Sunday, April 15, 2012

Taking a Break....


This is not a post I have ever wanted to make, but unfortunately, I am making it. I will be absent from the photo challenges, and my blog for awhile. My beloved Maddux has taken a turn for the worse, His kidneys are completely shutting down. For those of you that have been following me for some time, you know the struggles we have had with this beautiful boy. He is 7 years old and has suffered with FSF/SHS since he was 10 months old. This is a breed specific illness and in a nutshell it involves extremely high fevers (his have gone as high as 107) and an inflammatory process. It has taken a toll on his kidneys and in the last week or so he has crashed and stopped eating and drinking. I am giving him IV fluids at home and syringing baby food into him in the hopes that he will rally. Sometimes they do. I am going to spend as much time with him as I can for as long as he has left. I am sorry for the depressing tone of this post, but I wanted everyone to know. Please say a prayer for him, and for me. I pray that I will know when the time comes to let him go. Its not going to be easy.

5 comments:

Lois Moon said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. I am currently nursing my corgi back to health...last month we discovered he had a brain infection when, fortunately, our vet sent us to the vet school in Gainesville, FLA. I cried for a few weeks, but he has finally returned to pretty good health. I'm hoping he continues to mend even after he finished the slew of drugs he is on. Oh, I know the feeling of wanting to spend as much time as possible with him. I lost 6 lbs. the first week he was clearly mortally ill (it found me again!). All my best wishes for a recovery so that you have more healthy time to spend with your boy.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I know exactly how you feel. I also know, there is not much anyone can say to make you feel better, except I love you for your gallant effort and your love of animals.
xx, Carol

jumbledhutch said...

That is such a beautiful photos of Maddux! I know hard this is on you and him! Love you both bunches!

Terri said...

Good luck, hugs, and prayers!!!

Terri

Original Sock Dogs said...

Hi Tracey,

I stopped by your blog to let you know that you won the "grand prize" in the Original Sock Dogs contest. Then I read about your beautiful boy and I have to say I am so sorry to hear all that you are going through with him. If you would like, I'd be happy to make a custom sculpture of him for you instead of the sock dog I planned to give away. I'll be keeping both of you in my thoughts. Hugs all around.
Stacey
sockdogs.com