Staying alive….staying alive. Lately it has become so hard, for humans and pups, to stay alive. The mortal side of the Bridge is filled with so many threats from illness, to crazy violent people, to those who think murder will lead to a plethora of virgins, which is true but unfortunately they all look like this.
Some of us have an incredible will to stay alive.
Have you met my friend Moose? I have not written about Moose since March of 2013 which is a good thing because before then I wrote about Moose a lot. He had been diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs (IMHA) earlier that year.
That seemed especially cruel. Moose has only been with his new family for six years. Before that he had been in a neglectful and abusive situation which had made him scared and aggressive. His loving family had made him into a calm, affectionate family pet. And then came the illness.
It began with white gums and lethargy. Moose was rushed to the vet and his PCV levels were down to ten from normal level of 37 to 55. The vet wanted to do a blood transfusion as a last ditch effort to save him but Moose’s parents did not want the pup they rescued to spend time in the hospital scared and alone so they took him praying for the best.
But Moose continued to go downhill, not eating, not moving, his numbers crashing, his breath becoming labored. It seemed like the Bridge was calling. But Moose disregarded the invitation. He rallied, and began eating, then playing, and his numbers rose, and kept rising, and soon Moose was miraculously back to normal where he has stayed for more than two years.
Now Moose is a happy 12 year old boy. But he could use some prayers. He has an operation upcoming. He is going to have a mass removed from his leg and some dental work. His preoperative physical went swimmingly. But he does have a heart murmur and is a senior dog so prayers would be greatly appreciated,
Moose is an inspiration for every dog who has suffered this terrible disease. He needs more time on the mortal side to provide hope for the living.