Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bailey update

Many thanks to everyone who has sent us notes expressing concern about Bailey. I wish I had good news, but she hasn't been doing too well since she came back from the vet on Monday. She's now in kitty ICU, with an IV drip (to get her electrolyte balance back), a feeding tube (hasn't eaten since Sunday), and ongoing enemas to try to clear her colon (poor Bailey has been too weak even to poop).

Bailey, despite feeling sick, remains a princess. When she came home Monday night, we kenneled the puppies so she could have some quiet time by the fireplace. She walked right past her own bed and took over Dempsey's.

Dempsey and Nala have been very patient, if not quite understanding. They're always so happy, no matter what! I think we need to have them tested for drugs. Or, more likely, it's just the way they've been raised, where they can't even imagine having a bad day, since they've had nothing positive experiences their whole lives.

With all the time we've spent running back and forth to the hospital and reading up on renal failure, we haven't spent very much time training or going on walks with the pups. (We always feel guilty about something.) Luckily, they have each other, and are giving each other plenty of exercise. Well, at least Nala is getting exercise. Dempsey just enjoys the ride.


  1. Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear about Bailey and that she is having such a tough time. I just wanted to let you know that I too am dealing with chronic renal failure in a beloved pet. Our 15 month golden retriever was first diagnosised at 11 weeks of age as a puppy in training. We've had moments of her wanting to die and months of her doing well. Renal failure is an awful battle, but know that Bailey appreciates everything you do for her and that all you really can do with renal failure is to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as long as you can. Love her as much as you can and never give up hope. We've been fighting this losing battle for just over a year, if you ever want to talk, let me know. Support is the number one thing in fighting renal failure from our side, from their's, love.

    Coreena and Eva. stanleychica_c (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. First things first: Get well, Bailey!!! :)
    Secondly: what kind of growls are those for Goldens? My Chiweenie sissy, Frankie, growls louder. I must admit I laughed a lot though.