Monday, November 5, 2012

Boomer the Wonder Dog

Our dog Boomer has escaped death about five times.  By escaping death, I mean we think he is going to die, prepare ourselves for the inevitable outcome and then discover that he has miraculously recovered. 

Boomer the Wonder Dog!!

Escape From Death #1:  Boomer developed some serious tumors on his back.  The doctor suspected that they were cancer and, being only four years old, we decided to have the surgery to save his life. 
Outcome #1:  Turns out the tumors were just fatty and of no danger to his life.

Escape From Death #2:  At age 8, Boomer became very ill.  He lost weight, wouldn't eat, and we discovered that he wasn't producing red blood cells any longer.  We tried many methods to help him (ie:  lots of money spent), but his condition didn't improve.  As a last ditch effort, about a week before we were going to put him out of his misery, the vets tried steroids. 
Outcome #2:  Boomer bounced back and has been happily on steroids ever since.

Escape from Death #3:  At age 11, we brought him in because he lost a toenail, but they were concerned with something they felt in his stomach.  An x-ray later, and the vet thought Boomer had cancer of the spleen.  We prepared for the worst yet again. 
Outcome #3:  Turns out he was fine and just seems to have an enlarged spleen.

Escape from Death #4:  At age 12, he had a seizure.  The doctors feared the worst, convinced that it was cancer.  We braced ourselves for the worst, and paid for blood work and tests.  
Outcome #4:  The vets didn't find anything.  It wasn't cancer, and he recovered.

Escape from Death #5:  One month ago, at age 13, he had another seizure.  They tested his blood and his white blood cell count was high.  He had also developed kidney disease, the vet said.  We started him on heavy antibiotics, but were sure this was it.
Today, we took him in because he hadn't eaten in three days, was vomiting and had another seizure.  They tested his white blood cell count and kidney levels, convinced that he was dying, but gave him some anti-nausea medicine and fluids to help a bit. 
Outcome #5:  Three hours later, Boomer was ravenous and ate a huge dinner.  The vet called and said his white blood cells and kidneys were now normal.  He is sleeping heavily in a food coma as I write. 

Bottom Line:  He's fine and will never die. 

The greatest irony here is that we were so excited eleven years ago because we got Boomer for free.

Beth - 0
Boomer - 1
Vet Rolling in Our Money - 1

1 comment:

  1. HAHAHAHA!!! I love your bottom line! Boomer is adorable by the way! We have a little wonder dog, too, although she hasn't escaped death so many times. Only once really, but it was when she was four, and I have never forgotten it. I do realize, however, that I entered the wrong profession for making money. Vets are making more money than some human doctors since they are getting the full amount, untouched the amount often taken by the insurance companies.


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