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Monday, May 6, 2013

I Saw the Bridge, But Turned Back

I am fine now, but last week was rough. I was tired and coughing a LOT. By Friday morning, I couldn't breathe and my whole body was shaking. My assistant rushed me to my veterinarian. Everyone was crying and there was lots of talk about "the end". Being that it was Friday, I assumed they were talking about the end of the work week ...though usually this makes my assistant jump for joy, not cry. 

My vet took a chest x-ray, which revealed more fluid in my lungs. She recommended I be transferred to the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center (my cardiologist's office) for oxygen and monitoring. As she carried me out from the back of her office, she whispered "Godspeed, Pip". Now,  I don't know what "Godspeed" means exactly, but I am pretty sure it doesn't mean "I'll meet you after work for a burger".

I spent the day at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center or the house of miracles as my assistant now calls them. Long story short, I am home and I am fine (for now). It was a very close call. I was standing at the foot of the bridge, but decided to turn back ...cause I have a few more things to do before I go ...

more couch time

more quality time with my feline sisters

and most importantly, more time to rub my nose (and stink) all over the new throw pillows. Life is good, my friends!



Madi and Mom said...


Marg said...

Oh Mr. Pip thanks so much for not going over that Bridge. Those special vets did work their miracles.We have had you on our minds. We must have known you were having a little trouble. So you just stick around for awhile. We are NOT ready for you to leave. Big hugs to your Mom since we know she was a wreck and probably still is a wreck. Big gentle hugs to you too Pip. Take care.

Loving Max said...

Way to go Pip! Sounds like you have some pretty great humans around ya that pulled out all the stops for you!! Sooo happy to hear ya decided to stay and make everyone's week extra special today!!! Hugs and prayers of continued good health!

Jo's World said...

Hey Pipster:

I am sad that you had such a rough week, but thrilled that your Docs pulled you through. We all hope and pray that you are with us for a long time and feeling OK. We love you!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE are so THRILLED that you decided not to go over the bridge. THAT was a very good decision.
We are sure you could see all of our furends there, butt it must have been their nap time and you didn't want to disturb them. You are such a good furend.

Molly The Wally said...

OMD Pip we are so pleased you turned back. We are thrilled that The House Of Miracles was there for you pal. Now you take it easy and stink up that throw now. Love ya. Pip is fine but alas her eyesight is so bad she has had a few bumps. We keep a close eye on her. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

3 doxies said...

I WILL NOT LET YOU GO TO DA BRIDGE YET! I will nevers be reaady to let you go. I thank my lucky stars and to do wonderful miracle workers fur savin' you and makin' you betters cuz we has so much more stuffs to do and more burgers to eat and more beers to drink.
And nows dat da beighbors are gone I think we should starts with a celebration on da front porch...da fridge is stocked. And you can be as loud as you want...hehehehehe!

I loves you my buddy!


Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

We think you forgot to take you entry pass with you and that is why they didn't let you in - and we are so happy they didn't! I think all has blogville has decided you HAVE to live forever!

harrispen said...

Oh Pip, we are sorry to hear you had such a scary weekend, but we are super glad to hear you are back home and doing okay.

Millie & Walter

stellaroselong said...

Dear Pip:
Remember when you were on your tour and we sneaked into the fireworks stand and shot off a bunch of them, and we said we could see you in the sky, well I thought about that today buddy but selfishly I also want you to stay here a little longer, we know the bridge is just wonderful cos you know our Sammer and Trudie are waiting there, and zeusy but ..well we just don't have any words today pip....we wish we could jump in the car and run over and hug and play again with you like we did on the tour...we love you lots..
stella rose and maggie mae

Casey said...

Wow, Pip, don't you think that was a little extreme just to get some extra attention?!?! I'm glad you're feeling better now. Stay strong!

Ranger said...

YIPPY !!!!! So happy you feeling soooooo much better after your visit to the Miracle Dogster.
I lovs you buddy!

Brian said...

