[personal profile] captsparrow4ever
Last week, I was really put out when the potc_votes community announced it was back then made the (deliberate or not, I'm not saying) mistake of omitting Turrow. Well, Karma is a bitch. Saturday was my younger sister's birthday. I put my little dog Ricky in his crate and we trotted off to have lunch.

This is Ricky.

When we got home (not even 2 hours later), I found Ricky in his crate stiff and unresponsive. I pulled him out and, to my horror and relief, his heart was beating but he was unconscious. My sister and I raced him to the emergency vet (thank goddess for them!) When we got there, they took him in right away. The report was that his blood sugar was so low, it wasn't registering. Now, Ricky is a small dog (3 pounds when he's healthy) so hypoglycemia is a serious issue but Ricky also has gastric issues and food allergies. Despite the fact that he had food in his dish, he hadn't eaten for 24 hours. Fortunately, they were able to save his life but it puts life in perspective. I came awfully close to losing my best friend. Fandom isn't all that big of a deal when you consider how little it means in real life.

Ricky's home now and asleep in bed beside me. We will be taking him to his regular vet on Monday to see if we can find out what's really wrong with him. For now, his love is still in my life. I'm so much richer for it.

Appreciate your loved ones, people.

Date: 2011-06-13 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippediva.livejournal.com
OMG how absolutely terrifying! *hugs* I'm so glad Ricky is ok---Roxie isn't quite that small but she has many similar digestive issues. Hang in there and love and barks from Miz Rox and us. *more hugs*

Date: 2011-06-14 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captsparrow4evr.livejournal.com
Thanks. Unfortunately, when you get to the smallest and largest ends of the canine spectrum, the problems multiply. My standard line for Ricky, who is tiny for a Papillon, is that he wound up with the short end of the genetic stick. He's got a personality that is bigger than Texas, though.

Date: 2011-06-14 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippediva.livejournal.com
*nods* I know---my ballet teacher used to have Great Danes and that is heartbreak waiting to happen! Her huge brindle, Tiger, was the silliest dog I ever met---he thought he was Ricky's size and always wanted to snuggle in your lap! At 135 Lbs! Alas, congenital heart issues made Tiger's life all of 5 years. So sad!

But I'm thrilled Ricky's ok! *hugs*

Date: 2011-06-14 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ainsoph15.livejournal.com
Oh darling! I hope he is feeling much perkier now. Sending hugs to both of you ♥

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