Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A Bit of Sadness
Today is a tough day. I've mentioned in the past that Finn, my family dog has fallen ill. Finn's the lovely dog you see here. This summer he went into congestive heart failure. He's been on human heart meds (seriously his Walgreen's prescription bottle says "Finn Ryan the Dog")ever since this summer and they're not working too well.
My mom took him to the vet yesterday and she said that it wasn't looking that great. Today my mom is bringing Finn to an animal hospital that is as big as a real human hospital. I wonder if they help all animals. Like will Finn be in a room next to an alligator? Will my mom have to look at the owner and tell them, "um, we're going to close the curtain now. Your alligator is scaring my golden retriever."
Anyway, he's going - alligators or not - to see a doggie cardiologist (Yep, they have those. Seriously they do. People actually wake up and say I want to be a cardiologist, but just for dogs) and get some uber-high tech ultrasound to see what's wrong with his heart and if he has cancer. Apparently the hospital is the biggest in the nation for animals and this one doctor and his one machine are only in Tampa.
So on the bright side I'm very happy that Finn is going and seeing such an amazing specialist. But I'm terrified about what today's news will bring. I know that he's going to die but I'm not ready to say goodbye, even though I tried to at Christmas. He's only 11 years old. Golden retrievers usually live for much longer. But we must do what's best for the pup. And at least this will tell us if there's anything left that we can do, or if it's time to say goodbye. And at least we'll have peace knowing that we've done all we can. I find out the verdict later today. Wish us luck.