Last Wednesday my little dog Lucie coded on the floor. I had my back to her and heard the most indescribably horrific cry unlike any I have ever experienced. I looked and she was sprawled flat on the floor. The cry said to me, “I am dying help me! ”
I scooped her up in my arms and quite frankly lost it! I was panicking and crying, I didn’t know what to do or what was wrong. She stopped crying and the light went out in her eyes as did her breathing.
My hand went to her chest and the faint heartbeat stopped! I was bereft as I struggled to absorb her death. As I cried I noticed my hand just started massaging her chest without conscious thought. I took her in and laid her on my bed as I tried to decide who to call or what to do. Suddenly she was awake! She was conscious and I could hardly believe she was back. After a few minutes she was able to drink some water.
We spent the next two days at the Vets and then in consult with a Cardiac Vet. She has a heart disorder and has to be on medication for the remainder of her life and seems happy to be back although she will miss chasing her ball.
I am so grateful for all the years I have taught infant massage and have massaged my pets, as it was instinctual to massage her chest. I love you my sweet Lucie! You survived being a breeder dog and came to me as a rescue dog however you are a precious gift to me! I am so blessed.
Did you know you can massage your dogs nightly and when they are in distress? I massage my two dogs and my cats when they will allow it. They love to be touched and our brains have the same hormonal reaction when we give a massage as when we receive it.
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