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02 June 2010 @ 01:22 pm
a vet story (with old pictures)  
(Part of this is about Scruffi, a non-Boston furry family member.)

Lainie has not been feeling well. She lost a tooth trying to attack another dog with a door between them, and she somehow injured a ligament (or was it tendon?) in her knee. Have you ever seen a Boston baby not bounce? It's a sad, sorry sight.

I had an out-of-town appointment today, so my mother took Lainie to the vet along with Scruffi, the fluffy dog in my icon. Scruffi's seizures had been getting worse and worse, plus she seemed to be constantly itching, so Mom wanted to have her checked out. Also, it was time for Scruffi's yearly shots.

It turned out that Scruffi's heartworms (some of you might remember that she had them when we took her in) had gotten much worse. She also had a skin infection. The doctor couldn't increase her seizure meds any more. The vet felt that, with all of that working against her, the best thing to do would be to put her down.

The good news is that Lainie will heal just fine and does not need surgery as I had feared. She is also heartworm-free.

Now with Scruffi gone and Nonny off living the high life somewhere in the great who-knows-where with our former neighbors, I am down to one dog from my "beware of dog" icon. :(

Lainie making the "stupid face" she makes every time I pull out the camera.

Scruffi, before she became "well-fed."

Love you all, and I hope your babies are well.
I am feeling: sadsad
AJPmakenote on June 2nd, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
It's so hard to lose furbabies. I'm glad you still have Lainie and that she won't need surgery! Give her an extra hug for me and the boys. I'm sorry about Scruffi, Jess. Your family is so sweet to constantly take care of strays. xo
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on June 2nd, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate it. It is hard, even though your head knows that they won't live forever. I think Mom took it way harder than I did, though.

Right now we're taking care of three strays, plus Lainie. One of the strays had puppies before we could have her fixed, and Kelli and I had to give away those puppies either yesterday or the day before. It was hard because I never know if they're getting good homes or not. I care way too much, probably.
AJPmakenote on June 2nd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Caring "too much" is just your personality -- not sure if there is such a thing as too much, I'm the same way. I guess at some point you have to decide to cut off your feelings or it becomes overwhelming. I haven't quite figured out a way to do that yet. You're a good person.
Genevieve: lulu angelalwaysgenevieve on June 2nd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
awe. So sorry to hear about Scruffi :(
Jessi: origin of lovemissbadexample on June 3rd, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Ericaohboy09 on June 3rd, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Losing dogs is SO hard. I'm so sorry. :( You will be in my prayers.

I have a brindle Boston too. :) And YES, a non-bouncy Boston is sad. Ozzy only has one eye (had to have it removed), and now his "good" eye has an ulcer in it (thankfully, it's looking like it's healing! We'll find that out in a few days...) so he's like...blind...right now. Hope that's temporary. But anyway, he's been pretty slow and lazy because of it...because he can't really chase down his tennis ball when he can't see. I try to bounce it off walls or something but he's having a pretty hard time with it.

I'm glad to hear that Lainie's leg will be fine though.
Jessi: origin of lovemissbadexample on June 3rd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You and Ozzy have been in my prayers.

I'm relieved about Lainie's leg, too. Her old vet told me when she was young that she had bad knees and would probably need surgery one day. Her new vet (the one who saved Scruffi's life when we first found her) said that Lainie's knees look good overall. You don't know how happy that made me!

I will continue to pray for Ozzy.
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on June 4th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Scruffi -- it's never easy to lose a furry family member. :(
Jessi: origin of lovemissbadexample on June 6th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Mom was pretty broken up about it, but I think Lainie took it the hardest, because she's confused. She finally came around and started eating again, though.