To all Maeve’s kind and generous friends. Little Maeve left our lovely planet Earth at 1:17 this morning. She tried as hard as she was able to recover and live. Meave was healing well after surgery. She was released from intensive care at The Emergency Clinic To the Ark yesterday. Later in the day, her temperature, sugar, and protein levels dropped. Maeve returned to The Emergency Clinic for what was to be her last night. I was fortunate to be with Maeve from 6PM until her death in the early morning hours. The veterinarian at The Emergency Clinic was informed that Maeve was rescue dog with limited funds available. She kindly found a way to give the appropriate tests but not extra, costly, repetitive investigations. Maeve received stellar care, a mixture of antibiotics and constant pain medication was given, along with constant monitoring and loving attention. There were two main possibilities to explain her descent from recovery. 1) Her little body was exhausted from weight loss from pre surgery lack of ability to digest food. She had no fat nor energy reserves. The surgery was long and complicated, not the straight forward hernia surgery that was hoped for. Her protein count was very low. This condition could be remedied by blood and plasma transfusions. 2) Peritonitis, inflammation of abdomen from leakage of incision in small intestine. Only another surgery could attempt to correct peritonitis. Maeve’s little body would nor survive another surgery.
While waiting for Maeve’s blood test, I attempted sleep on the hard and cold bonco in the waiting room. I kept seeing my white Chihuahua, Butter, who died this past Thanksgiving from an unfortunate accident with a foster dog. Butter was standing still, gazing toward main treatment room where Maeve was resting. Butter was waiting. Waiting for his beloved friend, Maeve. I came away from that waking dream knowing Maeve would be leaving soon.
Dr Stevens arrived with Maeve’s blood test. “Her numbers are too low to support life”. It appeared that infection was occurring in her abdomen. She then suggested one more conclusive test, flushing the abdominal cavity with warm water to check for bacteria. I went back to attempting sleep and communing with Butter. The next test results arrived. Maeve’s abdomen “was packed wall to wall with white blood cells.” A sure indication of severe infection. To end further suffering, we decided to euthanize Maeve immediately. She had been through enough pain in an attempt for a good and long life. Maeve was gently and lovingly given a relaxant followed by euthanasia drug through her already in place IV portal. No more pain. Maeve slowly drifted off with Dr Stevens whispering ”Fly little angel.” And Maeve did, with Butter at her side. She left in good paws.
I cannot fully express my gratitude to all that contributed for Maeve’s surgery and care. You allowed her to leave with dignity and ease. I am enormously grateful to her primary veterinarians, Dr Pat McCrieght and Dr Rebecca Tomasic at Ark Veterinary Hospital and to Dr Carol Stevens at The Emergency Clinic and the other veterinarians, vet technicians, and all the medical crew at both hospitals. Amazing, caring, and aware work.
Sometimes grief is the foundation for compassionate innovation. Watching Maeve die with such fine care made me think of all the rescue dogs and cats that I have witnessed dying in adverse and uncaring situations. I will begin research to find a way to give all rescue animals a good death. The Maeve Fund. Any research input would be appreciated.
Finally, I am left with $1077.30 in post surgery costs. $844.30 to The Emergency Clinic. I borrowed money to pay early this morning. They do not offer payment over time. Checks for this portion may be made out to me, Maureen O’Brien, 908C Old Las Vegas Highway. Santa Fe, NM 87505. If you are more comfortable with giving directly to the vets, I can ask if the Ark would handle all donations. Credit card donations can be made directly to Ark 988-5561. Any donation that you would like to have tax deductible can be mailed to The Animal Welfare Coalition, PO Box 524, Las Vegas, NM 87701. Please put “ Maureen for Maeve “ on the check, so the veterinary hospitals will receive donation. If there is left over money, it will stay at Ark in a fund for our rescue animals. Thank you so very much. This has been an intense journey, full of heartbreak and light. In Peace, Maureen and the Chihuahua Angels, Maeve and Butter. 505 426-8203 firstname.lastname@example.org