Aiming Higher

Last week I traversed the sidewalks in my neighborhood channeling my inner Jimmy Olsen (the photographer who accompanied Clark Kent, AKA Superman, on his fact-finding missions).  The camera I wore around my neck clunked and swung back and forth against my belly button because I haven’t bothered to figure out how to shorten the straps.  I want to get into the habit of taking my camera everywhere with me — mostly because I always seem to find things I want to capture on those days that I don’t have it with me.  Sigh. My husband was at a boy’s night … Continue reading Aiming Higher

Avenue P

I feel a bit like I’m stuck in a time warp.  Three and a half years ago we lost our Dalmatian Shiner after a long battle with various aging issues.  He stopped chasing the ball. He creaked and groaned and grumbled and was in constant pain from arthritis in his spine and hips.  He began pooping everywhere, even in his sleep, unable to control the most basic of body functions.  We treated him with a range of medications, from homeopathic to traditional, but finally his quality of his life (and ours), not to mention the cleanliness of our home, brought … Continue reading Avenue P

Saving Bella

  Our Bella has been a very sick puppy this week.  Right on the heels of recovering from a nasty bout of Kennel Cough, she developed an autoimmune disease called juvenile cellulitis…or, as it is commonly known, puppy strangles. I’ve read more about this condition than I care to recount.  I am glad I have a sharp veterinarian who diagnosed her illness quickly because without treatment it can be fatal. How It Began At first I thought Bella had been bitten or stung by an insect or a snake.  On Thursday of last week she had what looked like styes … Continue reading Saving Bella

Kennel Cough Is The Pits

  Tracheobronchitis is the name for kennel cough, and it is the reason my doggy girl is feeling poorly.  Her heart sounds great, thankfully.  She “performed” very well at the vet, coughing loudly from the moment we entered until they quickly ushered us into a private room so as to limit the spread.  Now she will be the most pampered pet in the world.  My husband went out today and bought her a brand new bed, new toys, and bigger food and water bowls.  She’ll need them…at 49 pounds and growing, her puppy bowls are no longer adequate. She will … Continue reading Kennel Cough Is The Pits

Worry Wart

Rainbows are wonderful to ponder.  Their colors are vibrant, and they whisper a promise from the Father that bad times do get better.  This, too, shall pass. It’s the passing part that has me feeling like a worry wart. My baby dog Bella is very sick, and I don’t want her to pass, not now, not when she’s only six months old!  While we cavorted in the Outer Banks, she lost weight at the kennel.  Now she is coughing up mucus.  Every time she moves, she coughs, and it’s getting worse.  At the back of my mind, I’ve wondered about … Continue reading Worry Wart