His brother Ranger, who lived across the street, suddenly passed away last year, and my thoughts immediately went there. My husband Mark, whom I lovingly call the dog whisperer, was all over it. He immediately got him in to the vet, but our regular vet wasn't in and couldn't see Neo, so we had to go with an associate vet. She couldn't figure out what was wrong but suspected pancreatitis.
So, after a full bag of IV antibiotics and a course of followup meds, we brought him back home. Still, the symptoms, minus the vomitting, persisted after 24-hours. So, back we went to the vet, this time to see Dr. Garcia, vet to our family of dogs. He went over Neo with a fine-tooth comb, doing an ultra sound and checking for blockage, tumor, anything unusual. Examining all the tests, he determined some type of intestinal irritation and said for us to persist with the meds for another 24-hours.
Under Mark's watchful eye for another 24 hours, Neo began to improve, finally standing without falling, drinking water on his own, and showing interest in snacks and food again. Now, after the weekend has passed, he appears to be back to his old wonderful self.
I asked for my friends on Facebook to start a prayer chain, and they did. The support was overwhelming. Sometimes it takes fear of loss, a lot of love, and expert knowledge to find redemption. I don't think I could have taken another big loss this close to losing my beautiful horse, Aramis. So, I just want to thank all my friends who supported me and surrounded Neo Doggie with prayers and love.
He's not just a dog. He's very special. He worked as a therapy dog at three different hospitals for nine years. He made a lot of sick and dying people's lives happier in the time they were with him. He has this gentle giant effect on all who meet him., and he certainly deserved all the support he received last week and this weekend.
It's funny how art imitates life. I just finished the first draft of Snow Blood Season 5 that deals with loss, love, and redemption. The Snow Blood world is a chaotic one. So is the world in which we live. But, it's nice to know that no matter what our differences when something frightening happens to one of us that the many will support the one.
So, thanks again for your prayers and support. I love you for your kindness.
Til Next Time,