Welcome to Medusa's
Who is Medusa? Medusa
is our family's 15 year old Pit Bull/Collie mix breed. She was
born on Mother's Day in 1986.
Words that best describe
Medusa ........ Intelligent, loyal, friendly, protective (when
need be), unique, beautiful and patient.
Many people who have
pets will swear to you that their pet is the best. I am well
aware that there are some wonderful pets in the world however,
I have yet to come across another like Medusa. There are many
people who have been fortunate enough to be a part of Medusa's
life and they know that what I have to say is the truth. Medusa
taught several children how to walk or shall I say guided them
when they chose to take their first steps. She accomplished this
by holding their wrist with in her mouth to give the children
stability. Medusa and I were pregnant at the same time. She gave
birth to nine puppies prior to me giving birth to my daughter.
When I went in to labor Medusa knew before I did. She laid her
head upon my stomach and with each contraction she would look
up in to my eyes.
I remember when my
daughter was a toddler her Great Grandmother had bought her a
doll that cried whenever touched or moved. One day my daughter
was playing with her doll and discarded it to go off and play
with something else (like all children at that age tend to do).
When my daughter went back to play with her doll it was gone.
Of course she immediately came crying to me about her doll. I
could hear the doll crying I just could not locate it. I searched
and searched every where. Finally I stumbled upon it. Are you
ready for this? Medusa had the doll and was cuddled up with it
attempting to breast feed it. I couldn't believe it. I was so
amazed. My biggest regret is that we did not own a cam corder
at the time to tape what she was doing.
Medusa has always protected
my daughter as though she were my daughter's mother. If we were
at the park and my daughter fell, off ran Medusa, straight to
my daughters side. If my daughter was crying when Medusa got
to her side then Medusa would start barking to get our attention.
Meanwhile we were already aware of the situation. To this day
if my daughter should go to the store and we are all outside
Medusa will stand stone still and stare in the direction my daughter
headed until my daughter comes back into her view. If someone
should raise their voice to either my husband or I Medusa will
immediately be by our side ready to take some form of action
whether it be a stern bark to scare the person or a lunge at
the person to terrify them. Medusa has never actually attacked
anyone to purposely hurt them. She prefers to intimidate people
Medusa is the type
of dog (although we do not consider her to be a dog she is a
member of the family) that every one who loves dogs dreams about.
She is bilingual understanding both Spanish and English. She
smiles when she is happy to see you. How you may wonder? Medusa
raises her mouth (the area we would consider to be her lips)
and shows her teeth while wagging her tail and doing a little
dance from one paw to the other.
In January of 2000
Medusa was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her vet prefers not
to operate because of her age (15 years old this month) and the
fact that she has never been under anesthesia. I respect her
vet's opinion on this. I can fully understand that he does not
want to be responsible if he places her under anesthesia and
she does not awaken from it. During the year 2000 Medusa was
doing very well. Up until two weeks ago everything has been fine
with the exception of the tumors that have grown (at the moment
there are two large ones). Two weeks ago Medusa started losing
bladder control. Of course I brought her to the vet and she has
been placed on antibiotics and some blood test were run. To the
amazement of her vet the blood test results came back fine. It
turns out that Medusa now has incontinence (loss of bladder control)
which there is no cure for. Other then that Medusa still makes
it up and down two flights of stairs six to seven times a day
and she still plays like a puppy at times. She sleeps a lot more
then she used to but that comes with age. She shows no signs
of pain or discomfort.
Our family has discussed
the situation and we have decided that as long as Medusa is not
suffering we will continue to take care of her as best as we
can. She has been a loyal member of our family and has always
been there for us. God has granted our family a wonderful family
member like Medusa who happens to have a determination to live
regardless of her circumstances. The same way that she has been
here for us, we will be here for her.
This is my page dedicated
to the most remarkable & loyal family member I have ever
known. God Bless you Medusa.