|One of Suzie's Favorite Puppy Victims|
Shortly after I noticed this, I heard a loud breathing sound coming from Suzie. It sounded like a snore, but didn't seem to originate in the same place as a snore. My Mom used to tell me stories when I was younger about how when someone takes their last breath it's called a "death rattle" because of the sound. Thanks Mom, that one is still freaking me out 30 years later! I was frantically emailing people at 12-1 in the morning and researching COPD online. I'm not even quite sure if that' what she's diagnosed with because right now she never even coughs. I couldn't find any good information online, but I did get a couple of emails back from people reminding me that if she was sleeping soundly and eating good she must be comfortable. I kept trying to go to sleep and putting my head on her side to listen to her breathing and putting my hand on her chest to feel the strength of her heartbeat. After a while, her breathing sounded just fine. Even though every indication was that she was fine, I was unable to sleep very well. I woke up every 45-60 minutes and then couldn't fall asleep for 30 or more. ugh I kept telling myself that she had eaten great and that's such an indication of a dog's health. Whenever a dog won't eat or drink, that's the time to get a little extra worried.
During the night, Suzie had moved from near my head to the foot of the bed. And this morning, suddenly bounding up the bed for a big 'ol kiss and immediately getting into belly rub position was the Suzie I know and love. She's also let Saburo know in no uncertain times this morning that she really doesn't like him and he'd better not forget it. :) Other than last night, Suzie has been acting great. She's been happy, perky, hungrier than ever and just participating in life like she always has. Maybe she was just really tired last night?