My Great Godchild Adeline refers to this Sunday as Soup Bowl. She cracks me up. I wonder what she will think when the football players line the field instead of soup and crackers! I hope that she is not too disappointed.
There is a widely held belief that our blogland should be positive and upbeat. I can get on board with that – nobody really wants to be a buzz kill. But the truth is, my Harley dog has lymphoma and I am struggling with the options. We have nationally acclaimed canine oncologists in our area. We have a successful vet in our family. We have Dr. Wonderful. They all conclude that my boy could do well with chemotherapy, or not. I’ve taken a great portion of this weekend to think it all over. I’ve spent time with my boy and struggled with my heart. I’m no closer to a conclusion than I was when the prognosis was delivered to me.
Sometimes I think that we have advanced veterinary medicine to a place where most average pet lovers cannot afford to go. I remember growing up in a family that had kennels and very famous show and field dogs. I never once heard of one of our beloved dogs having cancer. We bred them, raised them, loved and pampered them and they lived out their lives in good health – succumbing to old age.
SO I spoil my boy with abandon … new toys, roasted chicken and sweet potatoes, long walks and too many pill pockets to ensure that the medicine goes down sweetly!
For some reason, I am unable to load images of Harley’s new toys. Thanks a bunch, wordpress. Keep changing it up – watch how many of us jump ship. How frustrating is it to be captive to a carrier who makes changes that are not intuitive.
Harley loves his stuffed animals and he has never been the sort to destroy them. If there is anything that I am sure about tonight it is that I will continue to ‘spoil’ my boy.
I’ve spent a lot of time doing laundry this weekend because little miss you-know-who is in season. I’d forgotten how much work this involves! Truth be told – she doesn’t seem to be too thrilled with this change of events either! Before long she will have surgery and that will be that. I’m not the least bit interested in litters of puppies!
When things are difficult I often lose myself in my sewing. I’ve been working on a piece for a friend who is expecting her first child next month. She is an administrator in our library and I thought that a book-related theme might be fun. Arianna – if you are reading, please look away!
Some of these images are inspired by Sewhooked.com and her Harry Potter quilt. For the most part I have used fabrics that I love and combinations that made sense to me. I am hoping to have it together in a week or so. You never know with first babies – sometimes they make early appearances! I want to be ready!
I did not mention the stomach virus that I have been battling all weekend – there was enough bad news to go around without that! When I walked through the house this evening I saw a sight that really made me smile . . .
Those ears. Those little Maude ears. Those ears reminded me that naps are good.