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Koufax stayed most of the day with Dr. D, he was knocked out to get a really good look at his body on the inside.
I can't say I was surprised to hear that he is riddled with arthritis, his hips, his back, his spine. His lumbrosacral is the worst with quite a bit of narrowing between his discs. This is the area that he exhibits the most pain from. Dr. D said she feels like his right rear leg has a problem, with what feels like a partial tear in his cruciate ligament. It's obvious that this is why he's so clunky and wonky when he runs and walks, everything must hurt because of the arthritis.
None of these things would we do anything for other than providing him with pain meds, anti inflammatory drugs, joint supplements and some acupuncture. We have no idea how old Koufax is, he was an owner surrender in the valley in terrible shape, that's all we know.
After looking at his x-rays Dr. D would put him at 6 or maybe more. Nothing in his x-rays explains the head tilt so that leads us to perhaps an inner ear issue or a neurology issue. It hasn't gotten any worse but it isn't better either.
Because he has a big ol' head Dr. D can't see far enough into his ears before everything gets too narrow to see with the tools she has. She honestly thinks I should start with the neurologist and see what they think and maybe they will say it looks like everything is normal and send us to a dermatologist who has small scopes and cameras that could look into his ears.
Either way we will try to get to the bottom of it, but I can say right now that I never want to step into neurology for any dog.
It seems that no good news ever comes from there and they scare me to death.
He's pretty loopy and uncomfortable after being manipulated this afternoon into painful positions for x-ray.
After all of this very sad news with the 3 red bears, Reyna, Angelina, and now McBain that we've had these last couple of days has given me pause for thought. Koufax has been a challenge, he's a stubborn bullheaded big gorgeous red bear, but he's given me a run for my money in many ways.
I strongly believe that you don't always get the dog you want, but you get the dog you need. I've explained to Travis before that this dog has taught me so much, I've never encountered a dog like him, and I've had to handle him in a different way than I have ever had to handle a dog of mine.
Koufax has been abused, he's been hit and most likely kicked and he has to be corrected in a firm but gentle way. These Dogue's lives are short, far too short and his has been tough.
I had the incident with Baby Girl that sent her in a tailspin and put her, and me on edge not trusting him, and not knowing if I ever would. I feel very confident after weeks and weeks of constantly observing him that it's not who he is and Baby Girl is coming to that conclusion as well. She actually shoved him aside yesterday on a trail walk telling him to get out of her way, I was so proud of her...LOL
I'm sorry because I'm rambling, I just wanted to let everyone understand how I feel about every aspect of him being here, and with that I want to tell everyone that he's not going anywhere, his life has been hard, his pain is real, and he's a pain in the butt, but he's my pain in the butt.
Whatever issues we have to resolve, whether they are medical or behavioral we will stick with it...
Koufax is here to stay.
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Curious..... There are affordable veterinary lasers and other excellent pain control devices available (like Assisi Loops) . . . And CBD. Any reason you haven't branched out?
I am sobbing like a baby. I was so hoping for this news. I know you loved him the moment you laid eyes on him. And it's more than the fact that he is so very handsome. I needed this news today..it has simply been a horrible day
You know I'm crying like a baby at this news. I knew it but I've been waiting to hear you say it! He is a giant pain in your butt but by god, he's YOUR pain in the butt and he loves you so much..... I've said it since day one and tonight I proudly proclaim it loudly-- I BELIEVE IN KOUFAX EDEN!❤️ I love you Renee Eden. This you know very well....
You may ramble but I, for one, appreciate the train of thought. I also am inspired by your commitment to Koufax (and all the others). I'm contemplating our 5th rescue knowing full well that the next one may bring delight or great irritation. Your information is invaluable and gives me pause to think straight in taking another leap. I persevered through the last one (who I was SO ready to return after 48 hours). I learned from that because he is the most delightful, loving and impish little jerk I've ever seen. It's been a year and our household has a nice rhythm that may go all to hell for a while. Again, thank you for your thoughts. I learn something every time you "ramble."
Thats one of my favourite sayings. "You don't always get the dog you want, but you always get the dog you need." I have one of those at home. And she has taught me plenty. She has not been an easy dog. And she never will be. But she is mine and I believe she still has plenty to teach me.
I'm not sure if I should like this, love this or put a sad face. There are truly too many emotions in this one post. Let me say this, I'm dealing with arthritis in my 10 1/2 year old Swissy. It is so hard to watch as time ticks away and his body slowly gives out on him. His mind still believe he's 2 some days and other days he's 5. He's a mush and my baby who filled my heart when I lost my first Swissy. When you have big dogs it's always their backs and hips that become the problem. Koufax is adorable and I pray that is pain is managed and he lives a happy life.
