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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Small Update on the Greyhound

This morning I took the X-Ray film in to our regular vet clinic. All I had to do was say my name, and the tech reached for the file that was right in front of her. She scanned it quickly and told me that the Dr., our regular Vet, had told her to call me. She grabbed the film to run it back to him; he was actually in the office today, which is a rarity.

Not five minutes later she came back and told me that he wants me to bring Fire in on Monday; we set a 4:30 pm appointment.

My initial instructions were to bring Fire back only if he was still lame. This request to come in so quickly, and right after the Dr. looked at the film...well, it doesn't bode well.

This afternoon I went to the local Greyhound "meet and greet", without my dog. (That's where we bring our dogs in to a Petsmart or Petco so the public can meet them and see how adoptable they are.) I needed to see this group as Fire, my other dog, and I have spent lots of time there, although we haven't gone in awhile due to other committments. The group was happy to see me and I told them right away why my companions weren't present. Two of them have lost Greys to osteosarcoma (bone cancer). It's very hard, and they agreed; just keeping him comfortable on pain meds is the way to go. I think when it gets to the point that I'd have to carry him upstairs for the night, well, that'll be the time to let him go.

We still don't have the offical diagnosis, so maybe I'm just preparing for the worst, but somehow, I think this is the worst. But I've got my Greyhound owner "support group" and I'm thankful for them, and for all the prayers from all of you. It really does help.

7 comments:

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Still praying....

Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Also praying for you and Fire, in the hope that God will bless you both.

Anita Moore said...

Prayers for the hound, and for you too.

It's true: "when troubles come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."

Terry Nelson said...

I hope everything turns out all right. I've been following your story with prayers. I can't bear to see animals or children suffer.

Xavier Martel said...

What terrible news on top of your personal turmoil! It is a unique pain to watch a dog suffering and to anticipate the end of a dear and close "companion." My labrador suffered from progressive ailments for the last couple of years of his life, and I spent way more money than the Catechism would recommend in an effort to keep him going. It is an awful experience to have to make the decision to free the a dog of further suffering. I will pray that you are spared this additional burden until you are ready to bear it.

If the prognosis is not good, you might take a look at this (theologically unstable) website: http://www.leerburg.com/bridge.htm. I found it comforting, if simultaneously emotionally potent.

swissmiss said...

Adoro:
So sorry to hear about your dog. Goodness, you are certainly having a time of it. I put my cat down last summer after having him for 17 years. Having your pet be sick is hard. Still praying for you...and now your dog!

Christina said...

Adoro, I'll keep both you and your dog in my prayers.