Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Latest on Choya - May 2

Choya is declining.

He was due to have an acupuncture treatment next Thursday (every 3 weeks) but as of this past Tuesday, he started having trouble getting up and walking any long distance. He went for acupuncture 2 days ago (Thursday) but it seems that there were no positive results.

We went to the park as usual this morning and Choya was walked on leash for about 15 minutes. On our way back to the parking lot he started to stop and sit. He remained sitting for about 2 minutes each time and at one point when he was walking his rear end went down and he could not move. This happened twice and I thought I was going to have to carry him to the van. But he walked on with great difficulty (and it appeared he was in pain) and once at the van he stopped, looked up at me and put his front 2 paws up (I did not ask him to do it) while I lifted him up by the rear.

I took him for a short walk this afternoon, about 4 houses down from ours. It appeared that was as much as he could do.

It is heartbreaking to seem him in this condition. Choya is very stoic and he will not let on that he is in pain when he walks or tries to get up from a laying position.


  1. OMG, I'm so sorry. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Hang in there Choya, you're a strong boy, with a heart of gold and you have the best family in the whole world who loves you more than anything. Enjoy every moment of life, remember the good times and cherish the moments you have to together.
    We think of you often.
    Denise & James,
    Logan & Kiah

  2. I'm very sorry to hear that Choya is not doing well. We will have both him and you in our thoughts. If you need anything, please let us know.

    Geoff and Lindsay.

  3. Positive vibes, thoughts and prayers to Choya and you - TTFN

  4. Hi Peter

    Just been reading the update on Choya and I really feel for you and your family and of course Choya. I had emailed you a photo of my Golden who looked so much like Choya. As I look at the photos of your beautiful dog I think of my own, I had to have him put down in November. He was a wonderful pet and I had such a struggle with making that horrid decision, so believe me I understand how difficult a time you are having. You have been so good to Choya through all of this and I am sure he loves you for it. I so hope things improve for Choya and I will indeed remember you both in my prayers.

    All the best.


  5. Hi Peter, I have followed Choya's exploits with interest since you first
    started posting about the big guy.. How long ago was that??

    Sorry to hear about his decline of late, having had service dogs for the
    last 20 some years I know how close we become to them.

    Keep us posted,



Thank You for Visting Choya’s Den

Choya, thank you for the timeless journey we took together and the many memories. Until we meet again my friend.

In October 2005 at the age of 6, Choya was trained and certified as a service dog for Peter. Choya retired in December 2008 and he passed the leash to Kiche to become Peter’s new service dog.

Choya became ill in February 2009 and in July after a heroic battle with his illness, he passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Choya will be greatly missed by Peter and by the many who knew him.