Mike and Michelle B
Welcome to the GREAT life Mr. Chips! You're a RAGOM dog now :) Mr. Chips is a 10 1/2 year old, male, Golden Retriever. Chips came into RAGOM because someone cared enough about him to convince his owners to surrender him. The owners were keeping him in a garage with no light, no windows, minimal food, and minimal water. The poor guy was being totally neglected. He is missing most of his hair, and is underweight. RAGOM received the call Friday evening and he was in my car by Saturday morning... on his way to the vet (after stopping for some hamburgers at Burger King!!), and then his foster home in Oakdale.
I'll start with what we learned at the vet: Chips is underweight 10-15 lbs. However, the vet was concerned immediately about his distended abdomen. It looks really odd because you can see every single rib and most of his bones, but his belly looks large. So, Dr. W. did some x-rays and we hoped for the best. The x-rays gave us better news than we were expecting... His tummy, intestinal tract, and colon were filled with tiny white specs on the x-ray which Dr. R and Dr. W. believe to be sand or a sand like material. It looks like Chippy had to eat sand because he was so hungry. The good news is that things are moving along naturally through his system and should not cause further problems once all the nasty stuff he ingested makes its way out. Also, his lungs looked clear and sounded great. His heart also sounded strong. The blood tests came back with some less than positive news. He has an elevated white cell count (which he is now on antibiotics for), his liver enzymes are also elevated (which can indicate Cushings disease), and his thyroid levels are very low. And if that wasn't enough, his initial fecal test came back with tapeworm segments :( and probably will come back positive for other things when we get those results back in a day or so. So, he is also on some pills to take care of the tape worm. As far as the possible Cushings disease and possible hypothyroidism... he needs some more tests to tell us what exactly is going on. So, Chips will be seeing the wonderful vets again at ACH on Tuesday and we will know more at that time. I am hoping and praying for the best.
Okay, now that all the medical stuff is out of the way I can tell you about this amazing boy!! I am head over heels in love with him :) He is the kindest, most gentle, most loving, sweetest boy ever!! He rides like an angel in the car, he lays down and sniffs the breeze :) He met our crew (2 Goldens and a Yorkie) with tail wags, and not so much as a growl or a raise of the lip, a perfect gentleman. He is totally house trained and knows all the basic commands, he is perfect. Last night he slept like an angel, sharing a pillow with me :) He loves to snuggle! Today we spent the day doing yard work and Chips just hung out in the shade and napped, and did a little rolling in the grass and splashing in the mud puddles with the resident dogs. Now, he is peacefully dreaming on the kitchen floor.
It continues to amaze me how dogs like Chips can still love people, after all he has been put through. It would seem that he would not trust us, and not want to love us. He is the opposite. He loves with his whole heart, and wants so little in return. He just wants his head pet, his food and water bowl filled, his tummy rubbed, and some treats here and there. So little compared to all he has to give. Last night before we dozed off to sleep I whispered to Chippy that he would never be lonely, hungry, or have to go without ever again. I told him I loved him and that I will do everything I possibly can to make him feel better. I promised him it would all be okay from now on. Cross your fingers and all the dogs paws in the house for good results at the vet on Tuesday! Chips needs all the help he can get.
Here are Chips "before" photos. I cannot wait to show you the "after" :) Thanks for reading! And, Thanks RAGOM for SAVING this boy's life.
Chips is doing GREAT! He has totally settled in here and is already thriving. His eyes are brighter, his coat is already looking better, his tail is wagging faster, and he has more pep in his step :) Last night Chip came out to the ranch, where I ride horses, with me and his foster sisters. He had a great time! We met up with some friends, he met Border Collie buddy Rodeo, and some horses! He was once again, a perfect gentleman. We took a nice walk up to a big field. The younger dogs ran and played like crazy chasing the tennis balls and chasing each other. Chippy just wanted to sniff everything really good, and then he just laid down and sniffed the breeze, and looked happy as can be. Then we took the walk back. He really enjoys his short walks everyday. He loves to smell all the smells and trots along wagging his tail.
