Duchess 18-184TD

Duchess 18-184TDDuchess 18-184TD

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Sweet and loving Duchess came into RAGOM from Turkey. She was found in a forest outside of Istanbul. She has taken baby steps to acclimate from the journey to her new surroundings. She has severe arthritis in her knees and crouches when she walks. She is on pain treatment and joint supplements, as well as a prescription diet for neurological needs.

At a Glance #18-184TD

Golden Retriever Born: September 2008
Female 59 lbs

Status: Hospice

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Sweet and loving Duchess came into RAGOM from Turkey. She was found in a forest outside of Istanbul. She has taken baby steps to acclimate from the journey to her new surroundings. She has severe arthritis in her knees and crouches when she walks. She is on pain treatment and joint supplements, as well as a prescription diet for neurological needs.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Lovely, sweet Duchess enjoyed the brief spring and now the early summer. She loves to lay in the backyard and look up at us with those incredible eyes.

This is our first thunderstorm season with her, and she is especially bothered by the lightening. We give her calming treats when we know one is on the way, and that helps a lot.

Over the last two months, Duchess started having a few accidents in the house that have since increased. She has been tested for urinary tract infections, and all was normal as well as her thyroid level and blood panel. She seems confused as of late as she pees when she comes inside.

We are working on ways to help her improve upon this as she might be experiencing early signs of dog dementia. We are monitoring closely.

Unfortunately, this week she also suffered a seizure. The vet is not concerned as this is the first one we have seen since last November, so for now, she will stay on the same dosage of seizure meds and prescription neurological food. She is also continuing her arthritis meds.

Given all of her health and behavior issues, RAGOM has made the decision to put her on hospice. We will continue to love her as big as the sky and give her all the care that she needs.

We haven't conquered her fear of taking a walk, but she had a small breakthrough and she will sit with us in the front yard. We are grateful for small victories.

Duchess is in a good place, much better than her days alone in Turkey, so we are grateful for that, too. She brings us joy and love, unconditionally. You can't ask for more than that.

Duchess 18-184TD

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lovely, sweet Duchess has had a good few months! She loves the snow and that's saying a lot coming from a dog from Turkey!

Her seizure meds are working and she is seizure free. Her health is good. She is still timid leaving the backyard, but we’re working on this. I think she just feels safe after a life on her own and is happy to stay put.

She twirls in circles when it’s time to eat!

Consider bringing this darling girl into your home. She is a great companion, loving, and will follow you around. She wants to be near her people.

Duchess 18-184TD

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Yay! Duchess is doing great!

She had 11 teeth removed on December 20, and it was a great success. She is eating great and everything has healed well. She also had a plant removed from deep within her right ear and hind leg, and all is well.

She is so happy and full of tail wags. She loves our senior dogs and being cozy on all the beds around the house.

Hanging out with her pack.
Hanging out with her pack.
Relaxing on a nice dog bed.
Relaxing on a nice dog bed.

She still won't leave the backyard to go on a walk. It has been a slow process, but we are working on it. She is on pain and arthritis meds as well as joint supplements, and she will need to remain on the anti-seizure meds and prescription dog food for seizures. 

She has a lot of love to give, and oh my, those eyes... She is very sedentary and just likes to sleep. She also loves to watch us cook. Her gait is slow as her knees are very arthritic. She walks low to the ground on her hind end. 

Consider loving her and bringing her into your home. No stairs would be great and a mellow dog in the home would be perfect for companionship.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hello from Duchess!

Duchess had a setback this week with her seizures. She suffered three on Thursday and was hospitalized. She is back home and doing well. She is now on anti-seizure meds.

Her worms have cleared and her ears are almost better. She is scheduled for dental work in December. 

Duchess is more bubbly with each passing day. She is a lover and now follows us to more rooms in the house. She ventured into the living room with her buddy Charlie Bear to get warm by the fire.

Duchess following Charlie Bear's lead to relax by the fire.
Duchess following Charlie Bear's lead to relax by the fire.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Welcome, Duchess! We loved you the moment we saw you. While your journey to America was stressful, you have turned a big corner in the last few weeks!

Welcome, Duchess!
Welcome, Duchess!

Duchess is a sweet girl. She loves our resident senior dogs that welcomed her with open arms. Charlie Bear kisses her sweet nose and cuddles with her.

Duchess with the resident dogs.
Duchess with the resident dogs.

She is eating well, takes treats gently, and has no resource guarding, but we do feed her separately. She is currently being treated for a double ear infection and worms. She will be re-tested by November 11. 

Duchess has arthritis, especially in her knees, and she is on medication. When she is seen by the vet next, they will look into this further and will also let us know if she needs to have any dental work. She needs to be lifted in and out of the car, but doesn't seem to mind the actual ride.

Duchess had three seizures within 12 hours of her arrival, but has not had one since. The stress of the journey was just too much for this senior girl.

She knows her name and simple commands in English, and she is a big tail wagger. She has recently done the Golden lean-in as she does not want you to stop petting her.

Our hearts melt every time we look into her big beautiful eyes. We wonder what those eyes have seen over the course of her life, but now she is safe, well cared for, and loved. 

More to come after her next vet visit

Duchess in leaves.
Duchess in leaves.

Hospice: Duchess will live out her remaining days in her foster home.