Thankful for… Day 14

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We had a little bit of a scare yesterday that Derby was sick. He’d gone in 2 weeks ago for a urinary tract infection and seemed to be doing well. Yesterday was his recheck, and after doing the urinalysis the vet tech said something was wrong with the dilution of his urine and the vet wanted to run bloodwork. Could be nothing, could be kidneys shitting down, cushings, thyroid, liver, anything, but she wanted to be sure.

Having just lost Aspen a few weeks back my mind immediately went to the worst case scenario and I was trying to keep myself from getting upset. He’s only 8 and a half but he’s had a lot of health problems and has been on medication most of his life.

Luckily we got the call this morning that his bloodwork is perfect. “I’m just not sure why his urine is so dilute”, the vet said.

“Dilute? So too much water?” I responded. “Yes”

Well hell, I can tell you why. He eats Honest Kitchen, which is a dehydrated food. I add a cup and a half of warm water to that every day. For a 20lb dog. And that’s on top of what he drinks from his water bowl.

“Oh” she said. “That’s very possible”

So today I’m very thankful that there’s nothing wrong with my Derby-Dog. I just couldn’t stand it if there was something serious this close to Aspen’s passing. Thank you thank you thank you. ❤

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I think we’re in the clear….

I can’t even express how tickled pink I am that Aspen is doing so so well.  It’s a little harder for her in the mornings, but that’s the arthritis and it’s been that way for a while now.  She’s actually trotting to go outside and come back in, we took a little 1/4 mile walk the other day she seemed to enjoy, and she’s almost back to eating like her old self again.  Funny thing is, she’s only really keen on the Honest Kitchen foods, which is fine by me at the moment.  Whatever mama wants, mama is going to get at this point.  She’s taking her meds eagerly in the pill pockets, and this afternoon actually grabbed a toy to play with Derby just a little bit.

It’s really nice to see her so far along on the path to getting better, especially after being so close to losing her.  She’s actually sleeping by my chair as I type this right now, having INSISTED that she needed in our bedroom.  She actually considered jumping on our bed before I convinced her the floor was probably a better idea (there’s no way she’d make that jump).

Bought some of the Honest Kitchen Pro-Bloom (Goat’s Milk) and made a little batch for her, Derby and the cat (Checkers) to try – it was a pretty enthusiastic four paws up from Aspen and Derby, and maybe a two paws up from Checkers (maybe it’s because it wasn’t in a 24k gold dish delivered by her manservant, I don’t know).

Not only all that, but the weather is GORGEOUS here this weekend. Things are looking up all around!  Yay!

Final Aspen update for a while!

For those of you following the Aspen saga, she’s doing really really well!  She’s been eating 3-4 times a day, taking all her meds, and generally perking up more and more each day!  I started weaning her back ON her arthritis supplements last night in addition to all her other meds, and she’s doing really well with those so far too!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your kind words of support and prayers.  It’s been a rough couple weeks for all of us, but we’re in the home stretch and feeling great about it!!!

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL New Year!!!

If you haven’t heard enough about Aspen yet…

Here’s another update 😉

Aspen is doing REALLY WELL!  I’m trying to remain cautiously excited, but it’s really looking good for her right now!  I’ve gotten almost en entire can of food in her today and she’s kept it down.  She’s also kept down all her meds and homeopathics and a bunch of coconut water.  She’s still not doing very well with her limp, but she’s got really bad arthritis, and honestly that was troubling for her even before the bout with pancreatitis, so I’m not really concerned about the limping.  =)  It does seem much better in the afternoons about an hour or two after her dose of arnica, so I’m thinking that’s probably really helping her out!

I spent some time out in the backyard working on winterizing the garden (I know, I know, Winter is almost over) and she found herself a nice little sunny spot in the yard and lounged around for a bit watching what I was doing.  She really seemed to enjoy her time outside, and I was really happy to see her sunning herself.

I know, realistically in the grand scheme of things, she probably doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot of time left in this world, but I’m so happy to have been granted some more time with her and that she’s feeling good enough to enjoy it.  Thank you so much everyone for your prayers for her – it’s been a rough road, and though we’re not out of the woods yet, I can see the clearing through the trees!!!

An Encouraging Monday Update

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Some good news to report!!! Miss Aspen seems to be improving!!

She ate almost a full 13oz can of food today (2 spoonfuls at a time) and the last two meals she ate almost entirely directly out of the bowl! I’ve been “chasing” each meal with a spoonful or two of plain non-fat yogurt and so far everything has stayed down!

I did add some homeopathic remedies for pain and nausea to the mix today. I dissolved them in some coconut water and syringe fed them to her twice today and they really seemed to give her a boost in the right direction! I’d read that for dehydration, coconut water is better than regular water, so I’ve been giving her syringes full of that a few times today and plan on continuing that until she’s drinking on her own a little more regularly. I did see her take a few licks from the water bowl today, which is also totally awesome!

Keep those prayers coming – they’re working!!!! ❤

Sunday Aspen Update

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Miss Aspen has been hanging in there today. We had a really rough morning… So rough, in fact, Wade and I had purchased an urn for her and were getting ready to take her to the vet :-(. Right before we left I let her go outside with Derby and then tried to feed her. One last effort to get her to eat. And she must be one tough cookie because damned if she didn’t take a few licks of food out of the spoon I offered her. Then a few licks of non-fat plain yogurt.

That urn may be a beautiful tribute to her, but she’s not ready for it quite yet.

She kept that food down, and slept a few hours. I gave her two of her meds in a pill pocket around 5:30pm, and she actually ate it out of my hand instead of me jamming it down her throat. I waited about an hour then offered her two more heaping spoons of food and then some yogurt. She ate most of that and kept it all down. Around 9:30 tonight I gave her her last two pills, again she ate the pill pocket out of my hand. Woot!!! We finished up with another little bit of food (she actually took one small bite out of the actual bowl instead of licking it off the spoon!) and some yogurt. I’ve been sitting with her and she seems to be keeping that down too.

She seems to get stressed when we leave her alone so we’ve been staying real close today and I plan on staying that way the next couple days.

Please keep her in your prayers! I’m hoping she’ll get past all this and enjoy a little more of life before it’s time!! ❤

Bah Humbug

Bah Humbug

This is one of my little buddies up at work – our photographer was doing Christmas pictures and so I volunteered him. 😉 I love this shot, I think he looks so put out! Bah Humbug!!!

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