Saturday, February 9, 2013

GOODBYE TO NICKY, TOO

We are having a very sad week here, and Mom seems all kind of depressed and weepy.  But I never cry tears out of my eyes, like Mom does, so what I mostly do is just go take a nap and try to forget about sad stuff for a while.

Anyway, Nicky lay around all day Thursday, and he didn't want to eat, and he only got up at bedtime to drink some water and pee on the carpet in the bedroom.  Then he stood there for a while, like he was nervous and didn't know what to do.  And he kept panting, so he probably had a fever again.  But when the rest of us went to bed, Nicky finally did, too.







Yesterday morning Mom had trouble getting Nicky to stand up so he could go to see Dr. Grigsby.  Nicky yelped and cried like he was in terrible pain, and he bit Mom on the arm.  But the bite was just a little one, like a hard nip that made a bruise.  Anyway, Mom put Nicky's muzzle on him so he couldn't bite her again, and then she managed to help him get up.

After that, she took him to VCA Mission to see Dr. Grigsby, and by the time they had been there 10 minutes, Nicky's temperature was already up to 107º.  The normal temperature for a dog is between 100º and 103º, and I know this because I looked it up.








Anyway, Mom and Dr. Grigsby had a long talk about Nicky, because neither one of them understood why Nicky felt so very sick and panicky, even though he only had what Dr. Grigsby said was a superficial wound.  And he also was peeing a lot in the house, which we couldn't explain why Nicky started doing, either.  Plus he would get stuck in a pattern of turning circles on the stair landing, like he couldn't stop doing it and go on up the stairs.  Last week Mom timed him, and he spent 10 minutes doing this.








So Dr. Grigsby said maybe Nicky was senile or maybe he had a brain tumor.  And the way to find out if he had a tumor was to do an MRI, which would cost about $2,000.  Mom said she could not afford that because she already just spent about $1,900 on Nicky's medical care.  Dr. Grigsby said she understood.

Then Mom asked if maybe Nicky should be put down, and Dr. Grigsby said she thought that was something to consider, because Nicky was not having any fun anymore.  So they talked about it, and Mom decided to do it.  And she stayed there with Nicky the whole time and told him she was sorry she hadn't been able to give him a happier life, and also she was sorry that Barry bit him all those times.








After that, Mom came home without Nicky, and our house seems even emptier than it did before.  It's just so weird having Mel and me be the only dogs here.  We are even more outnumbered by cats than we used to be.  Mom says she is not going to get any more dogs for now.  And she says she will never get a big dog again, such as a greyhound, even though she likes greyhounds a lot.  In the future, Mom is only going to get cute little dogs like me, that weigh 25 pounds or less!

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  1. Oh Piper-
    this is just too sad! I'm so sorry Nicky had to leave you so soon.

    --Z

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    1. Dear Zest,
      Thank you for your sympathy. We have a very sad house here, but at least I am not getting attacked by Barry anymore, and Mom is not having to clean up Nicky's pee or try to feed him by hand. I really thought that if we had half as many dogs in the house, I would get twice as much food, but so far it hasn't worked out that way. Mom is not very good at math, so that may be the problem, and I will need to explain to her how to do the calculations!
      Your friend, Piper

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  2. Oh poor PIper- I am so sorry to hear about Barry AND Nicky. I'm sorry for your mom too! It is so hard to make those kind of decisions. I think it's a great thing that your mom was just trying to do what was right for both of your brothers- even if it is such a sad sad thing for everyone else. Sometimes being a pet owner is just plain hard. I also think it's nice that your mom gave both Barry and Nicky a good home and loved them for as long as she could, despite all their peculiarities. It can be down right exhausting, and there's plenty of people out there that aren't willing to do that! Hopefully as time passes everyone around your house will start to feel a little better. It's been just over two months now since we had to say goodbye to our Zeke, and I still get awfully sad and I miss him terribly- but I do go longer in between the sad parts now. I know you& Mel& the kitties will keep your mom company- and hopefully soon Spring will make things prettier and you can all enjoy that!!!

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    1. Dear Aunt Kerry,

      Thanks for your nice comment and your sympathy. Things still feel pretty strange around here, and I keep thinking Barry and Nicky will come back again. Mel is thinking the same thing. You're right to say that Mom is a nice person because she gave a home to so many dogs and cats, but after a while, things got kind of crazy around here, and we started getting on each other's nerves. Now maybe we will be calmer and feel better about sharing our house and our mom!

      I am sorry you had to say goodbye to Zeke. I know you must have loved him very much.

      Your friend, Piper

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  3. I think your mom *did* give Nicky a happier life.

    My brother pees in the house too, but mom never gets mad at him. She just tells him it's okay and that she loves him or she appologizes because she thinks it's her fault he peed in the house. I think i'd get in trouble, but Digital never does.

    --Z

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    1. Yeah, my mom doesn't like it when I pee in the house, either, but she put up with it when Nicky did it because she thought she wasn't letting him out often enough. Except that "often enough" sometimes was half an hour, and other times it was 4 hours, so it was hard to know what to do with him! Anyway, Mom has had to take me out on a leash in the front yard today to pee because it just smells too dampish and like it recently rained and might rain again (which it's supposed to do tonight). So now Mom has to remember how long it's been since she last took me out. But I can hold my pee a lot longer than Nicky could, so that's lucky. And I can hold my poop for a couple of days, if necessary.
      Your friend, Piper

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  4. Oh no... =( I'm sorry.
    He was a handsome fellow with a fabulous smile. My condolences...

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    1. Thanks, M.C. My brother Nicky was indeed a very handsome greyhound. Everyone said so. I miss him, and so does Mel, but we get more of Mom's attention now, so that's a good thing.

      Sincerely, Piper

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  5. I'm sorry Piper. Nicky was a pretty boy. He's in a happier place though.

    -Katie and Zena :(

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