Monday, July 23, 2012

Sweet baby Blue

My parents traveled the last two weekends. I've stayed with the dogs.

Blue has been acting strange. Just a little off. She kept trying to eat dirt out of my mom's garden. She wasn't terribly interested in her food. But she was mostly herself. Just off. I told my mom that last weekend. I told her again this weekend.

The brought her to the vet last Monday for a scheduled blood draw. The results came back and she has a low red blood cell count. She went back to the vet yesterday. Red blood cell count even lower. Diagnosis: an autoimmune disease that's attacking her red blood cells. They're going to pump her full of steroids and an immunosuppressive drug and they're going to see what happens. She goes back on Tuesday. Apparently they'll have a pretty good idea if that therapy is working or if it is not. According to the vet, it works about half of the time. The other half of the time, it doesn't work. And then the dog dies.

It's pretty brutal news. She's such a sweet dog. She's still so young. And she's so very much alive. She jumped on the bed every day at 6:00 am and woke me up for breakfast. She went swimming every day. She barked at ducks and boats that got too close to our beach. She seemed off but she didn't seem this sick. Not like she could die.

With the same odds as a coin flip, I think that we could use a few good vibes. If you have any to send to sweet Blue, she would like that. She likes all attention. And I think that she likes being alive. It would be awfully nice if we could keep her that way for a good deal longer.


Little H said...

Sending your sweet girl, Blue all the good vibes, thoughts, & prayers for a positive outcome!

Accidentally Me said...

This makes me so very sad:-( I kinda wanna cry and give her hugs...

Kari said...

So sorry about Blue. Hoping the treatment plan works well and the drugs don't make her feel crappy. Sending lots of good vibes.

Teagan B. Sawyer said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. What a shock! I will keep my fingers crossed that the treatment works. And sending hugs you and Blue's way. xo

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