Chips went to the vet today to have his blood tests done to find out more about what could be going on with him. When Dr. W walked into the room she said "WOW, he looks better already!" I was so happy I about cried. I thought he did, but hearing her say it... that was icing on the cake :) She was very encouraged that he has made an improvement after only 4 days. It is amazing what good nutrition and extra love can do for a dog in a very short period of time. We should find out the results of the blood tests tomorrow, or Thursday at the latest, so we can determine what is causing the elevated and low levels that were seen on his initial blood work-up. Then, we can hopefully start him on whatever medication he needs to get him feeling even better. I'll be sure to update again as soon as we know something.
Chippy is an easy-going, love of a guy. He has been eating a mix of puppy food, and homecooked food. He loves snacks of apple and bananas :) He also has a glucosamine supplement mixed in and some fish oil capsules each day. So, we will keep doing what we are doing. He loves meal time and gobbles up his food like a good boy :) We will keep enjoying this very special boy. Stay tuned for more updates to come. Thanks for reading and loving Chips!
Chippy continues to thrive here in foster care. I am more and more in love every single day. He is the perfect dog. He doesn't ask for much, and you just want to give him everything you have because he is so sweet, and such an angel, and those EYES! He takes his daily walks with a huge smile on his face, and is just happy all the time. He just fits right in, like he has always been here.... if I had only been so lucky to have this guy in my life for all of his 10 years... well, I am graced with his presence now and oh so thankful for it each and every day.
So, let's talk about his medical stuff! Chippy went in for some more blood tests on Tuesday (and may I add he already has gained 5 lbs!!! YAY!). The blood tests came back inconclusive. His Cushings test came back within normal range, and so did his thyroid test. Dr. V said that some dogs with Cushings (about 10-20%) can test within normal range and still actually have the disease, so it is still a possibility, but not likely. The next step is to get an abdominal ultra sound done, and see if there is anything else hiding in that belly of his. If that comes back normal, there is one more test to do for Cushings. So, we still have more to figure out, health wise. He seems to have responded GREAT to proper nutrition, and supplements, and of course extra love! So, maybe all of the abnormal blood results were a result of the neglect, and the parasites. That is what we are hoping, since we have already turned those thing around! I will continue to keep everyone up to date on the latest.
I cannot say enough about what a perfect boy Chips is. He loves to snuggle, but isn't at all obnoxious about getting attention. He sleeps on a dog bed beside the bed (he gets too hot all snuggled up next to me, so this is where he chooses to sleep.) He is totally house trained. Perfect on a leash, great with other dogs, and cats (he met the barn cat and didn't bat an eye!). Rides great in the car and loooves to go wherever I go! He is the absolute perfect companion. He is the best friend anyone would be lucky to share their life with. I am blessed to be his foster mom, and am loving every minute of it.
Sweet Mr. Chips has 3 sponsors!!! WOW :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart to: Mike and Michelle B, Susannah C., and my employer Team Personnel! Without generous donors like you RAGOM could not continue to help deserving dogs like Chippy. It means more than you will ever know. Thank You!!
Chips is still doing just great in foster care :) First off, thank you so much to his sponsors Mike and Michelle B, Susannah Charleson, and Team Personnel! We are so thankful that through caring and generous sponsors like you RAGOM dogs like Chippy can get the medical care they need.
I am sorry it has taken me so long to update, but I wanted to make sure and have the medical update to give.. and now I finally do! So, Chips did go in for an ultra sound and they found that one of his adrenal glands was enlarged and mass-like. Which points to an adrenal tumor, which is a form of Cushing's disease. The docs wanted to make sure this was the case so Chips went in for a day of blood tests early last week. We brought him in the morning and they took a baseline blood sample. Then they gave him an injection and checked his blood at 4 hrs, and 8 hrs. later. This was a test to determine what type of Cushing's disease he has. The results were consistent with an adrenal tumor. Which in the case of Cushing's disease is actually really good news. (It is weird to talk of tumors as good news!) The next step for Chips is to have the adrenal gland with the tumor removed. We are still awaiting the final scheduling details of the surgery, but I am hopeful that we will know when the surgery will happen early next week. There is a higher level of risk associated with this surgery, mainly after the surgery, more so than the surgery itself. The adrenal glands regulate many things in the body and when one of them is removed it can become risky after surgery... as the blood pressure and other levels must be closely monitored. But, Chips will get the best possible care... so we know he will be in great hands. It will be a very scary day for foster mom nevertheless. Chippy has a great prognosis though! His heart and lungs are so strong, and the tumor is not invading any other organs or vessels. After Chippy has this surgery he will be good as new!! He will no longer show any Cushing's disease symptoms! He will go back to having a furry coat, and he won't be constantly hungry and thirsty. Which will be great for him. I cannot wait for him to live symptom free! As always, I will keep everyone updated on the medical stuff as I know more.
