Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Thirteen and a half years ago I got Mercy (a Yorkshire terrier and an unusually small one) when she was only six weeks old. I had gotten her to be just a pet. On the way home from the breeder's house, my son Bryan was holding her in the back seat. I could hear her growling since she didn't know him and she was being taken away from everything familiar. Bryan said, " I didn't know that doggies could purr!" I informed him that she was growling!
Since she was so tiny and had trouble staying warm enough, I let her sleep on my bed. Some mornings she would wake me up acting agitated. I assumed that she had to go potty, but when I got her to the potty area, she kept paying attention to me. Since I am diabetic, I would check my blood sugar each morning. I started noticing that on the days that she acted upset, my blood sugar would be lower than it should be. Then one morning, she RAN up me. I woke and immediately had a seizure (the only seizure I have had in my life). I quit breathing during the seizure and she started jumping on my chest repeatedly, which prompted the breathing to start again. When I came out of the seizure, I was somewhat confused, but did remember to take my blood sugar. It only registered as 30! I immediately went and drank some orange juice. I have been told that it is a miracle I survived that! When I told my doctor about it, she told me to keep Mercy with me at all times.
Mercy "trained" me to eat at regular intervals and on the doctor's advice, I began emphasizing protein and fiber in my diet.
Mercy was with me all the time during her life except for some brief periods when I had surgery. Several months ago, she was diagnosed with early kidney disease. I joined a Yahoo group having to do with K9KidneyDisease, and learned that the main thing is to make sure they eat, but to try to not let them have too much protein if possible. Well, Mercy's appetite at her weight of 3 pounds 2 oz. wasn't all that wonderful, but I did the best I could. However, there were times she didn't want to eat anything but some chicken.
Up until about two weeks ago I took her with me for everything I did. However, two weeks ago, she started having problems riding in the car. She seemed to be having abdominal cramping, and then would poop in her little car seat. I decided to take her to the vet, but the next day when I was going to call, it snowed, and we were snowed in for several days. Finally I got an appointment for her. I took her and the vet did an X-ray which showed an enlarged heart, but no tumors. She also had a blood test and received fluids since she was dehydrated. She had been having numerous urinary accidents at home, so the vet and I figured it had to do with the kidney disease. I took her home, and she did seem somewhat more perky from getting the fluids.
The next day the vet called and said that her blood tests showed definite kidney disease -- enough so that they asked me to bring her back and have her stay to receive more fluids. I checked by phone later in the day and they said she was sleeping while getting the IV. I thought, "Wow, she must be super tired to sleep that long." The next morning the vet called again and said there was some improvement in the blood values so they wanted to have her stay a little longer to get more fluids. However, about an hour later, I was called again, and the vet said she had waked up, seemed disoriented and upset, and passed away a few minutes later. My response was that somehow I had a feeling that might happen since she had seemed so sick.
Later, I went to get her. When I brought the box with her home, I thought this box feels heavier than it should with her in it. I took her out at home, noticed she looked bloated, weighed her and found out that her weight had almost doubled! I washed her, dried her hair, and brushed it. Later that day I buried her beneath the window nearest to where I do things at my computer. I laid out rocks in the shape of a cross over the grave.
Goodbye Mercy. I love you! I miss you! I expect to see you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I know Jesus loves you too!