Sunday, March 14, 2010

My first baby

My first baby, Alli, has months to live.

My girl has been with us since she was 8 weeks old -- and that was almost 12 years ago. I took her in for a check-up this weekend and her kidney function is down to 25 percent. She is in Stage 3 of kidney failure. We've got medicines to give her and we will start subcutaneous fluids. All in an effort to buy us days, weeks, months ... who knows.

I wanted to go up to all the happy people with their cute puppies in the waiting office and yell: "THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO!"

This sucks.

It's life and it sucks.

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Anonymous said...

OH NO! Not Alli! That kills me. She is such a sweet puppy! What caused the kidney failure? She doesn't seem old enough for this. When Rudy's organs started failing, he stopped eating and drinking anything. It was so hard to watch. I will be praying for you guys, that you'll have her for a long time and know just how to care for her and praying that Alli doesn't suffer. Bless her heart.

Sheila said...

Jen, I am so sorry.

I'm Jen. said...

Katie, she is pretty old for a bigger dog, I have been told. I don't know why her kidneys are failing outside of old age. I have to go to the Vet this afternoon to train for "doggy dialysis".

Sheila, thanks. I felt very chef like when I whipped up the low protein doggy food for her. Wonder if the recipe would be a hit on Tasty Kitchen? :P

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