Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We are testing to see if the computer is now free of fleas. Nala is licking her lips, she is ready to begin reporting on her exciting daily activities. It took four days to get the computer back, it had multiple viruses, even the back up had viruses. We think we are clean now, we ran three different virus programs on it and they now say -0- found when they are done. We are terribly behind in reading our friends blogs and exchanging notes.
Our bad news is that Nala is slowing up. She was recovering fast from the heartworm treatment, then she seemed to peak and begin going down. She was eating mixed dry food and canned food, but she stopped chewing the dry food, so now she is on canned only. She only has teeth on one side of her mouth, only one canine tooth. It was getting harder for her to chew on the few remaining teeth. She hears nothing, she is so deaf that we have to run in front of her to get her attention when it is dinner time or time to go outside. Her vision is decreasing, she was almost up to a visitor today before she even knew they were here. Her hips are weaker and she has a hard time getting up after a long night. Her medications are a good help, but they can't make up for the age in her joints. Her spirit is still strong, she gets up and goes outside through the dog door, then back in, around the house and back out again. She will do this three or four times, then take a nap in the sun. She gets lost more often. When she wakes up in the middle of the night and she does not know where her pack is, she will sit and bark till someone comes to get her and tell her that everyone is still there. Then she will happily go back to sleep. She used to wake up and bark at every car that drove in the circle at night, she could see when the lights came in the glass front door and swept across her face. Now the paper boy comes and goes without being announced.
We keep our paws crossed that it is just a temporary thing, that she will perk up. She has slowed up in the past and then bounced back, so we are hoping...... We even miss being awakened at 4:00 a.m. to greet the arrival of the newspaper.
Mogley G. Retriever