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January 19, 2015

Of dogs, birthdays, and homework

From the Library of Congress: Carpenter collection circa 1800's

Oh, hardy har har.  I am not this old.  I don't feel remotely this old.  In fact, except for the creaky knees, and a few grey hairs and wrinkles, I don't feel anywhere near as old as I am.  Which is significant, lol.  A friend of mine and I will go out tomorrow for lunch to celebrate, and Romeo and I are going out on the weekend, a real treat to go out twice in one week for someone who rarely eats out!

Apparently Brodie (my scottish terrier) will have intermittent bouts of pancreatitis.  He came down with it again on Saturday afternoon, but has steadily improved since then, with the exception of a bit of lethargy after eating.  So it's back to boiled chicken and rice.  I read a lot on the subject last night while waiting for Downton Abbey to come on (I love that show, it's delicious to watch) and I am coming to the conclusion that he will most likely die in the next year or two...and that is only if we are extra vigilent with what we feed him.  I plan to add sweet potatoes to his chicken and rice.  Part of the issue is that if he has too much fat, it triggers an episode.  Too little fat, and he'll have problems with his coat and skin.  It seems like a delicate balance that will probably drive me crazy trying to figure out.  The only thing I can think of that may have brought on this bought of illness is the egg yolk I gave him last Wednesday.  And yet the website I was reading said that eggs would be ok in moderation.  Plus, he is so thin.  And yet while he is recuperating, I can't feed him as much as we were before it came on.  I don't think my vet is as knowledgable on how to manage pancreatitis, because she never mentioned that he might get this again, or how to properly balance out his diet so that we can keep him as healthy as possible.  

I finished my homework ~ good thing too, because class is tonight.  Class....listen to me talk about it as though there are 15 to 30 people in it, when it's just me.  I know I will learn a lot, but I'm concerned that my "take" on the material will be it, and I've always found it helpful to know how others view the material.  Someone usually has some comment that helps me view it in another way.  I suppose I will mention this to the Prof. tonight and hear his take on it.  I suppose he's already heard it all, and will supply me with these different viewpoints.  Hopefully. 

Poor grumpy cat.

Love, 365


  1. Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuu.
    I hope your dog feels good for the next couple or three years. SO hard to lose them, so easy to fall in love. ((hugs))

    1. Thanks Ami! Brodie is doing better, and the vet suggested I purchase a prescription dog food (of course) that I can only purchase at the vet offie (of course). However, I will give it a try, it's certainly cheaper than a vet visit!
      Brodie is only 8 years old. I am greedy, because I'd like to have him (forever, but not possible) at least another 3 or 4 years.


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