Another amazing story about HOPE and my HERO Duke!
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Never Giving UP!
In my 38 + Plus years of general practice, I have seen many miracles. Stories like Duke’s are always heart felt no matter how many I have experienced. His Mom sent this to Dr. Kim at Hope Science and he shared it with me. My reason for sharing this story is a simple one. HOPE, like in Hope Science is what his story is all about.
For over 30 years I have had thousands of people tell me they had tried everything Allopathic Medicine had to offer and I was their last hope. Time after time I have seen cases like Duke’s, begin to heal and have a second chance on life. Duke wants us to all share his story to alert other caregivers to the fact there is much more than drugs, Chemicals and surgery as a means of helping animals.
I would like to tell you all about my dog Duke. I adopted Duke 9 years ago from the local Humane Society. They told me that day, Duke was an unadoptable dog due to antisocial behavior. He did not interact with the other puppies he was with and coward in the corner of the pen. He also would bear his teeth when a person came near him. I adopted him under protest of the kennel workers. Duke clearly showed signs of pain and anxiety towards everyone, Animal and Human alike.
I took Duke into the Doctors office the following morning. he was diagnosed with degenerative joint diseases, clearly he was in a lot of discomfort. Considering that I always lean towards the underdogs in life I knew he had a home for whatever life span he had to live. He was put on Glucosamine and baby aspirin once a day with his meal. He has never been a overly active Dog. But he was my closest canine friend. And I loved him. He is a very loyal boy, A fantastic security system and an excellent judge of character. In 9 years he has grown to be over 100 pounds.
He is a mix of Australian Shepard and Labrador. several months ago he started to have a lot more difficulty moving around and getting up and down. I upped his glucosamine to 1500 mg in the morning and another 750 mg in the evening. with a buffered aspirin as well. And regardless of this he started to decline even more. two months ago he started to limp on his front left paw even more than usual and he was re-evaluated and put on Rimadyl 100 mg, as well as his normal meds, minus the aspirin. And he got worse by the day.
After 2 weeks he was switched to Metacam and given a daily dose for 100 lbs. We tried to keep on top of the “Bone pain”, it was not successful and regardless of everything we had tried My Buddy Duke got worse, much worse. I switched from his very expensive orthopedic bed to a crib mattress, which fit him well but offered no relief. So up went his dosage to 120 pound dose of metacam. Nothing worked, Not the percodan we tried, not the hydrocodone I gave him from my spinal surgery. The occasional injection of Banamine 50 mg. at 1ml/100 pounds of body weight, including the daily meds which have now been switched to tramodol 50 mg, given at 4 tablets twice a day as well as the newest addition of 10 mg of prednisone once a day, were not enough to keep him out of pain,
I would lay on the floor next to him at night massaging his leg so he could get some relief. The pain was so intense that his heart rate was threw the roof, he would pant so much that he soaked the floor, his face, chest, and he could not sleep. he was reeling in pain, regardless of anything we tried. even water therapy there was no help for my guy.
Clearly I was asking him to stay alive for me regardless of my inability to give him some relief of any kind. I raced him back to his Doctor, My employer, and was set to put an end to his suffering on more that one occasion,
But I could not do it. This guy had given so much in spite of his odds and I was being so selfish. I hated myself for it. All these years of careful diet, glucosamine (of every kind) and exercise have left us with misery.
Then the miracle I had been praying for happened. My Butler/Shein Rep. Angie Frye came for her usual visit to the clinic. She has always been my go to Gal for numerous ideas and the newest products to hit the market. I was very stressed last Tuesday, I had decided that Wednesday late afternoon after we closed the clinic for the day that it would be Dukes final ride to the clinic.
I asked him for more life than he could give. I had made up my mind I couldn’t keep him around for me, I failed at my promise to him that he would pass as an old friend should, Because it was his time naturally not prematurely.
When I asked Angie if there was any drug that she knew of that would help my duke in anyway, aside from all that we had tried, I never in a million years thought that she would have something unknown to all of us who have tried to help Duke. But she offered a suggestion that I try this new medication for periodontal health. I almost fell over when she said it, I could not believe she said it, and I who was so desperate to find anything that would help, even a little bit.
I took a box home that night. I had ordered it weeks before because it was new hope for dental problems associated with periodontal issues. And there it sat on the shelf since I ordered it. Talk about a mind blowing experience. That night I continued with the tramodol and metacam as well as 3 gel caps of 1-TDC.
Wednesday morning I gave Duke 2 more before I went to work and prayed he had a good day. I would return home that evening to find he stopped the heavy panting, But no miracle, Yet.
Then that evening I gave Duke another gel cap, 2 more tramadol, a dose of metacam and he slept like a baby, Still no miracle, after all he had been unable to rest for weeks. His constant companion Our other dog Gator, a Labrador had not left his side in weeks, and Gator was sleeping as well. Thursday morning Duke was tip toeing to the door to go outside. which was really great, the first time in weeks he had put that paw on the ground at all.
2 more 1-TDC gel caps and off to work I went. When I got home I was afraid my luck was sure to be wearing thin when I reached the door there was Duke, tiptoeing around, bearing a little weight on the paw, But what a difference, He was Happy!No pain meds that night at all, we all slept well. Friday 2 more 1-TDC gel caps for breakfast and a 80 pound dose of metacam just to be on the safe side, It would be 9 hours until I returned.
Friday night he was bearing weight on his paw, Saturday 2 more 1-TDC. Duke was wrestling with Gator, The first time in months. Sunday I sat out side watching my 2 boys jogging around, playing, Watching for the ducks in the pond, when Duke took off running, jumped off a retaining wall that is 3 feet high and on a downward slope, and panic set in as my heart dropped. He landed on both paws, full weight and kept running to the gate.
Now the 35 feet to the gate don’t sound like allot, except Duke NEVER runs, for anything, Never. Can’t do it, just never happened in the 9 years I have had him.
I wanted All to know how truly thankful we are from the very deepest depths of my heart. My Miracle as happened. I have a super underdog. Who is happy, begging for treats, playing with Gator and Loving life.
I know in my heart that it isn’t the miracle as much as the 1-TDC. But I wanted you all to know that Duke is here today with no pain meds for 4 days now and he feels great. He is the dog we dreamed he could be, now that he started 1-TDC.
Thank You Angie Frye for your guidance, and to Hope Science my never ending gratitude for a product that clearly made life worth living for my Best Canine Friend, Duke.
My friend Karen just told me to ask you all to share her friend Duke’s story!
Please share Duke’s story, so others will know there is always HOPE for their dear friends.
Make Duke’s day by sharing his story with all you know and ask them to do the same.