Okay, on to the fun Chippy stuff!! He is just the best dog ever! I cannot say enough about how sweet and friendly he is. He is just the best companion. He comes with sometimes when I do some driving for work and is just the perfect passenger. He lays in the back seat and I hardly even notice he is back there... until every once in awhile he sticks his head between the two front seats so I can pet him :) He loves his walks, at his slower pace. Loves to go to the horse ranch and smell all the good smells :) He also came with me to my husband's softball game this week. He was great! He met so many fans :) He just laid next to me on a blanket on the ground watching all the action. He also kept helping himself to ice in the cooler! He Loooves ice cubes! He met some little kids... who he let crawl all over him. He met a puppy... who he let jump all over him. Chips really is as close to the perfect dog as you can get! Everyone who meets him loves him, instantly. He is a very special boy.
Stay tuned to Chippy's page... I will update as I know more about when his surgery will happen. Keep this angel boy in your thoughts and prayers. I can't wait for him to live out his GOLDEN years feeling his very best :) Thank you again to his sponsors and to RAGOM for saving his life. I will be forever grateful.
We were able to go and visit him this evening, which was great! He walked into the exam room and we were able to see his massive incision which goes the length of his abdomen. He has a shaved area on each of his front legs for his IV's, which Joe (foster dad) called his wrist bands :) I think we could get him some :) He seemed happy to see us, and I was thrilled to get a tail wag! He then laid down on the exam room floor and I laid next to him and pet him, and told him how brave he was, and how proud of him I am, and of course... how much I love him. When the vet tech came back to get him I was sad, but I knew that he needed to get back and rest. The hardest part was leaving him... twice in one day! He turned back towards us and tried to follow us out :( Of course being Chippy, he decided it was okay to stay the night with the very nice staff at AEVS and obediently followed the tech into the back.
So, what a day! This morning when I dropped Chippy off I sat on the exam room floor with him and as the doctor was explaining the risks, and I was crying. Chippy had been laying on the floor next to me with his head facing away... when he heard me start to cry he picked up his head and turned to look at me, then he laid his head in my lap. He needed to tell me to be brave :) What a dog! I need to say THANK YOU to RAGOM, Dr. R, Dr. J, the entire staff at AEVS in EP, his sponsors, and all the wonderful people that have been thinking of Chippy today. He says thank you too :) This boy is a true angel, and is about as special as they come.
The first report I received from the night staff tonight was that he did keep things down. He also ate some kibble, and took his medication orally for the first time. So, he is going in the right direction. There is one concern. Chips has been having some abnormal heart rhythms detected on his EKG's. This is not uncommon according to Dr. H. after the removal of a spleen, and also after a major abdominal surgery. Because his blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate are all normal and looking good there isn't much they can or will do about the heart rhythm issue. They will just keep monitoring him, and hope it will correct on it's own. They wish it wasn't happening, but it isn't the worst thing that could be going on... so we will look on the bright side.
