Ann's Blog

Jun. 17, 2008 at 9:00am

It's gonna be a long day.

Is it 2 o'clock yet?

We have two pugs: a black pug, Uke who is 12, and a fawn pug, Lili who is nine. I've never thought of myself as a "dog" person, but after nine years of marriage to a man who is I have to admit Uke and Lili have managed to work a little soft spot into my heart, and they really know how to work it.

We had to board our dogs last week, and we were about three hours into our trip when we got the voice mail, "now your dogs are fine, but please call back as soon as possible." Long story short: Uke has bladder stones, and she needs surgery. So today she went to the vet, and we won't know until 2:00 how the surgery went.  12 is pretty old for a pug, and we're just hoping she made it through the surgery.

I knew it would be hard this morning. Uke trembled like a leaf as I carried her out the door, and Lili frantically barked and clawed at her cage to get out so she could come too. She's never spent a moment apart from Uke since she was three months old. I just felt like the worst person in the world.

Oh, no, wait.  Fleeing the vet's office with Uke's hysterical barking in my ears, now that made me feel like the worst person in the world.

Now, I’m home with Lili, trying not to notice how she just sits in front of the door whining, and watching for it to open.

It's gonna be a long day.

comments [11]  |  posted under dogs, sad


by chrism39 on 6/17/2008 @ 9:30am
That is awful, I have two dogs and you can grow very close to them. I hope your dog is okay.

by jcbetty on 6/17/2008 @ 10:25am
ditto above comment! and pats & cookies for poor Lili...

by KevinFreitas on 6/17/2008 @ 11:00am
Our kitty Colby had crystals develop in his urinary tract a few years ago. Leaving him at the emergency vet amid the noise and chaos of all the other animals was really hard. We'd never left him anywhere overnight at all. Once he was good to come home we made sure to give him a special place that made him feel comfortable and it still helps him today whenever he feels under the weather.

I hope your little Uke is feeling fine in no time.

by Heather on 6/17/2008 @ 1:59pm
Hey! You decided to blog! :) Welcome. That makes me happy.

Let me know if I can help at all. You know where I am.

by Heather on 6/17/2008 @ 2:01pm
Oh, hey! It is 2:00!! Any news?

by Ann on 6/17/2008 @ 2:09pm
Now, what was I all worried about? Uke came through surgery just fine. She's sleeping off the happy-juice, and gets to come home tomorrow. Thanks for all the well-wishes.

by KevinFreitas on 6/17/2008 @ 2:13pm
Glad to hear it and congrats!

by Heather on 6/17/2008 @ 2:34pm

by jenyum on 6/17/2008 @ 5:27pm
glad she's ok.

by Raido on 6/17/2008 @ 8:08pm
Ditto on the "glad to hear" she's ok. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved friend and I'm glad you're not dealing with that right now. Celebrate!

by ensie on 6/17/2008 @ 9:48pm
Glad to hear your pup is OK. I have a dog with terrible struvite crystals and waiting for surgery and test results was awful.