There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A barking tail......

For several years before we moved to Idaho full time we would visit at least twice a year. Steve was here monthly. Penelope was our official greeter whenever we arrived and she visited throughout the day. When we were here the routine was for me to give her a pig ear every morning. That routine continued up to 2006 when she became ours. Then she got pig ears only as a treat....good mothering and all because she was ours.

We got Charlie from the shelter in 1998. Right from the beginning he ignored Cicero our shepherd and acted like Goldberry our Lasha Apso was invisible. Cicero died shortly after we got Charlie and Goldberry was mildly tolerated after that......kind of a sympathy tolerance. Charlie was always our boy. He would rather hang with us than chase balls, bark at the wind, play with other dogs or snap at flies. He loved going for rides in the car, but his first love was just sharing oxygen with us.

The day after Charlie arrived, Penelope came over to check out the new dude in the house. She acted like he was just another dog, but for Charlie it was love at first sight. There was a bit of posturing between Charlie and Cicero whenever Penny was around.....Cicero thought she was pretty special too. Goldberry? Neuhh....he was happier snorking around the yard and barking at anything that moved.

The sad joke at the end of Charlie's life in August of 2006 after Penny had moved in was.....he finally had his girlfriend living with him, but he didn't know it. Makes me cry every time I think of him in those last days.

Both Charlie and Penelope have been on my mind constantly these last few weeks. I don't want Penelope to suffer like Charlie did....and he did because we couldn't let him go. Steve and I have promised each other we would never, ever do that to one of our pets again.....we did it with Magic our wonder cat in the late 90's, we did it with Goldberry, Drakie and probably would have with Sophia had she not gone on her own so quickly. But no more. Comfort is the goal, quality right there next to it.

So....here is some news. I posted the blip on Penny Monday at about this same time. I am not much of a prayer person. I have trouble concentrating and talking to God in the right way if there is such a thing. But, I have said the Lord's Prayer and a marysillion Hail Marys for Penelope every night and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you have included her in your prayers as well.

Yesterday afternoon we had an appointment in town. We left the dogs in the heated garage. We had tried the night before leaving them in the entry way with all of the comforts of home thinking Penny would be more comfortable...blankies, water, pottying before we left.....and it was a disaster in every way.....so it was back to the garage with their doggie beds, blankies, water and treats yesterday.

Whenever we push the garage door opener after being out without the dogs it is fun to see if they have been caught snoozzzzzing or are waiting for us to get back. Yesterday afternoon when the door went up Penelope sauntered over to the car with barely a single hitch, limp, glitch, bump or wobble. We just about fell out of the car with amazement. She has continued to walk at least 80% better. She still does the hesitation thing with her front leg when she is standing, but has been able to go down the stairs without us holding onto her in a death grip and is barely limping this morning.

I know, I know....the steroids have kicked in, but you know what.....I think her shoulder has had a hand placed on it to make this time easier for her. That's exactly what I think. The vet will be amazed....and I KNOW she has been worrying about Penny because I talked to a friend and temp tech at the vet's office yesterday and she told me just that. Penny has been the talk in the back office for 2 weeks. (An FYI addition after posting: Steve is a PharmD...on Monday he said Penny should have responded to the Prednisone if she was going to....you know doc speak.....loading dose, half life, blood levels....whatever, blah, blah.....he said she had pretty much run out of options).

Thank you if you said a prayer for this sweet girl of ours. The prayers worked. I am absolutely positive.

This was taken in autumn, 1999; Fatso me, Charlie and Penelope.


15 comments:

sageweb said...

I am so happy for you and Penny. I hope the best for her. Great story, of Charlie and the dogs. I love hearing dog stories.

Mom said...

That is good news. Prayer is a powerful thing.

madretz said...

tears of joy flowing right now rosemary...lovelovelove and slobbery kisses.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Glad to hear that she's perking up! Oddly enough - I said I had a poodle named Penny. We also had a dog named Cicero (wiener dog) when I was very small. I only remember him from pictures.

jan said...

Letting go is the hardest thing ever for me. The extra time we get to hold on to them is so precious. Glad to read the good news. I thought your last post was preparing us for bad news.

I love dog stories.

Barb said...

So glad to hear Penny is getting better. She knows she is with loving people and a comfy home.
She wants to enjoy life a little longer while she has it so good.

ROSEMARY! YOU WERE NEVER FAT!!

rosemary said...

Yes, I was fat...if i told you what I weighed in that photo you'd all fall off your computer chairs.

Sling said...

That's a fine testament to the power of prayer,and the resilliency of cats rosemary!
I'm happy to hear she's fealing better. :)

Sling said...

..did I say cats??...I meant possums..er...You know what I meant.

kenju said...

I hope she continues to get better, Rosemary!

Kimberly Ann said...

I'm very glad to hear she is doing better. Give her a big hug for me.

more cowbell said...

Oh this is so good to hear, Rosemary. Hooray for Penny.

Miss Healthypants said...

Yay! That's wonderful news! *smiles*

Shammickite said...

Big big day in the USA today, I'll be watching on the telly along with the rest of Canada.
Good luck to your new president.... and may the people (and the media!) employ caution, understanding and patience cos the current mess will take more than a few weeks to clear up!
Hooray for Mr Obama.
And hooray for all the people who voted for him.

cs said...

Hey Ro:
Hang on tight to those little critters...my girls mean the world to me these days...my true bright spot when I come home...and I know yours are the very same....