Sure enough by 9:30, heavy rains arrived once again.
Poor Daisy had to go for surgery today. Last week when the vet was here to check on Sophie because of a suspected bladder infection, we noticed Daisy's face was very swollen. Sophie's problem turned out to be 'older doggy incontinence' (minor problem and easily treatable), but Daisy's problem turned out to be a seriously abscessed tooth. And we had to make a decision about how to proceed, the infection could be treated with antibiotics, but it would never get better and Daisy's health would continue to deteriorate until euthanasia would be the only option.
Daisy was 14 years old in April, so her age was a huge consideration for performing surgery. Also she has a heart murmur from a hunting episode several years ago when the weather got unexpectedly warm and Daisy almost died from exhaustion (she hunts like a demon and we had no idea what was going on till she collapsed.)
The vet would have to do blood work to determine the status of Daisy's liver, kidney, and cardiac function and whether surgery would be able to proceed. The vet called about an hour after she took Daisy to let me know that Daisy's kidney function wasn't very good, but she would be able to proceed and would take some additional precautions to allow Daisy's kidneys to function properly during surgery. She also told me that due to the abnormal results, we will have to change Daisy's food once she gets home.
We knew the surgery was going to take a long time as the vet was going to have to check and clean all of Daisy's teeth in addition to removing the abscessed tooth. Finally at around 6:15 PM our phone rang and it was good news....Daisy had survived the surgery. She was still moving around pretty slowly, but doing OK. The vet will return her to us tomorrow morning around 8:30. The vet feels that now this abscessed tooth has been removed, Daisy's overall health and quality of life will improve. And we will get more time to spend with our old girl.