April 12, 2005

Jesse Update

For months Jesse's been stable - the medicine has worked. He takes a whole bunch of pills each day that have kept him relatively comfortable and able to function.

The photo at left is Jesse watching this weekend's C-SPAN interview with Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, proprietor of the popular blog The Daily Kos. He seemed very interested in this show. Jesse normally likes Star Trek, but for some reason, hearing about blogging politics was important on Sunday.

But since Sunday he's taken a turn for the worse. Got very weak, stopped eating and drinking, could barely walk, stayed in bed all day. We managed to get him drinking again and eating a little bit, but he wasn't getting better so we called the vet yesterday and took him in this morning first thing.

Jesse's 10th birthday is right around the corner -- April 19th. I don't know if he'll make it. We have some hard choices to make. The vet wants to run a bunch of tests including xrays and blood samples and then re-hydrate him and keep him at the hospital for a couple days and try to get his numbers back to reasonably normal.

Just the act of taking Jesse to the vet seems like an automatic $500. This time it'll prolly cost well over $1000. We're glad to do it, he's like a son to us, but, in the end, is this what Jesse wants? Are we just prolonging his discomfort, and at great expense? Who benefits? Should we let him go peacefully?

This is stuff on my mind today.

Meanwhile, I got a company to run. Not going to be much blogging for a while, I suspect.

Posted by brian at April 12, 2005 09:41 AM


Dude... It is understandable and take your time with the choices... whatever you decide will be for the best (not easy either way).

Wil Wheaton went through a similar thing about 2 weeks ago. You may want to read his post on it.

From a fan, friend and a been there before guy.

Posted by: Keeme at April 12, 2005 12:18 PM


I stumbled onto your blog -- and Jesse -- a couple of years ago when I was googling for another page for *Jessie* the Bull Terrier. I loved your Jesse stories, particularly 'Vermin', (which I have shared the link for several times on the various bullie boards) and come back now and then to see if there are more. I just read about Jesse and wanted to say how sorry I am that his health is failing. We're going through a similar situation right now with our 15 year old Pit Bull.

BTW, the other Jessie, the one I was looking for when I typoed and got your page instead, lost her battle to cardiomyopathy a few months back. Heart issues are unfortunately not uncommon with these guys.

Take care.

Posted by: Chris at April 15, 2005 10:34 AM

Hi there!

I came across your articles when I was searching the internet for Bull Terrier news, I looooove your articles and pictures about your beautiful bullie, Jesse.

I just hope Jesse will get beter soon and enjoy life a little longer !!!!

I'm also a Bull Terrier owner...my little bullie is called White and is almost 2 years old.

Friendly Greetings
and a paw from White for Jesse

Posted by: Tania at April 17, 2005 03:13 AM

As most other people with an interest in English Bull Terriers, I stumbled upon your site whilst trying to remember the name of that film...found it...'Baxter'...Have yet to see it, only heard about it.
My parents had an English Bull Terrier...'Cassie', similar markings to Jesse.
My wife and I are hoping to get a pup in the next year or so...I know they can be a handful but they have such a wonderful temperament and humour about them.
Posting this today, 19th April...Jesse's birthday...hope he made it to 10 years old?


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