Saturday, January 13, 2007

Little Dog Lost


My dog Daisy has had ongoing health problems for the past two months, notably bladder control, wandering, being disoriented and general tiredness all the time. We've taken her to the vets multiple times, but they continue to be baffled. We've been able to say what it isn't, ruling out diabetes, cancer, and probably renal failure, but have not been able to say what it is.

Last Tuesday was my daughter's 9th birthday (Little Fish!) and we had some of the girls in the neighborhood over to celebrate. While they were coming in, Daisy was inadvertantly let out. Part of her general malaise has been this tendency to wander endlessly, doing a circuit through wahtever room we happen to be in. I noticed, after some time, that she was not underfoot. I immediately looked around, then asked Mrs. Fish if she had seen Daisy: Negative.

The search began, and we looked in the house, then the outside area of the house, then the neighborhood. Several of our neighbors came over and helped us look (we are blessed to live in that kind of neighborhood, the kind in which many of us grew up, the kind I was convinced, at one point, no longer existed) for Daisy. One of my neighbors, Miss B., wandered up to the ballfield, about a quarter mile away from the house...and there was Daisy!!!

She had wandered into a t-ball field and could not figure out how to get out. Miss B. scooped her up and called us--I drove up and she plopped her in the front seat of my car. It was a good thing she was found, because the temperature was below freezing that night, with snow, and I am certain that, had Miss B. not found her, Daisy would not have made it through the night. Sighs of relief were, and are still, heard through the Fish-house.


Now, if only we can figure out what is wrong with Little Daisy...

6 comments:

Redlefty said...

Wow, I'm so sorry; that is very strange. How old is Daisy -- is there perhaps a canine equivalent of Alzheimer's that exists? How is this affecting little fish?

That neighborhood sounds awesome... good to hear those places actually do still exist.

FishrCutB8 said...

Little Fish takes it in stride, most of the time, but others she's a mess..same as Mrs. Fish.

Doggy Alzheimer's is still in the mix. We go back again this week for more testing.

RedWifey said...

What a sad story; she's such a cutie! Thanks for the pics!

FishrCutB8 said...

She is a sweetiepie...

K-Court said...

Hope you get to the bottom of Daisy's problems, Fish. Dogs are the best! What sort of dog is she? Looks terrier-ish.

runningshorts said...

I hope Miss Daisy is doing better! I somewhat know how you feel, my Miss Taz is getting up there in age and some days I wonder if she knows what is going on.

If I ever lost Miss Taz before her time, I would be lost myself!