Monday, July 07, 2008

Dog Crisis

At the end of last week we had a dog crisis. Cessna,

Wishing the photographer would go away...
a 16 year old (that's right, 16 years old) spaniel mix who is incredibly cute, has a couple of slipped discs. She was walking like she was drunk and she was in so much pain her back was arched like a spooked cat's. I found out that this is the fetal position of the dog world.

This lead to a major dilemma. There were three choices:

1. operate
2. drugs
3. euthanasia

At this point the important thing is quality of life versus quantity of life. It would be crazy for us to operate on a dog that is 16 years old. Not going to happen. I decided to go with the drugs. At best, its only a temporary fix. Her spine will never be fixed and she will be in pain again. I don't want her to live in that kind of pain again. It won't be long before we have to put her down. I'm gearing up for it. She's been in our lives as long as we've been married. We rescued her from the pound about a month after the wedding and that was almost twelve years ago. So sad.

To offset the sadness, how about a 9 month old puppy?

Silly puppy

News tomorrow about two knitting projects!


  1. Sorry to hear about Cessna - I hope she responds to the drugs. So hard!

  2. Poor dear doggy. Hugs to all of you, including Cessna.

  3. Poor Cessna! My Betsy is also suffering from a slipped disk, but she is only 6. The prednisone worked wonders, but she is still on restricted activity for a couple of weeks. Hope you have some success with the drugs for Cessna.