I’ve had an upsetting few days. We have three pets that have all been rescued in one way or another. We have a mixed breed female dog named Sierra that came into our lives about 11 years ago, when she was about one year old. She’s the sweetest dog, however in the beginning she was so nervous. She’d previously been brought home by three other families and then returned due to her nervousness. For the first couple of years whenever we put her in the car, you could tell that she was convinced that we were bringing her back to the shelter. Of course, in my family, once an animal is brought home, they’re one of the family. We’d never return them.
Since Sierra is getting old, and she’s a rather large dog, (she looks like a Beagle with extremely long legs and body), she’s been having various ailments. One winter a few years ago, she broke her leg, and the Vet luckily saved her leg, and she recovered. However, now that she’s gotten older, she’s got arthritis in both her back legs. We’ve got her on pills for that, and pills to deal with the nausea that accompanies the arthritis pills. I also give her herbal remedies for her joints, so everything has been in a holding pattern as far as that’s concerned.
But, last week she couldn’t walk. I thought that she’d had a stroke or something and we put her in the car and drove to the Vet at top speed. Luckily, she just had Vestibular disease. That’s basically vertigo in dogs. Within hours after a shot and pills, she was fine. We kept giving her the pills until they ran out, and she’s been okay since. But then, two days later, she came down with a UTI. I have to tell you, you’ve never lived until you’ve spent some time chasing after a dog that can barely walk, trying to collect her pee when she doesn’t want you anywhere near her. It was a challenging proposition, but I persevered. She’s doing much better now, but these last few aliments have taken their toll on her. She still is very interested in her food, but she’s starting to “wind down”. My heart is breaking. Every time one of my fur babies starts to travel this path, I think I’m going to fall apart. I can’t see how I’m going to make it through once again. I know that I gave her love and a good life, but that’s little consolation. They make our lives so wonderful, and they are our loves.