declare that no matter what is believed he is starving but he can still send waves of pitiful thoughts across the room. LOL.

      We’re enjoying every sniff of each blade of grass and breeze. When the sun rises and warms the air, I’ll open the window beside him and he will lay there and monitor his kingdom with his nose.

      Thank you for understanding that this is a very significant thing. For everyone who goes through this it is different but never easy.

      Love and hugs, wags and kisses, Patty and Campbell.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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  2. tidalscribe says:

    Yes of course you must let him go, it’s hard for you.

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Hi.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting to say you understand.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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  3. I’m so sorry you and Campbell are going through this. I knew his health had been poor, and am sorry it’s gotten so bad for him. I know from experience how hard it is to make the kind of decision you’re likely facing, but I also know you’ll do what’s best for Campbell. Hang in there, and enjoy whatever time you have left with him – whether that be just a few more days, or much longer.

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Hello Tori.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting.

      We’re doing the best we can under the circumstance but today is a rough day. I honestly don’t believe we’re going to go on like this much longer.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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  4. Sometimes the best gift we can give to our beloved companions is the hardest thing of all for us to do. Much love to you and Campbell.

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    • Patty L. Fletcher says:

      Hi.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I agree with you.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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