Labrador Retriever
Picture of Kona, a female Labrador Retriever

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Home:Anna, TX, Chicago, Il, Kansas , TX  
Age: 15 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Kona

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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June 15th 2001

The daily walk with the Pack and her Tennis ball. Fetch!!!!!

Her high energy adoptive sister (Roxy) sometimes gets too pushy!

Favorite Toy:
Tennis ball, soft toys from her toy box

Favorite Food:
cheese, eggs, chicken, Beef N' More

Favorite Walk:
The fenced yard, or the whole property, with supervision.

Best Tricks:
begging, lazing in the warm water bed

Kona became very ill around Easter/ Passover time frame, very quickly. It started with vomiting, loose stools (with some dark and red blood), nausea, lethargic and refusal to ingest anything including eating her meals,drinking water and especially having any of her usural treats she has always has loved. It didn't take long before we took her to the Vet. She was given a whole battery of tests which all came back normal. Then she was admitted to Doggy ICU, Level 2, and watched carefully for any other signs and symptoms, of which none of these tests had showed any obvious diagnosis. Her first intensive care time added up to about 2 weeks, of which she had many units of fluids to replace her water intake. ( she refused any water or food intake at all) She was released from the doggy hospital the same time I was released my human one, because I had a surgery that was planned for me, months ago. ( I had a total hip replacement at that time) Kona seemed OK then and appeared that she was getting better, too. However, she slowly got worse, again, refusing both food and water and we returned her back to the pet hosp. She was readmitted back in and she was restarted back on her IV fluids and again she appeared to get better, which renewed our hopes again for a full recovery. Today, after our early morning phone call to her Vet, she was to be released back into our care at the end of her day there. This time she was released but we were told she wasn't eating very well, and also refusing her water intake. She was sent back home with her IV fluids and also with her Hep Lock still in place in her forearm so we could reinsert her fluids again. She is not doing very well at all, so we guess the Vets were hoping that her Pack here at home could help her get better. (Sometimes just having her family close by could help her get better faster) She is not that same dog we had before, the happy, playful, sweet, and easy going, girl. She is just laying around tonight, refused her dinner, and any water. Playtime with her favorite tennis ball was also not interesting at all. Our biggest fear is that she is going downhill quickly, and our sweet, beautiful Black lab is getting very depressed and it won't be long before she won't be with us much longer. She is only 7 years old and we don't think she should be ready to leave us for the "Rainbow Bridge" as of yet. But being so sick with no diagnosis at all from her Vets, and the Vets contacts whom they have called when they are stumped and we are sure out girl has probably been picking up our depression from us, and their doggy pack,too. We are so sad that this is happening, and so quickly, too. She has been the best dog an owner could have. I don't understand why this is happening now. She doesn't need to suffer, and we don't understand why it is! None of this makes any sense! She is such a great dog, well behaved- a dog that is smart and happy,too. We are so very sad over all these things going on. And why is it happeneing to such a great dog! The hardest thing to understand is why is there no diagnosis, yet? With all these great Vets that are working on her case, there still isn't any answer for us! All 3 Vets from our Vet Hospital, all their contacts they have phoned, and also the contacts our family members know that have many Veterinary Degrees in back of their names, still with all these great minds, there is no answer, no diagnosis f0r our Kona, who we can't watch suffer much longer before we need to make a decision to get her out of her misery. The longer she is with us, the longer she suffering. It is almost impossible to make these decisions. What if within a few days, someone comes up with a diagnosis! ( and she can be given a new lease on life) Our Jack Russell passed away ( had to be put down last February) However, he was about 18 years old, and we knew his time was up. As sad as that was, we were told he would never had made it thru the night. The day after I was released from the hospital after my recent surgery, we had to bring in our " Rhodesian Ridgeback" for many obvious reason. She was diagnosed with diabetes. At least there was an answer to her many symptoms, and it didn't take very long to get her blood work to give the Vet the answer to her symptoms! But no diagnosis to her medical problems is heartbreaking! There has t be an answer. I can't believe that there is no diagnosis for her very obvious symptoms. Purebreed? Maybe she came from a puppymill.... If anyone here who has surfed in has read what I wrote here, and has a similar story about their beloved doggy, please share it with my hubby, me, our Kona, and the Pack. Any possible hint would help us and her Vets a lot! It would hurt us terribly to have to let her go WE LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH!!!!!! At the end of 2010 we still have our Kona girl, and she does still take her monthly shot. However judging by her activity level, she sleeps almost all the time. But she will still love to run and bark at ball time, as long as it's dry in the back yard. We hope this girl will be with us for awhile longer and we hope and pray that continues. She lost her doggy pack sister this past October as a result of her diabetes complications. We may be adding to our pack soon so I hope this Kona and her pack family will accept a new friend.

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