Sunday, July 16, 2006

Prayers for Jasper



Our camping trip didn't turn out as well as we hoped. And not because of the silly things I was worried about like no shower for four days... My dog-nephew Jasper (my brother's dog, pictured above with said brother) fell seriously ill while we were away. Hope brother doesn't mind me posting the photo... This was the best picture I could find of Jasper. He's usually running...

He had a great time on Thursday (the first full day we were camping). He went hiking with us, running through the woods and then scrambling over the granite boulders at the shores of Georgian Bay. (Other photo) He even swam with us for a long time in the icy cold water -- big contrast to the hot humid weather. But he never recovered from the exertion that day.

On Friday, my brother and SIL took him to the vet who thought it was just exhaustion... but he couldn't even stand Sat morning, so they took him back to the vet (an hour away) who told them to rush him to a vet hospital near Toronto (another 3 hours away).

Long story short, he had a HUGE tumor on his spleen which was removed Saturday night. So, while camping trip didn't cause the illness... it did bring it to a head and might have made the situation worse, because he'd been in shock a while by the time they got him to the hospital. He's still a very sick doggie.

3 comments:

Gina Black said...

Holding the best thoughts for Jasper.

Margaret Moore said...

Oh, no! Poor doggy! At least they could operate. Here's hoping all goes well and Jasper recoups.

I've got a cat on antibiotics right now and I tell ya, it ain't easy dosing a cat! Or cheap. But pets are truly part of the family, so you do what you need to do, as evidenced by that long car ride and interrupting a vacation. Hugs to Jasper and family!

Eileen said...

As a two dog family, where one dog has been an active vet user- I am so sorry. I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Jasper.

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