Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Routine Continues

~A pretty but obnoxious Starling on my porch rail~
It has been a week of all work and no play with a change in our daily routine. I just don't adjust well to the changes of getting up and going to bed earlier.  I should take my cues from the dogs who never seem to notice or really mind--As long as they're being fed of course.
~Charlie~ 
Beau is one dog that is really a creature of habit. At hour house, we have a routine. The dogs always go outside first thing in the morining, and we go for a walk.  Then shortly after, they're fed their breakfast and onward with the day we go.  When Beau first came to us last summer, he would have no part of that routine.  We would have to literally drag him outside in the morning because he refused to go. I'm not sure how long this went on, but I dreaded trying to get him outside. At some point I realized that he would go out willingly AFTER he'd eaten his breakfast. I could only guess that was the routine that he knew before he came to us in July. Life became so much easier when I didn't try to change him. Now six months later, his routine is woven into part of ours.
This week Beau changed his routine and didn't want to go out at all. When he finally did go out he was struggling on the two steps to get back into the house, and not eating as much if any of his morning or evening meals. I'd hoped that it was just the strong medications that he's been taking for his ears affecting his appetite. Unfortunately,  it's not.  A trip to the vet and x-Rays show that he has 3 masses in his chest. If there is any good in this news, it's that there appears to be no evidence that he's bleeding internally. (Note: I hope I've pointed out the masses correctly on the photo below)
It goes without saying that I'm saddened by this news. I hope that our plan to put him back on a steroid, discontinue the ear medications, (and treat topically) will give us more time with Beau. And our goal will be one that never changes despite whatever our daily routine may be, and that's to keep him comfortable and happy for as long as possible.
~Beau and Gus~

34 comments:

  1. We are so sad to read the news about Beau. He is such a sweetheart. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. It is pretty cold here, and sometimes we don't want to go out in the morning either, ....nor does mom....stella rose

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  2. Such sweet faces, poor Beau my prayers are for him tonight.

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  3. oh dear me, I do hope he is comfortable and I too will say prayers for him as well.

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  4. That sinking feeling when you see the x-rays and have them explained is no fun.

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  5. and that's a beautiful starling!

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  6. Sounds like a good plan. Just take it a day at a time and give him lots of love and attention.

    Never knew Starlings could be so beautiful...just remember them as pests.

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  7. Kim,,oh yes,, we know it makes your heart sad to learn about the masses in Beau. We know that you will continue on like always-- making him feel happy and loved.. and try to get him feeling better.
    Such beautiful photos,,and of the starling too.
    love
    tweedles

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  8. Your big heart bruised again x

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  9. To love so intensely---our hearts ache that intensely.

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  10. Sorry to hear of Beau hope things can get better him . Our Miggs and Harley are both very routined as well . Lovely photos , Yes the Starlings are pretty but can be pain in the butt lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  11. Animals are creatures of habit and I know that when habits are broken, there is usually a reason. I hope Beau will have some quality time left.

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  12. Sending sweet Beau prayers.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  13. So sorry to hear that Beau has still another problem. Thinking of all of you.

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  14. Oh my gosh. Can't believe the news about Beau. So sad. I hope that whatever the treatment is that he definitely is their with you and the furry gang longer.

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  15. My heart has pain, as I read your words. Darling boy, so much TLC will be with him every day. Kim, hugs and heaps of loving and caring thoughts to you.

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  16. Oh Beau .... that's not good news, mate!! Mum and I will be thinking of you and hope you remain comfortable and happy. Huuuuuuuugs!!!!!!!!!
    Crikey ..... that starling is beautiful ..... they are a real pest in Australia. Who knew they were so pretty?????

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  17. Two sweet boys, Beau and Gus.
    Hugs to all,
    Gus' Mom

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  18. So sorry to hear that Beau, sending you lots of loves and hugs sweetie
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  19. Poor sweet Beau, sending my prayers and hugs...I am sure he is happy there with you!

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  20. Heartbreaking to read about Beau . . . but comforting to know he is in the best of hands, truly.

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  21. Morning Kim, awwww, I just adore those old Golden faces, so so sweet. Will keep Beau in my prayers, hope all is well. Happy Friday, Francine.

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  22. We are so sorry to hear about, Beau. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! xo

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  23. Sending Beau extra hugs and kisses and prayers coming his way.
    Woofs,
    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

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  24. That is sad news on Beau, but as long as he is comfy the routines of life continue. Sending good vibes to him :-)

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  25. I'm sorry about Beau. He's such a lovely old boy.

    Our routines are pretty important too and when Rob feeds or does the bedtime thing, he doesn't follow the order that I do. It really upsets everyone. Now that Morgan is 15 and often confused, routine has become even more important. If we deviate, she gets really upset.

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  26. poor Beau, you do love your animals so much, it is sad they grow old way too fast. Thinking of you all xxxxx

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  27. So sorry to hear this news about Beau. We know he is in the best place to keep him happy.

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  28. oh beau.
    sweet beau.
    this life. on this planet.
    how you go on. always. regardless of news like this.
    my dear heart. but you do. and because you do ...
    we are privileged to be part of these dearest furry beings' lives.
    thank you. bless you. and god speed beau.
    that you might have some long wonderful love filled days yet. xoxo♥

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  29. Oh Kim... you are such an amazing savior of elderly dogs who need love showered on them, but with that comes so many losses. I'm in awe of you, with how you give and give and give, despite the heartbreaks.

    I hope with all my heart that you get more time with sweet Beau. I love the story of how you adapted to his routine, and it's become woven into your daily life. Please give that sweetie a soft pat from me.

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  30. oh dear.....i know, that sweet face. Again, God bless you and I do hope he perks up and is okay for a while. Winter is hard on him probably. Hugs...

    I do love the colors of the starling; they are something, aren't they?

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  31. What a wonderful human being you are, Kim.

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  32. We'll say prayers for him.

    Monty and Harlow

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