Another blur of a week for us. I'm sure many of you are like me and are enjoying the Thanksgiving break as much as I am. The only thing we have planned is dinner with good friends and their family today (Thursday) and spending some time at home.
|~HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Cissy~ |
Thank-you all for your kind words and supportive comments for our newest arrival Evah. One comment that Stoermann Home
left and deleted, was one I really thought was a good and valid thought about Evah's care that asked about her staying with Retired Lady, Stoermann Home said:
"isn't there a program out there that helps the elderly keep their companion dogs when they get financially difficult to keep? I mean, its great that you got the dog, but what if SHE kept the dog and didn't have to bear the cost of the unexpected medical issues."
The answer to that question is yes there are vets offices that provide routine care to senior pet owners at a reduced fee or for no charge. Understandably it's also up to individual practices to decide what discounted services they'll provide beyond that. The vet care that Evah needed by Thursday was more than Retired Lady was able and willing to pay, and my vets office and any nearby were willing to provide at no cost to her.
It all began when Retired Lady got Evah on Saturday afternoon. From that time until Tuesday when she was first taken to see the vet, Evah had not relieved herself. The vet emptied her very full bladder, but did nothing about her bowels. Retired Lady wasn't charged for other palliative care and they were hoping Evah would be okay. But by Thursday, no matter how many times she was taken outside, Evah would do nothing but try to go back inside because she was afraid of the noise made by passing cars. By Thursday Evah was (understandably) beginning to not feel well and hadn't eaten. When I got Evah home I'd hoped that letting her off lead in our big yard, with no cars around would do the trick. It didn't, and she even became sick overnight. On Friday morning I dropped Evah off at the vets office and she received all the needed treatment including blood work and a few other tests. Twelve hours later I was picked up an exhausted Evah who was feeling much better.
|~Evah last Saturday, showing off her post-puppy figure~|
Caring for the other dogs (in my next post) and getting Evah all settled in has taken us to a week later. Evah has ended her first week with us on a good note and with everything (now) working like clock-work. A needed antibiotic has kicked in, and that has helped as well.
Evah is just as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. She gets along really well with all the dogs, and is also learning about cats. In true Golden Retriever fashion she takes everything in stride, loves her meals and happily takes treats. If we're having any problems with her, it's that she is very nervous about exploring the house. I've tried to introduce her to other rooms but she gets nervous and wants to go back to the ex-pen where she feels safe. I'm sure in time that will change as she gets more confidence.
I decided to sign over my ownership of Evah to the rescue. This was in part in the event that there are unforeseen repercussions between the kennel and Retired Lady no longer having her. I think that there being another link between Evah and where she originally came from is best for her. And the Rescue as Evah's owner are in a better position to stand up against the kennel that she came from.
I think we'd all agree that Evah should only go forward to a new life and not back to her old one.