This week, it was time to follow up with our vet about how our Black Dog is recovering from having his tumor-riddled spleen removed.
You might remember that, a few weeks after surgery, he was having trouble gaining weight, and his hematocrit (red blood cell count) was low from internal bleeding. During the pandemic, our vet has been open but all dogs are dropped off to go into the hospital alone. The vet calls the owners to talk while the owners are in their car. It seems like a safe way to take care of our pets.
Afterwards, our vet told us that R got a hero's welcome in the hospital. Due to his many health issues over his lifetime, he's spent a lot of time in that hospital. All the front office staff, techs, and vets know him. Our vet said that everyone in the hospital figured out a way to take a brief break to greet our Black Dog during his visit. I feel sure that he reveled in the greetings and reciprocated with enthusiastic greetings of his own. Each of the people in the hospital has played a role in his happy "extra time". I am so glad that R got to say thanks.
The great news is that R has reached his ideal weight, and his hematocrit is now in the normal range. At home, his energy is still improving, and he's getting more courageous about moving around the house despite his blindness.
After his hospital visit, our vet said that R's paw might be tired from signing "pawdographs" for all his loving fans in the hospital. I am so happy that he can touch so many people.
He touches my heart every day. Yet, I feel happily surprised each time I hear that he touches the hearts of others in a similar way
Happy Black Dog Sunday!