A Tale Of One Rescue
In dealing with distemper and the dog he grew to love over night
In Loving Memory Of Jake
I have been this route before recently with a beautiful dog (thought to be a Belgium Tervuren) New Hoped from E-list from Val at West side. He developed distemper several days later, and gave it to another stray that I got in just after him. I have a wonderful vet, who did everything possible and a few impossible things to save the poor dog's life. This man has extensive experience with "northern breeds" and is a person that I have great respect for.
I saw Jake suffer and saw him fade away. He was really a fighter, and really tried to overcome the terrible disease that was taking his life. The last couple of days were horrible, and despite the drugs, he was suffering ... it made me feel so helpless. I watched him slowly slipping away. But no matter how sick he was, he would still come up with a weak kiss and tail wag whenever I called his name. The last night was horrible, with seizures every hour or so. He literally cried like a baby human most of the night. He also seemed to have gone blind .. his eyes were unresponsive. I have never heard a dog cry like that, and never want to again... That was the longest night
of my life, I thought dawn would never come. Jake was burning up from a terrible fever (105.3) and nothing would break it. I almost took him to the Emergency Hospital, but I still had hope he would pull through... but it was not to be.
I took him for his last ride at 7 a.m. the next morning to his doctor, who ended his time here on earth with a merciful injection. I was holding his head and drenching him with tears when he looked into my eyes the last time, and seemed to say "hey .... thanks, see you at the bridge", then he closed his eyes, sighed and .... was gone. Even the staff at the clinic who worked and prayed so hard for him were crying. We all really tried to save him. He was at peace at last and free of his earthly form, and whole once
more. I still miss you Jake ... His earthly remains were cremated .. The pack was in mourning, they know ... and humans say that "they are only dogs ... they don't know..."
Sad howls ...
If Jake had been vaccinated at least once in his life, he may have survived this.
PLEASE VACCINATE YOUR PETS YEARLY
Midi: Tears In Heaven