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Friday, October 29, 2010


First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers and condolences when we lost Ramius last week. Each of them was deeply appreciated and I thank you for taking the time to think of us.

I had fully expected to be back to the blog this week at least a little bit (I have been knitting), but we've had a bit more drama around here. The day after making the difficult decision to put Ramius to sleep, Finn got sick. We thought he was grieving (even though his relationship with Ramius was very one sided) and we and the vet treated him with that in mind. This week he was showing no real improvement so we had tests run, which led to more tests, which possibly indicated some really big problems (possible liver cancer). The radiologist got back to us this morning after thoroughly reviewing everything (bloodwork, X-rays, and ultrasound) and she saw no sign of cancer or any other big issues - his liver and other organs look great. What she thinks she sees is an intestinal blockage. It seems that Finn, the walking stomach, ate something he shouldn't have. He is at the vet's right now preparing for exploratory surgery to remove the whatever that's blocking him up. Our family would really appreciate any prayers for Finn and the vets as they work on him (there's a second vet who's coming in on his day off to help with the surgery). I realize that an intestinal blockage isn't usually good news, but compared to what we thought was happening, we're feeling pretty happy right now.

I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend and I'll update the blog with news about silly Finn. Thanks.

ETA: Finn is out of surgery. He's spending the night at the emergency vet so they can monitor him as he wakes up. He spent about 5 hours in surgery and we're not out of the woods yet, but hopefully everything will heal properly with no infection. We're exhausted here but feel better than we have in over a week.



Blogger Angie said...

I usually just lurk...I wish I had more time in each day...but I read your blog all the time. My hubby and I just had to pur our beloved dog to sleep Wednesday so I do know what you are going through. I am so very sorry for your loss of Raimus and will keep good thoughts for Finn.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Oh - if it's not one thing, it's another. Finn's in my thoughts and prayers today, and I hope he bounces back to his normal self soon. Hugs to you all. x

11:22 AM  
Blogger Fujiyamamama said...

Oh no! I'll keep my fingers crossed for Finn, and I hope he has a speedy and full recovery.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

Sending good thoughts your way. I had to put my cat (19) down a few weeks ago and my dog (13) got sick right after as well. Something she ate as well, but it seemed to have either passed through or digested. I'm sure Finn will be fine - they're as resilient as children.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Good luck with Finn's operation. I will be thinking of you and him. Blessings.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Keeping paw-si-tive thoughts for Finn and a quick recovery from surgery. Goldens put everything in their mouths and are so quick. Mine are the same way. Please keep us posted on your boy.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. I know what it's like to love a critter!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

You've sure been put through the ringer this past week, and I'm sending good thoughts and prayers to Finn and your family. Finn is such a clown, he's bound to be rolling around in no time.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

good thoughts to Finn. You've all been through enough, so good news is due.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Joyce said...

Best wishes for Finn. Hope for a speedy recovery!

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Poor puppy! I'll definately be sending good thoughts Finn's way.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

I'm a lurker too, but love that silly dog! We're pulling for you to come through with flying colors Finn.
Love and lots of kisses,
Libby the pug
Maggi the dachshund
(and Sheri in Georgia)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Mommyleek said...

Unlurking for the second time in a week to wish Finn the speediest of recoveries from his surgery. Having worked in a vet's office for the past 8 years, I can assure you that most dogs, despite having such a major surgery, are up and wagging their tails the next day. I'll bet anything that your sweet guy will be doing the same. And yes, so glad it's not a liver problem. *Hugs* to you and your family

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Bea said...

Keeping good thoughts for Finn. Maybe this will teach the silly boy not to eat everything he fancies, but knowing goldens it probably won't. Please let us know as soon as you can how he's doing.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Fiona said...

i also usually just lurk, but I am very sorry that you are having more than your share of troubles ! Very very sorry about Ramius and will send good thoughts and prayers for Finn

2:59 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Oh Finn, you naughty puppy. My thoughts are with you guys, Finn and the vets that they can fix him right up.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

May everything come out just fine with Finn. You are all in my prayers. May God guide the vet's hands.


3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and of course Finn. I love seeing him in your blog. Please remember to take care of yourselves also.


4:26 PM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

My fingers are crossed. Thinking get well and successful surgery thoughts for your Finn.


4:31 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Good thoughts to Finn and a speedy recovery.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Thinking good thoughts for Finn for a speedy recovery.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Blessings to Finn. Let's be confident the vets' skills will take care of the blockage and the love of your family will be the final touch to bring him around.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that Finn did well with the surgery. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


9:52 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Glad to hear that Finn made it through the surgery. Once he wakes up I bet he'll be back to his goofy self pretty quickly. I'll be thinking of you all.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Prayers will continue camping from our home to Finn and all of you. I posted him to several Golden list of which I'm a member. Many prayers are heading his way. I've seen how the prayer power of those lists have helped many. Thank you for updating us.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Walden said...

Prayers and positive thoughts to Finn and your family.

4:25 PM  

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