Friday, December 17, 2010

WARNING: This post uses the word BARF several times. Read at your own risk.

The dogs love their new dog beds!

We bought new couches in October, and now the dogs never sleep in their old (but nice) doggie beds. 

 I thought I should post this picture today because I've been so worried about Pennie (the chocolate lab). We took her to the vet this afternoon (Thursday) because she hasn't eaten in about three days. We've tried everything to get her to eat... including giving her a peanut butter sandwich (which she did eat, but barfed it up later). And then, this morning, I woke up to a LAKE of barf all over the hard wood floor. It spread clear from the hallway, through the front room, and to the laundry room. Oh my.

I asked Pennie what was wrong (YES! Of course I talk to my dogs.) She hung her head and simply said she didn't feel good. I kept a close eye on her for a couple of hours, and she just became lethargic. EEK.

So, I called the vet and made an appointment.

The vet wanted to keep her and put her on IV antibiotics and run a bunch of blood tests. Well... you see... we love our dogs SO MUCH... They live in the house with us, sleep on our couches, barf on our floors... we love them. But it just so happens, our money tree is not in bloom... and the vet is expensive!

So, we went with option B: the vet said we could feed her chicken and rice, give her $40 worth of antibiotic pills, and control her water intake (only one cup at a time). He said if she doesn't improve in two days we have to bring her back for the IV and tests. We said okay and wrote him a check for $117.

Good News! Between the antibiotic and the chicken and rice (she loved it!) she is already feeling much better! She's up and about, wagging her tail, and fetching her KONG for us to play with her.

Phew. Granted, we're not out of the woods, yet; but I am so relieved to see the spark back in her eyes. She is the first dog to whom I've ever fully committed myself (my mom used to always give our pets away after a few months), and I can't imagine what it would be like to lose her. ACK. She's been a part of our family for almost six years now.


  1. Margo,
    I'm sooooo glad your doggie is feeling better!

  2. Glad she's feeling better! My dog randomly gets sick, so he gets a yummy diet of rice until he's better.

  3. Poor dog! And poor you! But I'm glad she's better.