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Heidi is in the hospital right now and I've been there with her since 9:eek:o last night. Immediately after dinner last night, she became violently ill and I had to rush her to the emergency clinic. It seems as though she has eaten something poisonous, possibly organic phosphates. This is similar to one of the chemicals used in biological warefare. It can be found in common things such as fertilizer. I have no idea where she would have come into contact with this. I have been on the phone with the ASPCA in New york all night reading the labels of my "pet friendly" organic fertilizers that I use and they have come to the conclusion that either the products are labelled incorrectly on the ingredients list or she came into contact with something during our walk. They keep asking me, is there anything else?" And I just came to the point that I was just saying yes to everything just hoping they would do something. There is something attacking her nervous system and she is having great dificulty breathing as well as moving. Her muscles are having horrible spasms and she is foaming at the mouth. It's something I don't wish for anyone to ever have to go through. I am absolutley devasted right now and I just felt the need to tell everyone here. Many of you have watched Heidi grow up and I feel that you have all been a great support system through all of our little bumps. At 2:00 am, we were ready to have her euthanized. The emergency vet really didn't think it was looking good. She was able to get a hold of a specialist in Tustin, 30 mins. away and they asked us to please give them a chance to look at her. I promised myself that I would never let my dogs suffer because I just feel that she is too sweet to know that horrible kind of pain. They gave Heidi a huge dose of narcotics and asked me if I would like to go back and see her. When I went back there, she had sort of calmed abit and the valium allowed her to start breathing better. Her tail thumped a little on the metal table they had her on and she lifted her head and tried to kiss my chin like she always does. I then realized that my dog is 100 times stronger than I'll ever be.

I drove to the specialist with Heidi and my mom in the back seat of the car, my mom doesn't see too good at night. I had to stay silent because if she heard my voice, she would try to get up and thrash around. It was very traumatic for all three of us. We arrived at 3:00am, and they started more tests. An ultrasound showed that Heidi actually has a secondary problem as well. She has swallowed a large rock. They have no idea how long that has been there but they don't feel that all of her other symptoms are consistent with having an obstruction. They will need to do surgery, but a surgery will kill her right now. So I wait..... the vet asked me to give him a chance. He felt that Heidi wanted to fight and he was gonna do his best to help her. They said they would call me at noon and let me know how everything is going. They were going to put her under and try to strip out the poisons some how. I didn't fully understand. They were also going to send a camera down and see if they could get a better look at this rock. It looks like an easter egg. It's 8:45 am here and I haven't had any calls yet and to tell you the truth, I'm very grateful. I got home at 6:00 this morning and I've been laying in bed staring at the ceiling paralyzed in fear that the phone is going to ring and they're gonna tell me that I lost my dearest friend. This is something that I'm just not prepared for. Heidi and Chico are my whole life right now and I just can't deal with the thought of waking up everyday without her sweet face at my feet. She is more than just a dog to me, I know, I'm a crazy dog lady. I just wanted to come on here and let everyone know what is going on right now. This could very well be it for my sweet girl. I don't want any body feeling sorry, I just ask that you please keep Heidi in your thoughts and prayers today. We need it right now.

I had to come on here because I just couldn't stand the silence of my house. I needed to do something normal while I wait and this is the only thing that came natural.

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:crybaby: I have no words except that she is in my thoughts all day. I know you know what we all are thinking right now and that you can always come here and find comfort no matter what



Please send Heidi her angel :angel11:
 

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I will say a prayer for you and Heidi. Please keep us updated. We are here for you Amber. [-o<
 

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thank you so much, you have no idea what that means to me right now. There was a huge lightning storm in the sky on the drive over to the specialist. This is extremely unusual for southern california. I was kept telling Heidi that this was God watching down on her and giving her the strength to make it to the next doctor. I know this is silly because she can't even understand me but I was trying to just grasp on to anything.
 

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OMG I am totally crying right now! I am SOOOOO sorry to hear about Heidi - I will say a prayer for her!!! I hope all goes well!
 

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OMG, Amber! I can't imagine what you and your family is going through. I am praying for Heidi. :cry: PLEASE PLEASE keep us updated and let us know if there is anything we can do. :(
 

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OMG. I can't even imagine what you're going thru. Heidi is a strong sweet girl....I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers...please let us know how she's doing! (((HUGS)))
 

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I am going to work right now because I have commited an IHOP commercial tomorow. I have to buy all the props for the set. I'm taking Chico over to my husband's office because I don't want him to be alone and stressed. I will try to get on a computer as soon as I hear anything. Thanks again for all the kind words and support. I feel that Heidi is in the best hands right now. THey sent her bloodwork to one of the best human hospitals in the area. They came back and said it can't possibly be the fertilizer that I have. Her iron levels would be very high and they're not. This is part of the problem because all of the doctors are pretty shocked at her situation. Sorry to keep rambling on. This is what I do when I'm nervous...

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OMG Amber, I am crying, this is so sad. I am so sorry you are going through this, You know how to get ahold of me, if ever needed!! I am so sorry :cry:
 

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It's ok Amber, we want you to ramble on. We want to know as much as possible about her situation.
 

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I keep typing over and over, searching for the right words to say, but I fall short of how to comfort you at a time like this! Just know that I am thinking of you all. I know you'll keep us updated. I am praying for good news!
 

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I keep typing over and over, searching for the right words to say, but I fall short of how to comfort you at a time like this! Just know that I am thinking of you all. I know you'll keep us updated. I am praying for good news!
Thanks, I understand. I never know what to say to people either. It's to hard to try and put words to these horrible feelings. When I went the back to see her before I left, I just kept kissing her face and took a long sniff on her neck. I didn't want to ever forget what her smell was. We do such weird things when we're totally freaked out. I think she understood though. She seemed to calm down when she smelled me near and I thought maybe that would work for me too. I just feel so guilty and horrible seeing her in so much pain. The poisons were making her bronchials contract like she was having a massive asthma attack.

What was worse was, they were giving emergency resesitation to a golden retreiver right next to Heidi and I'm sure that was all she could see. I think she was drugged up enough that she didn't care about anything.
 
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