Don’t let naivety get in the way

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­

SOME­TIMES we run a head­line on our front page that is ab­so­lutely de­signed to alarm. It is sup­posed to evoke a re­ac­tion and although it may not be pretty, it tells a story that needs to be heard.

When my kids were younger we were faced with the prospect of los­ing our beloved blue dog Booey to parvo. The fault lay solely on our shoul­ders, we never vac­ci­nated. We thought, like many oth­ers, that it wouldn’t hap­pen to us.

We kept our dog in our yard so there was no way it would get parvo and any­way, he wasn’t a pup any­more, so there was no way he could con­tract it.

We were wrong on all counts, and as a re­sult what we had to wit­ness were some of the most hor­rific things I have ever had to see any of my fur ba­bies en­dure.

One minute he was run­ning around, the next he had not one bit of en­ergy. At first I thought the girls had worn him out, but not long af­ter the vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea started and we knew some­thing wasn’t right. A quick trip to the vet re­vealed the aw­ful truth.

This sin­is­ter virus, that sits and waits, hid­ing in dark places, look­ing for a small win­dow of op­por­tu­nity, had taken hold of our beau­ti­ful and en­er­getic fam­ily mem­ber and Booey was in for one hell of a fight.

The week that fol­lowed com­prised of a plasma trans­fu­sion, an­tibi­otics, iso­la­tion, a lot of tears and even more prayers. The topic of eu­thana­sia was raised and even though we knew Booey was a fighter, we had to se­ri­ously look at what he was go­ing through.

Was it cruel to make him fight this virus? Were we be­ing self­ish sim­ply be­cause we couldn’t imag­ine our house­hold with­out him? In the end, Booey turned a cor­ner and showed the parvo virus ex­actly who was boss.

Ev­ery year around this time we run a story on the start of ‘parvo sea­son’ and ev­ery year I am re­minded that be­cause of our naivety or stu­pid­ity, we nearly lost a big part of our fam­ily.

Don’t be the fam­ily who thinks it won’t hap­pen to you. This virus lays in wait and you are the only one with the power to stop it.

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