Thursday, February 19, 2009
I don't think I'll be writing any more routine lesson reports unless there's something more useful to say.
All that is overshadowed by the sad news that our faithful dog, Maggie, is dwindling rapidly. We learned that her kidneys have almost completely failed and there's little hope for her. We discussed options with her vet that might prolong her life, but the odds at this stage aren't very good. She's not the kind of dog that would tolerate extensive medical treatments; and we don't want for her to spend her final days with any added stresses that would make her even more miserable. She stopped eating a few days ago... except for snow. Whenever she goes outside she immediately begins eating snow. The vet says it means the kidney failure has caused ulcers in the lining of her esophagus and stomach and the snow is soothing.
It appears we're going to have to make an awful decision in the morning...
She went peacefully this morning. Even though it was the right thing to do, it was hard nonetheless.
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