I will find out tomorrow morning what his status will be, and hopefully by tomorrow night he will be back home. I cannot say enough about how absolutely wonderful the staff at AEVS are! They are all another set of Chippy's angels :) Thank you so much, it means more than you will ever know! We know that Chippy isn't out of the woods yet, but he will be. He will get there. We just need some more crossed paws, thoughts, and prayers :) Tomorrow I will try and get some pictures of him at the hospital... he really is recovering in style! No kennel for Chippy... they have him out of his kennel, laying on the most comfy dog bed! When I walked back to see him today he was surrounded by staff... not because they needed to do anything medically for him, because they were comforting him and giving him love. Such a special group of people, for a very special dog! Stay tuned! More tomorrow :)
Chip is on 4 different medications, so foster mom had to make a chart :) I had to be sure I would remember when he gets what! I think I've got it all down now... after checking my notes a million times. So far, so good. He has taken his night time meds and has had about 3 meals (very small amounts) since coming home and has kept everything down. Which is great. He is doing a good job resting up, and I have been by his side all afternoon and evening just making sure he is doing okay. He seems to appreciate my company :) I am so happy to have him home :)
We are cautiously optimistic that Chippy will continue to recover well. There is a high risk with surgery like this of life threatening complications for up to 2 weeks post surgery. So, we won't be able to fully relax for about a couple more weeks. It is important for me to be aware that there is still a high level of risk here... and he is not "home free". However, I will choose to focus on the positive side of things, hope for the very best, and care for him with all of my heart and soul. Chippy is a survivor, he will get through this. The surgery and aftercare ended up even higher than expected... so now more than ever Chip's could use financial support... if you have a dollar or two to spare we would be so thankful :)
The photos are of Chippy in the hospital, and one of him going home :) I will keep everyone updated in the days to come! Keep your thoughts and prayers coming this sweet boy's way! Thanks for reading!
Just a quick update to let all the Chippy fans out there know he is doing just great! He had his progress exam today with Dr. J and she said he is healing well. His heart and lungs sound great, and his incision looks great as well. So, we just need to keep doing what we're doing! Which includes: a comfy place to rest, meds on time, home cooked meals, and lots of love and kisses! So far, so good.
Today's appointment also brought not so great news, or maybe good news... I guess we don't know yet. I will give you the results in the doctors words, as they are obviously the best. Here is what Dr. R had to say:
The adrenal is benign, which is great…the surgery cures the adrenal tumor and gets the Cushings on the way to recovery. The splenic biopsy showed hemangiosarcoma, which is an aggressive cancer of the spleen. I am incredibly shocked at that result, because the visible lesions in the spleen were small and subtle and I elected to take the spleen as more of a precaution than a desire to remove abnormal tissues. I don't know how to interpret the result; possible scenarios--- 1) It could be a misinterpreted result; this is not uncommon for spleen biopsies. 2) It was a very early tumor that was completely removed with the spleen before it spread/metastasized to other organs. 3) It is early tumor and it will act like "typical" hemSA we see in dogs with more advanced/large tumors (Prognosis is average 4-6mo w/out additional anti-cancer drug therapy; 12-18mo with anti-cancer therapy.)
So, there you have it. Basically, we are hoping that this is #1 or #2 on Dr. R's list of scenarios. The first matter of business is to help Chip recover from surgery; we still have a ways to go until he is "out of the woods". Then we go from there. The doctors are very hopeful since this was caught extremely early and it wasn't even visible on the ultrasound weeks ago that he will be cancer free and will have many years ahead of him. I was a complete mess when I found this out, sobbing. Then I thought... you know what?! Chip had this surgery for a reason. Not only to remove the adrenal tumor, but to find that cancer and get it out. Chippy is a fighter, a survivor, and the sweetest angel dog I have ever known. I am going to choose to focus on the positive, the hopeful side of this. I will continue to do the best I can to make sure he knows how much he is loved, and help him recover. We will continue to take this one day at a time. Please, continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Two of the photos are of Chippy at work with me :) He has been coming to work with me the last two days. I bring his dog bed and he sleeps beside my desk. I just could not bring myself to leave him alone, so.. to work he comes! The other one is of him with his pretty face on, waiting for his hamburger and rice :) Thanks now more than ever to Chip's sponsors!!!! He is on the road to recovery because of your help. THANK YOU!!
One week and two days post surgery!! YAY! Chips is doing GREAT. So great, that he is not even taking his pain meds much anymore :) On Monday he will go back into the vet to have his stitches taken out and also to give him another check up to make sure things are all looking good. Monday will also mark 2 weeks post surgery, which is the benchmark they gave us, and we can begin to breathe a sigh of relief.
