Friday, July 18, 2008

RIP, Mindy

Well, as the title already gave away, Mindy died today at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Mindy took a definite turn for the worse on Wednesday evening. Yesterday and today were horrible. I took her back to the vet yesterday, she tested negative for parvo virus, and I was given detailed instructions as to what to do. Since she couldn't eat, I had to force-feed her a few drops of sugar-water every two hours. I also had to force down medicine every twelve hours. I was up with her all night.

For the past week, I have been washing diarrhea off of Mindy at least twice a day, trying to keep her clean. In addition, I cleaned and disinfected her area several times a day. As soon as I knew about the giardia, I moved her to an area that I set aside in the room, figuring that keeping her in the bathroom might make things worse. I gave her only bottled water, and changed it twice a day to make sure it stayed clean. I even prayed for her to get well. I don't know what else I could have done.

It's been a pretty miserable few days and tonight is the worst. The place feels so empty without that adorable little white dog running about. I'm exhausted from being up with her all night, but I don't expect to sleep well tonight. I only had her for a short time, but I got really attached to that little puppy.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"