Monday, June 19, 2017

Not out of the woods yet

If you read Ken's blog, you know that Callie suffered some kind of injury on Saturday that left her hind legs paralyzed. We took her to an emergency veterinarian that evening. The vet didn't think it was a stroke (which was our first thought) but maybe something spinal, so he loaded her up on cortisone and gave us many pills for her. We've had her lying downstairs since then and carry her outside to do her business, using a bath towel as a sling. Ken has slept downstairs with her while I stay upstairs with Tasha.

Callie heading into her favorite woods on Friday morning.

Callie is alert, hungry and thirsty, and seems reasonably comfortable. She just can't stand up. We will call her regular vet this morning for an appointment. If it is a disk problem, there may be a surgical solution. We just don't know yet. It's been a difficult thirty-six hours for us, emotionally. The new puppy has been very good; she seems to know there's something going on.

We don't know, of course, what caused this. While lying awake last night, it occurred to me that Callie has been running around a lot with Tasha, making fast, tight turns as sheepdogs do. She may be too old for that kind of rough play and something slipped. It didn't happen suddenly; there was no yelp or anything. Callie just came into the downstairs entry and sat down normally, but then couldn't get up again at walk time.

So now it's just the wait for another vet visit. We're hopeful he will be able to see us this morning (UPDATE: we have an appointment at 11h45). Ken and I certainly appreciate all of your comments, suggestions, and well-wishes, even if we can't respond to them all.

22 comments:

  1. We know exactly how you feel. Good luck.

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  2. Keeping my fingers crossed for the visit to the vet!

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  3. Just read the bad news on Ken's blog. You two must be devastated. I'm so so so sorry for you. Having lost several dogs myself, I know the emptiness she leaves behind must be huge. Thinking of you both. Hugs!

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  4. Hi Walt and Ken,
    We were so sorry to read through the update on Ken's blog that sadly Callie has passed away.
    We can only imagine the devastation you must both be feeling at her loss, but your responsibility as her family was to act in her best interests - however difficult this decision was to make. Throughout her life Callie will have received the very best of love and care from you both. Thinking of you...

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  5. As I said over on Ken's page, I am so very sorry but so happy that you decided to get the puppy when you did. Sending hugs to you both.

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  6. So sorry for your loss Walt. I have been thinking of you all today. What a lucky pup she was to have had such a wonderful life with you both. You couldn't have done any more. Hugs from us. Sue and Leon

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  7. Like Sue said, Callie was a lucky pup to be loved by you and Ken. She had the best life and only suffered a couple days.

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  8. I was so very sorry to read on Ken's blog about Callie's passing. I always enjoyed your periodic puppy pics and know you will both be grieving this sudden and too soon loss.

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  9. Walt, Mitch, Molly, and I are so sorry about Callie's passing. (Gabe doesn't know at this point.) We can't imagine how hard it must be--especially how quickly it came on. You had little time to adjust and say good-bye. There are few things harder in life than saying good-bye to our dear four-legged friends. Mitch and I have sobbed in each other's arms on more than one occasion over our dogs and cats. Our hearts go out to you, and we wish we could comfort you. You have wonderful memories and photos of the great dog Callie was, and I hope in time they give you both comfort and peace. Lots of love, Ginny

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  10. So sorry, Walt. We will always remember Callie as such a nice dog. Lynn, Joel, Hannah and Rachel.

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  11. All my sympathy to both of you. It is heartrending to lose a pet. Take care.

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  12. I am so very sorry about losing Callie. I love the way your animals fit in your life and have enjoyed reading about their adventures.

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  13. So very sorry, but at least you have Tasha to help the healing process.

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  14. So sorry you have lost beautiful Callie. My deepest sympathy to you both.

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  15. I saw the news on Ken's blog. So sorry. She was a sweet and good dog.

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  16. Walt

    Sorry to read about Callie. Hope she didn't suffer to much and please accept my sympathies. Callie was a great dog. Will miss reading about her walkabout in the woods.

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  17. OMG, I am SO sorry to hear about callie! such a pretty princess. my thoughts are with you and ken and tasha. we all loved callie.

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  18. I am so very sorry about Callie. She was such a lovely dog, in appearance and disposition. And lucky, too, because she lived with you and Ken for a wonderful life.

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  19. Désolée par la nouvelle sur le blog de Ken. La petite Tasha ne remplacera pas Callie, mais vous aidera à passer ces moments difficiles et vous apportera plein de joies.
    Bien cordialement

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  20. It will be weird without her.

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