Friday, October 24, 2008

Jasper's Operation

I have a sad, sleepy little dog right now. This afternoon I took Jasper to the vet, where he had his surgery. My little boy will never be a father now. :)

It was actually rougher on me than it was on Jasper. I got him fixed because I love him and because I am a responsible pet owner, but having to watch the surgery preparation, and then having to watch him as he woke up, was downright agonizing. He woke up crying, then started shaking in absolute terror. The vet explained that Jasper was not in pain, but was groggy and confused from the antisthetic. After about half an hour of whimpering, he finally stopped. The shaking continued for awhile longer.

Jasper is so quiet right now, and completely lethargic (nothing like his usual, exuberant self). I thought he might appreciate a warm place to lie down, so I turned on my ondol (heated floor). He seems a bit more content, so I think the warmth is helping to relax his poor little body. I feel really guilty about leaving him tomorrow for my weekend in Seoul, but at least I found a very good person to leave him with. My friend Michelle has agreed to watch him for two days, and since Jasper adores Michelle, I figure he'll be happy. I still feel awful every time I look at him, though. I know I made the right decision, but I also know how uncomfortable he must be right now.

Sometimes it is really rough being a pet owner!

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