While browsing a local thrift shop recently, I came upon a wonderful leopard faux fur vest. The perfect gift for the kitties! Sure enough, as soon as it was splayed on the couch, kitties claimed it one by one - with a few hissy quarrels over possession. Generally though, possession rules even in the cat world and nearly every feline has had a turn mushing and posing on the best $2.00 cat accessory ever.
|Pattern upon pattern - Garfy on The Vest|
|Snoochie if full mush mode. More pattern upon pattern.|
I met the owner, brought Carrie home and she and Freda hit it off immediately. By the third evening she was deathly ill. What started as a bit of coughing the second night became obvious difficulty breathing and a temp of 106.2! I'd just gotten home from work and saw her trembling and with her eyes all squinted up like she was in pain. I rushed her to the Vet Saturday night where she was given fluids and meds I.V. Several tests were done - none conclusive at that point. I was able to pick her up on Sunday with a tentative diagnosis of pneumonia and oral antibiotics but she went downhill again and had to go back in on Monday for more intravenous treatments - and they kept her for 24 hours before sending her home with I.V.'s and three antibiotics! (I was once a vet tech so I know how to give I.V. meds and shots.)
I was puzzled when the Vet asked me to find out whether anyone in the previous owner's household had had flu or especially strep throat recently. He said no - but sounded unsure about recent illnesses. The Vet said dogs can pick up strep type infections from humans and visa-verse, which was new to me. I'll never know for sure where it came from - but get this: I'm sick now. Within 24 hours of Carrie's onset, I had terrible bronchitis, sore throat, headache, fever, chills and loss of appetite, rather like my new doggie. Unlike Carrie, at the first sign I hit the Emergen-C, got out my inhaler and prepared for the worst. I'm coughing so hard I had to buy protection.... (no I'm not explaining this...)
Sympathy illness? Perhaps. I could have pick it up anywhere, but a pattern is a pattern - and this looks like a pattern to me. That frisson I spoke of? In this case, it must have been the first onset of the chilblains.
We are both doing better - though that vet bill is likely to kill me. Better photos when we both stop coughing.
|Here's Carrie - See her shaved legs and her bandage? Poor baby. Apologies for the cacophony of patterns here. She's a real sweet tiger of a dog.|