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The best laid plans of mice and men ...

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

... often go awry, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy.

Or in the original words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns:

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

I had a plan for this morning. And a lovely morning it was.

I was going to get up, go for a run, go to the store, then finish the garden, and put a leg of lamb in the oven for dinner.

It was a good plan.

Then I came downstairs.

The first thing I thought on seeing the mess on my floor was, "Who got into the strawberries?"

Then I remembered, "I am out of strawberries."

What I was looking at was red vomit from one of the pets. And when I cleaned it up, it was clear from the edges that it was blood. And it was in several places around the main floor.

The next thing to do was to figure out who was going to the vet. On Monday, one of the cats was sick but in the normal gagging up a furball kind of sick. On the other hand, the dogs' bedding indicated that it was one of them. But which one?

Tawny has been identified by the vet as being in early kidney failure. And Indie was her normal Tigger-like self.

I took her to the vet and $500 of blood tests later, the vet told me that she seems to have indicators of pancreatitis. And maybe liver issues. On top of the kidney issues. We are coming to decision time on this dog. I love here dearly, but she is, bottom line, a dog. I love my mother and even she has a DNR.

And as far as my best laid plans, I now had rugs and dog bedding to clean and spending idle time at the vet. Vets are no better than doctors about your time at their office. As a result, I had to do triage on my plans.

And the garden lost. And the lamb got cooked too late for dinner but that means dinner is cooked for tomorrow. I ran after dark to the Y.

And Miss Tawny is downstairs playing with the cat right now.

The least she could do is act a little sick.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GARDENCHRIS 5/7/2014 9:12PM

    Pets are hard , and I get it , I had to put more than one cat down and it is hard.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/7/2014 8:52PM

    Family members do that to schedules sometime. But on the bright side - dinner for tomorrow is ready when you need it and should help free up your time tomorrow.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/7/2014 9:36AM

    What we go through for our furry family members. I hope she bounces back.

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/7/2014 9:34AM

    Oh geez Timothy, I think the pets are worse than kids. At least ours are. I hope your dog gets better.

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SIOL55 5/7/2014 9:09AM

  Sorry you have to go through this. We had to put a beloved dog down in January. What joy she brought us.

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NELLJONES 5/7/2014 7:35AM

    I have the same attitude toward my cats. I have purebred Siamese and had to sign a contract with the breeder when I bought them, and that contract has a clause that says I will be humane in determining end of life when it's time. I'm sorry.

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MSLZZY 5/7/2014 7:02AM

    Some things just need to come first and you handled it well. Hope it doesn't put a clink in your plans for today.

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CIPHER1971 5/7/2014 1:53AM

    Oh dear, I think you did an amazing job of triage on your day.

I hope you have a great day today

(oh and lamb - yum yum)

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ALIHIKES 5/7/2014 12:17AM

    So sorry to hear of your pet's illness. It's tough when their health is failing.

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