Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers for Gretchen. She is doing fine BUT we ended up not getting the surgery.
She had a reaction to the milder version of anesthesia they were using and the vet called me and asked if it was okay to use the full version of anesthesia (i.e. tube down her throat). This would have knocked the price up to more than double/almost triple to what it already was. I was like…umm…no I don’t think so.
The thing is this dog has no medical history before we adopted her going on 3 years ago. She could have ten things wrong with her. We know she eats, drinks, poops, and pees and plays with Ollie a LOT. She is happy. She doesn’t know she might have cancer. We don’t know how long we have with her but we will see how long the ride lasts. I had to get my cat’s vaccs updated and Ollie goes tomorrow for his. I just couldn’t warrant spending that much on her (the cheaper way we were going was still not low-priced but it was at a level I could wrap my head around). I hope my vet understood. Everyone (the vet techs and the other vets) told me I made the right choice. I will kick myself it it turns out to be cancer and spreads but I have to make the right choice for all my animals.
Remus still needs to be hauled to TN. He will need a health certificate, there are numerous outgoings in our bank account right now. If Gretchen was a puppy it would be one thing but this dog who has wrapped herself around my heart is possibly 10, could be 15. We will love her while we have her but otherwise I just couldn’t bite the bullet and pay that much.
She was so happy to be home. She was bouncing and barking when I picked her up. She is a happy older senior that we saved at a rescue. We will continue to rescue as much as we can and we spend a lot on our pets. But sometimes you have to draw the line. And if I had agreed and she had gone under and had another reaction, I would never have forgiven myself.
So after all that, the surgery wasn’t done. I don’t think she cares and I know she will have a better ride to TN without having sutures in her side. Of course she does have a shaved side and shaved leg LOL so she looks kind of funny. She is such a sweetheart and is such a good dog no matter what issues she has. Oh Gretchen, you make my heart sing.
I got the best people in my life as well! My barn people gave me a lovely going away present which needs its own blog post AND Amanda has pulled through for her favorite buckskin Remus again by getting him something very pretty! Friends. They make my heart sing too!! Thanks to all of you to keep everything groovy for me even when I am losing my damn mind!
It’s Moving Day!! OMG so much to do still!! See you on the flip side!