Lucy's been sick for the past few weeks. She is having some degree of kidney disease/failure, and it appears to be pretty bad. I took her to the internal medicine specialist today, and we made the decision to hospitalize her for 1-3 days in order to try to "flush" out her kidneys and hope that she will start to feel better and then start to eat again. It is so sad to see her sad and uncomfortable (though she has many moments of happiness and playfulness, too).
We have had her for over 11 years. Some of that time has been stressful because of how she reacts to strangers (though she's always been wonderful with our vet's office and seems to be doing very well with the emergency animal hospital, too), but she has been a wonderful family member with us. She loves trying to kiss Ethan good morning (he is not as fond of this ritual) and for the last year or so, she has really taken to following Jordan around. Of course Scott and I adore a million things about her after all these years.
It feels so sad and lonely to be here without her tonight. I miss the sound of her collar when she'd wake up and "shake" herself awake. The way she'd follow us up and down the stairs a zillion times, even if we just ran up or down because we forgot something. I love how she will "pet" us back by putting her paw on us if we stop rubbing her belly for a minute. How soft her ears are. What a comfort it is just to hang out with her when the house is quiet.
I hope we can get her kidney levels back under control and get her eating again so that we can have our happy girl back at home with us.