Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Titanic Sadness

The other piece of news that FFF readers need to be up-to-date on the status of Farcical Farm isn’t nearly as cheerful as that about the addition of Fizz.  Two weeks ago Tess came home to find Titan lethargic and in obvious pain.  It was three days before David and I were scheduled to leave Australia, and my last day of work at the Menzies Research Institute.  Tess called around 1:00pm our time (8:00pm PDT) to see what we could suggest.  My friend Cheryl’s dog Zack died of bloat not long after I met her, so I knew the symptoms all too well.  We asked Tess to rush Titan to the emergency after-hours vet about an hour away, and he was going into shock by the time they arrived.  X-rays showed that the situation was dire, and the vet felt it was likely that they would have to euthanize him on the table if we opted for surgery.  We made the hard decision to simply euthanize him, given scenario 1 (euthanasia during surgery, at a cost $3500) versus scenario 2 (surviving surgery to face a long and uncertain convalescence, at a cost of $3500+).  Farcical Farm is much quieter (both figuratively and literally) without him.

Kudos to Tess for her professional handling of this poorly-timed stinker of a situation.  Chances are that Titan was destined bloat sooner or later (huge male dog with quirky eating habits and an anxious temperament), but three days before we got home?  That’s just adding insult to injury.  The Ty guy was truly a great dog, and he is sorely missed by all of us FF.





EvenSong said...

Oh Sarah, what an unhappy thing to come home to! Titan seemed like such a sweetie-pie! I am so sorry for your loss.

Jean said...

Sarah and David, I'm so sorry to read this, yet thankful Titan's caregiver noticed his problem and handled it promptly.
Run free at the Rainbow Bridge, Titan.

Carole said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to all at Farcical Farm. Special condolences also to Tess. Losing an animal that you are caring for for someone else is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

AareneX said...

so, so sorry.

We know it's inevitable, and that doesn't make it one bit easier.

My condolences!

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. He looked like such a wonderful guy. But to have him not be there when you got home must have been heartbreaking. Even though it was a hard decision I'm sure it was the right one to save him from any suffering. Feel better soon.