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We had a jovial, happy post planned for today, but the last 48 hours or so have been quite challenging at Chez Herd. The events, however, have created a great deal of clarity for us on what really matters at Christmas.
It all started in the early morning hours of Thursday when Queen Natasha woke everyone up with that unmistakable “horka” sound meaning a dog is just about to vomit. We didn’t worry too much about that – or the second time – or the skipped breakfast – because she seemed alert enough. Throughout the day on Thursday, she played some, sang some, and generally seemed ok. But late on Thursday, she became very sick and lethargic.
Christmas Eve was spent with her on IV fluids, antibiotics, and taking barium and a series of x-rays looking for blockages. After an exhaustive day at our vet’s, she was transferred to our region’s 24 hour hospital – an hour away from the house. As of this writing, she is about to have her last x-ray. Based on the other x-rays, they anticipate closing out the barium test with the decision that their is no blockage. Kidneys, liver and pancreas have all passed their appropriate tests. No artificial toxins were found in her system and blood tests are reasonably normal. The consensus is simply that she caught and ate something – unknown something – that severely disagreed with her system.
If all goes well, she will rejoin The Herd at some point on Christmas Day, though on a very restricted diet (chicken and rice) and antibiotics.
And thus our title for today’s post. All of the material items for Christmas are appreciated and we are thankful for those gifts. But, frankly, all we want for Christmas is a happy, healthy, and complete family. Everything else is just extra.
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