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Poem: When the Dog is Unwell

As you know, i went to the vet Monday to have my teeth cleaned and a tooth pulled.

What you may not know is they were unable to do either one.

Seems my liver enzymes were through the roof, and the vet was hesitant to anesthetize me.

So I’m on meds to try to lower those levels, which means another visit to the vet in a couple of weeks.

Jen is freaking, because she wasn’t expecting this so soon after DeDe left us. Here is a poem she wrote to put a voice to some of what she’s feeling.


Blue Pup is commiserating with me.

When the dog is unwell,
I feel like hell.
I worry and I cry.
I wonder if he’ll die.
What if I can’t pay
for the treatment prescribed?

I never know the road to take,
the right choice to make.
I guess, then second-guess.
If only I knew what to do!

Would I be able to say no,
and just let you go?
How could I, when I love you so.

The answers do not come in absolutes.
The latest science refutes
yesterday’s givens.
Tomorrow will prove wrong today.
So I pray, choose,
and guilt quiets the internal dispute.

If only it was easer to tell
what to do when the dog is unwell.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


84 thoughts on “Poem: When the Dog is Unwell

  1. Aww Rumpy, we hope those meds start working soon and your enzyme levels come down. Paws crossed here for your recovery.

    Solo and Krissy xxx

    Posted by awordfromsolo | February 20, 2014, 2:04 AM
  2. I hope your enzyme levels come down soon Rumpydog , sending hugs your way xx

    Posted by dianaroggenbuckebrown | February 20, 2014, 3:16 AM
  3. Love and gentle purring from all of us, plus tender hugs for Jen. Sometimes it seems like Life just throws too much our way all at once. Remember always that there are many friends out here keeping all of you in their hearts.

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | February 20, 2014, 3:32 AM
  4. Blue Pup is really empathising! I am sending my best purrs for you Rumpy! And gentle hugs for Jen 😦

    Posted by Austin Towers | February 20, 2014, 3:38 AM
  5. Aww Rumpy! Praying for the meds to work and hugs to Jen!

    Posted by Pix Under the Oaks | February 20, 2014, 4:58 AM
  6. Thinking of you.

    Posted by Renée de Bruin | February 20, 2014, 4:59 AM
  7. Sweet Rumpy, do your best and get well soon!!! Order your liver enzymes to behave!!!
    Jen, please don’t worry – think positive [sounds easier than done, I know, but it’s very important for both of you] and it’ll all be well. Sending you my warmest wishes and a healing kiss to Rumpy!

    Posted by marina kanavaki | February 20, 2014, 5:03 AM
  8. It has to be – without a doubt – the most HELPLESS feeling I have ever felt. Our hearts and prayers are right there with you. Happy healing thoughts heading your way.

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | February 20, 2014, 5:19 AM
  9. AW! Hope everything goes well. Heart warming poem.


    Posted by fgassette | February 20, 2014, 5:42 AM
  10. I’m right there with Jen – this has been on my mind a lot lately.
    Lots of good thoughts headed your way, with prayers that we’re as strong as we need to be.

    Posted by savedbydogs | February 20, 2014, 6:03 AM
  11. I hope Rumpy will be OK. Sending love and prayers. xo

    Posted by Maria Appleby | February 20, 2014, 6:14 AM
  12. Oh my! So glad you were tested before the procedure so nothing went wrong. Hope you are better soon!

    Posted by Emmadog | February 20, 2014, 6:25 AM
  13. Beautiful. Rumpy will pull through – and so will you.

    Posted by bitcodavid | February 20, 2014, 6:33 AM
  14. Sending extra healing energy and prayers!

    Posted by becca givens | February 20, 2014, 6:36 AM
  15. Rumpy, tell Jen, the poem expresses what so many of us feel when our pet is sick. I hope your iver enzymes plummet and you can have your tooth remove. A toothache is the pits. Hugs and licks from us in NYC.

    Posted by whydowepaythem | February 20, 2014, 6:37 AM
  16. I went through something similar with Mojo over a year ago. I was told he’d got to the end, and that the best thing was to put him down. But he pulled through, despite the bleak prognosis, AND with no major treatment of any kind required. We celebrated his first year of not-being-deadness a few weeks back. So there is hope, and I hope it goes that way for you too.

    Posted by minlit | February 20, 2014, 6:52 AM
  17. Hope they helps you Rumpy! I need toof cleaning too but need to get my thyroid levels correct first. Tell Jen she just needs to follow her heart as much as her head she will know the right thing to do when she needs to make these choices.

    Posted by Juneau and Sunny | February 20, 2014, 6:56 AM
  18. Oh Rumpy….please get well soon….I’m sending strong energy to you to get recover your liver level. Please be strong for Jen… She needs you….we also need you Rumpy….you’re in my thoughts…I’m praying for you.
    Rumpy…I love you. Hugs

    Posted by eripanwkevin | February 20, 2014, 7:02 AM
  19. Oh dear Rumpy and dear Jen, I am praying for you both and wishing everything to go well… Love you so much, nia

    Posted by niasunset | February 20, 2014, 7:14 AM
  20. I agree with your Jen’s poem. That’s the hell, when the”dog is unwell”. And the worst is when we can’t do something. I hope the meds will help you and you feel better soon. 87 hugs&healing kisses to you, Rumpy.

