The Best Urinary Tract Infection Ever.

PICT0021 (Small)That has to be the weirdest blog title I’ve ever written but it’s true.

My dog Sheepa has been peeing in the house.  Regularly.  He really hasn’t done that in the 5 years that we’ve had him.  Not even when earthquakes hit.  Not when he accidently got left at home for more than 8 hours.

He’s roughly 16 years old so it would be logical to assume that he’s getting too old and he’s losing control of his faculties.  I always knew this day would come but I’ve never really been prepared for it.  We’ve had Sheepa in our home for as long as my wife and I have been married and this seemed like a sign that he wouldn’t be with us that much longer.  Frankly, life without him would be terrible.

I took him into the vet who ended up doing an X-ray, a urine, and a blood test.  The doctor said it could be cancer, kidney stones, a urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney failure, or possibly just senility.  I waited and prayed for a UTI which is fixable with antibiotics.

I went to Petco to pick up doggie diapers for him and treats.  As I walked the aisles, I started noticing treats that he used to be able to have but not any more because they upset his stomach.  I began to pass by them when I realized… he might not have that much longer so… why not?

I sat in the chicken aisle alone and I cried.

I bought him chicken, turkey, liver – heck, anything I remembered he liked regardless.  That night I couldn’t sleep wondering what life might be like without my faithful hound:  The little guy that follows me around our home no matter where I go, no matter what the award.  He just wants to sit next to me.  That’s all he ever wants.

The next morning the doctor called while I was in the shower.  My wife told me that it was a urinary tract infection – the worst he’d seen in a long time.  On one hand I started kicking myself:  Why didn’t I take him in sooner?  He was suffering this whole time?  Stupidstupidstupid.

Then I realized… the doctor also said there was no sign of kidney stones, cancer, or anything bad.  My buddy’s gonna be okay.

Best urinary tract infection ever.

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