Thursday, July 06, 2006
Dogs Act Like Their Owners
This is Nala today, looking perkier. The bottom half of her body is shaved but you can't see it in this pic and that thing on her leg is where ther mainline IV thingy is. But...she is smiling :)
First off I want to thank everyone who sent well wishes and good vibes my way! The good news is it seems to be working! Nala, as of a few hours ago has turned a corner and, while we are not out of the woods yet, it is looking promising. So thank you all for the praying, sending good vibes, and well wishes cause he made me feel a whole lot better.
She has stopped bleeding internally for the most part and has not needed a blood transfusion in over 24 hours which means she is making new blood on her own. She is on a lot of treatment medications. Her immune system, because of an autoimune infection thingy, was causing her bone marrow to attack her blood and bleed internally but as of today, she seems to be making progress. We might even get to take her home tomorrow! THAT is nothing short of a miracle, being that she was near death just a couple of days ago.
As I walked into the hospital today for my visit, I was greeted by a very stressed out receptionist.
“Yeah 10 emergencies already today, we are swamped here”!
“I am just here to visit Nala” I assured her.
“Oh, Nala! We love Nala. She is the best dog ever. She really is such a well trained dog”!
Did I just hear that right? If I had been drinking something I would have spit it out. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Nala (obviously), but best dog ever is not a category I would put her in. Nala is totally demanding and spoiled and hits you and barks at you if you don’t do what she wants. She won’t sit anywhere except shotgun in the car and puts up a fight every time we try to get her outside. I am not complaining cause I love her that way. I am just stating that, contrary to what the receptionist said, she is not well trained. After all I raised her so what more could you expect? LOL.
“She must be behaving for you guys, cause she knows you are trying to save her” I smile back.
After a wait I headed into the visiting room and shortly thereafter GVM walks in with Nala, who still has to walk with a sling.
“Here is your girl” he said and brought her to a blanket to get her settled.
“I hear Nala is getting rather popular back there”? I asked.
“Oh yeah, she is great. All she wants to do is love and she is so sweet.”
I let out of a chuckle.
“What’s so funny?” GVM asked.
“I am laughing because you all say she is so compliant and sweet and nice, when I can see right through her. GVM, she is flirting with you so you give her extra special attention”!
He gave Nala and pet on the head and laughed a little bit. Nala looked up at him and tilted her head coyly.
“Now what is so funny”? I asked him.
He gets up from Nala and headed toward the door.
“Well,” he replied, “They say dogs learn most of their unique personality traits from their owners…”
He laughed again.
And with that, he left the room.
Wait, was he talking about me?
I bent down and sat down with Nala. She looked up and me and then lay her head down to nap. I sat there for a half hour petting her and wishing her improvements would continue. They said the medications and treatments had started to work and there was cause for big hope.
I looked at my dog, and realized that yes she IS just like me. Demanding and spoiled. She is expensive (I swear we probably just paid for all those Vet’s new plasmas) and flirts just so she can get special attention from the doctors. But, hey no one seems to complain about me so why should I expect anything else from those around her?
“You really are my dog huh”? I said to her while laughing. “I have taught you well, everyone loves you Nala.”
I would not have Nala any other way. And, because of some miracle, she might just get to remain my dog for quite some time.
Posted by Rachel Heather at 1:28 AM