It Was Scary

September 1, 2011
By

Nellie

Maybe the lady at the shelter was right when she said I wasn’t worth saving. She said I didn’t have long to live and mom should pick a better dog to rescue.

I’ve been at Asherpark for four months. I’ve had surgery to fix my teeth and remove a lump on my eyelid. I’ve had lots of supplements and good nourishing food. I was getting stronger all the time.

And then…..I went to sleep Sunday night like usual. My bed is on the floor right next to mom. That way she can’t get up without me knowing it.

At 4am Jack started moaning. That’s how he asks to go outside. I felt mom get out of bed and I jumped up to go with her. Boom. I fell into the wall. I got up again and fell in a heap.

Mom tried to steady me but my legs collapsed. The world was spinning and I felt like I was upside down.

Mom quick let the other dogs out and came back to help me. I staggered outside and did my business. When I tried to walk back I kept going around in circles. My head was tilted at a crazy angle and I felt sick to my stomach.

I lay down but everything kept moving. My eyes were twitching. I thought this was the end. I felt so bad mom had to see me like this. She wants me to get better and here I was getting worse with some goofy condition that made me look crazy.

Mom was really worried about me but she also had an idea what was wrong. She thought I had vertigo. Mom called and wrote all sorts of people about my condition. Our vet, Dr. Brad, said I have geriatric vestibular problems. Kinda like old age doggie vertigo.

Dr. Brad said I should slowly get better on my own and there’s not much he could do for me. Well, that was good news. I wasn’t going to die and maybe my head wouldn’t always be tilted like a hawk circling its prey.

Three days later I’m much better. I still stumble when I walk and my head is crooked, but I’ve got a big appetite and drink plenty of water. I’m really proud that I didn’t soil in the house even when I could hardly walk.

Mom says my getting better is the best present I could ever give her. She says I will always have a place at Asherpark, even if my head stays crooked. For now I’m taking life easy. Sleeping, eating and giving thanks that I still have time ahead of me. I’m grateful for each day, whatever it brings. Life is good!

 

 

 

4 Responses to “ It Was Scary ”

  1. River on September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Nellie-
    Your Mom is the best and she will guide you into better health.
    You have a good and strong spirit. When we met I sensed that about you. Get better soon so you can come play with me

    River

  2. liz on September 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    dear nellie
    so relieved to hear you are feeling a bit better.
    you are still a beautiful girl, head tilt and all.
    we love you heaps!
    liz

  3. Kitty Scarlett O'Hairless on September 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    yeah well, whatever. Our dog Frieda had that at age 14 and her owners almost went off the deep end. What is with these humans and their dogs? Scarlett O”Hairless-who is now growing some hair after 3 years.

  4. Pippen & Huck on September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Nellie, we are so sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well, but your mom will take good care of you, so no worries! We’ll come and visit you again soon, and we promise to be good.

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