I am so happy you decided to stay for a while longer Mr. Pip. Just remember, all your pals love, love, love you!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Seeing that post title in our Google Reader really gave us a scare, Pip. We are so very, very sorry you had such a rough week. BUT we are also happy that it isn't time yet to go across that bridge. Thank dogness for wonderful vets and your wise parents. We hope your time is extended by quite a bit. We all send you the very best of our Sibe vibes, especially Phantom (he is having his own struggles this weekend).

All paws crossed for you, and now we are all going to do a happy dance for you.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

Bunk said...

Pip, it is indeed good to know that you're still here and well! We love you and hope you keep having a long and wonderful life as a doggie and blogger friend.



Anonymous said...

Oh Pip! So glad you're okay now! You are such a fighter. Now go eat a cheeseburger! :)

Elyse and Riley

GOOSE said...

Thank you thank you miracle workers! I just can't imagine this side of the bridge without you PIP. I know that the day will come, it will for all of us. But little brother I just want you to be around us. I also know when that time comes you will watch over us. But for now as you have said, live for this very moment my friend.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh My Pip. Such a Miracle PIP. Golden Happy that you are back home. Hoping to see each other soon. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

3 doxies said...

Wee dat was weird, I wonders why we has eggs in da fridge.
Better off usin' da fridge on da front's next to da couch, can't miss it.


Sweet William The Scot said...

Pip, we treasurer every second with you, so you just keep making that bridge wait. Eat a hamburger I am sure that will make you feel even better.
Love Ya Pip
Sweet William The Scot

Jazzi said...

We dont want you going over that ole bridge. Glad that you turned around and keep away from it ok buddy?
Afterall we have more tacos to share at the oasis when you go up to the cabin!!! Happy snoozin and we love the new throw pillows!!!

Jazzi and Addi

Two Pitties in the City said...

You are one tough little guy and your family does such a great job of allowing all of you to have such long lives. Hope you're feeling better!

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so happy that you're home and decided not to cross that bridge just yet, Pip. Lots of healing vibes are coming your way!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

kmp said...

oh, pip! what a scare you gave us all...we are not ready for you to cross the bridge, we are so happy you turned back! we're with SWTS and treasuring every second!

edgar and his mum

Piappies World said...

Dearest Pip,

We are happy with your decision not to cross the bridge. We cherish your moments with us and we can help you fill a loooong list of things you can still do.

We do believe miracles and we constantly pray that you stay longer. We love you lots, you know that right?

Much love,

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Peggy Frezon said...

So sorry you had a rough week but I know your family is happy for every moment you have together. I still remember Brooks' last day with us, even though we didn't know it would be his last, every moment we spent together and it was an absolute blessing. You are so loved, my friend!

Idaho PugRanch said...

Oh Dear Pip, we are so glad you went to the miracle doctors and your are still here with us. You are one strong little guy and we all love you!
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Anonymous said...

Oh Pip, we are so glad that you decided to come back! there is much more snoozing on the couch that is needed! Be well, buddy!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

We are so happy you are still with us all little Pip!
Thank goodness there are new throw pillows to wipe your nose on and feline sisters to boss around eh.
Take care little buddy!
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Uji, Izzy, Ziggy, Missi + Hiro said...

Wee is so glads dats yoo decideds to turn back to us Pip, wee woods miss yoo so veri muchly. Fank Dogness fur such pawesome dogtors n miracle workers . Da Momster gots all upsteified wen hers saw yoo hads such a close call butts wee tolded her Pipster is mades ovs strong stuffs n hims is a fighter plus wee has a cheeseburger wivs hims name on it
Now wee is goin to follow yort example n rubs our stinks on our couches n frow pillows

Lots ovs Lovs n Licks
Uji, Izzy, Ziggy, Missi, Hiro & Da Momster

Ruby said...

Oh Pip, like everyone else, I am soooooo very glads you decided turn around and come on back!!! I know your peeps would like some more Pip time, and so do we!!!
There certainly are TONS more cheeseburgers and beers to ingest! I hear Puddles has a full fridge.....

Sam said...

We are glad you decided to stay, dear Pip!


Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh Pip. Oh dear darling beautiful Pip. We are so glad that you are with us for a while longer, and hope that you are comfortable and able to enjoy your couch time.
Lots of extra special hugs,
Bertie and Gail.

24 Paws of Love said...

I don't think they are ready for YOU, on the other side there Pip! They are still getting the cheeseburgers and beer ready for you. :)

We are so glad you are home. We know you have a few more shenanigans up your fur.

We love you Pip!

The Island Cats said...

Pip, we are so happy to see you! We're glad you decided to stay least for awhile. :)

What Remains Now said...

I've been thinking of you, Pip, wondering how you're doing. So glad you decided to come back! Stink up the whole house, my friend.

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Pip we are glad it was not your time. Take care.

Lee and Phod

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Mr. Pip! We're so glad you decided it wasn't your time yet! You definitely have lots more to do - lots of snuggling with the parental units, lots of naps, and lots of time for your adoring fans (us) to stop by and tell you how awesome you are!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Sarge said...

Hey Pip!
Wow, your dogtor did a great job helping you, but he had a ton of help from Blogville's power-of-the-paw! I'm so very very glad you're feeling better and back to supervising the couch. BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Furiend

April McLeod said...

Oh fur goodness sakes, Pip, you sure do have a sense of humor in the midst of such a serious matter which is one of the many things we love about you! So glad you are with us and not on that darned bridge! You must've seen your assistant and your Blogville friends begging you to come back, right? I'm sorry I haven't been here to visit you too much but I think of you often. Stay healthy!

LP said...

We have been thinking about you lately Pip. We are so glad that the vets could make you feel better after that traumatic incident! That must have been very hard and scary for both you and your family. Rest up now sweetie. We send you all our love and kisses and hugs for your Mama.

the critters in the cottage xo

Ann Oon said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH Pip. Glad you turned back and thank you to all the great guys at the emergency unit. Over here... if it happens to me.. i would be GONE. There's no 24 hrs hospital for pets in my town. Glad you are back in Chicago where you belong and where your mama loves.
Hang in there Kristin. Pip still wants to hang on to your love still.
Many hugs and thinking of you guys.

chicamom85 said...

Life is good Pip and I am happy you are still here with us for as long as you can be. I know we will all pass over some day and Remington will be there to greet us. I love your attitude, enjoy every moment of every day.

Loveys Sasha

jen said...

Oh Mr. Pip, I'm so sorry to read that you had a tough time last week, but so, so, so glad that you are back at home on the couch! I saw a dog that looked very much like you the other day at work and I thought about you!!
Sending you big hugs!!

KB Bear said...

Pip, My heart went to my throat when I saw the word "bridge" in your title. I am so glad that the house of miracles saved you... so that you can keep on loving your family. We all love you Pip and think of you all the time. Take care, sweet boy.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Pip we love you. Mom is talking about being chocked up over here. One day at a time sweet pea
Benny & Lily

Prancer Pie said...

We're glad you changed your mind, Pip. Every day here is a blessing. Our Mommy tells us this alot. Sending purrs and purrayers your way. XOXO

Jeanne Pursell said...

Hi Pip! We are so VERY happy that you have decided to remain on this side of the bridge for now!! We are sorry that you had such a rough time and we are very grateful that the Miracle Workers were there to help you. You gots lots more stuff to do you said. Sweety, take care of yourself and your mom. Glad you are feeling better. xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

scotsmad said...

AND Cheeseburgers!!!!

We're so happy you are back in action, mate.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

asta said...

My dawling fwiend Pip,
Yoo scawed me to deaf. Yoo mustn't leave pleeez. Yoo have many mowe snuggles to do and pillows to wub and buwgews to eat. Thank dog you tuwned awound. That is a lovely new pillow. Pawfect fow you
I've missed you my sweet fwiend
Smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Sending you and all your family a massive hug!!

Hilary said...

Oh Pip, thank goodness you turned around... You have so much more to do, and your family has so much more to do with you.... I love you buddy! Can you please ask your assistant to give you a big hug and kiss from me?

