Thursday, 7 October 2010

Friends in Need

The last few weeks have been horrible. It will take me a long time to get used to not having Josh in my life. He was such a lovely and lovable dog but I scarcely had time to mourn his loss before Rod’s health deteriorated again. Last Wednesday night he collapsed. I called the emergency ambulance but he was in so much pain they called the paramedics. It took over an hour of ECGs, inserting lines and administering morphine before they took us to Accident and Emergency. By now it was 1 am. I was trembling, frightened and confused but thankfully my friends followed the ambulance. They sat in a drafty, drunk-strewn waiting area until 3 am, then they drove me home and calmed me down.

Over the last few weeks friends have brought in meals, done my shopping and generally been there for me. One friend took all of Josh’s food to the Huncote Kennels (Leicester Animal Aid where we first met Josh as a three month old stray). Another friend took the wormery away. It was a responsibility too far and an unnecessary risk of further infection for Rod.

After lots of tests and high-dose antibiotics and antifungal treatments, Rod was discharged yesterday. He’s able to keep proper food down for the first time in over two months so I’m hoping that life will start to return to normal, although it will never be quite the same as it was. I can never replace Josh. He was truly irreplaceable but with my friends there to support me I hope that very soon life will start to hurt a little less.


  1. Rosalind, I'm so so sorry to hear this. I can only imagine how tough life has been and I do hope it gets better. Thinking of you and sending loads of hugs your way.

  2. This breaks my heart. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how utterly important pets are and how painful their loss. My heart goes out to you.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand as we still miss the dogs that we shared our home with, they become a part of the family. I hope that the pain eases soon, and that Rod recovers fully before too long. Thinking of you xxx

  4. am so sorry, hopefully with time the pain will lessen and you can remember the awesome times u shared

  5. Rosalind, I don't know what to say except I'm thinking of you, praying for you and hoping your life will regain some borinf normality. Big hugs

    Becca B x

  6. They are never gone while they're in your heart. Know that you did your best for Josh and he had a good life with you. And I hope Rod recovers to good health soon.

    Best wishes. x

  7. I'm so sorry you've had such a dreadful time lately, I hope from now on everything will go uphill. Lots of hugs and love, Sarah.

  8. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and hugs.

  9. Hugs and more hugs I´m sending you in the hope they will ease a tiny tiny bit of your pain. I can not imagine what you are going through. I´m hurting just listening to you and hearing all about Rod and Josh. I hope that now Rod is eating he will begin to improve and you will again be able to smile.
    Love Pauline x


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