Friday, June 4, 2010
My HERO, My boy BLUE!
Anyone who has been reading my blog for very long knows about Blue. He's my big guy, who's working on slimming down. He last weighted in at 161, down 13 lbs! Today he did something heroic! He helped save the life of another dog. He was the donor dog for a blood transfusion. He was a bit frighten at first, he didn't understand what was going on. He had a veterinarian technician behind him and one on each side of him bracing him up and trying to distract him as another technician tried to draw his blood. I was in front of him rubbing his face and keeping eye contact with him to let him know it was OK. (He's deaf) His FAVORITE technician was also rubbing his head and giving him kisses and treats. They had to give him a sedative to make him a bit drowsy, because he is so big and strong that if he decides he wants to leave, it's hard to stop him.
They had a difficult time getting the blood (possible because of all his "padding") so finally the Doctor had to come in and get it from a vein in his neck. I had to leave the room. I could feel my eyes flooding and I felt sick to my stomach. He was so loopy that he was almost asleep and he had his eyes closed. So he didn't realize that I stepped out for a moment.
After they had gotten his blood, they immediately used it to save a very sick dog. At first they thought that dog was severely anemic but it seems that she has issue with some blood disease, to be honest I'm not really sure yet what is going on with her.
So afterwards we were trying to walk Blue back to his kennel area and he was staggering like he was drunk but his tail was wagging and he kept trying to give "Jenn" the tech, kisses. She said that was the story of her life! That they ALL loved her when they have had a few! We were joking that he was probably trying to say "I LOVE YOU MAN!" He was about halfway there when all of a sudden the drugs really hit him and he just slid slowly to the floor!