This morning

15 Feb

You know the Tass by now as she’s featured in this blog a couple of times.

We woke this morning to a Tassi who couldn’t walk. She is a dog who is always full of energy, has so much to say and gets pretty feisty about everything in the neighbourhood. This morning, a little after 5, I heard a hurried knocking on my door.

Something was wrong with Tassi.

I stepped out to see her sitting funnily with her hind legs floppily on one side. Eating her normal morning snack. Except, when I tried to urge her to come to me, she didn’t move. Neither did the wet nose and flustered jumping all around a Writeroo not only awake and present, but awake-so-early-yay-let’s-chat routine happen. So I took away part of the beloved snack and held it just a little further from where she was. She didn’t even rush. Then, knowing I wouldn’t give up, she just dragged her whole back on with her two front paws and reached up to the snack.

She seems… suddenly paralysed. And I didn’t know just how sad that would make me. I didn’t know that would make me cry as much as it did.

There is a certain sort of helplessness with dogs, because they cannot articulate for you to find the cause of their illness, if there is such a cause, and vets are simply not as specialised where I currently reside.

At 6, we took her to our usual vet. As soon as we could possibly wake her up. She put her on a steroid and vitamin supplements, and waited until 9, for progress.

At 9, she got a different prescription and a referral. But the surgeon only comes in at 6 pm. We’re waiting and I’ve read up on this and this and that.

We are trusting.

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4 Responses to “This morning”

  1. SandySays1 February 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    My human and my highest hopes for Tass and you. We certainly know what the canine-human relationship is all about. We’ll know you will do everything you can for her, fight for her, love her. And know that she’d do that for you. Good luck TASS!
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  2. outofedenministries February 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Oh my gosh. The EXACT same thing happened to our dog a month or so ago. We have no idea what he did to himself. We immobilized him, basically, keeping him crated except for potty breaks. We made a sling from a towel and help up his back end to walk him outside to go to the bathroom. It was so pitiful. He didn’t eat or drink for 3 days, but finally started lapping up water out of my hand.

    Today…he seems fine. Walking normal, eating, drinking. We have put him back outside, in his kennel, so he still can’t run or jump. Hopefully, when the weather turns better, we can let him out and let him start moving around a bit more.

    I hope this offers some encouragement.

  3. writeroo February 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    @Sandy and Mr and Mrs Geezer Gator: Thank you :’)
    @Karla: Yes, indeed it does, especially today when she is a little unhappy (only sometimes!) Thank you!

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