Monday, December 24, 2007

The Thing About Christmas...

...is that it comes whether you're ready or not.

It comes if you haven't finished shopping, much less wrapping gifts. It comes if you're expecting people for dinner and you put off grocery shopping until the last minute, and then discover the grocery store closed early for Christmas Eve. It comes if you have a cold, and your kid is throwing up, and your dog was up all night having seizures and is in intensive care at the emergency vet.

Not that I would know personally.

Sadly, my sweet dog Molly is in fact spending Christmas Eve day with the emergency vet. She had multiple massive seizures last night--all night--and finally, at 5:30 this morning, she had one from which she could not recover. My husband took her to the emergency vet, where it was discovered that she had a fever of 107 and swelling in her brain. After large doses of Valium and phenobarbitol and an ice-water bath, she is now sleeping. She is expected to wake sometime this evening, at which point we will see how she is. I am afraid she may not be coming home.

We have explained the situation to the kids. We have tried to prepare them for the likely loss of the dog who has been an ever-present friend and guardian all of their lives. We have accepted that there may not be anything else we can do; dogs don't live as long as people. But for heaven's sake--did it have to be on Christmas Eve?

25 comments:

sophanne said...

sorry sorry sorry sad sad sad

many thoughts to Molly and family

sleep in heavenly peace

knitwitmama said...

Oh Suzanne, such awful timing. I'm so sorry to hear about Molly. Hugs to you and your family.

Angelika said...

I guess hoping she will pull through seems like almost too much to ask. If she has to go, I hope she has it easy. Try to see the good side of it.

knottykitty said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear about your sweet Molly. I'm sorry that she and all of you have to go through such a thing on Christmas. I guess there really is no good time to lose a dear pet. Perhaps there will be a Christmas miracle and she'll be able to spend a little while longer with you...hoping. (((big hugs))) to you and your family, including your Molly.

Linda said...

Suzanne, so sorry to hear about Molly.The hardest thing about having a doggy or cat is of course losing them. I hope you and your both will find solace in all of your lovely memories of her.

melissaknits said...

I am sorry to hear about Molly. I hope, if it has to be today, it is peaceful and quiet.

I wish I knew why bad things happened on holidays. I had a process server on my doorstep at 11 this morning. He was very nice. But he left me with a headache.

Tammy said...

I'm so sorry. I'm praying for your family.

kmkat said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. Poor doggie, poor kids, poor Yarnhog. Hugs.

uberstrickenfrau said...

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Karen said...

Oh I'm so sorry.

Gail said...

Poor Molly. and poor you. Take care of yourself as well as Molly. Best of luck to you.

Maureen said...

So sorry to hear about your beloved Molly. I hope you are all doing okay! Christmas can be such a stressful time without the extraordinary happening. Take care.

Lydee said...

I am so sorry to hear about Molly. Best wishes that it all works out.

Sharon said...

Thinking of you all. My critters and I send hugs.

Mother of Chaos said...

So sorry to hear about Molly...I'll be holding good thoughts for you and the family...

Sarah said...

Bah! What an awful thing for your family to go through. I hope it all works out and Molly has some restful peace.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Really, really hoping that all is well...

dale-harriet said...

Oh yes, what they all said -- my thoughts are with you, and with the pupdog; she can't be happy with all those seizures. Please know that thre are tender thoughts wafting your direction........

Viktoria said...

I'm so sorry. That is really hard. I'll hope for the best! hugs to you, molly and your family

Kim said...

I am so so sorry to hear about Molly.

shaina said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I hope that a Christmas miracle will occur.

5elementknitr said...

I'm so terribly sorry. *hug*

Haley said...

so sorry to hear about molly. it's never an easy time to lose a loved one or worse to know a loved one is suffering. my heart goes out to all of you.

Romi said...

Oh dear, oh dear. I am *so* sorry to hear about Molly. Wishing you all the best.

Sarah said...

Poor Molly! Good dogs shouldn't have to go through things like that.