One of the reasons I have been absent from my blog is this chap
Unfortunately, on our last day away in Venice, my best buddy Barney, our 15 year old terrier cross had a Canine vestibular event (Stroke) and my son, who was at home, rushed him to the emergency vet in the middle of the night.
The vet tried her best to keep him going until our return later that day and I cried all the way home on the plane, knowing we had an appointment that evening to put him to sleep, however, as we got home and recognised us, he made an effort to stand up and was able to partly regain his balance. With daily steroid injections and a lot of TLC cuddles, he is still with us.
I feel very blessed that we have a chance to spend this extra bonus time with him. He is back on his feet, eating well and back to attempting a very short walk, so with fingers crossed we look forward to spending a bit of extra time with him. When a dog reaches this age, you know the end is inevitable, but it broke my heart that I might have not been there at the end. Today the vet has told us she is happy to not see him daily now and we can go back for our next check up neat Monday.
It does not seem two minutes since he was this big, and both the boys feel very privileged to have shared their childhood with such a loyal and trusted friend. Such a cutie!! When we got him from the rescue centre, he had been dumped in a carrier bag when only a few days old. From a very bad start, to 15 years of love and attention, despite his Addison's disease, he has enjoyed every minute and we have too. I can talk about it now, because he is still here, but I know time is precious. TFLx