June 3, 2012

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army looked behind us, then they strained to see into the car. They sniffed both Steve and I. "Where is she?" White Dog demanded.

We had just returned from taking Puff to the emergency vet where we had to leave Puff the Magical behind in ICU. Her cough just would not stop and this morning she started wheezing and gasping. Of course our regular vet is not open on Sunday and Dr. Julia is out of town until midweek n any case.

In the hands of strangers, we were nervous but the very competent vet basically said the things we expected to hear: they wanted to do xrays of her heart and lungs, a cbc blood panel...and once they heard her cough and listened to her wheezing, wanted to put her on oxygen overnight with IV antibiotics. I wrapped my arms tightly around my little girl who was shaking with fear and gripped Steve's hand. Leave her overnight? I wasn't sure I trusted them that much but knew in my heart it was necessary.

This was eerily like a few years ago when I sat in the emergency room with the same symptoms and a pneumonia diagnosis only to nearly die from congestive heart failure. And when the vet stumbled for the right words ending with, "and I have to ask considering Puff's age and heart and lung issues, if something should happen, do you want us to attempt resuscitation? For a 14 year old dog the chances of recovery at that point, I will be honest, are almost none." I teared up at the knife twisting in Steve's memories of the night they asked him the same thing about ME. I felt his hand tighten around mine.

On the plus side, she is not running a fever and her gums are pink. She still can walk, is eating a bit, and is eliminating... and she is alert but VERY tired. Puff, Still Another White Dog, is a fighter and stronger drugs administered in combination with oxygen will hopefully push her back toward balance.

Still it is a physical pain to not be with her...and the others White Ones feel the same. They sit by the door awaiting her and search her favorite places to rest. Everyone has come up to sniff us again and again looking at us with questioning eyes.

Visiting hours are at six tonight and we will go see Puff to reassure her that she has not been abandoned...as well as to just touch and love her. The vet has promised us regular updates and if he doesn't call, believe me, we will be on the phone to him.

Can we ask for your positive thoughts and healing energies? Some Power of the Paw would be much appreciated.


Ginger Jasper said...

We send you so much loving thoughts, Jasper purrs and we pray that your sweet little get through this. I remember so well when you were so ill as this is how I first came to your blog, sent by another blog friend to send you love then.. Power of the paw can do so much.. love and hugs carol and GJ xx

Sagira said...

Sending extra special good thoughts your way. Please keep us updated. Feel better soon Miss Puff!

Agnes B Bullock said...

Prayers headed your way right now! Puff will eb ok, we the DWM have decreed that WDA are our bestest friends, and we all need Puff!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Prayers and crossed paws are on the way. We haven't been on on computer for a couple of days and didn't realize things have gotten so bad. Please give Puff extra hugs from Florida when you visit her.

Amber & Mom

Sally Ann and Andy said...

We are crossing our paws for y'all. Try something call AHCC and/or Essiac. They both support the immune system. It gave my precious Sylvie about 2 to 3 more years of life. She wasn't sick, and she was happy. You can get them at whole foods or even online. When Sally Ann was a wee puppy, she had a kennel cough. I went out and bought those plug in vaporizers with the inserts. It helped a bit, but she was also taking antibiotics. Please don't be hopeless. There is a whole world of people and dogs that are standing behind y'all.

Brian said...

Oh that dear sweet Puff. We are sending prayers and are purring our hearts out. I know she will be nervous but you didn't have any other options. We look forward to a positive update on that sweetie.

Jo's World said...

We are sending warmest thoughts for a recovery for Puff, prayers will ask for the very best outcome for her. We know you will let us know how she is doing tonight.

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Nola said...

So much love and POTP from all of us at Dachshund Nola, to you sweet Puff!
Dachshund Nola:
Nola, Boston, Auggie, Charlotte, Star, Saphira, Blue and Doxie Mama

Painter Pack said...

Doing nothing but thinking and praying for Puff. We hope you manage to get some rest as well.


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are so very sorry to hear this news. Puff is in our thoughts and prayers. We are sure she is in very good hands right now and we hope you are reassured when you see her tonight. Be sure to keep us updated. All paws crossed and lots of prayers - they are all yours and Puff's.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Kari in Vegas said...

oh I am so sad to hear this. I hope there is better news as I catch up with blogs tonight

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