Saturday, March 29, 2008


It's still really quiet here and I keep expecting to come around a corner and see Coal. Coming home from work is the hardest thing because she would either be waiting at the door for me or standing in the doorway between the living room and kitchen looking towards the back door. It's completely thrown off a lot of the little routines we had fallen into over the past few years and the worst for me is the before bed ritual of giving Coal her medication. I know at some point things will shift again but it's going to be a while.

I don't think I ever posted a picture of Coal here, so here is the only one I have. (E was able to get some in the last week but he needs to clean them up a bit before they are postable.)

Farewell my sweet Coalie, I hope you can run to your hearts content now.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Farewell my diamond in the rough

The slight improvement in Coal's condition was followed by a rapid downturn. She threw up what little food she had eaten last night and it was obvious she was in a lot of pain so we took her in to the vet's and took that final step.

I'm glad she isn't in pain but the house is so quiet now.

Maybe not

Coal is doing a tiny bit better this morning. Someone has to help her stand up, by hoisting her hind end, but once she's standing she can walk for a short distance. I'm not sure if she got any sleep at all last night because she was up and down and shifting around so much. I know neither E or I got much. I'm glad she seems to be doing a bit better because she doesn't seem to be in as much pain, but the fact that she can't stand up on her own is not good. E gave her the next steroid shot this morning so we'll see how that goes.

Things seems so much clearer last night, it really seemed like we were at that end point, but now I'm not sure.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Well. . .

I really don't mean to make this blog into some place where I only post when I have something bad happening in my life but here I am again writing about bad things again.

Over the last few months our dear old black dog, Coal, has been having more and more problems with her back legs. Last night she slipped trying to go up the steps on the deck and I had to help her, then she had problems on the linoleum and I had to lift/scoot her into the living room. She did better after eating and having her pills and did fine this morning but by the time E and I got home for lunch she was down and couldn't get back up. E took her to the vet and Dr. B thinks it is a combination of her arthritis and hip displasia since she is a German shepard cross. Dr. B gave her two shots of different corticosteroids in the hope that it would help reduce the inflammation. As of right now she has only moved a little on her own and has not eaten at all. We're going to wait until tomorrow morning, but it is looking like this may be the end.