Dogs and pills

Somewhere there is a level of Hell in which giant German shepherds feed bad vets* pills that they chew and spit out and then have to take all over again.

*Teddy’s present vets are good. But we did have a bad one a few years ago.

I could hardly hold the dog up today at his vet visit because of the muscle thing going on in my arm. But at least I can type a little! The acupuncture doctor said NOT TO, so I won’t do much of this. I go back tomorrow for more needles. Anyhow, poor dog had x-rays and blood work and the entire works. Vet says he hears a soft heart murmur (they’ve never heard one before) and on the X-rays showed us some heart enlargement. Panic set in, but the blood work will tell if he has any serious heart disease causing some of this coughing. Meanwhile, back to the antibiotics. In pill form. Time-released, so no liquid form. Yuck!

Good thoughts appreciated, as always. He feels better, I think. He was a very brave soldier, getting turned upside-down to be x-rayed (so they could see the trachea collapsing a little on the cough)! I couldn’t do THAT without lots of screaming. I scream enough when they’re doing the little cuts to speed up the acupuncture! *ouch*


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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