Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Our flooding is starting to go down a bit. The lake in our backyard/alley is now only a few inches deep rather than over a foot deep. Still no water in our basement so that's great. Horses are back out in their barn/pasture now that the water has gone down, and it's sunny today so they were running around on the south-facing slope enjoying a spot with no ice/snow for the first time in months. I think we can salvage enough hay that stayed dry to keep them fed until the grass comes in, which is good, because there are a ton of people who lost all of their hay and are frantically looking for some, and there just isn't anything to be found.
Our remaining dog has really slowed down the past couple of weeks after we put down our older one. He's 12, so we're hoping it's melancholy from being an only dog for the first time in his life and arthritis and not something more serious. He has a vet appointment in the morning and I'm worried. He's my buddy, I hope to have him around for a few years yet, and it's hard to watch him looking old when my dogs usually don't look old until 14 or later. Good thoughts for him would be appreciated. He's still active and barking and eating and playing but he's just not himself and he's avoiding stairs, slippery floors, and jumping. His renal values bear watching after his kidneys were damaged by a med, and his tummy seems upset every now and then, so who knows. I hope it's something we can treat and have him around for awhile yet. The Ides of March have not been good to him. He always seems to get ill around the middle of March. When he was a puppy only 10 weeks old, he got so gravely ill on St. Patrick's Day we thought we would lose him. He went from fine to high fever and limp as a dishrag in two hours. The vet pulled him through and the next morning he was right as rain again, but we never did find out what had happened. No testing showed anything wrong. I don't know if it's the spring melting that releases some sort of microbe into the yard that bothers him or what, but in his whole life and living in three different houses, he's had to see the vet for something wrong mid-March every year but one. He's not happy as an 'only dog' but so far I haven't found the 'right' pup for us -- a good work/show pup can take months or years to get. If he doesn't pick up soon, I may have to bring my parents' dog (our dog's son, actually) to live with us for awhile.
The sun is out for the first time in three weeks, and looks to stay that way for the upcoming days, so everyone's spirits are lifting. People are out walking. I've seen people in the library today who haven't been in since October. Winter has loosened it's grip. We may still get more snow, but after April 1, it doesn't tend to stick around for long. We probably won't do anything for St. Patrick's Day -- sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. I really don't feel like it this year. It's been a tough month with losing one dog, the other showing his age, bad weather, some unexpected expenses, and such. We had a nice vacation last week, though, so that was a blessing. We needed the break.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 03-15-2019 at 05:27 PM.