I’ve not been on here or online much in the last few days and life’s generally been a bit shitty. As I don’t do much during the day I have been looking after Andrew and Ian’s dogs: Suki and Bella. This has been going on since the end of December and it’s only me, the cats and the dogs during the day.
Last saturday Ian was away and Andrew had to work, so it was just me in the house again. Not a problem, apart from that Suki wasn’t doing well. She was hiding in a corner, breathing heavily and not interested in food. This got worse throughout the evening and we were all getting worried.
The apathy increased on sunday [which was a very dramatic day in the house anyway] and they made the decision to take her to the vet late sunday evening where she got given some antibiotics. These seemed to do the trick, she was energetic, wanted food and generally walked around a bit.
That was the last time she was showing any initiative.
Yesterday she looked even worse and didn’t move at all, didn’t even drink any water or go outside. Whenever I tried picking her up and getting her to stand she just collapsed.
Andrew bought some antibiotics in the evening, but they had no effect and Suki was still lying motionless on the sofa.
And then later on in the evening we thought she died. She was in acute pain, stopped breathing and her body was convulting. Turns out she was still breathing and Andrew and Ian rushed her to the vet again. She had to stay there over night and they gave him the choice of investigating her mystery illness further or to just let her go.
As expected Andrew wanted to do anything possible, but it was simply too late this afternoon. She wasn’t responding to anything, didn’t move apart from laboured breathing, so Andrew had to have her put down.
She has been his and his Mum’s dog for over 10 years and been with him through a lot.
As for me, well, she finally started liking me over the last half year or so after simply tolerating me before. She actually came to me when I called her name and liked my company.