I'm having a very emotional week & reading this has me all racked up with tears. I think The Edens & the whole clan from Koufax to Pinkie as well as staff are the best. thank you Renee Eden for making me cry for a good reason. May GOD continue to Bless this village.
He's gorgeous! My big red girl is 4 now and I get so sad thinking that she's already middle aged for her breed. She also gets a bit head wonky when she eats foods with grains as it makes her ears flare up badly. x
Thank you for loving him, I am sure in his mind he is thinking this is too good to be true! Amazing what a little love will do, now if I can get this lump out of my throat and my eyes from leaking it will be a great day!
I've had 2 PITA dogs that I loved dearly and lost both tragically. My husband and I always talk about them and while they tested me, the patience and heart they taught me are beyond words. Koufax is an amazing fella, I so hope you can get his pain manageable.
It makes my heart happy that this big goofy boy does not have to go anyway. He has loved his entire family from the start. Now the family understands. Do you have a collar big enough for that neck😃💝 when he does not feel well he is cranky.
I'm so happy for you and at the same time so sorry for his psin. But no matter what, the rest of his life will be filled with love. And really that's all any of us want. Enjoy him. Like Pinkie , he was meant to be for you.
Oh geez you have really had your fill in the last couple of weeks and even days! I'm so sorry, but he knows he is in the best place with love and amazing care! 🙏🏻❤️🐶
Poor baby, so much pain in one short little life.:'( I am so thankful that he found his way to someone who understands him and will stick with him thru thick and thin. <3 Thank you Renee for keeping us in the loop on handsome Koufax.
Omg miss Renee you have no idea how happy I am to hear you are going to keep my beautiful red giant! He has tugged my heart into such a weird shape and I love that he is with someone who loves him! I hope that they figure out what is going on and he lives an amazing life getting to experience the love he deserves
I am so sorry that he has so many difficult problems but I am so grateful that you will keep him and see that however long he has on this earth that he will be loved and taken care of. LSDR/DRR is heaven on earth for dogs. Thanks
The village loves them all! And we value and respect that you take these dogs in not knowing and they still get what they need and they receive love for possibly the first time ever. So sad it goes with the risk. It's one of the reasons you guys are loved so much by the village. And I'm proud to be a member of the village!!❤️❤️🐾🐾
My heart hurts and swells at this news. On one hand, it breaks my heart of all the horrible diagnosis' Of Reyna, Angelina and McBain, no one ever wants to go through what their going through. And I hope with all hope that Koufax doesn't get this kind of news at his appointment. But on the other hand, I'm overjoyed that he's found his true home, with a true person to call his own and a pack who accepts him. Thank you for not giving up on him.
Koufax, you big red baby bear. I'm happy you are home but sad that you have so many issues. You are not responsible for your past situations, but you are the one who pays for it. Rest now, tomorrow is another day and another time for you to feel the love you deserve and are receiving.
Kofax, you are a pain in the butt to your Momma, but she still loves you. In fact, we all love you and know you had a rough life before you got to the Ranch.No dog should have to go through that, But that is all behind you and you have a good life now. That makes all of us happy. You are a sweetie.
God bless you, Renee. Boy do I know what you mean about neurologists! Sometimes the dogs that are the most challenging come to mean very so much to us. I'm so grateful that you will be there for him. Sounds like his life has involved much suffering before he came into yours. Thanks for rescuing him!
Bless this sweet, somewhat unpredictable, handsome, somewhat new, addition to the Eden clan. After a hurtful start to life, Koufax was touched by his angels and landed in the best place ever with a Mama who would not give up on him. That is love, and I love your ramblings.
Yay! I do well with hard cases. My Soph is a pushy, particular girl. My chow mix Sadie was a very alpha girl. They both know/knew that momma is the true crown-wearer. I like the quirky ones. Bless you, Renee. I know he needs you and loves you.
Such a week of heavy hearts.....no matter what, I think every dog, no matter how long it has with it's family, gets to experience love and kindness through rescue. I agree with Renee, you get the dog you need and they need you.
Glad to hear that he's in his forever home!!! He certainly couldn't have gotten a better one and boy does he deserve it after the hell he has been through. I'm especially glad that him and Baby Girl have reached an accord. She's one of my favs and I hated the thought of her being scared and upset in her own home