Sunday, May 2, 2010

Digby - a new day awaits.



It's now five in the morning and Digby's finally asleep. I'm settled near him on the sofa in the downstairs office . This way he can get a pipette of water on the hour every hour. His temperature hit a new high of 40.7 yesterday afternoon and he's had 500 mg of aspirin to try and bring it back under control. He'll get a similar dose of aspirin later this morning - this might just bring his appetite back. Yesterdays blood tests show that the infection has taken hold again and his liver results are particularly dire - in other words he's back to square one. The vet says that pedigree dogs are particularly susceptible to recurrent attacks of this form of tick disease.

The family arrived home late last night . Wilf was doing cartwheels off the walls with excitement but his little brother didn't seem to register what was going on. He lay on his bed by the door oblivious to all the attention he was getting from the boys.

It's a national holiday here today and everything, vets included, is closed but we've asked for a home visit on Monday after the family fly off. Boy is this little tike a fighter - he does not want to go until he's good and ready.

66 comments:

  1. Please know all of you continue to be in our thoughts -

    I will be dedicating my transport leg to Digby today -

    Please give him a khuddle for us -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra's Mom and Khyra

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  2. Hello, I am Bella.
    Some of your doggie friends directed me to your blog.
    I am sending my best wishes to you.
    May you be blessed with happiness and good health.

    Love, Bella.

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  3. You are continuously in our thoughts. We had Betty at the vet today for a UTI and I spent the time reading about ticks and Lyme disease. Hang in there Digby!

    Love,
    Shannon and the Gang

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  4. our vet told us once that 'where there is life, there is hope'. we are still hopeful for little Digby. he's tough. our thoughts are with you.


    from the 4Bs and our mom, peg

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  5. Keep fighting, sweet Digby. We believe in you!

    Amber (Mayzie's mom)

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  6. We continue to think of you and hope for the best.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  7. I couldn't go to sleep until i checked how digby is..what a little fighter.You are all in our thoughts as you've been every day since this started...we send our love to all of you.special smoochie kisses from ASTA

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  8. Hi everyone, we keep on checking for updates every few hours as we're willing Digby on through this. If postive thoughts could heal then Digby would outlive us all, as everyone in the blogsphere is united in hoping for a miracle. Digby - you're one heck of a fighter, keep gooing buddy! Schnauzer snuggles - JD, Max and their humans.

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  9. We are holding all of you very close to our hearts praying that darling Digby is not in pain nor suffering.

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  10. digby's determination is inspiring. i am wishing him a peaceful slumber this morning and praying for his fever to reside.

    *hugs*
    the booker man and asa's mama

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  11. Digby sure is a fighter! Keep it up Digby...we are all cheering for you!!

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  12. Came over to do a catchup on how Digby is doing. We are so sorry to hear about the slip backward, but will continue to pray for the little guy and the rest of you, his family. Our thoughts are with you. Grammy and the Country Corgis

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  13. What a tough doggie he is - still sending bags and bags of positive thoughts for you all.

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  14. Mum and I really hope that being surrounded by you, Wilf and family will get Digby back fighting this again, and eating his chicken and rice dinners. We're thinking of you all, with paws crossed. Riley

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  15. Angus, it is just after 4 AM here in Virginia. I've gotten up early to read your post (promising to pay attention) and just as you are maintaining a vigil in France, I continue here in Virginia. Please know that I thought of you and especially your precious Digby quite often yesterday, and know I will today. I again send fervent prayers for Digby and your family to find comfort, peace and strength.

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  16. My thoughts and prayers remain with you... constantly! You are my first point of call in cyber-space. I wish you peace and strength as you fight this very difficult fight with your canine companions. It is, I have discovered, the most heart-wrenching thing in the world. Don't be swayed off your own resolve to do what YOU think best in each moment. Just know...we love you and our prayers are with you!
    With love
    MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

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  17. Fight, Digby, fight! You are such a lovely puppy and I want so much for you to get well.

    Herman

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  18. Almost 5:00am here. mica is patrolling the bed and finally settling down so I decded to check in. You must be beyond exhausted, both emotionally and physically. Hope time with the family will help restore you all. Kisses for the sweet shaggy boyz.

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  19. We didn't gets a wink of sleep last nite with worrisome bout Digby.
    Mr. Digby, you is a fighter so stay strong.
    We believe in you and da power of prayer.
    Puddles

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  20. We think about you and your family all the time, Digby! We are praying for you.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  21. Hang in there Digby buddy - we are all keeping our paws crossed for you.

    Love

    Opy

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  22. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. The memories of what you are going through are all too fresh for me. I know, just like Java, that Digby knows he is loved and you are doing all you can to retain his dignity.

    Hugs all around,
    Lynn

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  23. We're still praying...

    Much Love,
    Abby & her Mom xxxxxxoooooo

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  24. My heart goes out to you all. We are still sending many thoughts and prayers your way. We wish you peace and strength also. Hugs from North Carolina.
    Susan, Jack, & Mick the Wheatie

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  25. Our paws, hope and prayers are with Digby...

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  26. More love and prayers coming to you this morning from South Florida. What a fighter, your Digby is!!!

    We're holding you all close in our hearts and praying that old brown tick disease will also take a (forever) national holiday!!!

    xxx Joan and the Barkalots

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  27. We are thinking of you, little Digby. Those ticks are small but carry a big punch.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  28. Digby. Kind of an unassuming name. No fancy airs about it.But,from now on if I hear someone named Digby, the picture of a shaggy boy with a heart the size of Texas will come to me. You remain in our minds and hearts.
    Soft pats,good boys to Digby. love and prayers to y'all. Emotional and physical exhaustion is sure to be residing with you by now.
    It is good to have more family with you.
    Someone in Texas will be holding all of you in our hearts.
    Hugs
    Jamie & The Texas Sundogs

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  29. My thoughts are with you. I think of that awful illness attacking Digby and it makes me so upset. Both you and he are strong. I'm glad that Digby has you and the font by his side.

