Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Poorly


Winnie was sicker that I had probably realised yesterday.
Old dogs are often like children when poorly.
They compensate for so long then crash.
And enteritis is nasty
The vet was very pragmatic and between ourselves meds and steroids were given and a plan of action agreed upon .
She came home
But  was listless and sleepy later in the afternoon than I would have liked .
We both slept on the sofa cushions on the kitchen floor last night
And by around four am , I woke up with her walking around the kitchen searching for her food bowl.
She drank a gallon of water and sucked up a cocktail sausage before we went back to sleep and now she's eaten some chicken and rice and had a massive wee outside
Work have been fab as I've taken another day off
But , true to form ,
The old girl has started to bounce back

Bucket of coffee time 

66 comments:

  1. I am glad to read that the medicine helped her and she felt up to drinking and eating again. What a relief.

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  2. Cocktail sausages seem to really be her thing John. Glad to hear she is bouncing back. Just lovely that you should sleep by her all night to keep your eye on her.

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  3. Oh poor Winnie but good to hear she’s feeling better this morning .... give her all the cocktail sausages she wants ! XXXX

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  4. She's such a trooper!

    I'm so happy to read that she's feeling better today. It's always such a worry with an older dog - I have my heart in my mouth every time I go to the vet, hoping that I can take my wee one home again.

    Keep well, Winnie!

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  5. oh good winnie! i hate to see her feeling sick.

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  6. Glad to hear that Winnie has rallied. Old animals (and people) seem to do just that. Sending love and hopes for endless cocktail sausages for Winnie!

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  7. I'm so glad, John.

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  8. Sleeping together on the kitchen floor? I can't think of anyone who would do that for me x

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  9. Wishing you both well and quality time.

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  10. Poor old girl. Horrible having to decide what's for the best with a poorly animal. Hope she rallies for a bit longer

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  11. I'm glad she's rallied. I'm sure you want as much quality time with her as possible.

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  12. Love to Winnie! She's in my heart today and always.

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  13. She's hanging in there.

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  14. Thank the dog gods for that. Big hugs for the lovely girl xx

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  15. Aw bless her and you for being there for her. It is worrying when they are not well. Hugs and enjoy the time together. Hope she is much better soon. Ours has a penchant for anything chicken related. Take care Tricia x

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  16. Such good news!

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  17. Sorry to hear Winnie is under the weather. She has her own private nurse in you, and will be getting all the love and the best of treatment. Perhaps you could invite a nice workman in overalls round to cheer her up, she could blow him some kisses when she's up to it.

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  18. I'm so relieved to hear she is improving.

    Aren't work being lovely giving you this time to be with her, no doubt you will pay them back with shift changes etc but they are being really understanding and that is nice.

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  19. Im so happy to hear Winnie is bouncing back. Long may she bounce. xx

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  20. Love, sometimes, can heal, at least for a little while.

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  21. If Winnie is eating hopefully that's a good sign John xx

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  22. c'mon, old girl, stiff upper lip, you can make it. we brits are tough old broads.

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  23. Sounds she is on the mend. Hope it is now a quick and complete recovery.

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  24. Anonymous1:30 pm

    There can't be many dogs who can boast the love and care of an experienced ITU nurse. She is a lucky dog and you are a devoted owner. Hugs to you both.

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  25. You can’t keep a good’un down John. Winnie lives to fight another day, good for her I say!

    LX

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  26. Heather1:42 pm

    Big hug to you John, poor old Winnie. Hope she continues to improve and you don't have to make any decisions on her care, just yet. You have good employers allowing you time off. Best wishes.

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  27. Glad Winnie has bounced back a bit. Get some rest yourself now.

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  28. The day will come and none of us are looking forward to the news.

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    1. A dread hovering over us we're hoping against hope that somehow it'll never happens.

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  29. She is the Keith Richards of your doggos.

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    1. Barbara Anne6:30 pm

      Winnie also looks better than Keith Richards does. :)

      Hugs!

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  30. I'm glad the old girl is feeling better.

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  31. Ah, sweet ole gal♥

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  32. Oh, what a worry, which we all hope is over, at least for now. Poor, precious girl. Whenever I read of things like this about someone we know and love to bits, it's like a heavy weight being carried around inside one. Let's fervently hope that she completely recovers and gives us yet a significant amount of pleasure to read about. Sail on, you loveliest of girls.

