It's been a roller coaster week. Bailey spent a couple of nights at the vet clinic on post while we waited for her blood test results because she needed to be on IV. When Dan took her in we had no idea it was as bad as it was. We were hoping that it was just an infection that could be fixed. It took a day longer for the blood tests to come back. We went to visit her each day. They finally came on Friday. She had hepatitis, we just didn't know what caused it.
The military vet referred us to a German specialist for an appointment this morning for an ultrasound hoping that it was "just" gallstones. We were going to pick her up on the way this morning but the vet called last night. Bailey had blown her catheter and she couldn't get it back in because Bailey's blood was clotting too much. She said there was nothing more she could do for her and we might as well let her have a night at home before we took her to the specialist.
It was a long night. I woke up several times expecting to find she'd already passed away and a few times because she kept getting sick. I'm glad we got to have her for a bit though here at home. She laid in her favorite spot along side the sofa while we watched TV and it almost seemed like everything was back to normal.
We got to the German vet this morning and as soon as she looked at the blood test she gave us the bad news. Her kidneys and most of her other organs were badly damaged and it was best to just put her down instead of letting her suffer any longer. She did an x-ray and found a large tumor or mass (it was hard to understand her english) just under Bailey's kidneys.
I held my girl and sobbed while they put her to sleep and we told her that we loved her and would miss her. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever done but I'm glad I stayed. When she was gone she finally had a look of peace on her face after all week of being in severe pain. We are actually slightly relieved because she is comfortable at last. We pretty much knew this was going to be the outcome but had a glimmer of hope for her.
The boys took the news pretty well. We all cried and talked about how she's with our Blue Heeler, Dallas, now and they're taking care of each other and how Bailey was so sick and in so much pain it wasn't fair to her. They were prepared for it all week so I think that helped. It also helps having Aggie around. She makes us all smile.
We had 5 1/2 good years with our girl. The pictures above are from a scrapbook I did shortly after we rescued her from the pound in Clarksville, TN. They were going to put that adorable dog to sleep the next day. When we took her to the vet that day, he told us she was very sick and that we could take her back for another dog or get our money back. It'd only been a few hours but we'd already bonded with her and we couldn't do that to her. Three weeks later we got back a healthy dog that has been a good friend to our boys.
I took this one on the right and the one below within the last year or so. I'm glad we have pictures to remember her by. She'll be missed but I'm glad she's not suffering anymore.