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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Real World.














I have been absent from blogging for a couple of weeks for a "Real World" reason. Two weeks ago I got home to find my great dane Indy very sick. I was completely unsure of what had happened to her but she was barking and growling at me (which was very, very unusual) She seemed to also have lost her sight. After a rush to the vet, many things were ruled out including snake bite and poisoning. ( In Australia we have some very poisonous snakes and I have found several in our yard over the past few years) It ends up that Indy now suffers from seizures. Seeing any animal when they are sick is horrible and not knowing what to do is awful. After a very horrible weekend of seizures we thought we would have to make "the decision". We thought we should take her to the vet again and get his opinion. It ended up that Indy made a miraculous recovery (She even has her eyesight back!!!Amazing). She seems to be responding well to her new medication and we have changed our routines to fit into her medication regime. I know that I am very lucky to have a bit more time with her and will cherish the days and hopefully months that I'll get with her. Indy is turning eight this year, which for most dogs is young. But for a great dane...its old age...

During all the mayhem with Indy I received a late...late...late Christmas present. A voucher for a local home improvement store. I decided to get a Dremel kit to go with my Dremel. It has many items that could be used for many mini applications. I'm very interested in the carving attachment and wonder what I could use it for.



My last picture is of Indy with her new toy. I'm not sure how long Monkey will last. Usually Indy would destroy a soft toy in minutes. She also has problems with eating pillows and cushions. This toy has lasted a day. I'll give you an update soon...poor monkey.

So everybody, go give your cat or dog (or whatever or whoever is your pal) a great big hug or pat. Animals have such short lives, but they are so worth having as part of our lives!

IndyPoppy

45 comments:

  1. cuanto siento que Indy este enferma, se lo que es y se pasa muy mal, espero que se recupere del todo, y felicidades por el regalo tardio , creo que has hecho una buena compra

    besitos

    Mari

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  2. Mi dispiace che Indy sia stata così male e credo che voi abbiate sofferto molto.
    per fortuna leggo che si sta riprendendo e che distrugge tutti i giocattoli... ahahaha....come il mio cucciolotto Roxas!
    Un abbraccio alla tua Indy e tanti, tanti saluti dall'Italia

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    1. Roxas likes destroying toys also. There must be at least one dog out there that doesn't destroy toys....maybe. IndyPoppy

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  3. I'm really sorry to hear about Indy. I've given both my cats and sweet little dog extra hugs and they send a special hug to Indy as well. You are so right about our pets being a huge part of our lives, I couldn't imagine life without them.
    Blessings, Vicki.

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    1. Give your little guys a cuddle from me to. IndyPoppy

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  4. So very glad to hear that Indy seems to be on the mend. People with pets surely know that they are more than just animals...but rather cherished members of our families. Wonderful that you have extra time together.
    Best wishes,
    Vicki

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    1. Extra time is a blessing. IndyPoppy

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  5. Hello IndyPoppy,
    I am so happy Indy is doing well. Poor thing, that must have been so difficult. I hope all will be well and all are happy...except the Monkey!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac. Indy's monkey has survived another day. IndyPoppy

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  6. oh Im sorry to hear about that Indy had so many problems but it's great to hear she is on the mend...our boy Jack Jack was pretty sick last month but he's feeling better and I give them special hugs when I get home.

    I fear that Monkey is toast...poor monkey

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  7. Me alegro de la recuperación de tu Gran Danes. Es verdad que se les quiere mucho a los animales que conviven con nosotros.

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    1. Great Danes have short lives but I still think they are a great choice for me.

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  8. Your post moved me for I know how it feels to love your pet so much and see it suffering. I am glad to read that Indy is responding very well to her medication and I hope she still will have many years ahead together with you. I think you are very loving towards your dog.
    Congratulations on getting a Dremel, a magic tool!

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    1. I am slightly obsessed by my dog. She is quite crazy though!

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  9. Ciao, mi fa piacere sapere che il tuo Indy si è ripreso. Purtroppo i cani possono andare incontro spesso a crisi epilettiche o asmatiche(io soffro terribilmente quando la mia Tiffany ne ha una e sembra non respirare!)ma con i giusti farmaci posson migliorare il loro stato di vita.Perciò Indy sono contenta che ha risposto bene alla cura e un abbraccio dalla mia Tiffany!Manu

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  10. I've never heard of a dog having asthma. Wow, they must get a lot of human type issues that we get. Give Tiffany a cuddle from me. IndyPoppy

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  11. glad to hear that Indy is doing better and hopefully you'll have him around for a few more years. I'm currently dog sitting, so gave Ollie a few snuggles and my cats too. (Dev and Diva)

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    1. Cute names....Is Dev short for something?

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  12. Give Indy a big hug from me and I hope the monkey doesn't last too long, its' early demise would mean a return to health for Indy :) I have a very soft spot for Danes, my mother bred them. Such a shame the giant breeds don't have long life spans though my little ones still only average 12 years - no matter how long, it would never be enough for me. Thoughts with you and Indy.

