Taking Care Of An Old Friend
Forgive me, but there is no post here today or Friday. I’ve had a situation arise that has required practically all of my attention and has zapped my desire to write for the past day or two. If you’re a dog-lover, you’ll probably understand. If you’re not, you probably think I’m being ridiculous.
This is a picture of my 13 year-old dog, Luckey, just this past Thursday night, when everything seemed normal.
Two nights later, she suddenly lost most of the use of her back legs. I assumed she had a bone structure problem that would require surgery and present me with a big bill. That was my biggest fear. Monday morning, my fears became much worse.
As it turns out, Luckey has a huge tumor on her spleen, that has caused the spleen to produce random blood clots. one of these clots set up shop in Luckey’s spine, causing her back legs to lose all control and go haywire.
She spent Monday night at the vet, where they tried to strengthen her legs, with limited success. They strongly suggested I go ahead and euthanize her – given the fact she can hardly walk, she’s old and has a giant tumor that could rupture at any time.
The thing is, she is in no pain and is in great spirits – still playful and loveable. As the vet put it – the front half of the dog is in great shape, but the back end is a mess.
My emotions have been all over the place in the last two days. I may be being selfish, but I brought Luckey home last night, just to have a little more time with her. Other than struggling to walk, she just doesn’t seem like a dog that is ready to be put down. I have to pick her up and carry her out to go to the bathroom, but other than that – last night was business as usual. Other than being tired from being poked and prodded, she seems very happy to be home. Here she was resting comfortably. Soon after this was taken, she really perked up and wanted to play
For those that think I am being selfish, I didn’t want to look back and think I pulled the trigger too soon just because it was an inconvenience for me to deal with. I’m glad to do it and still have her company. It was very lonely Monday night without her. For those that think I’m being foolish – well, she’s been a big part of my life for a lot of years.
But with my emotions swirling, my mind has not been on racing these last two days. Therefore, I am going to take a break today and Friday and spend time taking care of my old friend, Luckey. Unless something traumatic happens over the weekend, I plan to return here on Monday Oct 6th.