Blogs & Dogs, Wishes & Work

I experienced an unplanned hiatus from blogging for the past week, for a host of reasons. The primary reason is related to our precious canine member of our family, Kita, who had a medical emergency last week.

Anyone who may follow and read my blog – or interacts with me on Facebook, or knows me in person – knows that my husband and I have a 12 1/2-year-old black lab; I’ve had her since she was a puppy, just a few months old, and brought her all the way from my youngest sister’s pet shop in West Virginia, up to New Hampshire, where I lived at the time.

I also blogged about Kita over the summer, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had a large mast cell tumor removed. We thought she was doing better, but over the past couple weeks, she has experienced a rather noticeable decline in her health.

Our Kita Girl!

This is the update I had posted on my Facebook timeline following our vet’s home visit last Thursday:

Our vet, Dr. Erker, and a vet tech came over yesterday (so nice that the staff does house calls) and they were quite concerned, too, about how much Kita’s health has deteriorated since her surgery over the summer. Dr. Erker said Kita’s internal organs all feel enlarged, she obviously has hip dysplasia along with arthritis in her joints, and some muscle atrophy is going on in her legs. Dr. Erker drew some blood, along with fluid from the swollen area on Kita’s back.

There are good and bad results: on the good side, nothing immediately alarming from the blood and fluid tests that would indicate Kita is at death’s door. However, Dr. Erker said she can’t rule out more cancerous cells, or mast cell disease spreading. One type of liver enzyme is too high, and she mentioned the possibility of neuromuscular degeneration, since Kita is having such a hard time with coordination.

Dr. Erker said at this point, she would just recommend some different types of medicine to help with Kita’s symptoms and pain, and just make her comfortable – and keep watching her, to see if her health deteriorates further, or if she stabilizes – before we make any drastic decisions.

We certainly wish our precious Kita would recover – but we are feeling like we may have to face facts and be prepared to let her go soon. Our vet even told us  she could administer that final injection here at home, so we could be with our Kita girl as she draws her last breath.

To say it has been difficult to get work done in the midst of all this is a major understatement!

How about you readers? Have any of you had to face saying goodbye to a cherished “fur baby” who is just as much part of your family as the human members are?

 

[Posted as part of NaBloPoMo

December theme: Blogging About WORK].

12 thoughts on “Blogs & Dogs, Wishes & Work

  1. We lost 5 pets last year-ones we have had for a long time but we didn’t get to say goodbye to three of them before they died. One cat was old and just died. Another cat was younger but just up and died and we don’t know why. Our younger dog got ran over and our other dog was really old. My daughter lost one of her parakeets too. We were kinda in shock about losing them all and so close together too.

    I hope you can find something to help Kita, maybe look at this site: http://animaldeskreference.com/ If you are interested I can direct you to a FB group she is on and maybe she could help you with Kita.
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  2. I have never had a dog and the one cat I ever owned ran away. I have had a few fish and gerbils that died, but I don’t think it is quite the same thing.

    I am sorry your pet is having a hard time and that you may need to let her go soon. I’ll say a prayer for your family.

    I love the photo. Kita is a beautiful dog.
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  3. A couple years ago, our yellow lab Nala had to be put down. She was only a few years old, still acted like a puppy, and was the baby to my mom and stepdad who can’t have kids of their own. She also had hip displacia, and possibly something else (though I don’t know what), and her health went downhill fast and sudden. My parents were absolute wrecks, and I was pretty shaken up as well. We have another dog, and older black lab, who mourned when she thought no one was looking but was constantly by my parents’ sides when they were home, offering her own doggie support. Losing a furry family member is never easy. I’m sorry for the trouble you’re going through now, and I hope Kita gets better.
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  4. I know how hard it is to have that one, precious fur-baby that you just cannot let go. I mourn every day over the loss of my beloved Horatio. That was over four years ago. (You can read about him in an earlier blog post). And yes, I still sometimes cry. But it is ok, because what I remember most is the love and companionship. He will always be with me.

  5. I’m sorry to hear about your beloved Lab. I have lost several pets over my lifetime but, two of them really pull on my heartstrings. The first was my cat Bobo.

    He was a Siamese and had an interesting kink at the end of his tail. He was almost 18 years when my Mother and I found in him the back yard. We buried him right in that very spot where he died.

    He was in good health all the way to the end. My Grandmother who often had little headstones made for her dogs when they died did the same for my beloved Bobo.

    The other pet was our miniature schnauzer named Hank. He was actually my Father’s Dog but we all loved him very much.

    He lived a long happy life but when he was 12 he started getting bad arthritis in his joints. His health continued to deteriorate over the following year. Not long after that my Parents decided that it was time to say goodbye.

    I can remember shedding some tears when I picked him up and hugged him for the last time before my Mom left for the vet. I was actually grown-up and on my own but my folks were kind enough to let me know what was happening.

    I still get choked up when I think about Bobo and Hank.
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  6. So sorry to hear about your pets. I had a boxer and he was 16 years old. After months of pain I finally had to let him go, he can’t even walk the last day and I knew it was time. It was such a heart break. My son cried all night.

    Having a pet have many benefits but letting them go is just tough, but I know he had a well lived life. Hope all is well with you guys.

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