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Thursday, February 07, 2013

I had to be awake today. Had to bring my poor little Mariposa (my 12 year old Chihuahua with Congestive Heart Failure) to the Vet today. He has to drain the extra fluid off her abdomine,, about once every 4 or 5 weeks due to her CHF so she can breath easier and feel like eating. They drained off 750 ml!!! That is a lot of fluid for a little dog, a little over 3 cups of fluid! She weighted 6 lbs 8 oz when we went in, but I am sure she is probably around 5 lbs 8 oz. now!!!! It never ceases to amaze me how much fluid she ends up with every month from the CHF.
By all rights she should have died a year ago, but the Vet said she is a fighter! I hope she is still with us next year, but I know there is a chance she will not be. She is on a lot of medication, Lasix, Enalipril, Vetmedin (a dog only medication) everyday, twice a day. I think she has hung on because when we found out she was dying last January, and they did not think she would last even three more months, I changed Vets., and in March we adopted a little 3 month old Chihuahua Female who weighted a little over a pound. We named her Lily Belle, and I think Mariposa's Maternal instincts kicked in (Mari was spayed when she was about 6 or 7 months old before she ever went into heat). Anyway, she took it upon herself to really "mother" Lily!
Then in June we adopted an severely injured little 2 lb Siamese Kitten from our new Vet who rescued it and repaired it's severe injuries and was looking for a really good home. He thought a Pediatric Nurse was the Best Idea, and approached me to adopt it. Of course how could I say No!!! One look and one hold of that little guy and listening to him pur in my arms. Well needless to say, he came home with us and has made his resence known ever since!!!! His "official name" is Prince Theodore Joseph, but we call him "TJ" unless he is in big trouble. And once again, Mari decided she was his Mom too. Nowdays she spends all her time on my lap, barking at those two if she thinks they are causing trouble or cuddling up with them on the bed. Lily and TJ think they are litter mates, in fact we think TJ thinks he is a Chihuahua too. They are really funny together and keep us very entertained.
They all end up in the perfect home, since we are retired and home a lot of the time. Plus we love Cats and Dogs!!! Even my husband, who grew up without many pets, and never really cared much for animals before we were married 36 years ago, now loves having at least one cat and one dog!!!

Lily & TJ

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    emoticon What adorable furbabies! Hope Mari does better now that the fluid has been drained. That is a lot for such a little girl!

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CARRAND 2/7/2013 4:45PM

    You're so kind!

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SHILOBOOTH 2/7/2013 2:38PM

    Wow what an amazing baby :) She sounds an exceptional doggie. emoticon

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BOHEMIANCAT 2/7/2013 9:53AM

    Oh, so sorry to hear about Mariposa. All the photos are absolutely adorable. We love cats and dogs too, but have cats right now. They are the light of our life.
Your little ones hit the jackpot with you! emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 2/7/2013 9:25AM

    How precious they all are! We just adopted a new puppy who is half Chihuahua and half Terrier. Her name is Charli and she has stolen my DH's heart. Enjoy your time with your little ones. They are as lucky to have you as you are to have them!!

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DIANA3BANANA 2/7/2013 7:11AM

    I love my furry children emoticon

Yours are lucky to have you to love and care for them. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/7/2013 6:36AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I do hope that everything will be alright.

Enjoy those precious animals.

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BEEJAY49 2/7/2013 6:20AM

    Our 4 legged babies hang on for so many reasons! One of them being the intense love we show them! You are good parents! :) Our sweet Benny Joe made it past his 16 th birthday, he was diagnosed with epilepsy at one year old and his doctor didn't think he would make it past 7. He ended up with a heart murmer, cataracts, hip displasia, hearing loss, a life and death thyroid surgery and k-9 Alzheimer's on top of that and he was so very loved he decided to stay as long as he could. So love and so much caring does matter! You are awesome! :) HUGS!

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/7/2013 2:22AM

    Mari looks a lot like a dog I had named Sarah. She was half Pomeranian and half mutt.

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QRFCGREEN 2/7/2013 2:09AM

  They all sound like they are very blessed animals, to have such caring adult and animal carers x.

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DEBBIESTY 2/7/2013 1:10AM

    Get well soon Mariposa.

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SUSANBEAMON 2/7/2013 1:10AM

  pretty kitty and nice dogs. i live with cats myself.

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TRACYLYNN853 2/7/2013 12:31AM

    Poor little thing. She is PRECIOUS!

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