Bug had blood in her poo on the night of Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, I am thankful for that. It was dark so I thought it was just runny until we came inside and I saw the red dripping down her bum. I was freaking out. My first action was to get her in the tub so the blood didn't get anywhere. The next thing was to call my mom. It was a holiday so I couldn't go to the vet's office. She talked me through and got me calmed down enough to get to work on taking care of my Bugadog. Bug was also quite chilled so I was afraid it could be some sort of hemorrhage and she was going into shock.
I ran a hot bath for her to clean her up and bring up her body temperature. As I was bathing and petting my dog, I realized how lucky I was to have something that I cared about so deeply. I was crying and thinking over again "please, don't die". I know that was probably a bit extreme but seeing blood dripping from someone you care about pushes you toward the extreme side of things. Bug got all bundled up in a towel while I went to work researching treatment protocols and possible causes. She was treated to white rice and boiled chicken for the whole weekend.
Bug is just fine now and glad to be pooing poo. Owning a dog is expensive and time consuming. I have to schedule around coming home to let her out. There's lots of stuff that I would like to do that I can't because I have a dog. The thing is, none of that stuff really matters. I love having Bug in my life. I know she likes having me as her mom. My day is better because I have that adorable face looking up at me and a little warm presence at my thigh while I sit in bed and write this. When Bug sprints down the hallway and then back to me and down the hallway again, the little pitter patter of her squirrel feet makes me giggle. Having a dog is a huge commitment. I'm saying that I will accept the additional burden for the next decade. I can't wait for every minute of it.