I inherited a dog when my dad died. She’s a sweet dog and she really took to me fast. But I feel bad for her, she’ll never love me like she loved my dad. I know she misses him.
My mom was in hospice after a terminal cancer diagnosis. When she was first diagnosed with cancer we got her a pup that was her chemo buddy. 5 years later when my mom was in the final stages that pup refused to leave her bed and was curled up at the foot of her bed just like that. Dogs can tell when something like this is happening. The day my mom took her last breath that pup was on her bed, went and sniffed her face and layed her head on my moms chest and refused to move even when the mortuary came to take her body away. I had to physically lift the pup and and we were both crying together. I didn’t know a dog could be so emotional until that day. That pups been by my side ever since.
I highly recommend taking that pup as much as possible to see his owner as dogs can tell what’s going on and they can tell when their owner is in their final stages even though they may not understand. Also make sure that the person who will be taking responsibility of the dog afterwards knows that dogs grieve the loss of their owners. Lots of attention, affection, and activity along with patience helps. My pup grieved the loss of my mom but we were able to grieve together and she gave me a reason to get up in the morning as she was now my responsibility.
Sending your family lots of love and prayers. Having had multiple family members in hospice it really sucks. I’m so sorry for what you are going through but know you’re not alone. If you ever need someone to talk to I’m always an open ear.
For someone still in their twenties with MS, and even though I know this must be a difficult time for you, I appreciate this, as it gives me hope for a potentially longer and love-filled life with this disease. Good vibes, wishes for no more pain, and good health to you all.
I try to be the person my dog thinks I am.
That’s a long battle. I’m glad he has some comfort
This is perfect because it was almost time for my nightcry.
My Yellow Lab, Cooper the Super Pooper was the most chill and communicative dogs I've met. I jumped in a river and broke my leg and he swam out and tug boated me to the shallows. He stopped me from taking a nap when I thouht I had heartburn. When I walked with him down the stairs, I sat down and he poked at my chest. I was having a heart attack. My friend was admitted to a hospital for a heart attack and he had Alzheimer's. I brought Cooper to the hospital and he was so well behaved that nobody even asked if he was a therapy dog. He laid on the bed with my friend, watched over him with his head under his arm for about two hours while I helped him shave and eat. Cooper died a few years ago from brain tumors. He was a great dog.
MS is a fucked up disease, lost my mom to MS 3 years ago. She battled for 35 years passing away at 58, it is a disease that gets so little coverage, its the most heartbreaking progression of a disease. Fuck MS I wish your grandpa and all others suffering from it's grasps a fullest happiest life possible and a cure is found, losing her at 26 to this shit has left me empty.
Animals know, read about:
Oscar the hospice cat)
More accurate than doctors at times.
If/When grandpa dies, please let the dog sniff him for the last time, to understand and get over it. If not, in about a month, you'll be posting pics of a dog who's still sitting by the bed because he will think grandpa lett him w/o saying goodbye... so... yeah.
When he passes. Please let the dog sniff him and understand he is gone. Otherwise the dog will get severe anxiety not knowing where he went . Sorry if someone has already mentioned this I have not read the comments.
More people need to recognize this. Pets become your family and may react to your emotions even before you purely out of love. If you have that, don't neglect it. They are as much of us as we are them.
“I protec to the end”
Your grandad may enjoy if you play music for him on your phone when you visit. Tell the family. My mom was comforted by music in hospice when she wasn’t able to speak anymore. Bless him and his lovely dog!!
My girlfriend has MS that's been in remission for years thankfully but this hits close to home. I'm really sorry about your grandpa but they're keeping him comfortable and he has his buddy there comforting and keeping an eye on him. Wishing you and your family all the best.
I needed a good cry.
My dog stayed with my Mom after she passed until they came to take her away.They are amazing creatures we are so blessed to have in our lives.
My dad has lived with MS for more than 40 years, sadly while MS has it's issues for him, it's the motorcycle accident in his 20s that is really an issue, he's got lyphmedema (swelling in the lymph areas) that's made his life miserable these last 10 years. MS sucks, don't get me wrong, but we all thought it would be his demise while he's just fucking miserable from the lymph swelling of his leg... it makes it hard to to day to day stuff. It's heavy in his leg and it hurts.
