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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tequila Passed Away

Very sad news from here! tequila died 10.30am June 24th. This was Saint John's Day here in Brazil--we will never forget her. Mom found out that the cause of her kidney failure was probably due to the snake bite back in March. It was very unfortunate that she got bitten on a Sunday and mom's car was off the road broken. She called a friend to take her to the nearest vet open on a Sunday and it took nearly two hours for her to get treatment. She went into what they call 'shock' and it is common after this for kidney failure to follow. Mom says that if she ever wins the Megasena, which is the lottery here in Brazil, then she will open a 24 hour vet hospital because within a 100 kilometres there is only one in the area and she knows of other tragedies due to lack of services. Mom was devastated. Tequila was buried near her old kennel and roses were put on her grave. Life won't be same without her because she was always clowning around and making us laugh.
Meanwhile Gracie is growing a lot and sharing Tequila's old kennel with Pluto. There is now one empty kennel here, but no plans to take any more dogs due to the vast expenses when they get ill. There are still many dogs in the street all in need of help, but nobody to give it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another Sad Epoch

Last month Lion, the dog with cancer died and now Tequila has chronic kidney failure. The only solution is dialysis which only exists 70 kilometres away and is too expensive for Mom and Dad. Mom says if she had the money she would make the trip once a week just to keep her for a while longer. Tequila always made us all laugh with her antics: opening the fridge to rob all of the food and turning the rubbish bin over to eat scraps. The irony of it is now she can't eat anything and if forced to eat she quickly vomits, so her days are very numbered. We are all very sad and Mom has been crying. She is around ten years old now but the ultra sound showed that all of her other organs were in good shape still. It is just not fair we are all very sad even Pluto who is now beginning to understand a bit more about life. We are all waiting for a comment to appear just to know if anybody actually reads Emmy's blog, but nothing yet.