Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yes, it's been awhile

I'm not making excuses for myself, but I just want to say that I really meant to be more productive on this blog.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  I will, however, try to keep this more up to date.  Even if it's just to pop in and say a few things unrelated to doll making.

Like now. I am beside myself with worry over my sweet 13 year old dog, Roxy.  She has been a constant joy to have around and she's beginning to show her age.  First of all, she's a German Shepherd-Sheep Dog cross, so she has inherited all of the worst health problems from both, unfortunately.  She was diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis when she was only five and later on it was discovered that she has degenerative myelopathy.  Add to that, she suffers from seasonal allergies, so she's constantly licking and chewing at her itchy patches if we don't medicate her.  Luckily we decided to get her pet insurance when she was just a pup.  Otherwise we would have had to mortgage our house in order to pay for all of her medications.  But, it has all helped.  Until now.  Her age is something we can't protect her against.  In the recent months she has had three separate vestibular episodes that have only made her weak and wobbly.  The dizziness from the imbalance makes her sick and when she's sick, she won't eat.  When she doesn't eat, she gets weak and can barely stand or walk.  So, we treat her nausea and help her through these episodes.  But they all take their toll, and she gets weaker and wobblier.

Our vet has told us that Roxy's overall health is good, so she'd be a good candidate for wheels.  I guess we'll see.  We'll continue to take her for her short walks, which she still loves, and when we think she no longer is enjoying herself we'll decide what to do.  Whatever is best for Roxy. Not us.