We had one of our dogs put to sleep Friday. He was my former daughter in-law’s beagle and I thought he was 13, but my son told me that when he informed her of his death, she said he was 15 years old. He was an obese beagle, who had a cranky streak, but he loved me and followed me wherever I went in the house. He was always laying on the floor near me when I’m on the computer.
The past few months have been a downward spiral – heart problems, COPD, then he tore an ACL tendon in his left back leg. Due to his medical problems and the obesity, he wasn’t a candidate for surgery. He seemed to be doing much better lately. He’d lost some weight and was moving more. Although the 8 medications he was on were tiresome to administer, I was hoping he’d be around for a long while yet. Thursday morning he couldn’t stand up and when I helped him up he was wobbly and kept falling on his left side. I sat on the floor and fed him canned dog food Thursday and carried him outside to do his business that day, but he needed help to even stand up for that.
The vet told us he had injured his right leg and hip and he was trying to shift his weight to the left side. She said he was in a great deal of pain and he was already on a pain medication. We decided to have him put to sleep and that’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Sure, there are 5 other dogs here, but I still miss him. Let’s see 2 were my oldest daughter’s dogs and one was my youngest daughter’s dog and 2 belong to my husband and me – all of them old dogs and some with serious medical problems, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time crying the past few days and worrying about going through this again in the near future. I’ll try to get back to blogging this week.
Just created a facebook page – Holly Asbury, where I’ll repost my blog stuff and assorted ephemera. LB diaries is also on Twitter, although I admit that tweeting isn’t my cup of tea.
Sorry for the lapse in blogging, especially in light of the monumental Supreme Court decisions in recent days, but four lively grandchildren running around the house sapped my writing inspiration a great deal. Hopefully, I can get back to blogging by the end of this coming week. Life has changed from when I was a kid, long before computer games. It’s interesting to see how this computer native generation operates, that’s for sure. I did take them to pick blueberries at a local farm and they seemed to enjoy that, but as soon as we got home, well, it’s back to the tech stuff again, lol. And to think, I loved weeding the garden as a kid and collecting rocks….
The blogging might be iffy this week – going to visit my granddaughters in Indiana.
Sorry I just fixed a link in an old blog post, “Wonderings” and that “update” bumped it into new news:-(
Just in case anyone would like to send me fascinating links or offer blog ideas and suggestions, I’ve posted an email address in the sidebar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback, both good and bad, will help me write a better blog…… hopefully:-)
“libertybelle” joined twitter, heck if I know why. So, to keep up with all the happenings, I am following left-wing and right-wing and everything in between there. Not sure what the point of twitter is yet, but there you have it #libertybelle@october601. Feel free to send a tweet and I’ll work hard to contain myself to the required 140 character responses. Here’s a true story, my adult children told me not to send them text messages, because I invariably hit the enter key and send uncompleted messages. Then I fumble about at figuring out how to answer my cell phone when they call to see if everything is okay, creating anxious moments for them, thinking I’m in some sort of trouble. I haven’t told them I’m now on twitter, lol. How much more trouble could I get into online….