So, it's been quite a few days.
Our little family has been on the most unexpected whirlwind journey.
Trying to save the life of our beloved Matty dog son.
He's hanging in there so far.
Vet visits, emergency ER visits, pup in the ICU.
Oh my head and heart.
We are holding onto hope.
I made a new canvas print, as I have kept doodling through the tears and stress of worrying about him...
I framed a copy for myself...
In case you are wondering...
To give you an idea of what has been going on -
One day recently, Matty simply didn't want to get out of bed.
This went on for a couple of days, I thought maybe it was the cold and snow.
So, I kept him bundled up.
But after a couple of days, I was too worried.
He was hanging his head to the left side.
Bumping into things.
Ears strangely positioned.
He went from a total tough rambunctious boy, to very strange off behaviour.
No barking, no sounds, confused and getting worse by the minute.
So, we rushed him to the vet.
They checked him out.
No fever etc.
So we opted for blood tests.
It would take a few days for results.
Meanwhile, while waiting, Matty deteriorated.
Shaking a lot.
Bumping into things more, and falling over.
All really scary for us to see.
And worse, we can't ask him what's wrong.
As we waited for the blood tests, he got even worse.
Just limp, not moving, shaking legs.
Acting like he couldn't see.
Confused, dizzy like, still bumping into things on left side etc.
So, the vet had us rush him to a doggie ER hospital.
Where they specialize in neurology.
At first they thought Matty had been poisoned.
They asked things like, did he bump his head?
Did he eat this or that.
And on and on.
I thought maybe it was inner ear?
But they said that doesn't look to be the case.
They did lots of tests.
And put him on 6 medications.
The blood tests show nothing.
All looks normal in the blood, so now we are on a mystery hunt.
We hope something will work.
He is still falling over and confused.
He seems sort of dizzy and discombobulated.
It's all very strange and scary.
I want to fall apart, but I am trying to be super strong.
To stay positive, and just care for Matty the best that I can.
Miles is so worried, licking and loving his brother.
I would LOVE to hear Matty bark again.
And see him run like a gazelle down the driveway.
I would love to be able to fix him.
The doctor says that right now, we are basically in do or die mode.
We have to wait 1 week to see how the meds work.
Meanwhile I hope and pray like a mad woman.
There is nothing like seeing Mister Lovee sob in the ER, to make this whole thing all too real and totally surreal all at once.
Well, off I go to sit with my boy.
His only happy spot is in the middle of my bed...
I stay up with him most of the night.
And Miles cuddles in with us.
We need our little warrior back.
Miles goes up to Matty and licks his forehead.
And they touch noses.
Matty tried to shake his tail for a moment when Miles touched noses with him last night.
I hope this is some odd thing that can be cured.
How I hope...