It cracks me up the way Iris flops down in this position to rest.
We got Iris at Wayside Waifs May 1. She was doing quite a bit of coughing; I chalked it up to kennel cough and waited. And waited. And waited. She's had such a horribly snotty nose that I've gone through a box of Kleenex and a roll of toilet paper wiping that nose. She patiently allows me to wipe off the snot; if she has an extra big amount of it hanging from her nose, she will actually come to me and lay her head on my lap, as if to say, "Here, fix this, will you?"
Because she was showing no improvement, we took her to the vet, who announced that Iris did not have kennel cough.
"When they have that greenish-yellow snot, it's something else."
I wish I had asked what the "something else" was. I'm thinking it's canine influenza, but who knows.
He sent me home with a ten-day supply of antibiotic pills; Iris took the last one yesterday: she still has coughing fits and her nose still runs, although not quite as much as it did as its worst.
If Iris wakes up coughing at 3 A.M., obviously I wake up too. She'd be fine having the run of the house while we sleep, but who wants snot all over the carpet? So I've put her in the pet taxi beside my bed. And been awakened often.
Much as I hate to, I'm going to start putting her in the outside pen at night until she gets over whatever it is she has. I've been sleep-deprived long enough.
Meanwhile, Iris doesn't seem to feel sick at all. She eats from four to six cups of Science Diet daily; for a twenty-seven pound dog, I think that's amazing. She brings toys to me, wanting to play. She chases the frisbee until she's overcome by a coughing fit. She goes walking with me and stays ahead of me, looking over her shoulder from time to time to make sure I'm coming.
If you're wondering why I haven't taken her back to the vet, our budget has been stretched to the limit lately by dog expenses. I would take her back to Wayside Waifs and ask for another dog in exchange, but I really love Iris. If she ever gets over this crud, she is going to be a super-wonderful pet. Actually, she already is. Just a little snotty, that's all.