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03 November 2004 @ 08:42 pm
Quick quiz!  
If you were going to pitch some sort of time-share to people in person, would you choose:

A) The busy street in an affluent downtown neighborhood
B) Some sort of seminar, with a targeted interest assessment
C) The lobby of the emergency vet clinic, at 1:30 am, when the young, exhausted, frazzled, and very worried couple that entered with a dog 3 hours earlier has just returned without it.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, last night (or technically, very early this morning), someone chose C for approaching enveri and myself. I think I managed to mutter something about it not being a good time, as we shouldered past. All I could think about was that episode of The Simpsons where Gil (the ever-failing salesman) tries to make an Amway pitch in the middle of an AA meeting.

For those that didn't know, yes, we have a dog now. We adopted her about a week and a half ago, through a samoyed rescue league. Her previous owners had to give her up, so rather than fostering her, then adopting her out, they just adopted her straight to us. She's amazingly sweet and pretty, and those pictures do not do her justice. We'll post more once we take some!

As for the animal hospital...enveri and I have spent most of the last couple days in one hospital or another, trying to figure out what happened. Briana was happy and energetic for the first week, charming the dickens out of anyone foolish enough to enter her Cuteness Sphere. Then, when I got home from work Monday, she seemed to be in rather severe pain. By the time enveri got home, it was bad enough that we decided to take her to the local clinic.

There, she promptly charmed the heck out of the tech, who stated in no uncertain terms, "I'm gonna make the other techs hold you for the bad stuff! You and me will be friends!" She then gave Bree a treat. It was most endearing. They ended up giving her an exam, and doing some bloodwork. Everything looked fine, no heartworms, but the platelets came back a bit low.

With some meds, we went home. I spent Tuesday observing her. She actually seemed to perk up around noon, and was walking around normally for a few hours. By 4-5ish, though, she had collapsed and could barely move. She was shaking, and crying out periodically. So, since the clinic was closed, we took her to the emergency clinic a half hour away (witness the opening anecdote).

The emergency clinic verified the low platelets, but traced the pain to a sore neck. No discernable cause for either, leaving us with such fun possibilities as autoimmune disease, tumors, and tick-borne illness. With those stewing in our heads, and many hundreds of dollars in tests lined up for the following day, we went home at 1:30am, to catch a call from the samoyed rescue's head.

She asked if we'd be able to take Bree up to Milwaukee, where there's a vet that a) specializes in the breed, and conditions they are prone to, and b) works with the rescue for discounted rates. She was very concerned for Bree (didn't blame us for any of it, actually seemed quite impressed by the levels we'd been going to to get things sorted out), and said the rescue would pick up the bill if we could get her up there.

So, after far too little sleep, we got up, and split paths. enveri headed to work, while I headed back to the emergency clinic to pick up Bree and the X-rays they'd already done (fortunately, since they hadn't done the bulk of the tests yet, the bill was substantially less than we'd feared). She was in the worst shape yet, and cried most of the way up to Milwaukee.

The vet there was very friendly, concerned, and professional. His first guess was that the low platelets may have been caused by the previous draws (both from the cephalic vein, the one in the dog's forearm). He took a jugular sample, and ran a CBC on it. Came back just fine, which was a huge relief. That left the neck pain. We've got her on steroids for that now, while we wait for a bunch more bloodwork to come back (to give more info on tick-borne stuff, plus just to make sure everything really *was* okay).

But tonight...she's a new dog. I got her home from Milwaukee around 1:30pm, and gave her her first prednisone dose. By the time enveri got home (I'd gone straight to work after medicating and getting Bree settled, had a lot to catch up on), she was trotting around, wagging her butt off, almost back to her normal self. It's an amazing relief.

So, after all that, I'm pretty exhausted :P I'm sure enveri is too, and our portion of the bills were quite a heavy blow, but...our little cottonball is worth it :)

Something good: Wee Heavy soon!

Something bad: Flat tonic

Something disturbing: That lady in the vet's office. How broken do you have to be to do that?!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Echoes
duncandahusky on November 4th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
Whew. I'm so glad to hear Briana's doing better. And she looks like a complete sweetie, too! I can't wait to meet her :-)
genetenveri on November 4th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
To give you an idea, last night when she was sprawled out on the waiting room floor, looking like Death was about to arrive for her any minute, she'd try to lift her head and wag any time someone walked up to her.

She cried.. oh GOD how she cried, when we were trying to get her up off the floor (they were about to go get a stretcher for her), but never once did she snap or bite anyone. She seemed to know that everyone just wanted to help.

In the short time we've had her... it's felt like we've always had her, as if she was MEANT to be with us, and us with her. God I love this dog.
duncandahusky on November 4th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww. You know, Dan's going to be in town this weekend and I don't think we have any plans, really. Give me a shout with what your plans might be, if y'all want to get together. I have been seriously lacking in Quality Dog Time of late.
genetenveri on November 4th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
As of this moment, our plans involve attending the MFF meeting, and that's about it. We'll probably do our usual lunch with Feren, but we've not discussed it with him yet. You are, of course, both welcome to come up and get doggie time. :)
summer_lvr on November 4th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
She is a total sweetheart of a dog, and I'm sure it broke your heart to see her in so much pain. I'm so glad the shots are helping!!! You guys are fabulous parents :) She couldn't be in better hands. I'm so glad you're happy and feel so good with Bree :)
Willwas1 on November 4th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
Very cute dog. I hope she'll continue to get better.
coldfyre on November 4th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
Wow... she looks just like my dog Holly, who died a few years ago from cancer. And she sounds like she's just as sweet. :)
M. C. A. Hogarthhaikujaguar on November 4th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
I'm so glad things seem to be okay!
Urocyon abiectius: Vampire Gothdog of Darknessurocyon on November 4th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
the rescue would pick up the bill if we could get her up there

That was generous of her. Rescues run on pretty tight budgets; the funds which would cover those vet bills would likely rescue and feed a few other dogs.

Hope the pooch can get all fixed up and happy soon. And if she's not already, see if you can move her over to a good quality food like Flint River, Mother Hubbard, Nutro, Life's Abundance, etc (if the ingredients include BHA, BHT, or by-products, it's probably best avoided--look for "human grade" feeds). Even if her problems aren't an allergic reaction to something in her current feed, some of the crap put in the more well-known brands can result in more vet bills down the road.
genetenveri on November 4th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
We're going to move her onto Wolf King... which came highly recommended from the rescue as human grade food. We just need to finish up the pro plan she's eating now. :)
Aurethaureth on November 4th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, she's a cute little fluffball. :) Hope she gets well. I'll have to come up and visit her, sometime.
neowolf2 on November 4th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's very sweet and social. So's Marcus. Shame about Cailet, though. :)

I'm hoping this is tick-borne disease, since I understand that can usually be treated with antibiotics, rather than something like lupus or other autoimmune problems.
gypsypetgypsypet on November 4th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear that she's at the very least up and about... It's scary to be a furmommie sometimes ::nodnods:: I always get terribly upset when something is up with Odie...

Funny how attached you get to them so quickly, though, enh?
Lonnie DiNellobeerhorse on November 4th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
Your new puppy is adorable! I hope everything turns out to be ok. *hugs*
The Dragon Ladydrgn_ldy on November 4th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
I hope everything's ok with her. She's so cute! I'm glad she's feeling better and up and about.
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.