|Every year when December comes around, I always feel time flies too fast. 2003 will be over soon and I don't know how we spend these days so quickly. I finished Poodle Moments '02 just a couple of months ago?
Anyway, here comes my yearly event, a new Poodle Moments. I hope you can enjoy.
|Killing me softly ....
Do you know the old song titled "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack? That is a real beautiful song with nice melody and nice lyrics, and I really love it. The story of this song and what Nanako is doing are completely different but this title comes in my mind every time when something wrong happens to Nanako. She is exactly Killing Me Softly With Her Condition.
Nanako's condition was so bad until this March. Early in this year, she started stumbling when she tried to start running or moving fast, and gradually she refused to go upstairs. I understand that getting old means losing physical strength and ability. She is no longer a young dog and I'd better not compare Nanako with Leanne. Considering the fact, it should be a natural process for Nanako to pass, but to me, seemed it came too fast. I know she's not young anymore but she's only 12! She still can hear my low, soft voices and she still can see even though both of her eyes develop cataracts. I really want my dogs to be happy and want them to enjoy their times.
This was a happy event until we had that nightmare again.
|Bloat again and again, and ....
It was last May when Nanako bloated for the first time. She had been OK and both of us completely forgot that nightmare.
On September 6, her third bloat came. Since it took her a year to have her second bloat, I thought third one wouldn't come so early. This time, I couldn't catch my vet. I had to drive to the other veterinary clinic in midnight. This was tough.
It was September 22. We were at the training seminar. Nanako coughed a bit that day. I felt something was wrong but I didn't think it was serious.
I really felt I might not be able to save Nanako on that day. It was Monday and there was a traffic jam. I drove to the clinic as crying. Fortunately I could get to the clinic before her stomach got torsion and the gas could be drawn out with a tube as usual, however, her condition got worse and worse. She couldn't even raise her head.
As a result, we were very lucky. Every time Nanako had a bloat, we could get to the clinic before torsion. Even at the last (I hope this will be the last) and worst situation, we could find a well experienced veterinary clinic.
Now Nanako is doing very fine. Her stomach condition seems very good too.
Anyway we don't have the risk of torsion now. However, we still have the risk of bloat. Now I am paying close attention to what and how to feed Nanako. I hope this horrible incident will never occur again.
She had a minor operation on December 1st. I knew she had a tumor on her shoulder and it suddenly ruptured. I really can't take my eyes off from her at all. I hope she won't have any trouble next year.