|Piper and I posed for this picture last August|
in a fancy photography studio.
Maybe you will remember that Piper got pretty sick a few weeks ago, and she had to stay in the hospital for two days. The doctors said she had pulmonary hypertension, which makes it so that your heart can't get enough blood pumped into your lungs. After this diagnosis, Mom had to buy a whole bunch of expensive medicine for Piper But it was worth it because taking the meds made Piper feel better.
Then Piper had a test for her Cushing's Disease, and it showed that her cortisol levels were all screwy. So the internist, Dr. Grigsby, decided to put Piper on a different medicine for Cushing's. She told Mom to watch for side effects and to call if any showed up.
|Here's Piper yesterday, waiting to go to the Rainbow Bridge.|
That was on Friday, and on Sunday night while we were sleeping, Piper made a loud BAROO! sound like basenjis do sometimes, and Mom rushed downstairs to let Piper outside. Anyway, Piper kept having diarrhea after that, which was one of the side effects Mom was supposed to watch for. So she called Dr. Grigsby's office on Monday. But that was Dr. Grigsby's day off, so the nurse said just to stop giving Piper the medicine, and Dr. Grigsby would call on Tuesday.
What ended up happening yesterday was that Mom took Piper over to the hospital, and they kept her most of the day. Dr. Grigsby said she couldn't get the diarrhea to stop, and she thought maybe it wasn't even because of the medicine. Mom talked to both Dr. Grigsby and Dr. Patricia about maybe putting Piper to sleep, and they both said they wouldn't blame Mom if she decided it was time to do that. Dr. Patricia said that Piper's body was sort of "unraveling," which you might call ironic, because "unraveling" was what Piper liked to do to dog beds and toys and stuff like that.
Originally, we thought Piper would be able to write a goodbye entry in her blog, but that didn't happen. Anyway, Piper told me yesterday morning that, in case she didn't come home again, I should thank all her faithful readers for being so faithful. And she said that people should keep on reading her blog, even if it wasn't quite as good as when a basenji was writing it. Also, she added that if her readers didn't keep reading the blog, she would find a way to come back from the Rainbow Bridge and bite them on the ankle. I believe she was quite serious about this.
Piper also told me that after she arrived at the Rainbow Bridge, she would feel all young and happy and full of energy again. She would be able to run and play and wrestle with the other dogs, just like she did when she was a puppy. She would see Gabe and Nicky and Mel again, and she would meet lots of other wonderful dogs. And best of all, she could eat all the cicadas and blankets she wanted to without getting sick!