These pictures are proof of how great Chippy is feeling. It warms my heart and keeps me smiling all the time... except for when I am crying those happy tears :) Thanks again to his wonderful sponsors: Mike and Michelle B, Susannah Charleson, and Team Personnel- for helping RAGOM pay for the medical care Chips was in desperate need of. A month and a half ago he wasn't feeling at all like playing... and now look at him! He deserves so much happiness. Thanks so much for making this possible for a very special dog.
Chippy continues to amaze me. I can tell he is feeling so much better every day that passes. His personality has come out more and more... and he is just a goofball :) Chip is very smart and he knows right from wrong. However, he will do some things that he shouldn't if I let my guard down :) The trash can in the house has to be up when we leave other wise.... the contents will be all over the floor when we get home. He will eat anything and everything that is on the counter within reach if we leave the house... NEVER when we are around! He is too smart for that :) He is a counter surfer extraordinaire :) I think he likes to pretend it was one of the girls in the house... well, I know better. I don't hold it against him though :) He just forces me to keep my trash can up, and my counters clean! He loves to play with his toys and has been playing tug with Grace almost daily, much to her delight. He loves to go for walks and we have been building up his endurance, while trying to not work him too hard because he still has some weight to gain. His favorite thing ever is swimming. The warm weather has allowed us to take the dogs for swims several times a week he smiles the whole time and splashes around. He acts like a young pup, and then sleeps like one the second he hits the car!
Chippy loves to just be where we are. It is different for me... although my girls (Bella, Gracie and Martini) follow me from room to room Bella always wants me to throw the ball, Gracie wants to be where Bella is, and Tini... well, she just does her own thing but I must always be in her sight :) Chips wants to be next to me. He doesn't care about the other dogs, or the ball. He wants to lay his head softly on my leg or my lap and be close. He doesn't need constant petting although will once in awhile nudge my arm. He will look up at me every once in awhile and give me a quick kiss or wag his tail, mostly he just sits peacefully and enjoys our company. I know how he feels. I am obviously head over heels in love with this boy! He is very special. I am so thankful for him, and the health that he has been able to enjoy lately. I couldn't think of a more deserving dog!
Thanks again for reading and following Mr. Chips' story. He sends tail wags and kisses to all of your. Especially to his wonderful sponsors :) Thanks Again!
I am thrilled to report that Chippy's electrolyte levels came back looking just right! YAY :-) Dr. G said his health is great, and he only has 2 pounds to gain, so we are getting very close to his ideal weight. I'm not sure what Chips is gonna think when he doesn't get ALL the food he wants :) I asked the doc about the C word... cancer. Since his spleen, which they removed, had possible cancerous spots, and there is a possibility that it may have spread. She said basically, there isn't anything we can do if he does have cancer. We have absolutely no reason to believe it did spread, and every indication to believe that they got it all and he will have years ahead of him, since he is feeling so GREAT. As long as he is feeling great, and enjoying life we have nothing to worry about. So, we aren't gonna think about that anymore. He doesn't even have to see the vet again any time soon! We love all of his docs very much... but this is a nice treat for Mr. Chips :)
Otherwise, Chips just hangs out and loves life. He has spunk for an 10-1/2 year old boy, and puts a smile on my face every single day. He is also a very obedient boy... if he is ever doing anything he shouldn't be doing (and if you read about Chippy that means he has his paws on the counter!!) a quick "no" and all four are on the floor. He never jumps up on us, and never barks. If he is begging for food (and it is my fault... I let him finish my cereal milk almost every morning.... bad foster mom!!) all I have to do is tell him to lay down and he does instantly. He is learning to take treats gently, he was a little snappy when he first came to live with us. (He was starving so that really isn't his fault!) He is as sweet and cute as they come. He has a very happy tail, and loves to snuggle on the couch. Pretty much perfect :)
Chippy will be at the Richfield Petco event on Saturday, July 12th from 11-2pm greeting his many fans! Please stop by and say hi to Chippy (and bring him a treat...he made me say that! ) and all the other awesome RAGOM pups! They would love to meet you. Thanks for reading :)
I have finally captured the famous Chippy smile :) It has only taken me three months!! He wasn't smiling much at first... but NOW, he smiles all the time. I am so glad his many fans can now see it for themselves. Speaking of many fans... the PetCo event in Richfield last weekend gave Chip (and foster mom and dad) a chance to meet and talk to so many of you! Thanks so much for coming to say Hi. It was so fun when I would all of a sudden hear "Is that Mr. CHIPS!??" Yes, yes it is. He has a right to be so famous, he is as special and wonderful as they come.
