Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hug a Pug

I'm in love with this furball.  He continues to have medical issue after medical issue and every time another thing comes up, I become a greater mess of nerves and emotions.  Trying to maintain optimism has become very, very difficult.  It's no ones fault that he's sick, but having made treatment decisions on his behalf, I can't help but feel pangs of guilt and remorse.  We're walking a fine line between treating the disease and slow killing him with Predinose.  It's the only drug that has kept his IMPA at a managable level, but now he's developed disgusting, open sores on his back.  We're doing what we can to keep it from getting worse and are discussing a more agressive plan for getting him off the Pred, but he will inevitably lose some fur in those highly visible areas.  He doesn't act sick at all, but now I have to look at (and smell) this physical reminder of his illness.

The vets commend us for being so patient and proactive, but our efforts have yet to produce any lasting results.  We've thrown thousands of dollars at treatments because we believe this little guy is worth it.  My heart breaks over his well-being.  As hard as the doctors try, their kind sympathy and direction provides very little comfort anymore.  Thankfully, daddy-Steve has maintained a clear head and hopeful spirit, all while preventing me from voyaging into the depths of despair.  He's amazing.

In the meantime, there are things that we (that's you and me) can do: 
YOU:  if you have a dog or know a dog, please give him/her some extra special attention today.  Right now, if possible.  Hugs, belly rubs, play time, treats, whatever.  It'll make the world a better place, I'm sure of it.

ME:  I'm going to find some cute shirts for Miles to wear to protect his smelly sores (the vet said it's ok).  Trouble is, Pugs have such large necks that it's difficult to find shirts that fit properly.  If you know of any good shops for that sort of thing, let me know.

Now that I've shared our pitiful sob story, I suppose it would be a good time to ask you to vote for us again.  That's right, I'm totally playing the 'IMPA-with-a-side-of-smelly-sores' card.  As if you could possibly resist.


Andie said...

I've been there, Jill.... have I ever. Scruffy was on some sort of prednisone for the last 6 years until he passed away 6 weeks ago.

Treasure every moment and hug that pug! Since he's so young, he may be able to recover pretty well.


Mrs. Ham said...

i love dogs. and that bow tie on him is prob the cutest thing ever!!

Anna said...

oh, i'm so so sorry you guys are going through this. i have no dogs but i know that if either of my cats were to get sick, i would be a complete wreck. i'm thinking of you... and miles!

Melissa said...

Aw honey, I'm so sorry things are still bad for him. I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for you. I've only had cats but I do know what it's like when they get really sick and it's commendable how much you're doing to make him healthy.

Gracey said...

Oh, Jill, please give Miles an extra hug from me. Now that my own beloved pup passed, I'm living vicariously through you and Miles. I can't wait to see his sure to be sexy shirts!

♥Priiincesss said...

Awwww, I an sorry doll, I hope he get well soon, I cnt imagine going through something like this with my dog. just stay possitive and have faith.

Good Luck Doll xoxo


Linda (little tin soldier) said...

Sophie and I are sending some extra-pug-love your way! I hope they are able to find the right treatment for Miles.

When Sophie was spayed, we put her in a doggie shirt so she wouldn't lick her tummy area. If you can't find a premade shirt, I suggest buying a plain doggie shirt from Target or Pet Smart and trimming the collar so it fits him better. The cotton will roll a little bit in the wash, but it shouldn't tear or fray.

Simply Bubblelicious said...

Hang in there! I know what its like to do everything for your pet-child. Had a cat that had epilepsy and we did everything. Hugs to you.

Patti said...

So sorry you and the little guy are going through all this stress! I've nursed a few sick kitties and it is so emotionally draining. But hang in - it sounds like there's a lot of love in your house!

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Jessa said...

Make him a cool cape. He's obviously a damn super dog. :)

Jenny said...

Poor Miles. Hugging my dog and cat. I hope he improves. My beagle has a liitle jacket that covers her back and has a belly strap. That would work nicely once the weather gets cooler. (And you know here in MN that's only a couple of weeks away!)

Lorena said...

I am sorry about your pug Jill :(
It's wonderful to see that you are both so committed with this little one.
When my doggirls have sores applying aloe works wonders.

Josie said...

Oh, Jill, I'm so sorry about your little puggle! I hope things work out okay -- you two are just too cute together.
xo Josie

Marianne said...

Hi Jill,

I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet pug, Miles.

I found your post googling IMPA in pugs. I have a 2 year old female pug/beagle mix who has been battling IMPA since June.

She just came off an incredibly long and trying course of prednisone last week and already seems to be mildly symptomatic again. I'm just thankful she is still with us.

This is such a bitch of a disease. I hate it so much.

I hope Miles is doing better. Your blog is great. I'm happy to have come across it even though it was not through ideal circumstances. :)

Hugs for Miles.