Saturday, November 23, 2019

Things are moving quickly.


Everything accelerates. Four vets appointments. Bobs stomach fine but the kidneys failing. Fluid around the heart. 3 kilos of weight lost in as many days. Spasms. Tonight he's in the emergency room on a drip. The prognostication daunting. We'll fight as long as it takes but there's one unassailable rule - No pain. Our duty of care. 

An unchanged cast of characters. Three wonderful local vets and the gentle team of specialists at the clinic in Toulouse. The receptionist who unasked goes to the supermarket and buys 'The Font' a lunchtime sandwich. A promise from the youngest vet that someone will check on Bob through the night - the family fellows first ever time away from home alone. There is something noble in the kindness of strangers but their sense of duty and obligation is equally remarkable. 

Sophie who stays at home with Angus is completely distraught. This is something we hadn't expected from a girl who treated her brother with long suffering impatience. Tonight she has to be carried in from her spot by the gate - the place she always waits for him. She howls.


30 comments:

  1. Angus, I've stopped by several times today looking for an update. My prayers are being sent to Bob for him to find the strength to continue and regain his health, and you and the Font and Sophie to be strong as well.

    Are the spasms, seizures?

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    1. Seems the seizures come with renal failure. The vets plan to bring him back home in the morning and we'll see how it goes from there ....

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    2. You are in my thoughts and I will hold onto that hope. And, again, as you always tell me, "stay strong." But I know at these times, it's easier said than done.

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  2. We have our paws crossed for Bob and hope he gets well soon. Our thoughts are also with Miss Sophie as we know how difficult it is to be separated from a cherished sibling.

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  3. Bailey Bob Southern DogNovember 23, 2019 at 1:14 AM

    Thank you for updating us on Bob’s condition. He has been in my heart all day! I have engaged friends to help send healing thoughts and doggie prayers for all of you at the ROF.

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  4. You and Bob are much in our thoughts. It is a blessing that you can feel confident he has a strong medical team behind him.

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  5. Oh I want to have words of comfort. I am hoping with all my heart that Bob will be well.

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  6. I too will send prayers and positive thoughts your way! I love Bob so although we have never met as he exudes a quiet dignity which is remarkable given his sister situation. Wishing the best for the entire family.


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  8. Tears here in New Zealand as through your blog I feel like I know Bob well. Your posts today and yesterday were so unexpected. Sending love and thinking of all at the ROF knowing that you and your vets will do the very best that you can for Bob.

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  9. Dearest ANGUS and the FONT - here on the Westcoast of Canada, there are very heavy hearts and grave concern for dear dear BOB - the very
    best of Family Fellows. You have portrayed him for us, all this time, with your words and insights. And we have received how very kind and dear
    he is. In his quiet way, he has captured love from all of us - your faithful and daily readers. Our Christmas wish is that by some miracle he pulls
    through all of this, and spends a happy holiday with you. He certainly has the very best of care in your trusted Vets in Toulouse - look what they did for SOPHIE! Prayers for BOB and sending love to all three of you - SOPHIE included! I remember how she hid behind her brother at the farmhouse where they were born and bred........that told us everything. And ANGUS, as for you, this is one very cruel turn of events......you
    returned home to heal, recover, and rest. And now this with BOB.........we all need a miracle here.

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  10. Does Bob have sepsis? His sudden and severe illness seems almost too hard to believe. We are hoping with aggressive treatment and Bob's strong constitution he will pull through his illness. He is such a sweet, stoic and noble boy. What a hard homecoming for you all. We are praying fervently for Bob's recovery.

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  11. Oh Bob we worry about you sweet Boy and hope that you get some rest and feel better soon.

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  12. I don't know what to say, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I so enjoy being a small part of your life each day.

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  13. I usually check your blog just before I go to sleep at night because it's like a little treasure at the end of the day.. Now I am tearing up and my heart is full of concern for dear Bob and all of you . I've said it before...will say it again...I love Bob. Those kisses he gives Sophie always just touch me while she endures them. Well, praying for healing for a bob and you, too, Angus. What a turn of events....will check back tomorrow hoping Bob makes it through this!

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  14. Once again, from the Westcoast of Canada........having posted our thoughts and prayers earlier. In the meantime, I was going over older posts, especially when BOB and SOPHIE had just joined your family. On the day when you had (now) spent 20 days with them, you titled your post:
    "Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark" - ANGUS Friday April 26, 2013. Sing bird sing........we need the dawn to be bright
    and hopeful for BOB.

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  15. Bob has been on my mind all day, and now my heart pounds as I read this. We all have such love for this dear soul. If only our combined prayers can help him to recover. So devastated and thinking of you all.

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm keeping a good thought for you all.

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  17. Hari OM
    Angus, "Font", Sophie... know that you have me on that last of well-wishers. There are really no words that suffice at such times of concern, other than "LOVE" and "HUGS"... YAM xx

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  18. Echoing YAM here, Bertie and I can only send love and hugs to Angus, the 'Font', Sophie and of course dear Bob.
    Hoping against hope for better news.
    Gail xx.

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  19. Tears and prayers and love being sent from California. Dear Lord, have mercy on Bob and Sophie and Angus and the Font, and restore sweet Bob to health. ��

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  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Luzia from Basel

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  21. Thinking of you from Scotland. x

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  22. I am so sorry to read that Bob isn't feeling better yet. I have spent a lot of time praying for him tonight. I have prayed for him and Sophie all their lives. I can't believe this has happened. Praying for all of you. Please, keep us updated.

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  23. At the start of our day from a small town in northern Virginia, you are still in my thoughts, my friend. And I hope.....

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  24. Bailey Bob Southern DogNovember 23, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    5:10 am in Atlanta. I have said prayers for all of you throughout the night. Please know how much Bob is loved by all of your readers. And how concerned we are for Bob’s flock.

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  25. What distressing news to wake up to. Stay strong Bob. Know that lots of people around the world are rooting for you. Our thoughts are with everyone at the farmhouse. Extra pats for our Westie in case that helps Bob and comforts Sophie.

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear things have worsened. How terribly worrying for you all. I really hope things work out and you do not have to make the awful decision. Thank goodness you have vets you feel you can trust, who are going above and beyond. At least you have that comfort. Good luck.

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  27. Prayers for Bob and all at the ROF. We are devastated at this turn of events.
    Love from NH for Bob, thanks from NH for Bob's medical team. XXXX

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  28. My grief and anxiety at this news is huge. This can't end badly - we just won't allow it.

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