gus is out of surgery!!!

i am so happy to hear that gus’s surgery is complete. dr. bando said that the little guy did great, and he was just waking up from the anesthesia. unfortunately, i can’t pick up the snuggly little cuddler until tomorrow. what a conclusion to a whirlwind 24 hours!

i brought gus to the vet yesterday for a urinalysis because things didn’t seem quite right. he also got his hair cut and styled (haha) by the fabulous courtney. anyway, when i came back to pick him up, the vet wanted to talk to me. so, over the anxious whines of gus, who was incredibly persistent in his desire for a speedy departure, dr. bando explained what was wrong with him. poor little gus had a huge baldder stone, and on the x-ray it was about the size of the top of a pencil eraser – and he only has the bladder of a fifteen pound terrier! dr. bando is incredible. he is gentle and so informative and personable – he really cares, and i trust him. he told me exactly what complications the stone could cause if untreated, and elaborated on the surgical procedures that would alleviate those risks.

so, bright and early this morning, i drove gus to the “dreaded” vet again. the poor guy started shaking when we turned towards the office, and i started to think that i might be pavlovian training him that every morning, mommy puts him in the car under the guise of “bye-bye” and instead drives him to a place to be poked, prodded, and sedated. i hope he doesn’t hold me to be personally at fault for this!

mr. parks suggested that we give him a sweatshirt or t-shirt to sleep with, since he has to stay there overnight. whenever we are away, gus inevitably drags our pajamas or socks or anything he can find to his nap place. he build a little nest of the odds and ends, scattering random items around the house.

i nearly cried when i dropped him off. he kept jumping back onto my lap and standing on two legs while waving his front legs desperately in my direction. but, i finally had to let him go. i can’t think of a better place for gus to be, or better people to care for him – under the circumstances of course!!! i’ll update tomorrow how he’s doing. the little man is going to be hooked up to a cathetar all night, poor thing. and tomorrow, he begins a new diet that will lower the risk of developing any stones in the future. maybe it will help his shed a pound – i lied before when i said he was fifteen pounds. he’s actually sixteen – i think he’s tricking the three of us into giving him treats when the others aren’t around. we better watch that! haha I LOVE GUS!!!!!

how could i forget??? thank you, thank you, thank you mom and dad for financially helping with the surgery. your little grandson is forever indebted to you (us, too!). we really appreciate it. i wish going to law school paid me! thank you. he is one of the biggest joys in our lives, and we want him to be around for a long, long time – then clone him, of course.


One thought on “gus is out of surgery!!!

  1. SilverTiger says:

    I know what it’s like to love a cat or dog and to want to do the best for them, especially when it means leaving them and worrying that they think we have abandoned them. It always affects me the same way and doesn’t get easier with time.

    The nice side of it is the happy reunion and the knowledge that you have done the best thing for Gus, giving him some comfortable years that he might not otherwise have had.

    I had to take my old cat to the vet a lot and sometimes leave her there. The way I dealt with it was to ask myself what she would have chosen if she had been able to understand the medical facts and the likely outcome. I thought she would choose the temporary inconvenience in order to get back to enjoying life. That consoled me for my apparent “cruelty”.

    Let’s hope Gus makes a swift and complete recovery and that his homecoming will be as joyous as he deserves it to be.

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