Right around the seven to seven-and-a-half month mark the big dog began to really slow down. Rex left more food in his bowl than he ate and every once in a while I got out the back, snuck around through the side garage door, and scarfed it up before anyone saw me. Rex didn’t seem to care, he just laid there on his big pile of cushy blankets and watched me.
Female peep noticed though. She knew Rex wasn’t eating. He began vomiting off and on, keeping things down for a few days, then throwing up. Every time she was going to take him to the vet, he got better. But one day, after he had all kinds of problems with vomiting and diarrhea, they both took a hard look at him and realized he was getting all kinds of skinny. It was like it came on like lightning. Funny how things like that can creep up on you.
They took him to the vet and came home with a fistful of pills for him to swallow and others to put in his food to get him better. Problem was, he didn’t get better.
FEMALE PEEP: “I’m really worried about him. What are we going to do? He won’t take his pills, even in a pill pocket.”
MALE PEEP: “Not even in peanut butter?”
FEMALE PEEP: “No. Even if I make him take it, he throws them up.”
How can a dog not want peanut butter? They called in a special lady, someone who always took care of Rex and the cats when the peeps went out of town. This girl knew Rex really well, and she was a vet tech. She told them to get weight on him any way they could. So female peep went out and bought all kinds of soft food, canned food (different kinds than she’d been trying), and all sorts of yummy treats. But still he wouldn’t eat. After I greeted Dad at the door one day, I heard him say this:
MALE PEEP: “How was he today? Did he eat?”
FEMALE PEEP: “I gave him some bread and I made him a hamburger and hand-fed it to him. He’s very listless. And I’m very worried.”
She was right to be concerned. Rex limped along on bread and hamburger and cooked chicken for a while, but he just couldn’t keep things down. And Dad’s and Female Peep’s hearts were breaking.
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