Friday, October 1, 2010

Like the saying goes "When it rains... it pours"

I feel like since we got back from vacation last Saturday we have been flooded with unexpected problems. Really, it has only been 2 problems but still it's been a long and stressful week.

Rillz and I got back into town on Saturday and went to pick up our dogs from Kristis. Kristi and Jeff were kind enough to doggie sit while we were gone. We knew Kristi and Jeff were going out of town Thursday afternoon until Sunday. We were totally fine with our dogs being there with Diesel and no humans. They all get along really well. And Ren was going Friday to check on them anyways and give them food/water. Rillz got a text Friday saying Malu had lost 5 lbs. and looked really depressed. Not a huge shock to us because Malu is a very sensitive dog and always gets depressed so maybe she wasn't eating. Kristi said she was eating fine and hadn't noticed her losing any weight. Anyways, we go and check on them Saturday afternoon. Rillz and I walk in their backyard and are greeted to the excitement of Diesel and Simon. No Malu. We called for her and then thought she must have escaped some how. Soon after Malu came slowely out of the bushes and looked like just skin and bones.

She barely had any emotions and something was definitely wrong. Rillz and I took her to my parents and tried to feed her. She would not eat. We sat around for a couple hours to see if she would spring up a little. Eventually she started vomiting water and Rillz and I realized she needed to go to the vet. We took her right away and was told she has Parvo. She had lost 16 lbs. in 1 1/2 days. She was taken back into the hospital area and we were sent home. Malu stayed in there for 4 days. The whole time she barely ate one meatball. The Dr.s were worried to let her come home but thought she may do better at home because she is so sensitive. Plus, our bill was really starting to get expensive already. Rillz and I picked her up on Wednesday afternoon. She was feeling much better because her personality was back. She has eatin everything I have given her which has to be VERY bland foods. I have to give her pills every 8 hours and we even had to inject water into her... that part freaked me out a bit. Still looks like we haven't fed her in weeks but oh-well. I learned my lesson the expensive way. DOGGIE VACCINES ARE VERY IMPORTANT!!! This parvo virus is found EVERYWHERE! It can be tracked in your yard from anything and stay for years. So if you don't want to spend thousands on your dog make sure they are up to date on shots and get their boosters too.

Next thing, something is flooding parts of our front yard. It has been a slow flood though. On Monday I thought we had just over watered our lawn. Rillz turned the sprinkler system off on Tuesday and our lawn still had major puddles. Oh great. At our request our water is completely shut off. We think the sprinkler valve is broken. But, really we don't know. Ren has generously offered his time to come look at it today. In the mean time I have to use the bathroom but have to hold it until I go back to work in 1 1/2 hours. We really didn't need this issue after Malu's issues this week. At least I will work out tonight because we are planning on taking showers at the gym. Great idea huh!
This picture doesn't look that bad. Some water has been pumped out from the top and the sun has dryed it up too.

Luckely, Rillz and I are in good health and have food and a roof over our heads. I hope everyone else's week has gone better than ours :)

Thank goodness it's Friday!!


Danielle said...

Oh my gosh- that sounds HORRIBLE! All of it! I'm so sorry! Poor doggy!!! That would be so scary.

Ummm that is really odd about your lawn...but props to you on thinking of showering at the gym!!! haha! I love it. Good luck on everything- before you know it everything will be great.

HeidiT said...

Hopefully everything can be taken care of soon and back to normal next week. What a bummer to deal with after returning from a vacation.


oh mindy i am so sorry. Your poor dog, I am so sorry for the dog and for you guys, all of you must be so scared. I'm so glad you guys came home in time to take care of your dog (don't know the name or gender). Sorry to hear about your lawn. Hate tough times. Thankgoodness they can't last forever.

Kristi M. said...

Poor Malu! Her little eyes are so sad and I can tell you she did not look like prior to heading to McCall. Her and Diesel were playin' machines. Diesel is so sad without his playmates around. Malu get better soon. totally stinks about the water thing. So frustrating.

Penny Cluff said...

Poor little dog. When I first started reading your blog, I thought she must be like our dog Moe. When we would leave him, whom ever we left him with said he did not eat for days. Parvo? I thought that was just a puppy thing. I learned a lot. By the way, I also saw your new kitchen on your last post. It looks so great. You have done a pro job.

katy said...

Oh my gosh, good thing they caught it. That is scary. Makes me think about how I need to start getting my kids vaccinated. I had a feeling to stop getting Ivy done and now Im affraid to get coves shots. I know your story is about your dog but it really got me thinking. Sounds like you have bee through some stress. Hope things get better for you guys.

Jess said...

Oh poor puppy. At least you know what it is now and are fixing it! I hate seeing animals sick.
I hope that things get better soon. Love You!!!