Thursday, July 15, 2010

The other two

Fran and I have both been blogging about our pups - Tango and Teddy. Dax gets mentions as well - she's the one competing in agility and she also comes to work on occasion.
But we do have two other dogs - Ceilidh and Roc. They're really not very old, Fran's Ceilidh (Boston Terrier) is nine and my Roc (Brussels Griffon) is eight. But we probably don't blog much about them because we're both trying not to think about what's to come. "De Nile ain't just a river in Egypt."
Ceilidh and Roc are both precious to us - and this summer both seem to be in trouble.
Roc has pulmonary hypertension - back in February when we got the diagnosis, the vet said he'd probably have a couple/few months. With the heat and humidity that's been plaguing us this summer, he's clearly uncomfortable outside and we're only allowing him outside, out of the air-conditioning, for essential potty trips.
Ceilidh has several problematic heart conditions (arhythmia, bad valves, etc.), in addition to the immune-system issues she's had all her life (her body attacks itself and her hair falls out without weekly medicated baths). And now, latest blow, she's developed myositis, an inflammation of the muscles. She's on steroids and for the first time in her entire life, she's an eager eater. Much as we love seeing that - the price is too high.
So if we don't talk about our older dogs - know that we, and they, are holding their own and no news is exactly what we want.

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Anonymous said...

Pam said...

So sorry to hear of your ailing oldsters. I've got 2 less-than-healthy oldsters here, myself. (Jerry 11 yo Frenchie, multiple health problems; Ben 8 yo Rottweiler, lymphangiectasia).

Ben's been on prednisone for nearly a year, and I know about how hungry it makes a dog. Also has taken his strength, unfortunately.

Hug those kiddos for me!!!