I was hammered emotionally Monday- am better today but still dealing with sadness and not a little anger. Our sweet new dog, Zoe, has been diagnosed with heartworm disease, a parasitism of the heart. She will begin treatment on Friday and I'm trusting the Lord we will continue to have sufficient additional income as we go along with her series of hospitalizations and medications.
Pictures of Zoe all matted and dirty to recent "shaved down" look. Third picture is Zoe and her constant companion - our dear little Conan - teaming up to terrorize the goat kids. If you live in an area where heartworm is a possibility,please keep your dogs on heartworm preventative and don't adopt a pet who is not tested. I'm upset with the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter - they place dogs and microchip as well as neuter/spay but do NOT test for heartworm. Through their practices they actually increase the heartworm problem - a heartLESS practice. Our options were to take her back (to be euthanized or placed with another unsuspecting family), go through a costly and painful treatment series, or do nothing and allow her to be sick and probably infect other animals (through mosquito bites - the only way the disease is spread). So our joy with sweet little (chewer of everything she finds) Zoe has been tempered a bit with the diagnosis. Anyhow - that's how it is on Buhlaland today and we'll be OK. We're believing Zoe will survive treatments (we have an excellent if sometimes grouchy veterinarian) and hoping I'll finally learn not to fall in love with something/someone without full disclosure on their side huh? It is springtime, overcast and a turkey in the roaster here on Buhlaland and it is good. I hate to be gloomy on my blog - we all have challenges and most readers have bigger issues than sick dogs, but once again I have to say - it's my blog and I'll cry if I want to (remember Leslie Gore?) Not crying today, working and best get back at it - there are strange things accumulating in my closet and they are about to be exposed to the light of day!