Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Adventures In Camping - Part 1 (aka - Glad My Dog Didn't Die)

And we're off...

So, this is going to take two different posts. Yeah, I have just THAT much to say. Also, the picture overload may make some of you crazy but I trust that you can deal with it and move on.

Here we go.

The camping trip started out great.

Drove up, got settled, started to unwind. It was nice to get away and be with C's family.

On Saturday we went to the "Dog Area" so the pooches could swim and run and get tired out (thus leaving the humans time to drink later on).

[side note - please tell me why YOU think this picture is funny.]

So the dogs swam and ran and did their doggy thang.

Jack has a weird fixation with water, so he was splashing around for a long damn time. He is literally crazy for water.

When we were done at the dog beach, we came back to the campsite (even though I dont think it counts as camping when you're staying in a trailer that's nicer than your apartment). As soon as we sat down, Jack's seizure started.

For those who don't know, Jack is epileptic. He has seizures every couple of days, and they last longer than most epileptic dogs.

But this wasn't like those seizures.

This one lasted four hours.

We did our best to keep him calm and quiet in hopes that the tremors would subside, but they didn't.

Off to the local animal hospital we went. They were closed.

So I sat in the car we borrowed for the weekend, holding onto Jack while Craig went into a nearby Sears to call around and find another vet that was open.

For me, it felt like forever.

At one point, Jack stopped breathing. I was crying and quietly begging him to hold on until we found someone to help us, pretty much willing him to stay alive.

Finally Craig came back and told me that we had a drive ahead of us. The only place that would take us was in Bracebridge.

We got to the Bracebridge vet, and they took him in and shot him up with some Valium. It didn't work right away like it should have. So the vet wanted to keep him in the hospital all night and keep him on a drip (which would have cost $500), but we said that we'd go into town and get food and then come back in an hour to see if he was better. And we did.

As soon as we walked back into the vet later we heard him barking in the back room.

I knew he was terrified to wake up in a strange place and not see me or Craig there, and that's why he was barking so much. The vet came out and said he was a miracle dog, and that he survived.

They wanted to keep a valium catheter on him, but he'd have chewed and swallowed it so we didn't. They gave us an emergency valium kit to use if he ever has a really long, bad seizure.

He was pretty wonky afterwards. Couldn't walk properly, wasn't acting like Jack. But he's getting better.

Whew. Poor Jack.

That wasn't all that happened.

The rest of the weekend was good. We kept Jack calm and let him relax and enjoyed our trip.

We went home on Monday, driving the car we had borrowed from a friend of a friend. Made it about 5 minutes away from our house. Craig got gas and the car wouldn't start again - it broke down.

Luckily Craig's sister Shauna and her lovely man just happened to be in town. They came to our rescue.

Thanks guys! It was great to see you!


Shoulda figured that John Bland was behind all this crap.


kyle said...

is it the man without pants that is funny? and that's terrible about poor jack. glad he's better

Shaz said...

I started screaming Jack's name partway through this post. I feel like that chick from Titanic now. THANKS

phx said...

OMG I'm so glad little Jack is okay!!! We had a dog that had epilepsy. We only found that out after he bit me and then he was getting stress tests done and had a seizure... ok my dog story doesn't end well so I'm going to shut up now...

Is it the ambulance at McD's...? Even though it's filling up? Maybe the other paramedics are in getting big macs.... when we were at Earls on Sunday we saw an ambulance and firetruck go screaming by and up to the McD's that was across the parking lot. I said "oops. Someones' arteries must have finally closed". seems a bit callous now.

Suffering from camping envy now.

Wil said...

I'm just wondering how many people clicked on the pic of you in the water to enlarge it. Not that I did of course, just wondering. I dig the pic of the dog chasing the ball, thas crazy!


ghost said...

im glad your dog didnt die too

Kris said...

kyle - men without pants are always funny. And Jack says 'thanks'!

Shaz - You're much hotter than the chick from Titanic. But picturing you screaming Jack's name pretty much just made my day.

phx - Yeah, it's the paramedic at McDonalds. I shoulda taken the pic BEFORE they were filling up, because they were just parked outside of it.

Wil - Don't click the pic! :p And I'll post better pics today, you'll see how awesome my dogs are.

ghost - Thanks, buddy. :)

Mike D. said...

Glad everything is ok, poor little guy.

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