Foyle's Retirement

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It's really shocking and amazing how one phone call can change your life, or in Foyle's case, change his.  10 days ago I was anxiously waiting all day for the vet to call saying that his TPLO surgery was successful, but when the call came the vet said that the surgery was canceled.  "What? Huh? Why?" In the routine blood test that they do prior to surgery they saw abnormally high levels of creatinine and BUN, and further testing confirmed that Foyle has chronic kidney disease.  "oh, S$%*" were the first words out of my mouth because I could barely say anything else as the tears started running and I started to choke. 

The first few days after that were a blur of information, tests, tears, anger, and sadness but now that I've calmed down a bit I can look at things in a different perspective and both Ray and I have decided that we are going to give him everything we can, and kiss his cute little face every chance we get. If anything comes out of this it is that it may help someone else detect the symptoms of kidney disease in their dog early enough for it to be determined acute vs. chronic. 

So bear with me, this is going to be a long haul and the ending is not going to be a good one ultimately, but time will tell if we can stabilize the disease and maintain his levels to a point where he can live a long and much spoiled life with us!  He is officially retired from the ring and from reaching any other Newfie titles, (breaks my heart, really because he loves all of it)  but that doesn't mean he still can't have fun in the water this summer and hopefully he'll be well enough to become a therapy dog in the fall.  Keep your fingers crossed! Stay tuned...