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I found her running on a busy street about 9 years ago.

She almost got hit by a car. She was afraid and running as fast as she could. It was almost impossible to catch her, but I did. She was scared and frightened. She had no collar or tags. She was very jumpy and I calmed her down. I took her home and comforted her. She did this cute cuddling her head up to my chest which no dog has ever done. I knew she was at home then.

I put and ad up and tried looking for her owner, nobody claimed her, so I took her. I took her to the vet and he said she was a chihuahua mix and was about 8-10 years old at the time, which now would make her 18-20 years old. I was going to college at the time so I gave her to my parents to take care of because I wasn't living here. They were happy, they loved dogs and had some already so she had some others to play with. I visited all the time and loved her.

Over the years she was very happy. I took her for walks all the time and she ran all the time and skipped along happily. She has really long legs for a chihuahua which makes her look like a mini greyhound. It's so cute. She would run up the stairs and be really friendly and happy and do the cute head cuddling thing.

For the past two years though, she has gotten very sickly and old. The doctor said she has Alzheimer's. I had no idea animals could develop that. She is also getting blind in one eye and losing her hearing. She will walk laps around the house and seems disoriented most of the time. It is very sad. She gets angry a lot and growls, not wanting to be lifted up and she doesn't do the cute head cuddling thing anymore.

This past week, my mother told me she had gotten worse, but she doesn't want her to be put to sleep. We took her to the vet and he said there's nothing he can do. One day this week he thinks she had a stroke. She was walking in tiny circles and kept doing this weird thing with her head. I feel horrible about all of this and try to help her as much as I could, visiting and staying with her at night. It is heartbreaking to see her get old and see her this way. She doesn't seem like she's suffering though as far as pain goes.

It's so hard to see something, or somebody you love get sicker and not be the same as they were before and to not be able to do anything about it. I give her all my love all the time. Has anyone experienced their dog having alzheimer's?


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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      Hi Stessily thank you very much :)

      Hi Kashmir thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately Lily passed away this past June. she's in peace now. I will read your hub. Good wishes to your dog. :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi carolinemd21, thanks for sharing this touching hub with us, i know what you are going through with your beautiful dog that you love. I just went through the same thing this March with my beautiful dog, she did not have Alzheimer but old age just caught up with her. You can read about in the hub i wrote "Escape to the Other Side". Show your beautiful dog all the love you can right now she need it the most at the time, and it will be good for you to. Wish you and Lilly the best !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      stessily 5 years ago

      caroline, As noted in the sad followup for this hub, I'm marking this one for sharing as well, to complete Lily's story. Thank you for sharing Lily.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      i slept downstairs last night- coughing issues-i heard a cat doing the fake claw sharpening on the ede of the couch I got up closed the door searched the room and- no cat - there is no way he could have snuck by me... but no cat...!!!! it does not even phase me anymore...


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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      @ Gypsy thank you for your kind words. She is doing better now.

      @ Tom wow that's amazing. I never heard of ghost pets.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      yea he was mywifes cat for 9 years then 9 more in our house- well 9 years and counting-i even saw him -or thought i did when I was in the hospital he chased the imaginary rats away....yes I had really reat drugs after surgery...


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Awww poor Lily. My heart goes out to her. If you can give her a hug from me. I'm sure the Lord is looking out for Lily too.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Thank you Always for your constant support my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm so sorry Caroline..It never occured to me that dogs could have any type of demantia..Take care my friend...

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Thanks Tom that's interesting that you have a ghost cat in your house. It must've loved you guys a lot not to leave!

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      Sorry to hear about your dog....

      My wifes cat "Max" has shown up in some dreams too but more over he has manifest himself in our house I was seeing him around the housejust after he died 8 years ago to last month... Ive seen a cat in a room that was in and the door was closed I searched the whole room but no cat...Ive heard him "come down the stairs" -ot just his paws he used to make a mini meow on each stair like a Mer mer mer mer mer mer hes the only cat ive ever seen /heard do it....ive passed a cat coming down the stairs when I was going up- wwhen I got to the top both cats were in bed staring at me with pie sized eyes....


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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Hi Michael, thank you for your kind words and thoughtful comment. Things are better now. It is just always painful to see someone you love to change or get sick in anyway.

      You're words are really appreciated!

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Caroline, I know that your words come from deep inside.

      I too am a animal lover. I have two dogs that I rescued.

      I have had a dog since I can remember. Losing a friend like that is hard, please, let her go naturally.The lord works in mysterious ways, he brings animals into our lives that will affect us more than we think. Mainly to show us what is love and how to be sensitive to even the lowest of all creatures.

      When you see someone or some thing wrong in your mind, Be it not for the grace of GOD there go I!

      Your story brought tears to eyes. Your words are better than any poem we can write.

      MUCH LOVE.


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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      @ The Fashionista thank you for the sentiment and stopping by and commenting. Your constant support means a lot!

      @ Stessily the story you shared is so sad. when things like that happen all you can think is that everything happens for a reason. Thank you for all your kind words. Things are better now which is amazing. You always leave such heartfelt and touching comments.

      @ Suewan thank you for your support. I also wonder if they are suffering. I appreciate you stopping by.

      @ Sky my friend thank you for your heartfelt comment. You can always bring light to any situation.

