Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Merlin J. Wylt c. August 1, 2000 - June 16, 2014

Merlin's mom here.

After battling a raging bacterial infection for two weeks, Merlin had to be put to sleep yesterday morning. He started having trouble breathing late on Sunday night and x-rays taken the next morning revealed that his lungs were filled with fluid. We aren't sure exactly how he contracted the infection, why the antibiotics didn't work and why his lungs failed. It could have been an antibiotic resistant infection, there may have been a previously undetected  underlying condition such as lung cancer, his creeping paralysis could have finally hit his diaphragm, or he may have just been too old to fight off the infection without organ failure occurring.

He will be missed.

Puppy Love by Merlin J. Wylt
Painted February 14, 2004

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Nowhere fun, that's for sure.

It is hiking time and swimming time and ice cream time and cheesy fries time and I have had NONE of that for weeks now.  I was supposed to go to Wisconsin this weekend too, but that didn't happen either.

See, I got really, really sick a couple weeks ago. I had runny poops and nausea and a high fever and Mommy rushed me to the vet and they did all sorts of tests and found out I had a really bad bacterial infection in my gut and my white count was almost 5 times higher than it should be! I got put on two antibiotics but they didn't kill all the bad bacteria. I'm now on a third one that was a shot because my stomach can't take any more antibiotics and my ulcer started to act up.  So, all I want to do all day is this.

You can see the wheels for my stroller behind my head

And I don't want to eat anything but bread or biscuits and chicken or turkey. I will drink Ensure, and eat some doggie nutrition gel, but only if nothing better is out there.  I've lost almost 10 pounds and Mommy and the vet are worried because at my age (I'm almost 14) recovering from something like this is very hard.