Good Tradition


Spring elegance.

A flower.

I saw this bloom shimmering in low sunlight. I had no choice. I had to make its picture. I knew it the very second that I hit the button.I had something. I made a couple of back up images just in case. Back home, the picture was easy to process. Nature did most of the work for me. That’s why the picture looks good. All I did was see it.

That’s how it goes sometimes.

The day started off pretty badly. You know that the dog who sees things has not been feeling well. We’ve been treating her with antibiotics and an occasional Tramadol for pain. I knew we hadn’t beaten it, but we were on the road to doing so.

She awoke this morning screaming in pain. I calmed her, she stopped for a minute and started screaming again. I was fully awake. No gentle morning awakening. I called her vet and they fit her into his already packed schedule. It’s that life during wartime thing.

The good news is that her bladder stone has broken up and will pass quietly. The bad news is that she has a couple of teeth that need to be pulled and a bad gum line infection that hasn’t responded to the broad spectrum antibiotic that we were giving here for the bladder stone. We have no idea why not.

She is scheduled for dental work in about a week. There is no way to force an appointment earlier because dental work is time consuming.

She’s a rescue dog. A cuter cocker spaniel rescue you will never see. She came with fears built up by other human beings. There are certain things that I can’t do. With the other dogs I can do the push-the-pill-down-their-throats thing. Not this dog. That would scare her.

So. Cheese.

We bought a small block of cheddar cheese for a planned meal. Soft cheese. She likes it. I buried the pain med in the cheese and she ate the whole thing. She hasn’t been eating much. She’s lost a lot of weight. I gave her more cheese. Eventually, she ate about half of the block in little tiny pieces. I reckon that in the short term, protein and fat will help her gain a little weight.

Her vet uses a concierge approach when pets are brought in these days. It’s a safe response to the pandemic. Pet parents stay in the car. Their pets are picked up and taken inside for care. Because Sophie Rose was a force fit into her vet’s day, I went home.

Needless to say, I was standing on the ceiling. Around here, we know to let me have some space. I’ll work through it. I do in my own way. Everything imaginable ran through my brain. When her vet called I felt better.

I hate to see anything in pain. With this little dog screaming, I felt terrible. She’s such a sweetheart, so gentle and so loving that I couldn’t stand it. Luckily, it’s an easier fix than I imagined.

Have a good thought, say a prayer, making an offering for Sophie Rose, the all seeing dog.

No CoVid 19 discussion today. I’ve got other things on my mind.

Oh yeah. After the cheese and Tramadol got into her system, she fell asleep. Peacefully.

Stay safe. Enjoy every sandwich.

8 Comments

  1. Saying a prayer for her.

    We have a rescue dog, Daisy that had a broken tooth and had to have it and a second tooth
    extracted. Turned out that our pet insurance policy excluded dental. For a plan that cost $36
    a month, it was a shock that the insurance didn’t cover any type of dental procedure.

    We ended up with a $750 bill. Since the insurance policy was recommended by the adoption center we are very disappointed and did not renew the policy and are looking for another.

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  2. An FYI. I commented on the next post & I don’t see it. At this end, I see two comment boxes – one on each side of the Like button and the gravatar of the bloggers who clicked it. I used the lower box (traditional). The upper box required an email address but didn’t have a submit button.

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  3. My friends, who only have Cocker rescues have had some very different experiences with each one. I took care of them over the years, Very sweet dogs to be around. People really do screw up dogs. Makes me so sad and mad. Then they ditch them. Ugh. I hope she feeling better soon.

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    1. Cockers have had us for years. Currently, there are six dogs. Four cockers and to medium poodles. Everyone of them have their own personalities, but there are some common traits. All six of them are friendly, they are cuddlers, they are sweet and they all get along with each other. OTH, they all don’t like to eat at the same time. They all like different treats. And, only a couple of them demand an everyday walk. Yeah people do screw up dogs. It took a long time for Sophie Rose to undo her fears and lack of trust. Luckily, she was my project and the other dogs helped. She’ll fell better after her dental work, which is a few days away. Her vet is booked solidly except for emergencies. I call this life during wartime. Nothing is very easy. But, knowing that gives me the ability to shrug most everything off.

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