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Pip we are so happy that you turned around and we are so sorry that you had to go through all of that. You had to be terrified!!! (((((((hugs))))))))) We love you Pip!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Pip we are so glad you came back. We purrs for your everyday and cross our paws that you will have lots more time with your family.

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

I think those pillows need much more Pip Stink on them.... so don't think about the bridge !!! You gots stuffs to do!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

Rene said...

Oh my, you scared us for a minute! We're sure glad you're doing ok.

Berts Blog said...

Mr. Pip, so tell us, was the bridge as beautiful as we all hear it is. ? I am so glad you came back. I have been worried about you but havn't been able to leave comments (this darn internet that we have.) I dont
even know if this will come to you but if it does get through, We love you and are very very proud of you.

Bert and My Vickie

Murphy said...

Pip, we are sure awfully glad you did not go to the bridge yet. We know we will all go one day . . . all us pups, kitties, and our peeps too. But we should not go before it's time. We are glad it was not time!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

No No Pip, It's way to soon for you to stay at the bridge. Who would be able to handle Puddles if you was gone. We want you to stay forever.

We all love you.....Mona, Weenie & Mommy too!!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh Pip! You nearly gave ME a heart attack! So glad you are still with us little buddy!! xoxoxoxo

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Oh Pip... now you have me crying all over myself. So glad you're back!!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We will understand when you decide that it is time but we are howling happy that you decided to fight on and squeeze a few more of life's pleasures into this go round!

Mollie said...

Pip all we can say, is fank goodness yous turned round and came back to us.. You nose all of Blogville luv you, it wouldn't be the same wiffout you. xx00xxx

Mollie and Alfie

Lovable Lily said...

Pip, we're just getting around to read all of this news.

OMD! We too are very happy that you didn't follow the path over the Bridge. Thankfully you have great Dr's.

We LOVE you Pip, so please don't scare us again like that. You still have many adventures ahead.

Give your Mom a big hug because we know she could use it.

Lily Belle & Muffin

The Cat From Hell said...

Dearest Pip!
Me LOVES yous! Thanks for sticking around for a while!

Maggie Mae and Max said...


We is so very happy dat you is delaying your trip across da bridge to still be wif all of us. We LUVS you! :)

Woofs and Healing Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

tubby3pug said...

OH MY GOSH PIP how did we not seed this post right away. We are so happy that you did not cross the bridge. Its lovely that you are giving your family a little extra time with you before you decide to go away

urban hounds

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We've been MIA for a while, too, so we just saw your posts about your move and your most recent health scare. We're keeping our paws crossed for you, Pip. Hang on for as long as you're still enjoying life - which we hope will be a long time. And remember you have hundreds of loving friends on both sides of the Bridge. You'll never be alone or unloved, no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Hi pal,
Sounds like you gave your Mom a real scare there. Very glad the Docs were able to fix ya up so you can continue to enjoy life - cheeseburgers, furiends, occupying your couch, cheeseburgers... ;)
Mom sends Hugs to your Mom. Me, I'm sendin ya some happy waggin feel good vibes :)
The Roo Family

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Happy Mom's Day to your Mommy dear Pip. Weenie is in the hospital again and It's not been a very happy Mother's Day for our Mommy.

{{{huggieas}}} Mona

Katz Tales said...

Oh Pip, we are purring our hardest for you. Hugs and nosetaps from Target and Guido.

Wyatt said...

We are glad you are still with us, PIP. I guess when it is time to go over the bridge you will know and it will be okay, because there are so many great pals over there waiting to greet you.

Love you, big guy!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Hiking Hounds said...

So glad you decided to stay a bit longer, Pip. I imagine you'd stay forever if you could. :-)

Team Beaglebratz said...

Oh we Beaglebratz (and Mom Kim too) r soooo furry much happee that u d-sided tue come bak home. U gotta spend more time eatin'thoze burgerz tue.

Our mom wantz tue thank u fer stoppin'by our blog - she thinkz her seein'iz a tad-bit better tue - thank u fer the prayerz.
Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

Shelle Pennington said...

We are very glad you didn't walk on the bridge.... too many of our friends have been walking there lately... we'd prefer if you drool on a few more pillows for a while. ok?

Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

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