cocoa is sickly and i'm terrified but something funny happened and i'm so freaking grateful. 2 pics.

i won't share the disgusting details but cocoa is having some scary digestion issues. there are some streaks of red. she's had this before and it's resolved by the next day. but this is off and on for a few days now and...

so of course i called the Vet and they can see her tomorrow or i can just drop off a lovely sample. 

this is scaring the shit out of me. i've been struggling since ella fitzgerald died in july. and cocoa is almost 10 years old. the poor girl. when she's quiet for a long time, i poke at her, just a little bit, to make sure she is alive. i haven't been going out and about for several days. it's not good. so i've been putting her through her paces with her tricks and my treats. she gets so excited and delighted and i'm thrilled for her, for both of us, but then i worry that it's too much for her and i will wake up and she will be gone. the way ella was. 

but then i wave gary's toy around -- it's a long stick with some gorgeously colored feathers tied on the end of a long string/rope. tied very securely so he can't pull them off and eat them -- and cocoa humps him 5 or 6 times while he's playing with it. she lies right on him but he could care less, between his focus on the feathers and his not being a pack animals, he's focused and fine. and cocoa's happy about dominating him. over and over again.


so the good news is that i'm compensating for not getting C out and i'm exercising her and my kitten and giving myself a mild workout in the process -- because i STILL do not have referrals to the physical therapy place and my knees are fucking messed up and yada yada yada... it's  so easy with gary. i just wave the thing back and forth and up and down and all around and he latches on the feathers with great glee and then i whip them out of his grasp... if only all of God's Creatures were so easy to please. right?

okay, so cocoa is doing poorly and i'm scared so i call the vet and get the receptionist, who is a lovely person. 

we are new to this facility so i explain that gary cooper has been seen there but not my dog Cocoa Chanel. and i repeat that a few times because she's having a problem with the information for some reason. then she says, "listen i want to be sensitive here but our records show that cocoa chanel is deceased."

i burst out laughing and said, so it's an I see Dead People Thang? 

and she's so relieved that i wasn't delusional and i'm so glad that i know why she was so freaked out. and we laugh for several minutes and it was a miracle and a blessing because it diffused some of my worry and fear. 

and i always feel better about something challenging when there is a concrete action to be taken and something pro-active that i can do. cocoa is eating her food. she's obviously distressed because she is mostly hanging out in her crate, as dogs do when they are under the weather. and i will leave her deposit at the Vet's office tomorrow and pray that this is an aberration. that she just ate something funky. and that she won't be leaving me any time soon. 

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 31, 2015 at 8:43pm

A dog that size is not likely to be going anywhere at ten. 

Comment by Poor Woman on March 31, 2015 at 8:49pm

Yogurt may or may not be of any use to you at this point (organic, of course--the other option has chemicals and stuff too icky for a sick pup).

Thinking of all 3 of you.

Peace with hugs all around R&L

Comment by Alysa Salzberg on April 1, 2015 at 12:53am

I'm so sorry to read about Cocoa.  Could she be eating something bad for her?  Our cat Ali loves chewing on plastic - and on plants.  One time, he ate some alleged cat grass and started vomiting up blood.  I took him to the vet immediately - with a sample of what was in the vomit (my mom was a vet tech so very few things about animals gross me out, luckily) and it was indeed the grass from our windowsill.  Bravo for being a responsible pet owner and calling the vet. I hope all goes well.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Cocoa. Please keep us updated.

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on April 1, 2015 at 1:37am

thank you so much, Alysa, for coming by and the kind and wise words. cocoa does like to eat grass but i don't encourage it and she does it often without having these awful symptoms. this has happened before. when she was very little, she got this same bloody diarrhea and it was all over our apartment. so scary. but it resolved itself quickly and that was that. except for the clean up of course. this is unusual because it's been off and on over several days. i'm lucky with my kitten gary cooper. so far. he loves cough drops and hefty bag ties and boxes. LOVES boxes. but he doesn't eat them or anything else really... but he does many other annoying things. 

sorry, when i'm anxious i go on and on. i hope to have good news to report. i'm sure i will. 

thank you again for your kindness and concern!!!

Comment by Claudia Darling on April 1, 2015 at 4:58am
Oh dear. Hope everything gets sorted out at the vets. Dogs can swallow the strangest things.
Comment by alsoknownas on April 1, 2015 at 7:12am

You missed your chance to ask for a moment of silence when the vet made the announcement.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 1, 2015 at 7:44am

R&L, Here's hoping the best for Ms. Cocoa.

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on April 1, 2015 at 9:19pm

oh wow, that is scary shit. i have no plants. so that is not an issue, thank god. but thank you for this helpful information. i got a covered litter box so cocoa can't eat gary's poop but it's so big that i would take up a huge chunk of the bathroom. :) but i will figure it out. 

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on April 1, 2015 at 9:23pm

kosher, i wish taht was true. ella fitzgerald died at age 11. so i'm grateful for every hour, every day that i have cocoa with me. 

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on April 1, 2015 at 9:28pm

oh wow, i got some nice comments. i'm so grateful. i'm tired from kicking Agoraphobia's ass and getting out adn about to several places!! i'll be back after a nap to respond. or tomorrow. cocoa got a ton of wonderful attention in fred meyer's. it's so fun and lovely. most from women. but the sweetest thing is when these kind of happening guys see her and say things like "she is so beautiful." and she is. it's an honor to get to share her with so many people. especially with those who can't have a dog. took the disgusting deposit to the Vet so we will see what the deal is. she eats her food and she just had the one awful deposit early in the day and then it's all good. so im' hoping that it's not serious. onward and upward.


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