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  33. Hope she rallies round. X

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  34. I am glad that she is feeling better. I know that it is a relief.

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  35. Darling girl Winnie, what a grand dame you are. Thinking of you all and fingers crossed all will be well.x

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  36. I wish there were something we could all do. The best is that our hearts are yours. Winnie's such a sweetheart.

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  37. Oh, I'm sorry that Winnie's been sick. Glad that she seems to be feeling better.

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  38. Good Vibes Winnie! 14yo Laddie sends tail sniffs and wags.

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  39. Starting Over, Raybeard, and Andrew already said what I was thinking. I just went through this with my dear cat, JoJo.

    Honestly, John, it's the love we share that makes all of us loathe to go, even when we see the final exit fast approaching.

    I pray the tide can go out easily and between now and then, Winnie is as comfortable and pain-free as possible, and that your entire household can make the most of the time you have.

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  40. Barbara Anne4:36 pm

    I hope Winnie has continued to bounce back as today as progressed. You're certainly doing your best to help her as much as is humanly possible. May she be comfortable and content for her remaining time with you and the family.

    Am glad your workmates are understanding and kind.

    Big hugs, my friend.

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  41. Winnie is a darling girl.I love your photos with her.

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  42. I truly do empathize. I hope all the rest of her time will be pain free, bless her dear little heart. Wishing all the best for both of you. You're the best daddy.

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  43. Sweet Winnie, lots of love to you both xx

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  44. Sweet Winnie, I adore her and of course you also.
    parsnip xx

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  45. Bless the old girl.

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  46. Good job Winnie's daddy is a nurse.

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  47. Beautiful Winnie keep strong.

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  48. Anonymous6:43 pm

    Sending thoughts of love and hope for you and Winnie
    Tessxx

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  49. Pleased to read a positve update. Sending hugs xx

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  50. It's hard being parent to an elderly or an ill pet. I'm glad she's rallied a bit and hope she plods on for awhile yet. I love that you slept near her; that's a dedicated caregiver behavior.

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  51. Awe sweet girl glad she is keeping a stiff upper lip and giving us hope that she isen't giving up just yet a good sign that she still enjoys her food it's save to say that we are all rooting for her.

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  52. What a special old girl she is. Good on your employer giving you time for her. As long as she’s comfortable and showing an interest in cocktail sausages and you, there’s time together yet. Hugs.

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  53. Hugs.
    They yank on our heartstrings don't they? I am so glad that she is feeling better today - and you must be too.

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  54. Oh those eyes! Sending Winnie healing love!

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  55. Good news indeed - Hugs and sausages to Winnie!

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  56. Sorry to hear this John, she is clearly such a character - it's so hard when they become infirm. Does Winnie have diabetes? One of my now deceased dogs was diabetic and drank (and peed) gallons. I have another elderly dog (16 years old) who has cognitive decline, blind and deaf, but still walking and a snout for grub who has now given up on peeing etc outside (cue daily scrubbing of tiles and floorboards...).Wouldn't want to be without him, but I'm not sure he'll see the year's end.I also have a live wire 4 year old dog too, who enjoys his visits to Trelawnyd - hopefully can visit again soon now that they're letting people travel again.

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    1. Hello P everyone
      Winnie has bounced back as she has done so many times before
      One day she won't
      And that one day won't be far off
      But for now , she is ok. The steroids and meds have now kicked in. The fluids have been topped up
      I've already tested her urine for infection and glucose
      And she's managed two bowls of chicken and rice
      She also has moved herself from the kitchen floor cushions to the couch about two hours ago , but not before she slowly walked over to me as I sat in my armchair
      Raised her head
      And asked for a kiss goodnight

      These dogs tear my heart

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    2. Visit any time P
      Anytime x

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  57. She sounds like she is on the mend then John. What a worry they are though.

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  58. SpikesBestMate10:21 pm

    So glad to read your latest update. Winnie knows she is well loved and in good hands. Take comfort in that. Sending big hugs to both of you.

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  59. Winnie! She's loved even by strangers, me being one of them.

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