As Promised…



Have you ever seen so many Canadians shout out their pride?  I haven’t – it was great!  So here’s a little bit of good news to help us recover from the patriotic hangover – Hondo came home today.

After being hospitalized for more than a week, Hondo was given what the doctors are calling a ‘day pass’, and he came home this afternoon.  He still has to go back to the vet everyday for treatment but this is the small step forward we have been waiting for.  The doctors are optimistic about his recovery and his return to duty, and we are all hoping he continues to improve.

Hondo was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) , a life-threatening disease where the immune system destroys the body’s own red blood cells.  This disease can be triggered by an underlying cause (cancer, lupus etc) or it can occur for no reason.  The barrage of tests Hondo was submitted to have shown there is no underlying cause in his case – thank goodness for small miracles.  That said, depending on the case mortality for this disease can run very high so we are not in the clear yet even though we are headed that way.

While he still has a long recovery before him, Hondo has been showing some of his old self – his ears perked up at the sound of a passing siren, he sat at the front door looking out through the sidelight as I got groceries out of the truck, and his tail went into helicopter spins when the kids came home from school. 

The excitement of coming home has tired him out and he’s now fast sleep, which is a good thing.  He’s going to need all the rest he can get.

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