Katie's puppy Olive is really sick. Today we'll be busy taking her to the vet and getting her checked out. Katie is pretty bent up about it.

April 2008 – September 2008

Olive had to be put down. We took her to the vet, they tested for Parvo, did x-rays and blood work. She had a rare strain of Parvo that didn't show up on the inital tests and was having some internal bleeding and other problems. We elected to have her put down because the Vet said even if we hospitalized her she was pretty far gone and already shaking all over, not eating, or drinking and not walking either. She would have to be hospitalized for at least 3 days ($2400+ due right away which we cannot afford right now) and that she would likely not make it. If I really thought she would have made it I would have figured out how to pay for her care, cash in some bonds, sell off something, borrow … but I just didn't want to take the chance since the Vet said she was in such bad shape and probably would not live anyways. She was really suffering and they said the best thing to do would be to let her go peacefully and not be in pain anymore.

It happened really fast, her getting sick. Katie was pretty bent up about it and me too but we are already looking to get another doggie. Olive did not have her shots yet and this just goes to show how important those vaccinations really are. We have new neighbors with dogs so that is likely how Olive got it since she had been fine previously. Our next dog will be from the pound where they give the shots right away. We will likely wait until winter when the Parvo season is over so the new dog's vaccinations have a chance to take effect. Thank for your prayers. Katie is doing better now; she has had experience with pets dying before and knows that it is better for them not to suffer and knows that Olive has gone on to doggy heaven. We will miss her alot though. She was very sweet and a part of our family.

Author: Jennifer Priest

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12 thoughts on “Poor Olive – updated

  1. send katie my love. i hope her puppy is okay.

    Posted on September 23, 2008 at 5:06 pm
  2. Olive – passed away? Is that why you have the dates? My sympathies to Katie. Such a cute chocolate pooch.

    Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:06 pm
  3. Oh please tell me she didn’t die! poor puppy and Katie. I am so sorry either way. It’s been a bummer for me with dogs this week. Last Thursday my sister’s puggle puppy got hit by a car and dies en route to the vet. I hope she hasn’t passed. I am praying really hard!

    Posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:47 pm
  4. Hugs coming to your and Katie Missy Jen.

    Posted on September 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm
  5. Soo sad…hugs to you and Katie…

    Posted on September 24, 2008 at 12:58 am
  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your family right now… it is so sad to loose a family pet…

    Posted on September 24, 2008 at 3:07 am
  7. awwwww…sorry to read about olive’s passing…it’s never easy to lose any part of your family.
    sending prayers your way…
    take care, shari :)

    Posted on September 24, 2008 at 8:35 am
  8. sorry about your dog. i had to put my dog down also, not easy, but it’s better for them.

    Posted on September 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm
  9. Oh Jennifer I’m so sorry – this must have been such a hard decision. Big hugs to Katie for being brave and hope you find a new cutie soon. {Sarah}

    Posted on September 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm
  10. I am so sorry to hear about your puppy. Please give miss Katie my love. I had the same thing happen to me with a puppy we had adopted from the pound. We had him vaccinated at the pound and about two months later he had distemper. The vet said he was infected prior to our adopting him. It is so heartbreaking. On a happier note I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your School Days Class. Even though I am an instructor, I am SOOO not a good student, so I appreciate your patience. I have been trying to come into the modern world and create my own blog(shocking, I know). Just reading your blog and seeing your crazy schedule has exhausted me. I think I need a nap! Girlfriend, I don’t know how you do it! I know you have had a crazy week, and not to add to your stress, but when do you think you might have November class samples? I want to have a meeting with our instructors – email me about what days are good for you. Thanks.

    Posted on September 25, 2008 at 6:06 pm
  11. Send Katie my love too, I know how difficult those decisions can be. I had to make that desicion last year, and it is never easy. Poor Katie though!! Loves!!

    Posted on September 26, 2008 at 8:48 am
  12. Awwww…it is so hard. We lost our “Maverick” almost 2 years ago and we are still so sad!!!

    Posted on September 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm