Things here haven’t been going the best for Gracie.  She’s been sick.

She looks pretty good in the picture but that’s  not at all how she’s really been.

For the last few weeks she has been going down hill.  She won’t jump up on the couch by herself.  She doesn’t run when she’s outside.  She’s gained a lot of weight suddenly.

I took her to the vet about two weeks ago.  Her stomach was so hard, they didn’t know what to do so they gave her a laxative thinking there was a issue.

Then Saturday morning she was awful.  She was shaking, had her tail between her legs, wouldn’t sit or even move.  We rushed her to the vet and she began this strange panting.  I was sure she was dying.  Once at the vet she was quite a bit better.  The vet ended up giving her a antibiotic and pain pills.

Saturday and Sunday have been long days.  She doesn’t do anything like she used to.  It’s so sad.  She whines because she wants to be in the chair and can’t jump in it.  She won’t bark when she wants to come in from outdoors.  She doesn’t have the same spark in her eye.

Sunday I took her for a walk because she seemed to want to be out.  I put my shoes on and she was back to her excited self wanting to go for a walk.  We barely got going and I could see that it wasn’t going to work.  I ended up carrying her home….it’s so sad.

We took her to the vet this morning.  It’s a different vet.  They have an x-ray machine and a more advanced facility.  They requested that I leave her there so they can do blood work, x-rays and the like.  The vet mentioned cancer, tumor, back injury and Lyme’s Disease.

I’m back home.  It’s so quiet without her.  I go pick her up late this afternoon to find out the results.  It’s so quiet here without her.

35 thoughts on “Gracie

  1. Jenelle Boxberger

    HUGS! I know how you feel.

    I won’t go into our dog problems right now, because you need to consentrate on getting your dog home and better.

  2. Cynthia Malphrus

    So sorry to hear about Gracie. Our dogs are members of the family and it’s hard to see them miserable. I’m sending positive thoughts your way that it’s nothing serious.

  3. Sandi

    I’m so sorry to hear Gracie isn’t feeling well. Hope she’ll be ok. Pets are such a big part of a family. Hugs to you, Gracie and the rest of the your family. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Ana Sweet

    Always go with your gut feeling when it comes to pets. We know them so much better than a vet who sees them so seldomly. The second opinion was a great idea.

  5. Vic in NH

    I love seeing Gracie on your blog and am sending prayers for the very best outcome, whatever that is. I know you won’t let her suffer needlessly. Sending hugs to you.

  6. Ranch Wife

    I’m glad you took her to another vet. Hopefully they’ll be able to diagnose what is going on. How old is she? I hope she is feeling better. They sure do become part of the family, don’t they?

  7. Sandra

    I’m so sorry your Gracie isn’t feeling well – I hope the news from the vet is good! My kitty has health issues so I know your pain and worry – we both hope she feels better soon – she’s quite a cutie!

  8. sandyb

    I am so sorry for your furbaby’s problems. It is so heartbreaking because they can’t tell you where it hurts, etc. I hope you get answers soon. HUGS!!!

  9. Linda

    Sorry to hear about Gracie and maybe the new vet can come up with whats wrong. They can not tell us what is hunting and you just do the best you can to comfort them. Thoughts are with you

  10. Paulette Doyle

    Oh Jo! My heart goes out to you…been there, done that three times! Doesn’t get any easier! Hang in there…maybe it will end up being nothing…a simple dose of something and she will be all better!! Fingers are crossed!

  11. Kathi Polz

    Healing thoughts and prayers for your Gracie. I’m having similar issues with my Nathan. Tests came back a couple of months ago – lymphoma. I’m hoping that you will have a more positive test result from your vet than I did. My little guy is hanging in there so far. How old is your Gracie???? Anyway – you and Gracie are on my prayer list.

  12. Karen K

    Sending healing thoughts for Gracie. Like Kathi, our sweet basset hound, Raider, has lymphoma. He got really tired and could no longer jump up on the couch. Since we started chemo, he’s got more energy than ever and is back to jumping and loving walks. Hang in there!


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