Sophie's Story - Dealing with Hip Dysplacia

I adopted Sophie on November 15th, 2011. She was only a few months old and just the cutest puppy I had ever seen. The Shelter worker told me her litter had been found dumped on the side of the road in the outskirts of town. I brought her home and introduced her to my first dog Roxy and they have been best friends ever since. In 2012 I took Sophie in for a routine nail trimming and was asking the vet about how lethargic Sophie had become in the recent months. The vet proceeded to take x-rays and do blood work. When she came back in I got news that instantly made me well up with tears. My dog had severe hip dysplacia diagnosed at age 2. The vet proceeded to show me the x-ray that looked completely horrifying and i asked her if there was anything we could do to fix it. There were 3 options, Hip surgery, Medications, or euthanasia. Option #3 was not gonna happen so it was between Option 1 and 2. Hip surgery is pretty pricey and something that isn't possible for the time being but would be the quickest way to a moderately pain free life for her. On the other hand, Pain medications although relatively cheap can cause liver and kidney failure, and the more you give it to her the more she will need over time. Though none of the options were perfect I ended up choosing medications for the time being. She goes in every six months for blood testing for organ failure but has been doing moderately well since I began giving them to her. Through all this sadness and pain my main goal has always been her happiness and comfort. It is so hard to think of not having her around she is such an amazing dog. Hopefully we will have her gracing us with her presence for a long time to come.