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21 July 2007 @ 11:54 am
A looong overdue update...  
First of all, my apologies for appearing to fall off the face the internet earth recently... Thank you so much to everyone who called, emailed, sent ecards to find out if we were all okay - we love you all!

First, a Sydney update. This week had been an incredibly draining week for all of us filled with emotional roller coasters. Sydney condition had been pretty steady since picking her up from the hospital on Sunday night. She still couldn't stand or walk, but she was very alert, wagged her tail, tried to stand on her back legs, played with her squeak toys, etc. But the news from the vet was not good. Apparently Sydney is in the final stages of liver disease and the vet wasn't sure how much time she'd have left. :(

Mark & I did a lot of talking and decided that we'd bring her in for her vet appointment this morning and have her looked at. If the vet thought it was time, we decided we would put her down... The entire few days leading up to the vet appointment were very difficult for us (which is why I haven't been here in ages...) I kept going back and forth in my mind about this and had FINALLY made peace with our decision when I left work on Friday afternoon. But when we got home,... Sydney was sitting upright - alert and happy - wagging her tail a lot, trying to follow us around the house, and playing with her toys...

Which, understandably confused the heck out of us... we finally, after much discussion, agreed to take her in and consult the vet... If the vet thought it was time, we decided to put her down, no questions... But the vet looked at her this morning and ran some tests and told us, "It's not her time yet. She's alert, won't sit still, still has her stubborn little personality... I don't think it's her time yet."

I asked her if Sydney was in any pain and she said that she really didn't think she was - which was one of my main concerns. We asked if there was a chance that Sydney could get better and she said she didn't think so either,... but that she didn't think we had to make any kind of decision right now.

So we left the vet's office, with Sydney in tow and thankful in the fact that we're able to spend a little more time with her. If the vet had said that she was in pain or that she was showing signs of depression, etc. we might consider it now, but Sydney seems in good spirits, alert, and, for now, wanting to fight -- so, of course, there's no question for us, we've decided to fight with her.

Sydney actually looks a lot better and happier than this, but she HATES taking
pictures, even now! That's why she has an annoyed look on her face. :)

Much more to come on some things from our trip that I will try to post a little later (once I've recovered from all this emotional stress...) We thank all of you for your prayers, your love, and your concern!! I'm off to hug my fuzzy baby.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on July 21st, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting. We were starting to get worried about you, Mark, and Sydneydog.
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on July 21st, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your phone call and for your concern!! I'm SOOO sorry that I wasn't able to talk with you a bit more - we were in the midst of the vet appointment at the time! We love you - thanks for being concerned about us, and we're sorry we worried you!!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on July 21st, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update, Sheri! I too was worried. I don't find the right words to tell how sorry I'm that you all have to go through that. I'm sure that you and Mark always will come to the right decision for Sydney and I also think that she shows you when it's time. My heart goes out to all of you and I'll keep you in my thoughts, hoping for the best. I send love and hugs to all of you.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 21st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH for your lovely ecard, Sabine!! We love you!! And we are so thankful for your friendship!! It's been such a hard week for all of us that we've just sort of retreated within ourselves and though I've been online, I haven't had the energy or the emotional fitness to post anything. I'm sorry to have worried you! Lots and lots of love to you!!
Kylie: Jasminekyliebeth on July 21st, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
What a stressful and emotionally draining time for you. :( I'm so glad that Sydney isn't in pain and seems to be happy. You're such a great doggie-mommy. :) I hope Sydney continues to be happy and comfortable for as long as she's got left.

Liver disease is something I worry about with Jasmine. She was on prednisone for allergies every day for 2-3 years. It was a pretty low dose, but taking pred. for that long isn't healthy at all. Last time her liver function was checked she was okay, so hopefully we won't see any long-term damage from it.

Jasmine sends lots of puppy-love to Sydney. :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! Our main concern was that Sydney wasn't in any pain or that she wasn't depressed. She seems to be in very good spirits, so we're thankful about that! :)

Liver disease is so awful! :( Sydney had her first serious bout with it when she was six years old and didn't seem to have any further problems until this year. We're actually just so thankful that she survived the first time - these last four years with her was just an extra blessing.

Hoping that Jasmine will not have to deal with any liver ailments! Sydney thanks Jasmine for the puppy-love!!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on July 22nd, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
You both look completely sweet in your picture! I'm glad she's feeling better, and even though you know you can't have her with you forever, it's wonderful to have some more time with her and a chance to make her life happy for a little longer. Blessings to you all!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! We know that we have a limited time with her, but we're sooo thankful for every extra day that we have with her. As long as she's feeling okay and in good spirits, we're going to be right there fighting with her!
Carolina: RJcarush_girl on July 22nd, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Ohhh just reading this made me cry - I cant imagine what a emotional roller coaster this time has been. Im glad she is still in good spirits and her little body has chosen to stick around awhile longer....
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! I know that you completely understand, being the dog lover that you are. Blessings to you and RJ!
Shannon: Teddybourriquet76 on July 22nd, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
*Hugs* to all of you! I'm glad Sydney is doing better.

And she does look like the typical POed sheltie in that picture. ;o)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!

And she does look like the typical POed sheltie in that picture. ;o)

And yes, that's a classic Sydney PO'ed face!! Haha!
Phenomenullphenomenull on July 22nd, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)

Wow! Up. And. Down. What a ride. Glad she's hangin' in there, and glad she's not in any pain. It's always so heartwarming to see how happy they get when they see us and wag their tails and get happy. We are their whole world. The unconditional love is just overwhelming.

I forget, how old is Sydney?
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! It's been such a hard week for us (and for Sydney!) We're just amazed by her strength and her great attitude - it's very inspiring for us to see, actually!

Sydney is nine years old, September 23rd is her 10th birthday.
With a spark: Michi: close-upconchispa on July 22nd, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
I am so glad you posted, I was worried about you! Wow, Sydney is a fighter! (((hugs))) to all of you.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment and for your concern!! Sydney certainly is a fighter - she's an inspiration to us each day!! HUGS!!
Kananigirlkananigirl on July 22nd, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm glad for you guys! I'm glad Sydney is doing a lot better!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Rayna!! And Sydney has some hard days ahead of her, but at least she's happy and doing well now - and we're going to enjoy that time with her while we can.
Kayleakaylea on July 22nd, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
yikes! I was also worried about you guys because I hadn't seen a post from you. I'm so glad Sydney is doing better! *hugs*
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment and for your concern! HUGS!
photodiva02 on July 22nd, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
That is a sweet picture.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Though Sydney really does look annoyed in it... :)
intootjeintootje on July 22nd, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I am glad to hear you still have time to spend with Sydney. Tears already came to my eyes when I started reading this post and when you said that it might be her time to go... So I was very happy to hear it wasn't her time yet. Enjoy the time you have together!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment and for your concern!! Thankfully Sydney seems to be in good spirits and has an amazingly good attitude about all of this - she's definitely a fighter!!
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (little miss sunshine) hugaudienceawaits on July 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Awww, she's such a fighter! Sarah was such a fighter too - she never gave up. She was so strong! It's so hard to think about doing anything when you know they've still got so much in them! <3
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Gill!!! I've missed you so!! Thank you, thank you SO MUCH for your comment and your concern for us all!! We love you!! And Sydney, like Sarah is a real fighter - she just amazes us with her courage and her good attitude!! Much love to you!!