My wife phoned, sobbing and tearful. She apologized (sort of) for her behaviour on the day our little dog became sick. She said "I am hanging on an emotional thread, just getting by one day at a time." Oh, the drama... it is never-ending! While I am sympathetic, I've always had a difficult time keeping a straight face after such statements.
She has never been able to cope with the normal ups and downs of life but it has been an extra stressful time recently. Her underlying stressors are our divorce, having a gay husband, her sister's psychiatric problems and ongoing conflicts with other people.
On top of that, a severely handicapped client under her charge at work had a near-death experience (not her fault). She nearly quit her job on the spot after 28 years, but a colleague talked her out of it. Our little dog getting sick was just the straw that broke the camel's back.
The end result: she said that she could no longer help out at the house it is just too emotional. I supported her on this decision and was in fact, relieved. She was getting very little accomplished here anyway. I get to do whatever I see fit, all the time, without have to argue about every detail. Bliss!
The next weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday... not a good weekend to try to sell a house. We now plan to put my house on the market in one week with open houses on October 15 and 16th.
Our doggie is still running a fever at times but it is much reduced. He neck and body are still twisted into a circle some of the time. When we bring him outside, he will run around and around in a tight circle about a dozen times.
This is distressing to watch. However, when my son puts him on a leash and with gentle coaxing, our dog will allow himself to be guided in a straight line. It's like he has to learn again how to use the right side of his body again. My son says he's gradually improving.
|You don't see a picture of a skinny,|
freeballing ginger in short shorts
with a walking cast on his foot every day.
On the positive side, our doggie is eating and drinking really well, with assistance, and he seems to have regained his full range of senses. My daughter asked today, "Is it possible for a dog to have hallucinations?" Sometimes, he barks randomly at nothing . He wasn't the smartest dog in the world before; now we're wondering if he has all his marbles after his health scare.