I cannot believe that close to a month has passed since I last posted to my site. That is highly uncharacteristic for me. Summer seemed to fly by this year, and was filled with numerous bouts of out-of-town company, in addition to several unexpected events. If you are like me, then the pets that you have become part of the family. You don’t view them solely as animals, but rather as an extensive of your household. My house is never quiet as I have two Airedale Terriers and one Cavachon (though she thinks that she is a big dog). Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, my eldest Airedale, Maggie, became very ill. It was told to us that the vet suspected her kidneys had begun to shut down and that there was little more they could do for us at our local vet. That was an incredibly painful day for us as we tried to mentally prepare ourselves for the loss of our ten-year old dog. Towards the end of the day, our vet decided to try one last thing which required referring Maggie to a Vet Hospital that had around-the-clock care. They took fabulous care of her, as she spent several days in their ICU. With each passing day at the facility, she regained small signs of her old spunky attitude. For the first time that we discovered she was ill, we saw a small light at the end of the tunnel. After countless tests and hours of worry, the emergency vet believed that they had an answer to what had caused the ominous kidney values.