My sincere thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts, hugs and expressions of sorrow. My only real consolation is that her illness did not drag on and that for her it was over quickly. She was admitted to the clinic on Wednesday and died on Friday. To say we were shattered is an understatement, but in time we will think more of the good times and fun we had with her, indeed with both of the dogs, and less about this dreadful week. Again, thank you all – you have been very kind and thoughtful and it is very much appreciated.
Chienne had a bad night – vomiting, labouring for breath. The Vet worked with his staff trying to stabilize her but the infection overwhelmed her already weak system. With everything that was happening to her the stress was too much and her little heart gave up. She died at 12:50 today. Thank you to everyone for their thoughts, hugs and kind words. It was all very, very much appreciated.
Chienne was taken to the Vet this afternoon. She is not a well girl. She has a serious viral infection and has been admitted to hospital. She has been given antibiotics and is on a drip. She is dehydrated and very weak. I was a bit upset because I thought it was my fault but I was told that these infections can happen very quickly and there was probably nothing I could have done. At 14 years of age we just have to help her to fight by looking after her and giving her the medication that will help her fight. She will be in the hospital for at least 48 hours – perhaps over the weekend – but I will be able to visit her.
The flight from Dubai arrived early but there were delays through Customs and Immigration so it was about an hour before she was able to leave the airport and come over here to the hotel Being in a wheelchair because of the broken shoulder, she was the last person off the aircraft. Why was I not at the airport to meet her? Simple really – my nieces –
in Scotland – arranged for their mother to be picked up by a car at Adelaide Airport and brought here to the hotel. ( Very nice!) She is looking well and I will have to do some things for her – nothing major just buckle and unbuckle the seatbelt. As I said the other day, when we leave and head for home depends on how she is feeling in the morning. I expect to stop in Port Wakefield for food and fuel.
Pt. Wakefield / Tin Man / Arid Lands B.G.
Yes, we did go as far as Port Wakefield and then stop for about an hour. Our next stop was The Tin Man but only because I wanted a bottle of water. From there to the Arid
Lands Botanic Gardens and five new plants. I have put two of them in a planter and I’ll do the rest in the morning. I think it was after 1:30 when we got home and Herself wondering where we were. Sat with Chienne for a little bit whilst she made a fuss. I took her out for a walk. It’s been a long day and I’ll be glad to get my head down. Tomorrow I have a Fundraising event for the RFDS, so another long day. Didn’t find out who won the Grand Final. We had sold out and packed up before the end of the game. It had been a long day from 9am to 4pm, but fortunately I wasn’t on duty until 11:30. With the temperature reaching the low 30c by mid afternoon, it was a tad warm after the cold and wet of winter. However, back to cold again this week I believe. The family came over for dinner last night and Andrew & Trish will take Catherine up to the Flinders and have lunch there. Herself and I have the Church Fete this weekend so we have to be here for that. Also I have to look after the money and get it banked on Monday. I took her touring up in the Flinders last time she was here – actually we covered much of the State that last holiday.
I have been up since the early hours (3;45am) of this morning. What with all that went on from Thursday onward – the traveling and other things, I zonked out last night quite early. Herself, being the kind, thoughtful person she is, left me sleeping. So, I slept for about six hours and woke up – and have been awake since. Not too happy about that. Yes, ok, I am happy about being awake and alive, just unimpressed with the timing aspect.
Can’t for the life of me think why but the song “Another one bites the dust” keeps running around in my head. :o)
Chienne has been ill and for a while during the night I was fearful that we would lose her. This morning she seems to be much better and she has been sick a number of times. Her breathing is better – less laboured – and she has been drinking water. I think it is something she has eaten – can’t think what, but after being here with me for most of the night she is now outside. I carried her out earlier but she is going in and out on her own. For a good part of the night I had her on my lap, comforting and cuddling her. As I said she is much better. I will go down to the shop and get some puppy food and see how she goes with that. But I will keep a very close eye on her over the next day or so.