Rosie is home again and feeling much better, thanks to 29 hours of IVs. I had to pick her up last night when the vet closed and take her to the emergency clinic for overnight fluids. That was hard, since she was so happy to see me. J went this morning to pick her up and take her back to our vet for more fluids, and as it turned out, another test which showed she has Addison's disease, and has virtually no adrenal gland function.
This means a steroid shot is needed every 25 days or so, and that will be quite a hit to our budget. J and I have always been pretty pragmatic about pets and money but this hit us unexpectedly hard. Maybe because it came out of the blue and Rosie is so young. And maybe because she is more 'our' dog, not the kids'. We certainly spend more time with her and Boomer than we have with other pets. This whole episode was expensive, but we felt that we needed to find out what was wrong and give her a chance.
It was nice to see her walk in and be checked out by the others, go outside to make sure everything was still there and then settle down outside the bathroom door to watch over dinner preparations.
Coincidentally, Monday I started reading Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote, which is an excellent book about his life with an extraordinary dog. I highly recommend it.