In my last post i wrote about how we thought Marlie was improving, or so we thought.
Mum went up on Tuesday to collect the tablets Marlie was being put on to help get rid of the infection. She was getting slightly stronger day by day and even barked when people came to the door which she hadn’t been doing. She was eating slightly more too, but was sick yesterday. Mum said it was just the tablets. She seemed grand until i was heading home from belfast on the bus and i got a text saying she’d died. I don’t know what happened other than she went down hill. I’ve tried to ask but can’t get much out of mum at the moment.
I guess her little body couldn’t cope any more. The antibiotics must have just staved off the infection to give her a few days with us. She was just so weak though. Her teat had even started to kind of come away to reveal new flesh. It could have even been hiding in her and the antibiotics weakened the infection just a little.
So run free little Marlie. You’ll never have to be pregnant again, or bred to have god knows how many litters before those two by your previous owners. I dread to think how many litters you could have had. I’m just so glad it happened now that your pups don’t need you. They’ll be well looked after and are thriving. You did so well with them. I just hope your other owners can sleep easy in their beds. After all, “it was a shame marlie had two litters in the last year” they said. And “you can sell them for £50”. So sorry you were such a young dog too. Rip little one. You were such a wee fighter.
I wrote earlier about
Marlie and her pups
And how poor Marlie was not a well girl.
Well when i did write last Marlie was doing well. Unfortunately on Friday she was going down hill fast. She hadn’t moved all day and her liver was beginning to fail. So the vets said that mum was to send her over the bridge if she was no better by Saturday.
When mum went up on Saturday however, Marlie got up and walked over to her. The vet said that was the first time she had got up since Friday. So mum couldn’t put her down. So the vet gave her an injection of antibiotics and said that if she didn’t eat and hadn’t improved by monday she should be braught back in.
To be honest i wasn’t sure bringing her home was a good idea. I thought it would be easier for everyone if she was put down then and there as she just lay around. I went into see her on Saturday night in mums room and she was roasting. She just lay there. I suggested to mum trying to get some puppy milk into her. Mum got 8 suringes into her! I really thought she’d go on her own on Saturday night. She did get up to pee though so that was good.
Yesterday she was still here but not as warm. Mum was feeding her little pieces of cooked ham, which she ate and they stayed down. Mum did tell me something very very worrying though last night when she said she hadn’t peed all day. I said she’d deffinetly need to take her to the vet tomorrow because it didn’t sound good. My sister braught up her lead and she wouldn’t move at first, but then something clicked and she sprang into action and rushed down stairs. Mum also made up something with egg yolk, puppy milk and water and suringed it to her. Again it stayed down.
Today however it’s a totally different picture. She has eaten yet more ham, and mum has baught chicken too. She’s went out to pee 5 or 6 times, and when she’s standing she’s not immediately needing to lie down again. And she is really wagging hard! Mum phoned the vet today and they were amazzed she’s survived. Mum is picking up antibiotics tomorrow to give her.
Unfortunately her teat has kind of split a little, but mums been cleaning around the area with salt water. Even that had died down though today and it’s nowhere near as big as it was. She’s only warm around the teat now rather than her whole body. She has a very long road ahead of her, but we’re hoping it’s a positive sign.
She has lost so so much weight though. I could put two hands through her collar if i really wanted to. Her ribs and spine are clearly visible.
Thanks everyone for the prayers and well wishes for her. It must have worked! Well hopefully anyway. It’s hard to believe something as simple as a scratch or a scrape from a pup could be so devistating in such a short space of time.
Fingers crossed she’s on the up!
On Friday mum announced that she had found someone who was giving away a black labrador. I wasn’t too keen on this since mum has a habbit of just seeing the cuteness and then when it comes to the responsibility of a dog, it was us who had to do it. This has been what has happened to our other dogs. So i said to her that she would have to look after it.
When i suggested that i went along to make sure Ushi and the dog got on, she seemed very reluctant. I said that i needed to make sure they were okay rather than it coming all the way here for it to be sent back again. So eventually she agreed.
So this morning mums friend came to collect me, mum, my youngest brother and Ushi. We were heading up to Belfast to get the dog.
When we got there, mums friend went in to check if we could bring Ushi in before we all came in. I first asked if i could let Ushi out to pee so that if there was any excitement there wouldn’t be any little mishaps. While Ushi was out, Marlie came and lay at my feet for a belly rub. When Ushi came back in, i asked if she could be off her lead and the owner said yes. Well Ushi teared around the house, and ran up the stairs, and back down again to play with Marlie. Tails were wagging away so we figured that all was well.
Marlie is a two year old black labrador. Mum thinks there is colly in her too. She is about half the size of Ushi. She is in great condition. She has little short ears, and a big bushy waggy tail! Ushi’s tail is a gentle wag but Marlie’s is really fast and hard! She had pups about a month or so ago. The owner didn’t even know she had had pups, and came down one morning to blood, and thought he had rats! He then saw 5 little bundles. She was very quiet about giving birth and did it all herself. The owners wife was pregnant with her fifth child, so couldn’t cope with the dog as well. She is in great condition, and is fully house trained. We will have to get her latest vaxcinations, worming tablet, frontline and spaying. Mum is getting her microchipped tomorrow, and getting her licenced too. She is going to be spayed after christmas.
The only down side is that she is on wet food. It’s called Winalod or something. Mum is gradually going to introduce dry food with her wet food as she doesn’t really like her on the wet stuff.
Marlie and Ushi were very good travelling in the car together. Marlie did keep looking out the window which Ushi wasn’t too impressed with since she was trying to sleep! She did get a bit panty near the end, but apart from that she was grand. When we filled up Marlie’s waterbowl Ushi decided to empty it before poor Marlie could get a drink! She has never drunk out of that bowl and doesn’t drink her water if it is downstairs. We then let Marlie out for a pee, and Ushi kind of looked at her as if to say “You peed in my garden!”.
They have been getting on great. Ushi has put Marlie in her place though because she wanted to play and Ushi didn’t! So we had a wee growl but she was still wagging away. She did get a bit jealous when Marlie got a nylabone and a new toy!
I have been paying her loads of attention just so she doesn’t feel like she is being left out or anything. She seems to have accepted this grand. I’m sure the jealousy will subside soon enough. She is exhausted though the poor girl.
Already Marlie is looking for Ushi when she needs to pee, and won’t actually go out unless Ushi is there! Whenever people are eating, she’ll take herself out to the hall, and when the front door is opened she’ll just stand there and not even attempt to go out or anything. She is just a great wee bundle.