    Posted by easyweimaraner | February 20, 2014, 7:20 AM
  21. Poor Rumpy! Get well soon sweetie. (((Hugs))) to you and mum Jen. It’s hard not to worry, I know from personal experience. Jen, you’ve always done everything you can for your beautiful pets, keep going girl, there’s no other option. Praying for you both x

    Posted by Fiona (@Fizza09) | February 20, 2014, 7:36 AM
  22. Oh dear, Rumpy. Hope the meds kick in quickly.

    Posted by Animalcouriers | February 20, 2014, 7:49 AM
  23. Please feel better soon and I hope your liver gets better so your toofies can get better too.

    Posted by Dennis Rogers | February 20, 2014, 8:07 AM
  24. Poor Rumpy 😦 We’re all here pulling for you, we’ve had anesthesia troubles here in the past before. Hopefully you get those enzyme levels down so you can have your teeth taken care of.

    Posted by paigeandspaniels | February 20, 2014, 8:17 AM
  25. My brother recommended I might like this blog.
    He was totally right. This post actually made my day.
    You cann’t imagine just how much time I had
    spent for this info! Thanks!

    Posted by Kit | February 20, 2014, 8:49 AM
  26. Get well soon, Rumpy!

    Posted by puzzleblume | February 20, 2014, 9:18 AM
  27. THAT poem Really hits HOME fur a lot of peeps!!!

    We have our paws crossed fur you Rumpy.

    Posted by Frankie and Ernie | February 20, 2014, 9:34 AM
  28. that’s a good doctor, keeping the risks down. I think you’ll pull through. I think chicken noodle soup can cure lots of things 🙂 we’ll be wishing you well Rumpy!
    -Chloe and Holly

    Posted by stitchinstein | February 20, 2014, 9:35 AM
  29. aww I pray Rumpy will feel better soon, hugs from Oreo and Neha 🙂

    Posted by forgottenmeadows | February 20, 2014, 9:43 AM
  30. Rumpy, we Mals are stubborn and like to hide our pain to not worry our AlphaMama’s! We send much much wuvwuvwuv and healing light to youwoowooooo! Ku
    p.s. Maybe Jen could ask fur donations thru the bloggy to help pay fur treatment?

    Posted by Kuruk | February 20, 2014, 9:44 AM
  31. Oh that was such a heartfelt poem! Jen you are so clever and sincere when you write your poems!
    Poor Rump! I’m feelin for ya buddy!
    I read on fb that you couldn’t have it done due to those issues!
    Nothing seems to go right ever huh?
    Well try and have yourselves a good day :/
    ((husky hugz))
    frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | February 20, 2014, 9:47 AM
  32. I understand what you’re feeling. I lost my wonderful dog of 9 years because he was too stoic and I was unaware of how ill he was until after he was gone. I’ll miss my big boy forever.

    Posted by Judith Pannebaker | February 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
  33. Good Luck Rumpy!

    Posted by cyberbonn | February 20, 2014, 10:24 AM
  34. Ah man… it’s a bummer about the liver enzymes being high, but it’s a good thing they caught it before you went under anesthesia! Fingers and paws are crossed you’ll get it under control.

    Posted by Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom | February 20, 2014, 10:30 AM
  35. Scotties deal with elevated liver enzymes all of the time. With the Sam-E and Milk Thistle, mom made a potion of cod,sweet potatoes,& zucchini. It might help.

    Posted by corkscot | February 20, 2014, 10:34 AM
  36. We wishing you bestest. You keep Purrime Ministerettes updated, ok? XXXX

    Posted by Shiva & Jaya | February 20, 2014, 11:44 AM
  37. Hope you’re feeling your doggy self again soon Rumpy. Purrs, licks and cuddles from rainy London. xxx

    Posted by charlotte rixon | February 20, 2014, 1:20 PM
  38. This page has a couple excellent products for the liver – http://peterdobias.com/collections/all?page=2
    We love Dr. D and use several of his products. Paws crossed for a speedy recovery Rumpy!

    Posted by wigglebuttryker | February 20, 2014, 1:28 PM
  39. Oh, sweet Rumpy, we hope you get well soon! Best wishes to you! xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

    Posted by purrfectkitties | February 20, 2014, 1:28 PM
  40. So sorry you’re not well, Rumpy. We can imagine your Jen is worried. Humans are like that. We hope you feel better soon!

    Posted by jansfunnyfarm | February 20, 2014, 1:39 PM
  41. so sorry to hear this Rumpy…hope you improve soon…take care

    Posted by Jo Bryant | February 20, 2014, 1:55 PM
  42. Feel better soon Rumpy!

