Monday, May 23, 2011

Update on a wonderful lady

I have not written much about Nala lately, we were very worried about her and we did not want to write a depressing story.   We remember that "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".  She is doing much better.   First Nala had heartworms, then she had a recurrence of heartworms.   The poison they use is very strong and when you are 14 years old and weak, it takes a lot out of you.   Then she had an infestation of mites.    With her heavy coat, when the mites got down to her skin, she had raw places and sores where the mites were hidden.  Bella and I had to have the mite treatment, it is not as strong as the heartworm, but it is still strong medicine. 
Poor Nala, she has very few teeth, bad hips, cataracts, she is totally deaf, two rounds of heartworm treatment, and if that is not enough, she had open sores from the mites.   Her hips are weak and it does not take much to knock her down when Bella and I play.  On top of this she had to have a round of mite medicine.    The good news is that she is getting her movement back.   The mite treatment seemed to take the pain away from movement, the mites were causing more pain in her movement than we realised.  

The bad news is that during the treatments, the rainbow bridge was mentioned and there was discussion as to how good her quality of life was.    In the bright sunlight today, it sounds so cold to talk about her quality of life and the trip to the Rainbow Bridge, but when there is pain, there is a time that the pain is more than the joy that is left.   It was not her time yet, but we do know that when the time does come, she will not suffer needlessly.   Luckily it was decided to give her a chance to get we back to health again, and Nala gets to enjoy some more Golden years. 
Nala is back!    Yesterday she even ran with Bella and I, we all ran out to the back fence to protect it from a golden retriever running loose in the park.  She is trotting in and out the dog door, making her rounds of the back yard.  She is once again busy protecting the front door from the UPS lady.   When we explained to the UPS lady about Nala, she said that Nala can bark at her all she wants. 

Nala is due back in to get her spring bath at the groomer.  If she keeps looking stronger, we may take her yet this week.   Every day she is a little stronger, every day she is a little more active, every day there is a little more spring in her step, every day she has a little more joy back in her life. 

Welcome back Nala, we are glad to see you getting better.

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. Hi Y'all,

    I have only one comment! GO NALA!!!!!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. What a wonderful story to end my day!! I'm so glad that Nala is doing well and getting stronger every day!! This is a testament to how well you know her and know that she wants to stay and enjoy her life here, just a while longer!

    Please give this amazing girl a hug from all of us at Golden Pines!

  3. We are sending you all our love, Nala. May the rainbow bridge be a long way off.

    Lady(senior), Sandy Paws and Oliver.

  4. I am so glad Nala is better!!!

  5. Just read this and it supplies a happy note to end the day.
    You Go Nala, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. we are all praying for you.

    Hamish & Sophie

  6. Khousin Merdie says old GiRls rokhk!!!

    Fur a sekhond, I thought Khousin Merdie and Khousin Harley had hijakhked your blog!


  7. We're all glad Nala is doing so much better. It must have been a scary and sad time for all while she was going through all this.

  8. Big Cheers for the beautiful Nala! Its so nice to hear this girl is making a recovery despite her age and problems. We send her gentle hugs and kisses,

    Stella, Mom and Zkhat

  9. So glad to hear she is back!


  10. There is nothing like the heart of a golden!!! Thank you so very much to Bella and Mogley and her humans for taking such good care of Nala. And of course for loving her.So very glad for the good news of Nala's improving health. Little girl has been through so much.

  11. You go girl! We love you Nala :)