Monday, December 29, 2008

Doggie Update

The golden was operated on today. The doctor had to wait until today because of the bruising on her lungs. She (the Dr.) was concerned with breathing problems due to the bruising. The people at the hospital have fallen in love with her. They keep her in a open area in the back where everyone is, so she gets lots of attention during the day. She is sedated so she is not up and moving around, but she is aware of her surrounding and the people around her. Golden retrievers are very people oriented, I think she is enjoying the attention.

The operation to put her pelvis back together went very well and the post-operative x-rays show that everything is back in place. However, because of the length of time that the pelvis operation took, they did not get to stitch up the laceration on her side. The Dr. said that her body temperature was dropping because of being out for so long, so they decided to wake her up. They will take care of her side tomorrow. Then she will go home to our son and daughter-in-law on Wednesday.

The operation and hospital stay is ungodly expensive, but there was never any doubt that we would do it. I can't believe the "friends" who have said, "Gee, if it was our dog we would have put her down." I can believe that people would put down their pet rather than pay for an expensive operation. But to say it to us after the decision has already been made is very insensitive and, quite frankly, pretty stupid.

We treat our pets as part of the family. By some peoples standards, I guess that is stupid. I say to those people, "Don't have pets." Our pets ARE part of the our family. When they are in need, just like any family member, we do what we can to help. There was never any doubt that we would help with her care -- as much as was needed. She is not just a dog. She is family.


  1. Some things go well beyond financial cost.

  2. Such a cute picture! Good to hear things are on the up and up. I hope the doggie will be back on her four paws soon enough!

  3. You don't place a price on family and love. Like you said, people that don't get should not have pets.

  4. I always said the same thing... Would you put your child to sleep if he got hurt??

    I'm NOT judging.. I really don't understand it; that is why I did not like the movie Marley & ME...(((please don't read the following if you don't want to know any parts of the movies)).............................................................................................




    But when the dog gets older and has an incurable health issue; good bye doggie... just like that..

    People have told me they can't deal with the mess of a dog pooping or throwing up (......but they said the dog was part of the family???) I'm confused. I don't get it.

    Some people use dogs for company and when their USE has EXPIRED ....bye-bye...............and then they run and get a new puppy; and begin the cycle all over again...

    I really don't understand it..

    (btw you can get HEALTH INSURANCE for dogs to minimize getting hit with a big bill at one time).. etc.

    just my 2 cents..

    One last thing... I know people that keep saying they are Broke and then get a dog; and then they are worried how to feed their children (single moms).. I don't understand that either..

    Take care of what you have first before you add more to the family... (they are spending a lot to feed their dogs; medicine for a dog; and all......and feel it is a true obligation)..

    You take good care of that beautiful dog......(just because I won't live with dogs; don't mean I don't love dogs... I just don't want the responsibility after 3 children... (my rodents are adorable... )...bunny too. :)

    Betty Ann