    Posted by scoochyourpooch | February 20, 2014, 3:28 PM
  43. Phantom gets Marin for his liver, but Mom is having a terrible time getting it into him. He won’t chew the pill, he knows it is in anything she has tried for hiding, and he vomits it back up if she puts it down his throat. She even cuts it in four pieces but nothing seems to work:( We sure hope whatever your meds are they do the trick for you and your liver.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

    Posted by The OP Pack | February 20, 2014, 3:59 PM
  44. Poor Rumpy. I hope it is nothing serious.

    Posted by Nature by Dawn | February 20, 2014, 6:16 PM
  45. Rumpy, we’re purring for you and hope you will be okay.

    Posted by The Island Cats | February 20, 2014, 6:19 PM
  46. You too, Rumpy? I’m so sorry. I hope they figure out what’s wrong and get you right back on track! Oh, and please tell Jen that Lynda loved her poem. She knows exactly how she feels!

    Thank you for visiting with me today,
    (aka: the Little Dog of the Farmlet.)

    Posted by Lynda | February 20, 2014, 7:03 PM
  47. Best wishes for a very speedy recovery, Rumpy!

    Posted by Candace | February 20, 2014, 7:34 PM
  48. Dear Rumpy, so sorry to hear this! Hope the meds kick in real soon and you feel better. Wishing you and Jen the best. Remember, a lot of people are rooting for you. xox
    P.S. Hope the tooth that has to come out doesn’t hurt!

    Posted by greyhousejournal | February 20, 2014, 7:58 PM
  49. We are so sad you aren’t feeling well and have 2 problems – your liver and your teeth. We hope both are soon distant memories and we’ll be purring for you in the meantime. Your poem tells so clearly the fears faced by every loving pet parent. We want to do the best, hope we can afford it and wish we learn from this experience and know what to look for next time. Good luck!

    Posted by Oui Oui | February 20, 2014, 8:32 PM
  50. Feel better soon, Rumpy Dog!

    Posted by James Pailly | February 20, 2014, 10:39 PM
  51. Feel better soon Rumpy…and, Jen stay as balanced as possible. All fingers are crossed…

    Posted by Mrs Bushranger | February 20, 2014, 11:14 PM
  52. rest up Rumpy xx
    and no ‘gin and tonic’ until your liver is up and running again

    Posted by Scruffy Nellie the Haggis Pudding | February 21, 2014, 6:14 AM
  53. Dear Rumpy and Jen, Sending prayers that the medicine handles it. We’re in your corner sending lots of love and understanding. Jen’s poignant poem got us all emotional–all us animal lovers, mom’s of fur babies, relate all too well. Love, Paulette & gang

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | February 21, 2014, 8:46 AM
  54. I really like this post and the great image

    Posted by The Housewrighter | February 21, 2014, 2:20 PM
  55. I hope the meds help and you will be ok Rumpy! My thoughts are with both you and Jen during this difficult time.

    Posted by Jackie | February 21, 2014, 3:07 PM
  56. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}} Oh Jen this poem is so poignant & beautiful & I can relate with what I am going thru with Nylablue even tho she is a cat…it does not matter the species tho’, does it?? I tis the feeling of being powerless & unsure of what is the RIGHT thing to do. I say follow your intution; listen to the small quiet voice inside.
    I am praying for Rumpy to respond to the medication & to get better soon so he can have that bad tooth removed!!!
    I know this is so soon after DeDe’s departure……I am sending you prayers & hope of peace during this difficult time!
    Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen xoxo

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | February 21, 2014, 9:16 PM
  57. Wow Jen your poem is wonderful. I went through this with my Samoyed Oskar and I understand the fear and frustration. So sorry this comes so close to your losing DeDe, it makes it even scarier. Keeping you and Rumpy in our prayers and sending you positive karma and strength.
    Marty’s Mom

    Posted by Marty the Manx | February 21, 2014, 9:29 PM
  58. Jen, I’m so sorry. Your poem was really beautiful and I hope that the meds can help Rumpy. That was good that the Vet ordered the blood test(s) prior to surgery. xo

    Posted by Moxie Reviews™ | February 21, 2014, 9:30 PM
  59. thats a lovely poem Rumpy ,I’m going to add you to my power of paw generator with Nylablue ,you both have to get well,xx Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | February 22, 2014, 1:37 AM
  60. {{{{{ Jen, Rumpy and all the kitties }}}}} Tender hugs and love from all of us here.

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | February 22, 2014, 2:44 AM
  61. Jen … I do hope that the prescription that Rumpy is taking will make him feel better. I understand your confusion and wish you all the best.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | February 22, 2014, 4:00 PM
  62. Get well soon. *hugs from Kyuss and I*

    Posted by pennypup | February 22, 2014, 7:47 PM
  63. Sweet Rumpy we are so sorry to hear this. We hope the meds are working and all will be well with you very soon. Sending up prayers for you and Jen. Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by Mags Corner | February 23, 2014, 10:50 AM
  64. Oh Rumpy! I just read this. I hope you are feeling better.

    Posted by cindimichealle | February 24, 2014, 9:35 PM


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