4.04.2013

April 4, 2013

White Dog tried to cheer me up. Each pup added a word of encouragement or wisdom as we talked about my unease over Nuka's return to not eating. For the second day we have had to backtrack to Ensure and baby food syringe feeding...and today she even struggled against that. She is still drinking water and walking about, but when I lifted her up this morning I felt ribs and loose skin. She is losing weight on a frame that was pretty spot on perfectly balanced before the pancreatitis hit.

"You HAVE to eat, Little Girl," I pleaded as she struggled and batted at me during the force feeding. "Your eyes do not tell me you are ready to give up. Your wagging and interaction do not say 'I am ready to leave you.' Why won't you eat?"

To be fair, she does willingly take and eat the vanilla yogurt cookies and now the mint flavored dog treats...at least a few before turning away. They do not serve as an incentive for "real" eating, however. "Come on, if you eat a spoon of dog food, you can have a treat!" When faced with that offer she simply walks away.

Tomorrow we see Dr. Julia and do blood work. What I thought would be a march of triumph will be a worried scuttle filled with fear.  Steve and the WDA tell me to be patient and accept that there will be ups and downs. They are confident that this is just a hard hitting attack that is taking some time for Another White Dog to beat. I hope they are right and believe my wiggy-waggy girl is a fighter but there is still that little voice that says "what if it is..."

13 comments:

Jeanne Pursell said...

We sure hope that she will begin eating again with gusto!! Perhaps she just needs a few days to rest her tummy? Hope y'all have a good weekend and the eating commences once again! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Asta said...

We feel your anxiety and fear and hold you in our "arms". Have faith and take all the love and strength everyone is sending. We are praying and sending Nuka our most pasitive thoughts and Asta's continued healing smoochies
Eat pleez sweet Nuka

All ouw love
Asta and Mommi and Daddi

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh no...the last we heard she was doing a bit better. We'll be saying prayers again and keeping all 40 paws crossed. We've had a few pups who did battle with this germ, and sometimes it takes a while for this intruder to pack up and move on.

Hugs to you, Nuka!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We have those same ups and downs with Phantom. Just when we think the worst, he perks up. We are all hoping the same for Nuka.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Jacqueline said...

Purring and praying for good news at the vet and hope your precious Nuka turns a corner to recovery asap...We do know she has the best family in the world, filled with love and support for all your sweet babies...Best of luck dear friends...big hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Jo's World said...

If she is eating the treat food, the Vanilla cookies, she will be less hungry for the real food. I don't think it would hurt her not to offer the goodies and see if she would eat better without them.
Maybe ask your Vet if she could go a whole day with nothing except water would she eat a meal at night.

On Nuka's team!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Random Felines said...

squash the voice!!! we know it is there for a reason, but don't give up hope.... purrs to Nuka and all of you - and that Dr Julia can figure this out

Brian said...

Oh Nuka, we are all send heavy duty purrs and prayers to you sweetie.

meowmeowmans said...

We wish there was something more we could do. Do know that we love Nuka, and all of you, and that we send our most fervent purrs, prayers and healing thoughts.

Ginger Jasper said...

My dear woofie friend this will not do. Listen to your pal GJ. Mum knows only too well what it is like to have one step forward and one step backwards. It is so worrying. Now am purring my really loud rumbly purrs and I am sending them to you. Get well soon my friend your White dog army needs you. Please tell mum that we saw the video and it is lovely. Hugs GJ xx

KB said...

I hope that you got some good news today. We are thinking of you, for we understand the kind of worry that you are facing. I am sending POTP for sweet Nuka, hoping that she feels better very soon.

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