We had Chip into the vet last weekend because I noticed him licking his paws like crazy, and suspected allergies. I also noticed a yucky looking ear and thought we better get things looked at. Dr. G was there to save the day! Chips is suffering from some environmental allergies, which is extremely common in GR's. So, he is on some antihistamines, and omega 3 fatty acid capsules to help with that. He also had a staph infection :( So, he is taking antibiotics to clear that up. AND, if that wasn't enough... he also has a nasty ear infection :( So, he has an ointment to cure that. Poor guy! Although, he really doesn't mind taking his pills one bit! The turkey he gets those pills wrapped up in is a fair trade :) (Chip told me so) Things are already starting to look better, so in a few weeks he will hopefully be good as new. Although, the allergies may continue the remainder of the summer... only time will tell. Thanks to Dr. G for getting our Chippy boy feeling much better.
I am just amazed at how much energy he has! It is very obvious he is feeling great. He is truly a different dog than when he came to live with us a few months back. He bounces and plays, goes for long walks (still at a slow pace!), play bows and plays tug with the resident bunch, and leaps onto the couch to snuggle! It is such a joy to watch. Chip also has a new nickname "Waggy" cause his tail is just constantly wagging :) It is the cutest thing ever. If he is realllly happy it starts out going really fast from side to side and then goes in circles like crazy! I just love it!! I try and get him going all the time and just watch that tail because it is SO adorable! Another super cute thing is that he always likes to snuggle up to you nice and tight. If I am sitting in a chair I will put my arm around him to pet him... he leans in so close and rests his head on my side. If I am sitting on the couch he jumps up and gets close enough to lay his head in my lap :) I don't think I could love him one bit more.
Thanks for checking in, and for loving Chips. Thanks as always to his most wonderful sponsors!! RAGOM is able to help SO many dogs, and never turn any away because of medical issues because of people like you. It really does mean the world to me, and to all of the amazing dogs. Thank you so very much!
Things are well with Chippy boy :) He is still pretty itchy whenever his benadryl starts to wear off, so I am not sure that is the answer. I talked to Dr. G again today and she said we might have to start him on a low dose of steroids if things don't improve by the end of the week. We are really hoping not to have to do that... as we finally have his steroid levels under control! But, we will do whatever we need to do to make sure Chip is comfortable. The great news is his infected ear is looking so much better! YAY :)
We continue to see an increase in Chip's energy. Which is SO wonderful :) I was out in the yard playing with the dogs last night and Chip was running after me, RUNNING! It was so cute! Also, today we took a trip to the dog park and he kept right up without a problem. He wasn't running with the other dogs (I think he would have been... if he didn't prefer to be right next to me) ... he walked beside me at a fast pace. He also went swimming and he fetched stick after stick!
When we are lounging on the couch at the end of the evening, that is my Chippy time. He always gets right up on the couch and lays his head in my lap and sleeps. We chat (no I'm not crazy!), I smile and love every minute of it :) The photo shows Chip at his most relaxed :-)
Thanks for checking in! Wish Chip luck as we hope he gets over these pesky allergies!
Chip takes Gabe down, playfully!
