Mushu is my soulpuppy. He’s the one that carries a bit of my heart with him. It’s really hitting me hard that he’s almost fourteen-years-old (on Jan. 1). He’s the sweetest most good natured dog you could hope to find. He started out as an outdoors dog, mostly because I don’t know how to house train a dog. Somehow, he started manipulating me to let him in during storms and then when it rained and then I was used to coming down in the middle of the night and opening the door and then I gave up. He’s an inside dog. While I’m at work, he has full run of the house and never has accidents or destroys things. He’s perfect! In fact, he’s the world’s best dog (as long as he doesn’t have a chicken in his mouth)! Lately, he’s had a very hard time getting up the steps to come inside.
Then he had an accident in the house on Friday evening, and I knew he needed to see the vet. They were good to see him on Saturday morning. He just couldn’t get out of the car, so they even came outside to examine him. Talk about service above and beyond! He had a fever and his white cell count was very high, indicating an infection. That’s not a good sign for an old dog.
We’re giving him antibiotics and hoping for the best. It might just be a simple infection, or it could be an infection secondary to cancer. He’s lost one sister to cancer, and another has had a couple of cancerous tumors removed. He hadn’t eaten at all on Saturday. He only slept after coming home from the vets. I decided to try to entice him with some high protein food.
It almost looks good enough for a human!
I brought the plate to him, and he ate his eggs and even had seconds a couple of hours later.
He’s still tired and lounging quite a bit. (Sorry, Mushu, for the unflattering photo.)
But he’s much perkier and seems to be feeling better. He’s getting some of his strength back.
I am grateful for the nearly fourteen years we’ve had, but I’d really like to have a few more.
Linking to You Capture where today’s theme is inside.