Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Reese Report - Rome

Sleeping tin the Sun
I came into the kitchen hallway just now and found Reese stretched out in the sun on one of the carpets. He has never been big on the warmth of a sunny spot - that was always Bundnie's thing (my girl, she was our first daschie and the bane of poor Reese's existence for 12 years.) He has always preferred burrowing into two or three blankets in the comfort of his kennel but given the chill in the air maybe the warmth of the sun is comforting.

I wish things were getting better but after an initial "looking good" things have taken a downturn. He's lost a good deal of weight and he's not eating regularly - sometimes that chicken and green beans looks good other times he just sniffs it and turns away. One back leg in particular is not supporting his weight and he sleeps most of the time. He is still having accidents and the accompanying embarrassment.

We still really not sure what happened just over a week ago - they assured us at the Clinic that is was not from licking the medication we were apply to his skin which is a relief. The way things are going its almost like his immune system can't handle things anymore. But we'll go to the Vet's tonight with all the test reports, get a professional opinion and talk things over with him. We don't want to do anything rash but we also don't want Reese to suffer. The quality of his life is going to have to be our main consideration in any decision we make this evening.

Thanks to all of you for your concern and thoughts - I know he doesn't hear when I read them to him (and fool that I am I do)but....

23 Ottobre - San Giovanni di Capistrano

3 comments:

more cowbell said...

Hey Willym, oh, I hate hearing that Reese is still having a hard time of it. Of course you know you guys are being the best daddies by putting his comfort first and foremost, and looking at things from that angle. Still, that is hard. I like the thought of him enjoying the sunshine. Good doggie thoughts to him from Batman and Mason.

evilganome said...

Hi Willym, I am practically in tears. I am such a sucker for dogs. I know you and Laurent will make the best decision for Reese, but it's tough. I've had to be a "responsible pet owner" a couple of times and it just sucks. Best wishes that Reese rallies and you have plenty more time with the little guy.

tater said...

Hi Willym,
Tears here as well. That little guy is so precious, it breaks my heart to hear he isn't doing as well as we have all been hoping for. I hurt for you guys, and the difficult decision you may face. I like dogs more than most people, and would go to any lengths for mine. That being said, I wouldn't allow my baby to suffer either. Just the thought of losing my four legged companion is enough to set off the sprinklers. I am sending healing and loving thoughts to you all.