Chip and a favorite toy
The next day was the beginning of my fall... and I fell HARD. When I picked him up I couldn't believe a dog so sweet (or any dog for that matter!!) could have been treated so poorly, it was very hard to hold back the tears. When I got him into the car I started bawling and promised him that he would never, ever want for anything again... he would always be loved more than he could stand, always have food, water, medical care, always have a soft place to sleep at night, always! I cried, he comforted me. He didn't know me, but I think he already loved me :) We sat in my car and ate Burger King (maybe this helped with the love thing?!?) in the parking lot of the vet while we waited for his first appointment and that is when I first felt it, the pull. It increased when he had surgery. I laid on the floor of the emergency vet with him for almost a whole work day. I couldn't bring myself to leave. I begged him to eat, he did. I cried, he laid his head close to mine and somehow came up with the strength to lick my tears even though he could not lift his head. It increased even more when I saw him start to feel good again. It was the most wonderful, rewarding feeling. Almost miraculous, the transformation he has made.
Chips is a different dog now. He is healthy, thanks to RAGOM and his wonderful sponsors! He is so happy. He is such an important part of our family. We could not let him go. He is already home, and we could not imagine our lives without him. Chip is happy here, I see it in his eyes, in his tail that wags in circles :) He lays his fuzzy head in my lap and I just melt, every time. He sits with me on the couch, always. Even if the other dogs are out running around, he just wants to be next to me. He doesn't get up until I get up in the morning. He always tries to follow me out the door. I know he loves me, but I love him more! We are so lucky. Words cannot express how I feel about this dog. Thank you for reading about him. Thank you to the families that were interested in making him one of your own, thank you for understanding that he is where he was always meant to be. RAGOM and Chip's sponsors: Mike and Michelle B., Susannah C. and Team Personnel, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!
Tomorrow... we will go and get Chip his very own name tag, with our address and phone number... to make things "official" :) When I told Chip today, he smiled :)
With shattered hearts I write this, as we said goodbye to our angel boy Chippy today. The last couple of weeks his health had started to decline, his appetite decreased, his strength gone. The last two days he would tire after being on his feet only a few minutes and have to lie down, he had lost that sparkle in his eye, we could tell he wanted to, but he just couldn't. He wasn't our Chippy. Today Dr. J confirmed our worst fears, there was nothing they could do. His liver was enlarged, along with a mass in his abdomen, severe anemia surely due to tumors. We knew today we had to say goodbye and not let this boy suffer even though we wanted so badly to scoop him up and take him home. We would give anything for a few days, hours, minutes, seconds more but we drove to the vet today knowing we would do anything we needed to do to help our boy feel better, and that is what we did.
Chips was with us for a life changing event in our lives, the birth of our son Maxwell. I love to tell the story about how after we brought Max home the baby slept in our bedroom in a bassinet for the first few nights, we were nervous wrecks. Finally after a couple days Joe and I decided it was time to move Max to his own room, to his crib. That night as we laid down to go to sleep, ears glued to the baby monitor, Chippy got up from his "spot" right next to me and went into the baby's bedroom and laid beside his crib all night long. Chippy knew he was needed, and being Chippy he was happy to go where he was needed. What a dog!
I have thought and said many times gosh, I wish I could have met Chip as a puppy, or even a young dog... But, I met Chippy when he was 10. And that was just perfect. He came to us a sick dog, with not much hope of survival... he had been banished to a garage, starving, bald, skinny, spirit broken, sad... thankfully someone (his angel Jess) cared enough to call RAGOM that day. Because she called, because Chippy became a RAGOM dog he had the very best medical care. He was healed and was given a new lease on life. He sure lived it up! He did become a puppy again... he started to feel better, he started to trust us, he played with toys, he swam, he ran at the dog park, went for as many car rides as we could fit it! He slept on our bed and on the couches, he ate like a king! We gave him everything we possibly could. We knew our time with him was going to be shorter than we would like so we made the most of it. We crammed as much in as we could. I know he left this world happy and loved. There isn't much more I could have wanted for him.
I don't know how long it is going to take for the tears to stop. I miss every inch of him. I miss his furry head, his stinky breath, his nose nudges, his walk, the gold tips of his white ears, his circle tail wag, the way he always "just knew", his bark, the way he would always wait for his sisters to go through the door first, seeing him right next to the bed every morning as I wake up, seeing him outside of the bathroom door after my nightly bath, his furry feet, his devotion, his love. Our house feels so empty, our hearts so broken. We love you boy. We will never ever forget you. You left such a paw print on our hearts. We are so thankful we got to be the lucky ones that got to call you ours :)