Life without her older sister and bestest friend has been tough on my sweet Shadow. She continues to look for Callie. She misses their sisterly snuggles.
That placemat and water bowl behind Shadow’s tush is where Callie used to stand to eat. Shadow almost always waited for Callie to start eating before she would start to eat her own meal. When Callie stopped eating, Shadow wouldn’t eat either unless she was really, really hungry. Some days, even when I add “people chicken” to her bowl, she won’t eat at all. Most days I have to coax her to start, and to keep going. Even then she won’t always finish her meals.
Which brings me to this past Thursday. I was concerned – still am – that Shadow is not eating enough to stay healthy. (I’ve already added a doggie multivitamin to her diet.) So I called the vet to make an appointment to check her over. Later that day, the vet tech called me back and said doc wants “you to bring Shadow in tomorrow morning and leave her here for observation, lab work, and possibly X-rays. And nothing to eat after ten o’clock.” So, I posted a prayer request on Facebook. The response to that request – and the follow-up post yesterday morning – touched me to the point of tears.
The prayers worked! Dr. Steve called me on my cellphone yesterday afternoon as I was starting the drive home with Ducky from daycare. I pulled over and put the car in park and called him back…
“Shadow is a very healthy girl. I was afraid the x-rays were going to reveal something we would have to talk about; but they were completely clear and all the blood work results are normal. She has a few small crystals in her urine, but drinking more water should dissolve those.” I very happily said “That’s good news!” He corrected me with “It’s wonderful news!” And then, “I was rewarded with a kiss when I told her Mom is coming to bring you home, Sweetheart.” That’s my Shadow.
So my sweet girl was happy and good to go (home). Now we have to help each other adjust to life without our beloved Callie. Ducky is trying to help, too. She gives Shadow kisses, and she gives me kisses too. That’s a good start. Don’t ya think? 🙂