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  30. Woos Digby! Our thoughts and prayers and dog crossed paws are with woo! We check woo first thing every day, We hope and pray that woo start feeling better. I am certain woo humans would love a puppy kiss from woo!
    ~husky kisses~
    -Kira The BeaWoootiful

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  31. Mommy and I are adding our prayers to all your friends. I wish we had met sooner. I live in Texax and wish there was something we could do way over here.

    God bless...Mona & Mommy, Sarah.

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  32. I'm so glad to hear that Digby is giving it all he's got! He's a tough little guy. We've been thinking of you a lot and hope things turn out for the best!

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  33. We have come over from Scout and Freya's page to send you healing purrayers. We hope you start to feel better soon and we will keep an eye on your blog for updates.

    The Kool~Kittie~Krew

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  34. We just wanted you to know that our prayers are with you and holding tight - tight AIREHUGS and AIREKISSES...

    XXoooXXoooXXoo

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  35. Keep fighting the good fight, Digby! ♥

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  36. I know you can do it Digby -- you fight and I will pray!

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  37. Oh Digby...keep on fighting dear boy...

    We have our paws crossed for you and are keeping you close to our hearts...

    Love and kisses,

    Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley

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  38. We are just checking in with you today - joining with all the other bloggers sending love and good wishes your way xxx

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  39. Digby, we're holding fast for a miracle. Like another blogger said, "where there's life, there's hope". Keep fighting little guy. My Angel T-man is watching over you.

    Teddy

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  40. Praying for you and Digby. Mayzie told us all the trouble you are having. So sorry, wishing we could help somehow from here.

    Love,Shady and Melissa

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  41. woofs, ooo Digby, i feel so bad, i missread ur post yesterday and thought u had already crossed the bridge, but u havent...u proved that comment wrong, and i believe in miracles, please beat this..u have so much will to live..and we are all behind u...

    b safe and get well,
    rocky and mama

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  42. So glad the family got home to spend time together. We are thinking of you.

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  43. i'm praying for you everyday. be strong Digby..

    hugs and love from jimbo n family

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  44. Sweet woofie we are all thinking of you.. Hugs GJ xx

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  45. Still praying for all of you! Keep fighting Digby!

    Wags,
    Zona & Family

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  46. Praying for Digby, the whole world is in your corner.

    Hamish & Sophie

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  47. hang in there digby we are sooo hoping you are getting to get thru this scary time loves and licks xxx

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  48. this rollercoaster ride must be bloody awful

    keep your chin up
    john

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  49. Just look at all the posts full of get well wishes and prayers! What we need is a miracle, for a dog no less, one of God's creatures just like the rest of us. If love alone could save him, he would have been well a long time ago. You were in my thoughts and prayers as I drifted off to sleep last night. Please let us all know as soon as possible Digby's current stats, as we are hanging in all parts of the world for news. With heartfelt hugs, Liz in Oklahoma

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  50. Digby we are sending loads of zen to you.
    Keep fighting.

    Molly, Taffy and Monty

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  51. Keep the boy comfortable, close and loved !! Thinking and praying for all.

    Zach

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  52. In answer to your comment on my blog. Yes, the Crush videos were outlawed; however, the Supreme Court recently overturned the law stating that: it is against the law to hurt animals but NOT against the law to sell the videos due to our First Amendment rights concerning Freedom of Speech. Immediately our legislators brought forth a new law to ban the making of the videos which will be brought to the floor for debate soon.

    It seems you can't abuse animals - that isn't lawful - but you can sell the videos because that is tied to freedom of speech here in the US. What a pile of poopie!

    Keeping your sweetheart close to my heart in prayer - constant and continuous.

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  53. Hang in there Digby ,we are all willing you on.

    Paws crossed. Eric xx

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  54. We're so sorry that Digby isn't doing well. We were hoping for better news. We're thinking about you.

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  55. Digby dammit boy fight through this one also!!! i agree with an above comment, the whole world is in your corner!

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  56. I have thought of you throughout the day and Sammie continues to send warm golden vibes to sweet Digby.
    Hugs and Hugs xoxo
    Sammie and family

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  57. Poor thing. We are still purring and praying for him.

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  58. Our paws remain tightly crossed for you, mr digby, and your whole family too.

    -Stellaluna

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  59. We all continue to pray for darling Digby here..keeping every paw and wing crossed her for our new found friend!
    Hugs, Nancy & the critters

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  60. Digby,
    Please be strong. We feel your pain, and your families. Please keep fighting for your Mommy, Daddy and brother.
    Mack and Sally Ann

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  61. Sending loving thoughts and prayers.

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  62. Blessed his heart and yours too. This is such a hard thing to go through. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Luv,
    Riley and Star.

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  63. Our paws are crossed so tightly. Keep up the fight, Digby. We're sending all our love to you ... with lots and lots of support to you and your family.

    Your Colorado pals,
    Jake and Fergi and Family

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  64. I'm hoping Digby's winning his fight..I cwoss my paws and pway fow him.
    I'm so glad fow Wilf that thewe was family and distwactions and some fun..
    You awe in ouw thoughts and heawts
    love and smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  65. w00fs, bless his heart, he wants to b with his family...and we still have our arms surrounding u all..and i do believe in miracles..

    b safe and get well soon,
    ~rocky and mama~

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