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    1. I'd love to see some pictures of your Mum's Danes.

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    2. Crikey mate, that was 35 years ago.....Mum is long gone, not sure where photos of the dogs might be. Sorry 'bout that! Your dog-babies are lovely.

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  13. I wish for health and happiness for your old pup ;) we will see you when your dremel projects come to fruition ;P

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  14. I need to just have a go with the Dremel. Often I hold back, thinking I'll make mistakes, so never start. I really just need to just do it.

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  15. Glad Indy is on the mend and I hope it lasts, she looks like a lovely girl. We are having problems with our beautiful Cocker, Ollie. He is going on 13, has been coughing for months and having little turns, quite frequently now. Vet doesn't really know what it might be. Other than that he seem quite happy. Hope they both stick around for for quite a while longer, I am sure you are as close to Indy as we are to our boy. Look forward to seeing what you do with your new toys.

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    1. My friend has Cocker spaniels. They are gorgeous. I hope Ollie feels better soon. Our vet was a little unsure also about why Indy started having seizures. He put it down to possibly a small bleed in her brain, caused from her age.

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  16. I'm glad thet Indy is feeling better. A hug.
    Greetings, Faby

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  17. What a beautiful post! Indy is so precious, and I'm so glad she is feeling better. I treasure my guinea pig, Rufus, and know just what you mean about treasuring every moment. Big hugs, IndyPoppy! xo Jennifer

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    1. What a great name for a little animal...the only Rufus I've ever met was HUGE!

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  18. I think that one of the worst aspects of a sick pet is when they look at you with such sad eyes! It breaks my heart, it really does! I am so sorry that Indy was SO sick. How frightening that must have been for you! I am glad that Indy is better now; Apparently, pets actually help their owners to feel less stressed and lower our blood pressure! I read that somewhere, and from experience, I know that it is true!

    elizabeth

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    1. I think your right. Pets definitely make you more relaxed. Indy has been a wonderful dog...if not a little sneaky at times..but I love her to bits. IndyPoppy

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  19. So glad Indy is doing well. My little Lizzie(a tiny Yorkie) has problems too. Since birth though. My Dad was able to find her the right supplement and food. She is now almost 4. We thought she would be gone before she turned one. Now she even has her vet scratching his head. She is doing so well.
    I also had another Yorkie named Fifi. She had seizures and was partially blind. She lived a very good life until she was 13 years old. Indy may still have many years in front of her. It's just about finding that balance. They are so precious. And it is so hard to see them sick. But it's so worth having them in our lives. They are such gorgeous little/big beings. I'm so happy things turned out for you guys. Continued health and happiness!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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    1. Wow, 13 years is wonderful. I had no idea that seizure were so common. Indy is doing well but I'm still paranoid every time she gets restless or seems extremely quiet. I' m sure with time I'll trust the medication more. Yorkie's are super cute. Definitely on my dog wish list.

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  20. Me alegro que tu gran danes, este recuperado.
    Son perros que tiene una vida corta, pero son adorables, disfrutalo.
    besitos ascension

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  21. I was SO relieved to find that Indy recovered! Over the years I have had many 'close calls' with my menagerie of naughty pooches...isn't it miraculous how they can just bounce back? I hope you and Indy have many wonderful adventures together.

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Thanks John for your comment. I hate the "close calls" also. We still get worried every time she acts a little differently. The medication has been wonderful but she isn't that keen on me giving it to her. Luckily she always has it when my boyfriend gives it to her. IndyPoppy

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  22. Vedere soffrire le persone è terribile, ma secondo me vedere soffrire gli animali è ancora peggio perchè sono indifesi, non sanno parlare e tu non sai come comportarti.
    Capisco cosa provi, ho passato anche io la fase della "decisione" con il mio cane Rocky, un pastore tedesco,lui non c'è più, ma sono felice di sapere che tu potrai godere ancora un pò di tempo con il tuo alano.
    Un bacio,
    Mely

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    1. Sorry to hear about Rocky...Indy is off to the vet today for a checkup. Here's hoping it goes well. IndyPoppy

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  23. Indy is such a stunning Great Dane... When things happen like this, it just stops our hearts, right? It is such good news to hear that she is recovering.. Wishing you years of joy with her.
    Thank you so much for visiting little Zoe... She is a real card, that one.. I also have a miniature poodle Jasper, they just love each other... He gets so excited when she comes home.. Like she had been gone for a year.. How funny.

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    1. Indy is doing really well and this week we visited our vet and he was really happy with her progress. She has been doing laps around the house today...so I can tell she is feeling much better.

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  24. Indy is a gorgeous doggie ♥ I'm happy to read she feels much better now. It's so stressfull to see our beloved companions being sick. Hope everything will be alright for the weeks, months, years to come.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments Abby.

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