      @ Thelyricwriter thank you so much for your kind words! Your comment made me feel a lot better. I think deep inside her mind she might remember. Things are a little better now which is good. Your time and comment are appreciated. :)

      @ Hi SubRon you are constant support thank you.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      You have my sympathy, Caroline.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      So, so, so sorry Caroline. I know this is hard on you. I had no idea either that dogs could develop that. But in all, I praise you for what you have did for Lily. You gave her the life nobody else would have. Your sadness is writen in every word my dear. All I can say is follow your heart Caroline. Do what you believe is right. If you feel like giving her everyday you can, do it. From your story and what Lily went through prior to you, I would think she would always remember you no matter what. Just follow your heart.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      You way with words explaining things that are dear to you can tear others to shreds.

      Don't know of any personally but no surprise at all. After having plenty dogs when I was a young boy and witnessing how they can all develop personalities , and after watching then try to speak, there is an Alaskan Husky downstairs that is trying his best to speak , I got carried away teaching her.

      Sorry to hear about the condition of your dog Caroline, because from the tone in your voice , I understand, but as always love your sincerity. Remember to do that which you love to honor her which it to write something as sweet as you can in her honor.

      It shall be well and you will do what's wise in all your movements.


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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Caroline,

      I am so sorry to hear that Lily has Alzheimer's.

      I wonder what goes on in the mind of a person or dog with Alzheimer's. Are they suffering?

      I hope Lily is not suffering. I am happy that she has a family that loves her. Bless you.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      carolinemd21, Your concern for Lily is touching and endearing. Her eyes, in the photo, are beautiful. The day that your path intersected with hers was definitely miraculous, for you both, but certainly for her. You saved her from almost certain death.

      I still feel sadness in my memory of a beautiful brown, young dog, looking lost and alone alongside an interstate highway; there was so much traffic that I couldn't move into the outside lane. My sister was in the car with me, and she said that she thought that the dog had just recently been abandoned by its family (I saw that way too many times when I first moved here!). We took the next exit to turn back; by the time we were on the opposite site of the highway, we could see that the dog was lying by the side of the road, already dead. My dad always stopped for lost dogs or cats, kept them in our hallway overnight (such a treat for them and for us kids!), and then successfully reunited them with their families.

      Love always finds a way into hearts, so Lily has awareness of the love which is directed towards her. It is heart-rending to read of the changes which you've noted in her. May the rest of her life be peaceful, and may she have a peaceful death, whenever that may be.

      Thank you for sharing Lily!

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      The Fastionista 6 years ago

      I'm so sorry, Caroline. I love animals, but dogs have a special place in my heart, so I really feel for you. I had a dog when I was little who was so awesome and I cried endlessly when she eventually passed away. What matters is the love we get from and give to our pets - they make us better people, and we can make a real difference in their lives. Good luck with everything.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Hi Purvis that is so sad about Petie. How heartbreaking. A mix of my 2 favorite breeds. My pet growing up was a fiery mini dachshund named Poopsie lol. I loved her so much. She even showed up in some dreams of mine after she passed! Some pets can be so close to our hearts. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      PurvisBobbi44 6 years ago from Florida


      I emphasize with you, as I had a little dog who live 17 years, which is amazing. His name was Petie and he was a mix of chihuahua and dachshund and he was only five pounds of sweet love, I had so much fun with him. I put off having him put to sleep, even when I had to hold him up so he could urinate.So, I had to do it.

      That was 15 years ago, and I still miss him.

      Thanks for sharing something that is so close to your heart with the rest of us.


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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      @ Learnlovelive Yes it is hard. I'm doing my best to take care of her. It's funny how pets can become like your children. Thank you for your heartfelt words.

      @ Pamela thank you for your kind comment and taking time out to read. I will take a look at that poem. Thank you.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      No, I've never heard of an animal getting Alzheimers. I'm sorry to hear of your sadness and difficult situation. What a beautiful little dog. We're lucky to have them in our lives for as long as we're allowed and we can only hope and have faith that we will be with them again. May you take solace perhaps in the poem of The Rainbow Bridge (found online.)

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      learnlovelive 6 years ago from U.S.

      We grow so attached to our pets. I find them intriguing as they I know they do me. Sorry about your loss, they are truly family. Though they aren't around as long, animals still become an integral part of the pet-lovers household. Even if you just have one.

      I am very sorry to hear about Lily, thanks a lot for following me. You seem to have turned your ambitions into reality and this is an inspiring notion to many folks.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Hi Perspycacious thank you for taking the time out to read and comment. I am sorry to hear about your cousin's wife. That seems awful. It is very heartbreaking to see someone you love get sicker and you can't do anything about it. When my grandmother had cancer a couple a years ago, I took care of her for the last few months of her life. She was so disoriented from all the drugs etc. that it was hard for me to watch. I would cry every night after seeing her suffer. She didn't seem like herself anymore just like Lily. The only thing we can do is be as loving as possible and to be there. Thank you for your heartfelt comment.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      In answer: fortunately not. I am so glad to hear that you live close to your parents and regularly have time with them, too. Sadly, Alzheimer's eventually claims its victims. At this point, Lily doesn't want to be picked up by strangers, and you are all "strangers" to her. This is a mini-lesson in what all families go through when a family member has Alzheimer's. My cousin's wife told him, "You can't be my husband. He's much younger than you." But after being shown a photo of the two of them together at a younger age, she still had no recognition or feeling for him. At such a point, present reality must accept what wishes would deny. Console yourself that your love and caring didn't get forgotten by you, though Lily no longer knows whence it comes.


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