My only surviving Shih Tzu-- we favor this breed, but only rescue-adopt our pets, never buy-- was approximately 5-6 years old when we adopted her off "death row" years ago. We have 3 other dogs still, too-- well, one is my daughter's mutt while she lives with us. Anyway, she didn't come to our home bowing & scraping and looking at us with adoration; she came in like she owned the place and claimed her spot in it, feisty and grouchy as she is! She even walks with a masculine swagger!
Wrapping up the story... we had to transfer her from the vet's ER after an overnight stay, bring her to our old vet in our former hometown, 45 minutes away, because the doctor knows her history. Now she stayed overnight at that office yesterday, with bags of fluids and medicines and watchful care. She's almost definitely being released today, just waiting for the call to pick her up... if they get her to eat and drink on her own; it's been 3 days of her getting fluids by a catheter port and no eating.
Except for this horrific episode of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis of unknown cause, the x-rays and bloodwork show that she has no underlying diseases, no cancer, no organ shut-downs, nothing out of the ordinary for a 13-ish year old canine. Remarkable! We're grateful we could be there for her, make the right decision, and will bring her home to her family. Her doggie brother has been whining and depressed since she's gone. He'll try to give her kisses when she comes home, she'll grumble and give a casual snap in his direction, and life will go on... Love comes in all different forms.
***Now... books. Okay, not much reading going on here. Understandably distracted and busy.
finished up this week:
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
The Deep End by Julie Mulhern
what I'm reading now:
To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton (a Dangerous Type Mystery book #1)
Enjoy your reading this week! I'll be posting again in a few days...