about 4-5 month old, shortly after she came to us, Summer 2003
resting on the comforter that nearly killed her.
March 2004 still feeling great and ready for a walk.
departed in April and we miss her lively, loving nature very much.
Staffordshire mix puppy girl, came during the hot summer 2003 by
herself. She wondered forlorn between
front and back gate where our dogs run, looking for companionship.
A piece of chewed off leash was still attached to a harness that was too
small for her. Her ears were black and crusty with fly
bites. Her eyes and nose goopy with yellow discharge and she was
very skinny. An hour later we had her at the veterinarian
clinic. Blood tests and lung x-rays were taken and our vets just
shook their heads. There was little hope, if any. Her
lungs were so filled with fluid that she could barely breathe. She
was put on antibiotics, dewormed vaccinated, and thoroughly
cleaned. Daisy was always very tired and slept a lot.
Two days later, when she was taken outside to do her business and play a
little, she fainted from lack of oxygen. For the next week, she
had to breath in about 5 minutes worth of carefully measured oxygen,
every couple of hours and after she was
outside, she couldn't handle the heat even for a few minutes. In
addition her immune system was so run down that she broke out with
Demadex mites. Ivermectin took care of that.
Several months of antibiotics and a nebulizer in
conjunction with homeopathic remedies and herbal teas finally got Daisy
well enough that she could be spayed. The anesthesia was not as
hard on her lungs as we feared, and she was soon well enough to be
enrolled into basic obedience classes. Daisy was very exited
about school and all the other dogs who were there to learn to be good
citizens. She only got to go two times.
not meant to have it easy. For months she had slept on a
comforter. She had chewed on everything else but never the
comforter. Then one day she must have been especially bored, she
tore it to shreds and swallowed part of it. The consequences were
terrible. When our veterinarian opened her bowels where the x-ray
showed bulk, he found thread going up into the stomach; so he had to
open up the stomach. When he tried to remove the thread from the
stomach Daisy's head started nodding. A thin invisible nylon thread had
looped around the underside of her tongue and kept the other materials
from being processed and had pulled the bowels up like an accordion. But
she survived the surgery. After
a month of homemade stomach diet she was finally ready to
start obedience school again and doing great. She was full of life and energy.
weeks later, on a nice spring afternoon, she was let outside to
play and enjoy the sun. After a little while she stopped playing,
sat down and started gasping for breath. This time nothing
helped. X-rays showed scar tissue but no liquid. Lung
dialators and extra oxygen to help her breathe had no effect.
We tried every remedy possible. After a few days, she was unable to sleep anymore,
we would sit up all
night holding her head so she could strain for air. It became
clear we had lost the fight. We will never forget our little Daisy