In October of 2002, a young female Snorkie was born and dubbed “Paris” by her new owners. Those owners, though, didn’t jib with the charismatic puppy and (so we were told) they would lock her in a closet because “she wouldn’t listen”.
In the summer of 2003, Shannon and I took custody of “Paris” and – not being fans of sex tape celebrities – renamed her Karma. Since then, Karma the dog has been our fur kid. If you follow any of my social media, then you know what an important part of our lives she is.
She’s our cheerleader. She’s our comfort. She’s my office assistant. She’s the spirit that reminds us that no matter how rough life gets – it’ll all be okay.
She’s our Karma.
Last week, Karma passed out. Not “fell over and went to sleep because she was tired” – she collapsed into a lifeless mass on the floor. Her eyes stayed open, but she was unresponsive for a few moments… and then returned to normal.
Saturday evening, she got excited when Shannon came home (AND WHO WOULDN’T???) and started having trouble breathing. And then trouble standing. I sat on the floor and took her in my arms and, when I did, she went completely limp. Her head lay lifeless on my arm as I rubbed her chest to help her start breathing easier again.
Our “baby Karma” was not well.
I have spent the past two days and an insane amount of money on x-rays, blood tests, ultrasounds, and more. We have answers – but not all of them (yet).
This simple version is this: Karma has heart disease (common in older dogs) and this has had some impact on other parts of her body – most specifically, her liver. She is currently on drugs to help with her liver and some of the heart issues. What we don’t know (again – yet) is what therapy she will need next. Her tests have been sent off to a specialist and we won’t have answers until the end of this week or early next week.
Part of this diagnosis is that, until her symptoms can be put under control, Karma is home bound and will not be taking any road trips since they stress her out. Thus, Shannon will not be attending Dragon Con with me this year in order to stay home and marathon some series on Netflix… with Karma.
We appreciate all the posts, tweets, Facebook messages, texts, and phone calls checking in on our very important family member. She’s resting well (on medication) and we have high hopes for her to continue with us for the foreseeable future.
Now – if you’ll excuse me, I have to make sure that “Marley and Me” is blocked on our TV so Shannon doesn’t try to watch it while I’m out of town.