Sorry to ask, but what's MS?
brb, hugging my dogs.
My sister has a brendel deer chihuahua and I don’t see as much as I want to but I remember some times when sees me or my dad she would piss cus of excitement and when she stayed over she would auto come to my bed and I would bring her her tiny bed and blankey and she never left I scratched her fav spot in her neck and she would past out I treat her like she is mine I love her so much she loves to play too btw
Hospice is hard. It's also so much better than "not hospice". I hope it's comfortable for him, comforting for you, slow enough that you can spend time saying goodbye, and not one second longer than that.
My Dad has had MS since his early 20’s. He is in his mid-70’s now and the disease has really taken its toll. He had a Golden Retriever that passed a few years back. This really hits home for me. Thinking of you and your family.
As iconic a photo showing our deal with that species as any I’ve ever seen
That’s the very bestest boi.
I’m guessing it was RRMS that turned into progressive? Or did it stay RRMS and finally wore him down?
I ask because my gf has been living with RRMS for about 30 years. She’s doing really well, but I can see decline over the last 7 years we’ve been together. Some loss of mental capacity, though it’s not bad enough to affect anything. More than anything it’s her balance and coordination. I’ve witnessed 2 attacks, but it was like she was shitfaced drunk. But she has gone blind and paraplegic in the past.
Best to you and your family.
We don’t deserve dogs
As the son of a father who's lived with MS for 23 years, I offer you my condolences and profound empathy.
The goodest good boy.
We absolutely don't deserve dogs. 😢
My dad with Parkinson’s was just admitted to hospice today as well. Sorry for you and your family.
Sorry for your grandfather. What a wonderful dog.
That good boy needs to go to an infant next. It's only fair....
What a comfort. Peace to you all.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
That dog on his feet is more powerful than any drug.. May I be so lucky..
Your grandpa is just like, "how bout some leg room?!?"
We, as a species, don't deserve such amazing creatures. We could learn a thing or two from them.
I have an insane high energy pitbull (rescued, bad breeding). When my brother in law got sick for a few days, the pitbull laid in bed with him the whole time til he felt better. For a total knucklehead, he can be a real sweetheart
The goodest boi there ever was. I hope your grandpa is able to pass peacefully and painlessly.
OP, if you need someone to talk to, I'm here. My dad was admitted to hospice once it was determined that chemo / treatment was no longer effective in his pancreatic cancer battle. My old man fought for 4.67 years. Our hospice center had staff that was absolutely amazing, caring, gentle (yet firm - dad NEVER wanted to listen to my mom or me that the humidified oxygen is good for him and to keep the can in. But Nurse Robin got him to keep it in no problem!) and professional of the utmost calibre.
I hope you experience the same. End of Life care requires a certain type of person and I hope you experience nothing but the best, both for your family and for grandpa. Remember to seek an ear to listen to, professional, if appropriate. Keep talking to your grandpa - hearing is the last sense to go and I know he's enjoying listening to y'all and the carrying about that's going on.
Take care, OP. I'm happy to chat with you if you need an ear, shoulder, or hug!
Awwww, karma whoring at it's finest... So cute
For me, this is my nightmare.
My mother is getting up there in years and is allergic to animal hair. She hasn't been able to find a no pets allowed nursing home in the state. Every single one has cats, dogs, whatever roaming around and those that don't normally allow them have animals come in for a visit. I fear her lying there, unable to communicate, slowly suffocating as she looses the ability to breathe and then dying, because someone didn't read the sign or because her neighbor's family decided that my Mom needs to share in the love an animal can bring, so they put it on her bed or in her room or something. They can also give her anxiety because she's spent a lifetime having to avoid pets. Dying in the grip of fear, not able to communicate... Yeah, that's my nightmare, right there.
Heart goes out to you, but I'll never understand why people feel the need to post things like this on reddit.
Honestly think its just for fake internet points.
Thanks for making me sad bro. Damn man.