Sick as a DOG
Where did that saying, "Sick as a dog," come from? Dogs don't get sick in the same way people do as far as colds and flu. Speaking of flu, a lot of nasty stuff is going around. A lot of people are sick at work and The Boss of all people came home yesterday from work a mess. In the 17 years we've lived and worked in Clarksville, I don't think he's taken more than three or four sick days, so you know it's bad when he stays home. According to him, he is "dying." His fever hit 103 last night and he has aches, sore throat, cough and headache. In other words, I have the biggest pain of all: putting up with him. :)This morning he asked me: "Do we have anything to take for this?" Other than putting a pillow over his face for 5 minutes, I don't know what he expects! We have Dayquil, Nyquil and other symptom relievers, but that's all you can do until it runs its course, as well as rest and get plenty of fluids. Doctors can't do anything for you (unless it gets serious with extreme fever or develops into pneumonia), so that is why I won't go to a doctor if sick. As if I'd drive 25 miles when "sick as a dog" with chills, fever and aches to sit in room for 2 hours waiting, just to be told when you finally see the doctor to go home and rest and drink fluids!
But now I am feeling as if I'm coming down with what he has. He works for the school system, and often has to go to different schools, which are the biggest germ factories around! But I must get through work tonight because we are so short handed at the moment and I don't want to put even more stress and work on my fellow copy editors. Hopefully I won't get as bad as him and if I do, it won't be until tomorrow, when I am off.
But dogs do get sick, as we all know with the case of the six Golden Huggs puppies that Tina took under her wing for the rescue and we all tried to help in various ways. The total bill was around $5,000. Sound like a lot? Not when you consider how sick all six were with parvo. The rescue had already taken them into custody before they came down with symtoms and didn't know how much care they'd need. All were at the clinic for many days, on IVs and needed a lot of care. And once you've already spent a fair amount of money on a dog, why put them down? You have to go the distance and do what you can't at that point. Three died, but CJ, Bruiser and Baby have pulled through. CJ and Bruiser, I believe have been altered already and CJ should be next (she has a few extra problems to clear up first). Transport has been arranged for early March I think. Tina, if you get a chance, fill us in.
Soutside discouted the bill A LOT, but that still left about $3,000. Donations from readers and Pet People came in at $850, so there is still about $2,000 left for the recue to pay. So, if anyone wants to put part of their promised tax rebate check to the cause when they arrive ($600 for individuals, $1,200 for couples last I heard), please do so. The clinic will let them pay off the bill over time, but they also have many other dogs to care for in the meantime. CJ has an adoption pending, and I believe Bruiser does too!
Some might say: Why pay so much on six dogs when others need help? Well, for many reasons. One, Golden Huggs already took responsibility for them before they got sick. Two, Tina wasy already caring for them and got them to the vet in time and knows what great pups they are. And what is the alternative? Putting them down when they could be saved? As I said before, that one dog you save might be the one who one day saves his human child from drowning. Or wakes up his family when a fire strikes. Or pulls an autistic child out of their shell. Or simply gives someone who needs it a best friend for life.
And also, through this long ordeal we've all made new friends and rescue contacts. Brigette and Deb even want to come down to visit!
So, you can't put a price on love and friendship, can you?
I'll be off the next two days, and probably "sick as a dog" as well, so if any of you can post topics, please do so!
posted by Sandy at 2/21/2008 05:53:00 PM